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Former Greek priest indicted on additional charges


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A former Greek Orthodox priest was indicted on additional charges Tuesday.

Fifty-two-year-old Adam Metropolous was indicted on four counts of sexual abuse of a minor, possession of sexually explicit material, and violation of privacy by a Penobscot County grand jury.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts said the sexual abuse charges are based on one young boy. The violation of privacy goes back to the original charge after a young woman staying in the Metropolous home told police the priest was videotaping her in the shower. Police said the young woman took the camera and left Metropolous's home with her father. Her father went to police to report the incident.

Shortly after his initial arrest in September during an interview with Bangor detectives Metropolous admitted to inappropriately touching two boys and filming two women staying in his home.

New Brunswick women coming to Maine for abortions


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In New Brunswick Canada, the topic of abortion is as divisive if not more so than in the United States. Due to the laws on how abortions are covered by insurance and the recent closure of the province's only privately funded clinic women are coming to Maine to undergo the procedure.

"We had gone from seeing one or two women every six months to half of our clinic clients being Canadian women," said Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Clinic Ruth Lockhart.

In recent months, the calls and appointments from women in New Brunswick have increased dramatically. Lockhart said she was not surprised after the area's only privately funded clinic closed. According to Lockhart, the clinic performs abortion procedures once a week and in a year will perform as many as 500 abortions.

Bucksport library book drive for the holidays


BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With the closing of the Bucksport mill days away, the town library is focusing on bringing Christmas cheer to the families affected by the shutdown.

The library has joined with the Bucksport Community Concerns food pantry for the 25th year to collect books as part of the pantry's Christmases for Kids fundraiser. Organizers said they are working extra hard this year to make sure all children of Bucksport mill workers will get a gift this year.

Brewer Food and Medicine help 1,200 Maine families


BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 300 volunteers are coming together to make sure Mainers have a Thanksgiving feast they can share with their loved ones. Brewer Food and Medicine is hosting its 12th annual Solidarity Harvest to feed more than 1,200 Maine families this Thanksgiving.

"There is a lot of good people out there. They maybe struggling just as much as you are, but they are there because they care about others and that means a lot to me," said volunteer Loren Snow.

Brewer Food and Medicine bought about $25,000 worth of food. They will bag up the Thanksgiving food, making sure there's enough to feed 8 to 10 people. Many of the vegetables, including turnips and onions, are from local Maine farmers.

Fashion show fundraiser for T.A.Y.L.O.R foundation


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Friends and family of a young girl killed in a crash last October are hoping to prevent other accidents through a teen driving awareness video. On Sunday, they held a runway show to raise money to help offset the production costs. Taylor Darveau was riding with her 16-year-old friend who had her license for just two months. The two were racing another car when they crashed and Taylor was killed.

Her parents, Christina and Cory Darveau have since started the T.A.Y.L.O.R Foundation and they're in the process of producing a safety video for teenage drivers. This event "Get Your Glam On" fashion show included girls of all ages who walked in gowns that were donated for the show. More than 90 volunteers helped make the show a success, including support from businesses, police and fire departments.

Study says Maine casinos a boon to economy


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A study by Oxford Economics commissioned by the American Gaming Association said that Maine's two casinos have a substantial impact on the economy, employing nearly 15,000 in state jobs, paying $83 million in taxes and had a total economic impact of $227 million in 2013.

The General Manager of one of those two casinos, Hollywood Slots in Bangor, said the establishment has come a long way in 10 years. It opened in 2005 with just 120 employees and now it's working out of a more than 257,000 square foot facility with about 400 hundred employees. He also said the casino has a symbiotic relationship with the other businesses downtown. Local businesses said they've seen more customers since the casino came in.

Man sentenced for "sophisticated" marijuana grow-op


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A judge sentenced a Monroe man Friday for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a drug involved premises and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court proceedings showed that agents searched James Ford's home in November 2011 and found a large "sophisticated" indoor marijuana growing operation and two rifles. The U.S. Attorney's office said that evidence submitted during trial showed that Ford and his family members worked to grow hundreds of marijuana plants at his home.

Ford was found guilty of the charges during a jury trial in Nov. 21, 2013. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and eight years of supervised release.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the Waldo County Sheriff's Office and the Maine State Police.