Social network can influence meth activity

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials are cracking down on meth labs and this year alone there have been 12 meth labs in Aroostoko County. About 43% of the methamphetamine busts have happened in northern Maine.

On Tuesday, East Millinocket Police Department and the MDEA placed two people in custody following a meth lab raid in East Millinocket - the first, in Penobscot County for this year. In 10 months, 28 meth labs have been raided with the majority of them centered in Aroostook County.

Acadia Hospital Psychologist, David Prescott said depressed areas with strong social communities have a higher chance of getting involved with drugs.

"Methamphetamine addiction tends to run a tight social network and the close social nature of our rural areas kinda lays the ground work to where these things can happen."

Woman drives car into Belfast harbor

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A 92-year-old woman who accidentally drove down a boat ramp in Belfast and into the harbor is alive thanks to the quick thinking of two people.

Police say Eva Lenfest of Searsport drove down the ramp Thursday morning at the height of a rainstorm when visibility was limited.

Bryden Burleson, an employee at Belmont Boat Works, and assistant Harbormaster Howard Whitcomb jumped into a dinghy, got to Eva, who was about 90 feet from shore, and pulled her from her car, which was sinking fast..

"The Way We Get By" Troop Greeter dies at 81

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- At the Bangor International Airport, the Maine Troop Greeters are more than acquainted with saying "welcome home." But on Thursday, they were saying goodbye to one of their own.

Joan Gaudet passed away Wednesday at the age of 81. She was one of the earliest members of the Maine Troop Greeters, joining in the early 1990's. Joan's story as a Troop Greeter was shown to the world in the 2009 documentary "The Way We Get By," a film made by her son and daughter-in-law Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly. Her friend and fellow greeter, Jerry Mundy, remembers her spirit and dedication to the troops.

"You wanted to be around her, she was always smiling, and she had a beautiful smile. She was the first one there most of the time, and she was very, very touched by the troops. They all smiled. Joan was very generous with her hugs," said Mundy.

DHHS shuts down, investigates Bangor daycare


(NEWS CENTER) -- A Bangor daycare has been shut down and is the subject of an investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Almost Home Daycare on Charles Street in Bangor shut down Oct. 27 following a complaint. DHHS said the owner, Tracy Rowe, voluntarily surrendered her license. The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services' out-of-home investigation unit is handling the case.

DHHS officials said the investigation has not been finalized, so its spokesperson would not provide any more details.

NEWS CENTER reached out to the owner of the daycare but was unsuccessful.

Almost Home Daycare is the third daycare that has closed in the area in the past few months.

Trick-or-Treat at WLBZ 2!

Bangor, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- WLBZ 2 invites you to stop by and trick-or-treat on Halloween night at our house from 4:00 to 7:00 on at 329 Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor.

We'll have goodies for the trick-or-treaters, plus we'll be taking photos of ghouls and goblins and super heroes to post right here on WLBZ

Here's a look at last year's Halloween photo gallery.

United Way of Eastern Maine to lose major contributors

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The United Way of Eastern Maine is now in its peak fundraising season with a goal of$2.1 million, bu two of its major contributors won't be around much longer.

The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport and the L.L. Bean call Center in Bangor are two of the biggest contributors to the United Way fund. However, with both announcing closures between now and 2016, the United Way is bracing for a drop in donations from those companies and their employees.

Survivors get tattoos for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month survivors and those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer are getting complimentary tattoos at Diversified Ink.

That is, a pink ribbon tattoo donated by the artists at Diversified Ink in Bangor. Candidates can choose out of 10 designs created by tattoo artist, Abby Lusk.

The business thought the tattoos could help raise awareness, as well as serve as a reminder to survivors of their fight.

About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.