Hammond Street Senior Center to close temporarily

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some senior citizens in Bangor say they are not happy about finding out that the Hammond Street Senior Center will be closing its doors temporarily.

Members were notified of the closing through an email this week. The letter indicated it will be closed for a few months.

The center is looking to sell its building at 2 Hammond Street in the hopes of moving to a new location that's more cost efficient.

Most members of the senior center are being relocated to other places around the city for their normal social activities. The board hopes to expand programming once the center reopens at its new site.

Hermon High students get close up look at court

HERMON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hermon High students were all ears this morning as Maine's Supreme Court paid a visit to their auditorium. The court conducted real hearings in front of the student audience.

Hearings covered topics such as OUI and drug charges. The enrichment program is designed to help students see what they learn in school practiced in real life.

Students were captivated by the court, listening silently and then eagerly asking questions to the attorneys.

"I was very surprised with the amount of kids that were very involved," said Bailey Bryant, a senior at Hermon High. "Usually when we have events like this or anything like this at all, there's not a whole lot of talk."

Marissa Cox, another senior, agreed. "It was just very interesting. It was something that not everybody gets to see, and that's kind of cool that we got to see it."

Bangor Police: Man loses part of ear in fight

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police have arrested 27-year-old Casey Cole after police say he was involved in a fight at an apartment complex in Bangor. 

According to police, one man was severely injured in the fight including losing a significant portion of his ear. The suspect in the case left the scene prior to arrival of the police officers, police say. 


Bangor police building dedicated to former chief

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Bangor police are honoring one of their own today.

A plaque memorializing former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow, dedicating the building to him, was placed outside the entrance to the police department during a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Members of Winslow's family stood alongside officers past and present from the police force.

Winslow served as police chief of Bangor from 1998 to 2007.

He died in July of 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

Penobscot County Sheriff seeks money for crowded jail

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Too many inmates and too few beds, that's the problem facing several county jails here in Mane. The Penobscot County Jail currently houses more than 200 inmates and its capacity is 157. One solution would be to transfer the overflow of inmates to other county jails and board them there. But the sheriff says that costs money that the Penobscot County Jail doesn't have.

A new law has given control of county jails back to the county and allows them to see their budgets. But that means Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton can see that his jail is already more than $440,000 in the hole for the year.

"And that is not one dollar set aside to pay other counties to house Penobscot county inmates," Morton said. "There are no funds to pay those other counties. So why would they want to take inmates from other counties and not be funded?"

Officials credit smoke detectors with saving four lives


LaGrange, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Smoke detectors may have saved four people in a LaGrange fire Monday morning.

Four people were able to escape a burning home this morning, and officials credit working smoke detectors. The fire was called in at approximately 7:30 Monday morning.

Firefighters say the four people all made it out safely after hearing the smoke detector go off.

Fortunately, the house was right across from the fire station, and crews responded quickly.

LeGrange Assistant Fire Chief Michael Bacon said, "there's a lot of damagebut, you know, we really have to thank our communities. If we didn't have mutual aid communities, this could have gone a lot different."

The fire marshal's office is investigating the fire.

MDEA agents help dismantle violent New Haven street gang

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to the Connecticut U.S. attorney's office and multiple law enforcement agencies, several members associated with the 'Red Red Side Guerilla Brims', a violent New Haven street gang, have been charged with federal murder, racketeering, firearms, narcotics and money laundering.

A press release states members of MDEA agents played crucial roles in this case. Tim Carson from the Public Information Office says members and associates of the gang are alleged to have committed six murders and four attempted murders.