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Man gets federal prison time for role in Maine drug ring


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A former Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring in Maine has been sentenced to three years behind bars.
    
Twenty-eight-year-old Torrence Benton was sentenced to federal prison Thursday in a Bangor court.
    
Court documents say Benton, formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, distributed crack in the Bangor area between January 2010 and August 2013. He pleaded guilty last year.
    
The records say the source for the crack was in the New Haven area and it was transported to the Bangor area by other people involved in the conspiracy.
    
Benton has already served nearly three years in state prison.


Maine competes for wind power based on number of proposals


BANGOR, Maine -- Wind power critics say they're alarmed by the scale of wind power development proposals in Maine.
    
Maine figures into competition to provide clean energy to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with companies submitting bids to build wind farms in Aroostook County and the western mountains.
    
The projects would more than triple the state's turbine capacity.
    
Chris O'Neil, a spokesman for Friends of Maine's Mountains has told the Portland Press Herald that the projects would turn the state "into a wind plantation."
    
But Patrick Woodcock, the governor's energy director, is tamping down impressions that all of the projects would be built.

There were dozens of different proposals, and he says that it's not possible for all of them to become reality.


Taxi driver reportedly robbed at gunpoint in Bangor


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police are investigating a report of a driver for Dick’s Taxicab Company reportedly being robbed at gunpoint in downtown Bangor Sunday night. 

Police say the suspects are described as one male and one female both appearing to be white. The male was in possession of a handgun. Both suspects were dressed in dark winter type coats with the hood of the female’s coat hood being trimmed with fur.

There was a physical struggle between the driver and the male suspect and the victim was injured. The injury does not appear to be serious, police report. 

The suspects entered the cab near Third and Union Street and exited the cab near the Main Street Tavern. 

Judge finds man accused of killing 3-month-old guilty of manslaughter


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge has found a Bangor man, accused of killing his infant son in 2012, guilty of manslaughter.

Dustin Brown was 18 when his son died nearly three years ago. Bangor police said they responded to the home for a baby who was not breathing back on Nov. 25, 2012. The infant was taken the hospital, where he later died. Brown told police the baby went limp during a feeding, but an autopsy indicates the infant, Xander Brown, died from trauma.

Bangor police, MDEA arrest five accused of selling cocaine


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Bangor Police have arrested five people on Thursday for selling crack cocaine. 

Police say agents had been  investigating a group responsible for the distribution of crack cocaine and other drugs in greater Bangor for several months.  Part of the investigation involved undercover officers purchasing crack from the group.

Late Thursday afternoon, agents  and Bangor Police stopped the car the five were in along South Park Street in Bangor. Seized from the car stop was about 135 grams of cocaine base or “crack”, 8 grams of MDMA, commonly referred to as “ecstasy”  and $1,200 in cash.

LePage takes town hall forum into people's living rooms


BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage's next town hall forum can be seen in living rooms in parts of Maine.
    
LePage is holding a town hall-style forum Tuesday evening that's hosted by WVII-TV at Husson University. The Bangor TV station will carry the event live over the air, on cable and via livestream online.
    
There will be a small audience chosen by the TV station, and officials say the event will be unscripted.
    
LePage has famously declared that he doesn't like newspapers, and his office said the televised event will allow Mainers to hear directly from the governor about his vision. Reporters from other media outlets will not be permitted.

 


Two major acts will play Bangor on the same day


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two major acts are headlining two different concerts on the same day in Bangor. 

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band along with the Dave Matthews Band will both be performing in Bangor on Wednesday, June 8. 

Starr will be performing at the Cross Insurance Center with his band featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.  

While Dave Matthews Band will take the stage outside at the Darling Waterfront Pavilion. 

Concert goers may have a challenge finding parking. 

The Cross Insurance Center announced the former Beatles’ concert Monday.