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PALS pilot flies 100th volunteer flight


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- In a rural state like Maine, many people who are battling serious illnesses, spend several hours in a car traveling long distances to receive the care they need. That's why PALS, Patient Airlift Services, offers free air travel to those patients who need it.

On Friday morning, volunteer pilot Dennis Coulombe flew his 100th flight for PALS after teaming up with the non profit three years ago. Dennis flew Sigrid Ryan of Corinth to Boston for treatment at the Dana Farber Institute- a trip that would normally take 12 painful hours round trip by car. Sigrid received a bone marrow transplant a few months ago to battle her leukemia. This is her first flight with PALS.

"People who donate their time, their gasoline, are very, very special people. And I owe them a lot of gratitude," said Sigrid.

UTC gets donation of 10 Ski-Doos


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Not every technology student can compare going to class to waking up on Christmas morning- but that's exactly what the Outdoor Power and Recreation program at Bangor's United Technologies Center said after receiving a donation of 10 brand new Ski-Doo snowmobiles this week.

The snowmobiles were donated by Bombardier Recreational Products to be used in repair lessons in the classroom at UTC. All together the 10 sleds add up to a $125,000 value. According to the program's instructor, most modern out door vehicles are computerized and it's important for students to be savvy electricians just as much as it is for them to be skilled technicians.

Three people charged with cocaine and heroin possession


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two men and a woman were arrested following a joint-drug investigation conducted by Bangor Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police seized more than $25,000 worth of cocaine and heroin, along with almost $5,000 cash.

The investigation began Wednesday night when a vehicle was stopped for a traffic infraction near Hogan Rd. During that stop, police found 34-year-old Timothy Thorpe of Dedham in possession of a small amount of cocaine. A State Police canine was requested to conduct a drug check of the vehicle.

During that check, Thorpe's passenger, 34-year-old Terrence Douglas of Bennetsville, SC, ran off, but was taken into custody a short distance away. Douglas was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and aapproximately$1,700.

Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre listed as "endangered"


SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- One of the five drive-in movie theatres left in the state has landed on Maine Preservation's list of most endangered historic places this week, but supporters of the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre believe this might actually be a good thing.

Since August, the drive-in has been raising money to switch its projection system's format from film to digital. The upgrade will cost between $55,000 and $80,000. So far only about $13,000 has been raised. But theatre supporters believe now that the drive-in has been listed as endangered, more people will pitch in to upgrade and save it.

Bangor Police arrest man for various crimes


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor Police arrested and charged a man for several crimes in the Bangor area relating to theft and criminal mischief.

On July 9, 2013, the Blind Faith Tattoo shop reported that a man had just smashed out the front window using his hands. They reported that the man was hollering and continued down Central Street. Bangor Police found a man on Hammond Street, but he denied having anything to do with the incident. He returned to the store with the officer, but employees couldn't be sure it was the same person. Later, officers recovered several fingerprints at the scene thought to be from the suspect. They were cataloged and saved for later.

Front Street Shipyard receives $10 million loan


BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After three fast paced years starting from the ground up, Front Street Shipyard has finally established itself as a stable business and is now moving into the next chapter of business.

The company has been approved for a $10 million Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan to invest in itself and expand in the future. According to the company's president, J.B. Turner, the loan will allow the company to establish credit without capping the amount of money it can borrow to finance future projects, including a new 24,000 square foot boat hangar at its Belfast facility. Although growth and progress are important, Turner's main goal is to continue job security for his 114 employees.

Bangor man sentenced for firearms charge


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Perrin Oliver, 44, was arrested on July 4, 2013 after a stand-off at his Bangor apartment. Oliver, a convicted felon, fired multiple rounds of ammunition from his apartment. Court records show that after his arrest, officers found a Rossi .38 Special revolver in OIiver's waistband. Police also located a SIG Sauer .380 semi-automatic pistol and crack cocaine in a safe in his apartment.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bangor Police Department.