Family reminds people the importance of donating blood

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- At the end of October, 2 year old Maggie Rudnicki had her 49th blood transfusion.  Maggie suffers from a rare blood disorder called Black Fan Anemia, that doesn't allow her bone marrow to produce red blood cells.  So every 2 to 3 weeks, Maggie has to get a blood transfusion. 

Etna crash pins driver in burning car

ETNA, Maine (NEWS DRIVER) --- Emergency responders rushed to the scene of a serious car accident on the Plymouth Road in Etna Thursday evening.

Authorities say a car went off the road, struck a tree and caught fire as a result. The driver, who was the only one in the car, was left pinned inside.

Rescue crews responded to the scene shortly before 5 p.m.  Responders then worked to cut the driver out of the car after putting the fire out. She was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

The driver's name has not been released at this time.


Bangor 101st Air Refueling Wing still facing possible cuts

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twenty full-time jobs at the Bangor Air National Guard Base could be gone by the end of the month.

That's why state and congressional leaders welcomed General Raymond Johns to the base, to show him how important these jobs are to the Air Bridge program.

General Johns is the commander of the Air Mobility Command and the person who will be deciding what will be cut, as the Senate and House work to finalize the Air Force's budget.

The fate of the remaining 125 or so jobs also remains uncertain. Those jobs could be phased out next September.

But Governor Baldacci said he and senators Collins and Snowe along with Congressman Michaud are working to keep as many jobs as possible in Bangor.

Last month, 150 men and women were given a 30 day repreive as the Air Force reconsidered cuts of aerial refueling.

Hazardous rail training held in Old Town

OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Imagine if a train carrying hazardous material derailed in Old Town.  That's what emergency responders learned Thursday at a rail safety course.

The training, sponsored by Maine Operation Lifesaver, includes hands-on activities and real-life scenarios. Norman Griffith of Operation Lifesaver says says a rail accident is a lot different than most of the calls received by police, fire and EMS.

Norma Griffith with Maine Operation Lifesaver said, "They are learning about boxcars and hazmat cars and all the dangers they are going to face out in the field. How to approach it, where to get the information about what is on the cars. The unique hazards that they present. "

Griffith says they have taught the course to about fifty departments over the past year. It is also available for schools.

Holland found guilty in double murder trial

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A jury in the Rory Holland murder trial has found the 56-year-old guilty on two counts of murder.

Holland, who is from Biddeford, was on trial in Bangor in the death of 19-year-old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother, Derek, on the early morning of June 30, 2009. Holland's attorneys claimed he was fearful for his life that morning and fired in self-defense when the brothers and others passed by his South Street home after a night of drinking.

Prosecutors, who rested their case on Monday, said Holland was not justified in pulling a handgun from his waistband and shooting the brothers. Holland's attorneys finished their defense on Tuesday afternoon. Holland did not testify on his own behalf.

General to visit Maine's 101st Air Refueling Wing

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- The commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is visiting the Maine National Guard's 101st Air Refueling Wing as part of an assessment that will determine the future of the so-called air bridge program.

The program that provides in-air refueling of military aircraft headed to and from Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe has been targeted for cuts. About 400 personnel in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are only assured of continued service through the end of November.

Gen. Raymond Johns is scheduled Thursday to tour the 101st in Bangor along with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Gov. John Baldacci.

Collins has said she hopes the general's visit will lead to the vast majority of personnel being retained through the coming year.








Gas leak at Maine school sends 7 to hospital

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Officials are blaming a malfunctioning heating unit for a gas leak at a Bangor beauty school that resulted in seven people seeking hospital treatment.

Officials said the victims were treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital and released after yesterday's gas leak at Empire Beauty School.

According to the Bangor Daily News, several students complained of nausea and lightheadedness, but nobody reported being seriously ill.

Assistant Fire Chief Daryl Cyr said the leak was traced to a heating unit on the roof of the school.

School spokeswoman Angela Watson said the school is scheduled to reopen today.