Bangor Salvation Army launches angel tree

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The true impact of the Great Recession is tough to measure. Americans have lost money, jobs and homes. These same families who are struggling to meet the financial demands of day-to-day life question how they might provide a gift or two for their children on Christmas Day.

Every child deserves to experience the joy of Christmas morning. But, that’s not always the case – so the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in Bangor is hoping to help provide gifts for needy families.

Soon there will be an Angel Tree located in the Bangor mall at Macy’s Court. Angel Trees are decorated with angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

MDEA makes crack arrest in Hermon

HERMON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Drug Enforcement agents say they caught a man from New York trying to bring a large amount of crack cocaine into Hancock County.

MDEA agents say they learned 22-year old Kervin Castillo, who's from the Bronx, was going to bring the drugs in on a Greyhound bus.

They confronted him when he got off in Hermon -- and say he was carrying about 41 grams of crack cocaine base, with a street value of 6 thousand dollars.

Castillo now faces drug trafficking charges.

The MDEA says they are seeing more and more drug traffickers coming to Maine from out of state -- and there may be more arrests coming as part of this investigation.

Burton indicted on murder charges

(NEWS CENTER) -- A grand jury in Piscataquis County has indicted Robert Burton on murder and weapons charges.

Burton is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo on June 5th in Parkman.

After the shooting, police searched for Burton for 68-days -- until he turned himself in on Aug 11th.

It was the longest active manhunt in Maine history.

Good Shepherd moves to new Hampden facility

HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Good Shepherd Food Bank received the keys yesterday to its new warehouse in Hampden. This facility will replace the one in Brewer.

The Food Bank also has distribution centers in Auburn and Biddeford.

The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been searching for a bigger warehouse for quite some time now, and this seemed like the perfect spot.

The non-profit bought a former Bangor Daily News building, and is excited about the more nutritious food options it will be able to distribute after this move.

Located on Penobscot Meadow Drive in Hampden, there's more room for refrigerated items.

Due to the short growing season in Maine, high-tech refrigeration is necessary to keep and distribute perishable food items, like meat and fresh fruits and veggies.

Man involved in 6-hour Bangor standoff pleads guilty

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The man accused of taking hostages and causing a six-hour standoff with police in Bangor has entered a guilty plea Thursday morning. 

Nicholas Condon pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of burglary and reckless conduct with a firearm.

According to authorities, Condon held two people captive, his ex girlfriend and her new boyfriend, threatening them with a shotgun and a blowtorch, and even firing shots at police back in February. Police said he eventually released the hostages and surrendered after police used tear gas to draw him out. 

Exhibits created by Husson University faculty

BANGOR, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- Art lovers are in for a treat this week at Husson University in Bangor.

The John Rohman Art Gallery is featuring an exhibition of expressive work and graphic design created exclusively by faculty and staff at Husson University. There are seven artists and about 40 pieces of artwork lining the halls of the Gracie Theatre.

This display is to showcase how art intersects with the outside world.

Bangor business honored for 70 years

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack. By popular demand a local bakery sells out constantly, and has been for 70 years. The Gosselin’s Bakery has been delivering there signature doughnuts to fans of all ages for years.

The bakery has a lengthy history in Bangor; on Monday, they were honored by the Bangor City Council for 70 Years of successful business operation.

No matter what types of doughnuts you love, Gosselin’s Bakery has them. From your honey dip doughnuts to your seasonal and pumpkin doughnuts. This family-business takes pride in providing tasty treats for their customers. And this year, they’re celebrating their 70th anniversary. These highly sought-after doughnuts are made by hand using recipes dating back to 1945.