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Construction zone close call leads to speed crack down


BANGOR, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- A speed detail in the construction zone along Interstate 95's Union Street bridge project brought in about $10,000 dollars in fines in just two hours.

State Police set up that detail after a construction worker had to jump out of the way of a speeding vehicle in the construction zone last week.

Trooper Trevor Snow said he pulled over several drivers going at least 15 miles per hour over the posted 45 mile per hour speed limit.

"The safety of the workers is paramount," Snow said. "And I think we have an obligation and a duty to do everything we can to make that work environment for that construction crew and for other motorists travelling through the construction crew as safe an area as possible."

'My Maine Ride' owner reaches settlement with the state


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former My Maine Ride owner Glenn Gieser reaches a deal with the state.
The attorney general's office brought a lawsuit against Geiser earlier this year claiming he used deceptive practices violating Maine's "sticker rule."

After a lengthy back and forth between the state and Geiser's attorney-- Geiser agrees to suspending his license to own a car business for the next seven years and pay up to thirty-thousand dollars in repairs for cars purchased from his former businesses Bumper2Bumper, Inc or My Maine Ride.

Geiser, however, will be allowed to sell cars or work for a dealer or auto repair business under the condition that the business is not owned or operated by him or any member of his household. Geiser must notify the Attorney General's office within 30 days of any employment.

Geiser released a statement through his attorney Joe Baldacci.

Medway man receives nine years in prison for violent home invasion.


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The 25-year-old man charged with breaking into a woman's home and brutally beating her was sentenced Tuesday morning. Nicholas Hutchinson will spend the next nine years behind bars for the violent home invasion back in 2012.

Nicholas Hutchinson previously pleaded no contest to the charges. The state offered the Medway man a plea deal of no more than ten years behind bars. Hutchinson along with another man entered a Greenbush home and after seeing the homeowner was present Hutchinson beat the victim, Marcia Fieger with various weapons. Her young son was hit with mace during the assault.

Hutchinson addressed the court blaming his drug addiction as what fueled his previous actions. He apologized to the victim and her family.

The Bangor State Fair opens Friday


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It's back! The Bangor State Fair opens Friday at Bass Park and runs through Sunday, August 3rd. Fairgrounds open at noon every day this year- organizers say the earlier opening time will allow families to come and spend more time enjoying the festivities. This year's state fair features several events including a petting zoo and live music as well as exciting new and returning carnival rides.

"Some things are back for the first time in a while. The Log Flume ride, which I'm told has not been here for a while, but is a popular one. We also have demolition derby on two nights. We have a truck pull. We have a lobster roll eating contest," said Cross Insurance Center General Manager, Joe Imbriaco.

If you buy a ticket to see musical artist John Fogerty on Saturday, August 2nd at the Cross Insurance Center, you'll also be able to enter the fair using that ticket.

New Orono Bog Boardwalk opens at City Forest


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Orono Bog Boardwalk opened for its 12th season on Thursday with a brand new boardwalk through City Forest. The first 105 sections of the more than 500 eight foot sections of the boardwalk have been replaced with composite decking pieces which are resistant to rot and insect damage. It took more than 50 volunteers more than 1,000 hours to complete the work. Dozens of people came out today to appreciate the new boardwalk and explore the nature in Bangor's backyard.

"It's really great. We have a lot of good supporters, a lot of donors, a lot of friends, and it's just really nice. A lot of these people have supported monetarily and volunteering and it's just wonderful," said Jim Bird, Director of the Orono Bog Boardwalk, of the turnout the opening brought.

EMAN joins with Down East AIDS Network


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance, also known as DEAN+HEAL, has officially combined with EMAN- Eastern Maine AIDS Network.

The two organizations decided to pool their staff and resources to better serve the Maine community facing AIDS and HIV. In addition to DEAN and HEAL's health equity centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais, a new center has opened it's doors in Bangor and will serve six communities. Now that EMAN is a part of DEAN+HEAL, the organization is hoping to do more with the combined funding.

"We're working with the funders to see what's going on, but because we're the only organization up in this area," said Sean Weber, the deputy director of the organization. "So therefore we're hoping that it will work for our benefit that we'll be getting increased funding."

Belfast man reaches plea deal for murder charge


BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Belfast man charged with killing a woman and wounding her son with a shot gun back in August of 2013 has changed his plea. Todd Gilday pleaded guilty to all charges Monday morning just weeks before his trial was set to begin.

Gilday's attorney Philip Cohen said, "Based upon the evaluations and reports he just determined it was better to accept responsibility and plea to the charges."

Back in October Gilday originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Gilday told the judge on Monday, however, he was responsible for the death of Lynn Arsenault and the attempted murder of Matthew Day.

Cohen said, "I think it was an unfortunate situation. I don't think our client ever expected to find himself in that situation, but based on other sentences around the state I think it was a fair agreement."