Man faces 20 years for 1,000-plus child porn images, videos

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Prosecutors say a 46-year-old Winslow man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography.
Federal prosecutor Thomas Delahanty says Darrin Cates entered his plea on Friday. Court records say Cates used a computer and peer-to-peer software to share videos of child pornography between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30 of 2014.
A search of his home found more than 800 images and 290 videos depicting child pornography on his computer.
Cates faces up to a $250,000 fine in addition to the prison term. He will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentence report.

4th annual 'Bangor Walks to End Abuse' happening downtown

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Communities across the nation are joining together to recognize the existence of domestic violence – and Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance in Bangor is holding their “4th annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse.”

The goal is to help create communities where domestic abuse and dating abuse are things of the past.  Where people can thrive in healthy relationships and live without isolation and fear.

This annual event is to walk together in support of survivors, to remember those whose lives have been taken, and make a statement that the community will not tolerate abuse.

Hear this staggering statistic: Officials say 50% of the homicides in Maine are related to domestic abuse.

Man pleads guilty to OUI charge

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man who police said was driving the wrong way on I-95 has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

Police said Roger O'Neal of Argyle was driving south on the northbound side of I-95 between Medway and Lincoln on Tuesday afternoon when he was pulled over.

Police recorded his blood alcohol content at 0.34 , four times over the legal limit.

O'Neal will spend 10 days in jail, pay a $750 fine, and lose his license for 150 days.

He was also in court for a domestic violence charge, for which he plead no contest.

O'Neal said that he intends to seek help for his drinking problem when he is released.

Bangor police investigating fatal collision

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police are currently investigating a fatal vehicle collision on Broadway near the intersection of the Pushaw Road that happened Tuesday night.

Police say around 9 p.m. police were called to respond to what initially appears to be a head on collision on Broadway in Bangor. Alston Crandall, 80, from Dover-Foxcroft, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash, police said.

The Bangor Police Department's Accident Reconstruction team is continuing their investigation aided by the Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division. Deputies from the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department also aided Bangor Police at the scene of the crash.

Poliquin continues to raise money, now has more than $1.2M

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Maine's freshman congressman is continuing to amass a campaign war chest with more than $1.2 million in cash on hand.
Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin's 2016 Re-Election Campaign Committee says it has raised $450,000 in past three months. The full report will be filed by the Oct. 15 deadline with the Federal Election Commission.
Democrat Emily Cain, who lost to Poliquin in 2014, and Joe Baldacci are vying for the Democratic nomination.
Observers expect a costly campaign in the 2nd Congressional District. Democrats say they're hopeful of beating Poliquin in a presidential election year in which there will be a higher turnout. 

Home safety: national fire prevention week

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In the spirit of National Fire Prevention Week, fire officials are teaming up with the American Red Cross on a new initiative to get working smoke detectors installed in more homes statewide.

"In 2014, we had 25 fatalities to fire in the state of Maine," said state Fire Marshal Joe Thomas. "I do know that in 24 of those cases, a working smoke detector would have made a difference for people."

He has seen his share of devastating fires. So has Hermon Fire Chief Ray Pipes. He said that in the 23 years he has been on the job, he has never been to a fatality where there was a working smoke detector in the house.

Officials believe that sixty percent of homes in the state of Maine do not have working detectors installed – a staggering number.

Judge finds man charged with mailing cyanide competent

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A federal judge says a Maine man charged with mailing cyanide to a suicidal Englishman is competent to stand trial.
Sidney Kilmartin of Windham has pleaded not guilty and filed a notice in March of his intent to use an insanity defense. Prosecutors say Judge John Woodcock found Kilmartin competent on Friday and Kilmartin withdrew the notice.
Kilmartin is charged with mailing cyanide that resulted in the death of Andrew Denton, a depressed 49-year-old man in Hull, England. Denton was found dead in 2012.
Prosecutors say the case was set for trial in November. However, the parties expect to postpone the start date when they return to court.
Kilmartin faces a maximum life sentence.