Bangor drug court could return

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of thousands of dollars of state money has been set aside to reinstate the Penobscot County drug court.

Funding for the court, which provides a legal alternative for drug addicts facing charges, was reallocated to other programs in 2011, forcing people who choose to use it to go to Ellsworth. There are still a lot of unknowns with the idea, including how a new court would be staffed.

Drug courts differ from regular courts because their primary goal is rehabilitating drug users. According to Penobscot County assistant district attorney, Mike Roberts, the focus is on helping a limited number of drug addicts, not simply one-time offenders. Benchmarks for recovery are set by a judge in lieu of legal punishment and sometimes require weekly meetings.

Man involved in deadly Hermon crash appears in court

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The driver of a car involved in a fatal accident last month in Hermon made his first appearance in courtroom Monday afternoon.

Twenty-three-year-old Keith Austin was arraigned in Bangor on charges of manslaughter, for which he could face up to 30 years in prison, and aggravated OUI, for which he could face up to 10 years.

Austin is being held on $25,000 bail. Back on June 18, prosecutors said that Austin crashed the car he was driving on Annis Road while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, injuring 20-year-old Sarah Hawkins and 20-year-old Nick Frenette. Frenette later died of his injuries.

Natural birthing center opening in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An alternative to modern birthing methods is expanding in Bangor.

Close to Home Birth Center, a midwifery focused on natural birth in Bangor, is moving into the building previously occupied by Cakes By Jan at 214 Hammond St.

Ramsdell violates post conviction bail

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Washington County man who pleaded guilty in March to killing a Millinocket school teacher was back in court for violating his post conviction bail.

Forty-three-year-old, Scott Ramsdell was on bail to have surgery on his legs from complications of the fatal accident that killed 47-year-old, Denise Golding.

Ramsdell's case worker from Volunteers of America said he violated his agreement by not informing them that he had moved. He also failed to notify his case worker that he's been prescribed pain killers, said the district attorney.

Ramsdell is waiting to be sentenced on manslaughter and aggravated OUI. Assistant District Attorney Mary Ann Lynch Lynch said Ramsdell has yet to have surgery on his legs.

Bangor Police seek help finding suspect in MDA donation jar theft

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor Police have posted an image from surveillance video on the department Facebook page to help them find a man they say stole a jar full of money being collected for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The theft happened at the State Street On the Run gas station and convenience store.

The store's assistant manager said they collect money throughout the year for MDA and were upset to see this theft on the store's surveillance video.

Anyone with information can call Bangor police at 207-947-7384 and press option 6. You can also leave a private message on the departments Facebook page.

Wilderness walk for warriors

MONSON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Honoring heroes was the theme Saturday during the second annual Wilderness Walk for Warriors.

Wilderness Walk for Warriors is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting and honoring veterans and active service members. This year, 10 members will hike about 120 miles along the Appalachian Trail, raising money for those who have served.

"I'm carrying Craig Feeney, a little urn of his ashes. He's a fraternity brother of mine and a firefighter from Cranston Rhode Island and I'm carrying the stone of SPC. Dustin Harris, from Sherman. All of us are carrying something special, to honor our heroes" said Wilderness Walk for Warriors founder Chris Robinson.

New firefighters battle controlled house fire

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor Fire Department trained six of its newest employees early Friday morning. The recruits put on their gear and took part in four different fire training exercises, preparing them for future fires.

The firefighters put out the fires at an abandoned home on the Pushaw Road, which was donated by the property owner. A fire was started in four different rooms of the home. Veteran firefighters taught the new recruits how the fire grows, how to extinguish the fire and how to stay safe inside the burning building.

"It's a lot of fun. It's a lot of hard work, but it's training and when we go in there, we have senior guys in there with us, showing us what techniques to use and making sure we take note of what the fire is doing and take note of it," said new firefighter, Morgan Harvey.