Judge rules on motions in Dube murder trial

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge issued rulings in a number of motions filed in the Kyle Dube murder trial Friday, including using the possibility of a alternate suspect in trial.

Dube is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Nichole Cable in May of 2013. The states argues that Dube lured Cable to her death using Facebook.

Dube's defense team wanted to name Kim Messinger, Dube's former girlfriend, as an alternate suspect in the trial, but the judge sided with prosecutors and ruled against allowing that suspect. Justice ann Murray cited a lack of compelling evidence.

The judge decided to allow into the trial a written statement Dube gave to another inmate. The defense had argued that since that inmate represented himself as a lawyer to Dube, that it should be protected by attorney client privilege, but the judge disagreed.

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Crews try to fix damage at John Bapst in time for class

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Repair crews are racing to fix the damage from a fire at John Bapst High School before students return from February vacation, but supervisors said they can do it.

Fire crews responded to a blaze at John Bapst High School Wednesday afternoon. The fire was caused by maintenance workers using an open flame to de-ice the roof. The fire spread from the roof and caused damage to the science labs and the ceiling of the auditorium.

The most immediate challenge work crews faced after the fire was getting the roof fixed before Thursday morning's snow storm. Crews worked through the night until 3 a.m. to reconstruct the damaged roof and make it water tight. Thursday's focus was drying out the building to prevent damage to the auditorium's original plaster work.

Collins and Air Force chief visit Bangor base

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force visited the Air National Guard base in Bangor with Senator Susan Collins Wednesday.

General Mark Welsh oversees all 690,000 active-duty personnel in the Air Force and its affiliated forces and Senator Collins invited him and his wife to tour the base and be briefed on the base's work. Colonel Douglas Farnham.

Welsh also spoke to people stationed about the base's role in our country's larger national defense strategy. Sen. Collins said he thinks places like the air base are key to our security.

"He recognizes that with the President's increasing reliance on air power and air campaigns to stop ISIS that bases like this are going to continue to play an absolutely critical role," she said.

Fire damages part of John Bapst HS roof

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A firefighter was taken to the hospital after a section of roof collapsed on him while fighting a fire at John Bapst High School Wednesday.

The fire started around 11 a.m. and was under control by mid-afternoon. Officials said the three alarm fire started in the third and fourth floor of the building. The Fire Marshal's office said it started when maintenance workers were melting ice and caught the roof structure on fire. Because it is school vacation week, no students were inside.

While battling the flames, firefighter John York was injured when a portion of the roof collapsed. York was conscious when taken to the hospital and has since been treated and released.

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Officials, media reflect on tournament's move


(NEWS CENTER) -- When it came time to say goodbye to the Bangor Auditorium and move into the Cross Insurance Center, tourney organizers tried hard to put the best of the old into a shiny new venue.

It's not the old auditorium, but it has created its own atmosphere, said tourney organizer Jerry Goss.

Now on year two at the center, the feedback so far has been good.

"The reaction has been tremendous from the players, coaches, officials and fans," said Dick Durost. "The creature comforts here are so much better for people in terms of coming and watching the game."

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

Heart Healthy Tips in 140 Characters or Less

I was invited by MaineHealth to "watch" a Twitter chat recently. It was organized by the Maine Health Learning Resource Center and was its first ever.

For those of you who don't know, a Twitter chat is a live conversation on Twitter centered around a specific topic. In this case, since it's American Heart month, the conversation was about heart health. Read the Catching Health blog to find out what I learned — about participating in a Twitter chat and about how to have a healthy heart.

Witness refuses to testify in Dube evidence hearing

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At an evidentiary hearing in the Kyle Dube murder trial Friday, a witness refused to identify himself, and then pleaded the fifth amendment for most of the questions.

Twenty-one-year-old Kyle Dube is accused of murdering Nichole Cable in May 2013. The state alleges he took murdered 15-year-old Cable and dumped her body in Old Town. He allegedly used Facebook to lure her to her death.

When the hearing started, the defense's first witness refused to identify himself. The judge overseeing the case, Justice Ann Murray, said she had never had this happen before. The defense requested that the court order the witness to identify himself. The witness's attorney then said the client was pleading the fifth amendment because of repercussions when he returned to prison.