January will see many moves in downtown Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been a week since Best Bib & Tucker in Bangor ended its 42-year run as the only independently owned men and women's clothing store north of Portland. But next month, the shop itself will have a new owner with a familiar name.

Top Shelf Comics will be calling the Main Street shop home starting January 2nd. The change stems from an expansion of Bagel Central scheduled for mid-January. After 18 years of business in downtown Bangor, Bagel Central will expand its kitchen, giving it more work space and the opportunity to open on Saturdays when it normally is closed. The project is expected to be finished by April. The eatery will be taking over the next door space currently occupied by the Briar Patch book store, which in domino effect, will be moving into the current Top Shelf shop

Store stands up to criticisms about religious window display

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Maine furniture store has been receiving some negative feedback after decorating one of its windows with a religious Christmas theme.

Discount Mattress and Furniture at the Airport Mall painted its windows with a nativity scene and the caption, "Jesus is the reason for the season." While it seemed like a normal Christmas display to some customers, others did not like the display of faith.

"(Customers have been) asking us to take them down. Saying we were mixing our business with religion. Saying it was offensive...saying they wouldn't shop here, nor would their friends shop here," said store owner Kathy Harvey.

Medical marijuana users rent space to smoke in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group is renting a VIP room in a downtown Bangor shop for people to come and smoke or eat medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana is currently legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Under federal law, marijuana is still an illegal drug. Within the federal spending package Congress passed over the weekend was a provision that quietly ended the federal ban on medical marijuana.

PERC, Orrington react to MRC's waste facility plans

ORRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Orrington town officials and executives of the PERC trash-to-energy plant said they were caught off guard to learn there's a plan to build another facility to handle waste across the river in Hampden.

Municipal Review Committee is the nonprofit organization made up of 187 eastern Maine towns that send their household trash to the PERC waste-to-energy plant in Orrington. The group announced plans to build a new $60 million solid waste processing facility in Hampden at the town's meeting Monday night.

Bangor Police charge minors for burglary attempt

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor Police are investigating a string of residential burglaries.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a homeowner who called to report that at least three men were trying to break into her home on Hewey Street and smashed in a window. The woman told dispatchers that she believed she had spooked the suspects and they ran way from her home on foot.

A short time later, an officer noticed individuals matching the descriptions provided running across the Municipal Golf Course. Police said the officer positioned himself to intercept the suspects, which he and another officer took into custody.

Another officer and a K-9 located clothing police said they believe the suspects left behind near the attempted burglary.

25-year-old mother found guilty of murdering daughter

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge found a mother guilty of murdering her 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The judge issued her verdict Monday, about a month after the trial ended.

Twenty-five-year-old Leanna Norris is convicted of drugging her daughter, Loh Grenda, with allergy medicine, suffocating her with duct tape, and leaving her body in a car near her parents home in Stetson.

Proposed solid waste processing facility in Hampden

HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A proposal for a new municipal solid waste processing facility in Hampden was introduced publicly at Monday night's Hampden town meeting.

The plan has been developed by the Municipal Review Committee, a non profit organization made up of 187 towns in the Eastern Maine region who send their municipal solid waste, or household trash, to PERC- a waste-to-energy processing facility in Orrington. That facility burns trash and turns it into electricity.

The Hampden facility would be an alternative to resigning with PERC in 2018 when its 30 year contract with MRC ends. MRC officials said this new facility would save the the towns a collective $12 million annually, as opposed to forming a new long term contract with PERC.