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Former Newburgh employee faces criminal charge for taking town money

NEWBURGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A grand jury in Penobscot County indicted a former Newburgh town employee Wednesday on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the town over the course of several years.

Former Newburgh Deputy Treasurer Cindy Dunton admitted to investigators last April that she took roughly $150,000 from town coffers between 2007 and 2009 by changing weekly warrants after the town's select board had signed them. A forensic audit would later reveal that closer to $200,000 went missing.

Dunton is now facing a criminal charge of theft by unauthorized taking, which is a class B felony. If convicted she could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Penobscot County District Attorney Christopher Almy said Wednesday that at this time he's not sure what he will recommend for a possible sentence. He added that the townspeople of Newburgh will have the most significant impact on the outcome.

Halloween treats with a healthy spin

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Halloween is typically known as a holiday for young trick-or-treaters to stock up on a giant pillowcase full of candy. But some health professionals are suggesting a healthier spin on tradition.

While Kate Yerxa of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says there's room for all food groups in moderation, not everyone has to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Bubble, pencils, or temporary tattoos are healthy alternatives.  If you prefer to hand out food though, Yerxa says it is possible to add candy to a healthier option.

Bangor airport gets $500K grant to expand service

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- Bangor International Airport is getting a $500,000 federal grant to help it expand its flight service to Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The award was one of 19 proposals selected under the Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program.

The grant would be used to provide a fund to entice United Airlines to offer regional jet service from Bangor to Chicago and/or Washington, D.C. The money would be set aside to reduce United's risk in entering a new market by providing funds to the airline if revenues from the new service don't cover operating costs.

Holland trial enters Day 2

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The trial of a Biddeford man accused of murdering two brothers in June of 2009 entered its second day on Tuesday.

Fifty-six year old Rory Holland is charged in the shooting deaths of 19-year old Gage Greene and his 21-year-old brother Derek Greene. A friend of the brothers, Andrew Lee, was on the stand Tuesday morning and testified that he saw Holland shoot Gage Greene in the chest outside of his South Street home on the early morning of June 30, 2009. Lee also testified that Holland fired the gun after Greene pushed him.

Authorities then say Holland shot Derek Greene three times as he was running across the street towards the scene.

Bangor International Airport to Receive $500,000 Investment to Expand Service

Today, Congressman Mike Michaud praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that Bangor International Airport will receive a $500,000 investment from the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) to help attract new business to the airport.  According to the airport, the service that this investment will facilitate will open Bangor to access from additional points, add significant new capacity, and bring new fare discipline to the market.

“This investment will help Bangor International Airport promote new service, which will greatly benefit the region’s residents and businesses.  It will also help promote regional economic growth at a time we really need it,” said Michaud, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Halloween in Downtown Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Downtown Bangor is getting ready for the Downtown Halloween Block Party.  Events are scheduled for Saturday, October 30th.  The Downtown Bangor Partnership is teaming up with Bangor Arts and some of the businesses in downtown to put together an entire day of activities.

Most of the events are free of charge.  People are encouraged to dress in costume for the activities.  Some of the events include a costume contest, and trick or treating.  There will also be an outdoor market in Pickering Square

The fee for vendors is $35 and there is still space available.  Space will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Block Party Schedule:

9:30-6: Halloween Fun at the Maine Discovery Museum (free admission from 4-5

Two arrested in Skowhegan drug raid

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Somerset County Sheriff's Office says a midday drug raid in Skowhegan has resulted in two arrests, and the seizure of prescription pills and marijuana.

According to Detective Lieutenant Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff's Department, members of the department's Warrent Team members raided a house on Dawes Street around 2pm on Thursday.

During the raid, they recovered several pills of Suboxone, a prescription drug, 35 bags of marijuana, drug-related paraphernalia, other contraband and paperwork.

According to Drugs.com, Suboxone is a prescription drug used to treat opiate additicon, and warns that the drug can cause 'drug dependance'.

As a result of the raid, two women were arrested.  They are identified as 28 year-old Jill Chesley, who lived at the house, and 21 year-old Natasha Carrier, also of Skowhegan.