Advocates against abuse get recognized

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- On Wednesday, members of the community were recognized for their efforts in helping victims of domestic violence, drug abuse, and other violent acts. Advocates were honored with awards, with the intent to bring attention to all types of abuse, and encourage people to speak up when they see it.

"There are a lot of children out there, teenagers primarily, who are runaways, who have been abandoned by their families, who have left their families for any number of different reasons, and many of the organizations that we recognize here today take these children in and work with them and help them," said U.S. Attorney, Thomas Delahanty.

Cross Insurance Center sustains attendance rates

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Just seven months after its grand opening, the new Cross Insurance Center seems to be packing in the crowds. Attendance there is on the rise across the board for the various events that take place inside the new arena.

"Anytime you make a major change in a venue there's certainly some unknowns, but I think what we found was that we were able to embrace the greater-Bangor community," said University of Maine Athletic Director Karlton Creech.

Creech says the Cross Insurance Center is one of the best arenas in the American East Conference. Between the two basketball teams, more than 35,000 people got to experience it throughout the season.

"There's a mix of paid attendance, certainly students come and staff and families of players so it's a mix but we count people through the gate," said Creech.

Marijuana trade show coming to Bangor Saturday

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is coming to Bangor, Maine.

Homegrown Maine 2014 takes place at the Spectacular Events Center in the city on Saturday.

Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine organizes the event, which is in its third year. A spokeswoman for the organization said the event is geared at caregivers, patients and growers. The organization estimates that thousands of people will attend the event.

The trade show also includes a smoking tent outside the facility for qualified users. Organizers said the event will include workshops, classes, vendors and performances.

There will be no marijuana for sale at the event.

Ex-teller sentenced for stealing from customers

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A former teller at a Searsport bank has been sentenced to one month in prison and seven months of home confinement for stealing about $26,000 from customers.

Brittany Mace, who worked at the Bangor Savings Bank in Searsport, was also ordered Thursday to pay back the money and serve five years of probation.

Authorities say the 24-year-old Mace made unauthorized transactions for amounts as low as $20 and of more than $1,000 from the accounts of 48 customers, many elderly and with dementia, between August 2010 and November 2011, often by manipulating records and forging signatures. She took more than $10,000 from one customer alone.

She pleaded guilty in November to embezzlement.

She told authorities she used the money to support a drug habit and pay bills.

A large tractor trailer lost control Tuesday night and slid off I95.

CARMEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A tractor trailer carrying potatoes went off I95 Tuesday night, hitting several trees before coming to rest on the median.

The driver, Scott Rand of Sherman Mills, was not injured. It is unclear why Rand lost control of the vehicle. The tractor trailer sustained an estimated $15,000 in damage.

Potatoes were off-loaded to another truck Wednesday. The tractor trailer is expected to be removed from the median Wednesday afternoon.

Rand was cited for a log book violation.

Push continues for second national park in Maine


(NEWS CENTER) It's a controversial plan that has been in the works for years. Roxanne Quimby owns more than 100,000 acres of land in the Katahdin region, and is looking to turn some of that into what would be the state's second national park.

Over the past few years she has stepped into the shadows of the project, and her son, Lucas St. Clair, has taken over as this push continues.

Lucas St. Clair told NEWS CENTER that since he's taken over as the spokesman for this project there's been a greater understanding for what it is they're trying to do in the Katahdin region. He says he's really been out in the community.

On Tuesday night, St. Clair was in Bangor.

He and the Natural Resources Council of Maine put on a presentation at the public library .

Cuts to state revenue sharing makes budget building difficult for towns


(NEWS CENTER) --- Cuts to municipal revenue sharing are now starting to be felt by Maine's many towns and cities as they get ready to put their budgets together for next year.

On Monday night city leaders in Bangor received their proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Administrators for the city say they are now left trying to fill a $1.4 million budget gap.

They say that is due to a $336,000 cut to municipal revenue sharing for Bangor as well as less state aid coming in to support the city's schools.

Members of the city council say they are now only left with two choices: raise taxes for Bangor residents or cut city services.