Driver dead in early morning Bangor crash

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Bangor police are investigating an early morning fatal crash.

Police say the victim's pickup drove the wrong way down a street at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday before crashing down an embankment.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's name was not immediately made public.

An officer on routine patrol in a marked cruiser first saw the truck traveling in the wrong lane and pulled out of the way. The truck struck the cruiser causing minor damage. The truck continued, turning the wrong way down a street before crossing the railroad tracks and crashing.

Police follow leads on officer impersonators

WINTERPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After releasing photos of men who posed as law enforcement and stole medical marijuana, State Police said they have a strong idea of who the three are.

On Sunday Sept. 21 a Winterport resident found three men dressed in SWAT and Sheriff uniforms in the backyard. One was armed with a gun. When the resident verbally confronted the intruders, they left the property with one of the owner's medicinal marijuana plants in hand.

TCTC students learn skills while being hands on

DEXTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A year long project at Tri-County Technical Center in Dexter is coming to a close as students finish building a greenhouse.

The center teamed up with University of Maine's Human Development students who had written a grant application to the non-profit Skills USA and Lowe's. The students were awarded $6500, which was used to clear land and build a greenhouse. The TCTC will use the greenhouse as a sustainable agricultural resource for the center's culinary program. The project's administrative instructor said these skills will be important to the students' futures.

Hammond Street Senior Center lowers age of admittance

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A younger generation of senior citizens will be able to join the Hammond Street Senior Center in downtown Bangor.

The age of admission has been lowered from 60 years old to 55 years of age for men and women interested in becoming members of the center. The board of directors voted to lower the age limit after receiving many requests from local citizens and instituting a yearly membership fee of $100 for the first time in January. Spouses of any age are also allowed to join as long as their partners have memberships and are 55 or older.

"We're very excited about it. I am thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful center to people of an age that can appreciate it for many years to come," said Executive Director, Kathy Bernier.

Former hockey coach helps displaced mill workers

LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --He lead Brewer High School's hockey team to great success and now a former coach is trying to lead displaced mill workers to the same goal through education.

David Shedd's first love is teaching, so when he found out many members of his home town of Millinocket were unemployed after the mill shut down, he put all of his energy into helping them learn a new trade.

Bangor spends less per student, still ranks well

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Bangor School Department consistently scores high on state tests, despite one of the lowest costs per pupil across the state.

The Bangor School Department is ranked 152 out of 216 school districts in Maine for the lowest spending on students. The cost for a K-12 student to go to school in Bangor is a average of $10,542, which is about $1,000 less than state average.

For comparison, Brewer School Department costs more than $12,000 per student, Portland Public Schools comes in a little more expensive with $12,202 per pupil, and the school department that spends the most per student is Monhegan Plantation with more than $65,800.

Fall brings cruise ships to Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bar Harbor has seen the most cruise ships coming to port this year than ever before and the season is in its peak.

According to the Bar Harbor Harbor Master, Charlie Phippen, 136 ships have been scheduled to arrive at the town between May and November, but the majority of those are smaller cruise liners carrying less than 1,000 passengers. The months of September and October will bring in the majority of this season's passengers, with multiple ships arriving in port on an almost daily basis. Employees at local businesses said this is when they typically see the biggest crowds and the most foot traffic.