Wayne man gets probation for theft of veterans benefits


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Wayne man has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $8,000 after pleading guilty to illegally receiving veterans' unemployment benefits while he had a job.
    
Lawrence A. Stewart was sentenced Tuesday for theft of public money. He also was ordered to pay to nearly $54,000 in restitution to the Veterans Administration.
    
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Stewart received more than $54,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled between August 2011 and January of this year.
    
Stewart was earning $6,200 a month through his job at one point while collecting more than $3,300 a month in unemployability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    
Prosecutors say Stewart was entitled to receive about $1,800 monthly in disability benefits, but not unemployability benefits.
    
Stewart pleaded guilty in April 

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Bangor man arrested in connection to East Side burglaries


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police have arrested 24-year-old Nelson Keyser of Bangor in connection to recent burglaries on the east side of Bangor. 

According to police, Keyser was arrested Friday in connection to four burglaries. Police expect more charges could be filed later as they continue to investigate. 

Keyser was booked into the Penobscot County Jail on Friday after being taken into custody by Detectives from the Bangor Police Department Criminal Investigation Division. 


Bangor International breaks summer passenger records


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor International Airport is setting a new passenger record.

This summer has been their busiest ever, even though overall traveler numbers in 2015 are slightly down.

The airport exceeded its average monthly passenger count by thousands of people in June, July and August this year.

Airport Director Tony Caruso says there are more people from out of town flying into Bangor from out of the area and more locals flying out too.

He thinks the uptick, along with the multi-million dollar upgrade to the airport's domestic terminal, could help the airport attract other airlines and offer more routes to more airports in the future.

Caruso also says passengers travelling from can already fly to many different destinations through major hubs.

General Electric to move Maine jobs overseas


 

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- General Electric Co. has announced that it's moving 500 jobs overseas, and 80 of those jobs will be moved from the Bangor facility right here in Maine. 

 General Electric may move these jobs overseas because Congress did not renew a government program that allows foreign companies to borrow money to buy U.S. products. 

Authorization for the U.S. Export Import Bank was not approved by Congress, causing it to stop lending on July 1. Foreign companies use the agency to buy expensive U.S. products when bank loans are not possible.

The Bangor facility produces parts for power turbines, and those jobs will be moved to France according to a press release on the GE website. 

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Bangor police take to FB to return wedding ring to owner


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police are looking for the person who might have lost a gold wedding ring at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. 

The police department humorously took to social media Tuesday to reunite the wedding ring with its rightful owner, "Did you take your wedding ring off at the Cross Insurance Center? Did it slip off because you have been following a strict regime of the Atkins Diet?," Bangor police posted to their page.

If you think the ring is yours, you can message the Bangor Police Department on Facebook, or contact Officer James Hassard through the business line. 


Drug overdose deaths on the rise in Maine


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Three recent deaths in the Bangor area, all of them suspected heroin overdoses, plus a surge in trafficking arrests, is leading one police department to try something new.

Last year, more than 200 people died of drug overdoses across Maine. About half of those involved heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic drug with similar but stronger effects. 

Six months into this year, more than 100 overdose deaths already occurred, and more than half of them were the result of use of heroin and fentanyl.

A big reason for that increase is that those drugs are now easier to get. Captain Chris Martin with the Brewer police department said more time needs to be invested in educating young people about the dangers of these drugs.

Maine man awaiting sentencing for killing to be evaluated


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A Superior Court judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a Maine man who is awaiting sentencing for killing his ex-girlfriend in November 2013.
    
Zackery Mailloux pleaded guilty in July to restraining and killing Husson University student Brooke Locke. Bangor police said they found the 21-year-old former Auburn resident's body while responding to a complaint of domestic violence.
    
The 23-year-old Mailloux, who dialed 911 to report the death, was originally charged with murder, kidnapping and rape. Under the agreement, the gross sexual assault charge was dropped.
    
Judge Ann Murray said Monday that the evaluation will aid her in sentencing Mailloux. No sentencing date has been set.