Standoff in Bangor ends peacefully

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Police have arrested a man after using tear gas at a standoff Saturday in Bangor.

Shortly before 6:00 PM Saturday, Bangor police were called to 751 Main Street to reports of a "despondent, suicidal" man.  Police had reason to believe he had access to weapons.

While neighboring homes and businesses were evacuated, negotiators from the Special Response Team worked to get the man to give up.

Police closed down Lower Main Street between Thatcher Street and the Old County Road in Hampden during the incident.

Are 12:15 AM Sunday, just after midnight, the Special Response Team fired tear gas into the house and the man was arrested moments later.

He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Police report no serious injuries.

Bangor police dealing with "despondent" man

Hampden, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- The Bangor Police Department has closed Lower Main Street between Thatcher Street and the Old County Road in Hampden.

 Police say they are dealing with a despondent, suicidal man at a residence in that area. It is believed he has access to weapons. Several homes and businesses have been evacuated for precautionary measures.

A response team has been called in.



The Acadia Hospital Promotes Staff Members to Key Positions

The Acadia Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of three of its employees. Naomi Brown, PMH-NP has become the Director of Magnet and Research, Dan Johnson, PhD has become the Director of Education, and Jeanne Wypyski, LCSW, CCS has been chosen as the Administrator for Adult Inpatient Services.

Brown will bring her passion for nursing and Acadia Hospital to her position, and will work very closely with nursing leaders and with the new Director of Education to maintain Acadia's level of clinical and service excellence. She began her psychiatric nursing career at Acadia in 1994, working in various programs including inpatient, Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program and Ambulatory Services. Most recently Brown served as an administrator.

UMaine, Orono High School to collaborate

The Orono School Committee Wednesday night approved an initial agreement that will set aside University of Maine housing space and create other university-based opportunities for international students attending Orono High School.

Under the agreement, which takes the form of a memorandum of understanding, UMaine will reserve up to 56 residence hall living spaces to accommodate these students.  The program will begin in the fall of 2011.

Acadia Hospital Stands Ready to Accept Displaced MaineCare Recipients

Bangor, ME – In response to the decision of Bangor Psychiatric Services to no longer see MaineCare clients, the Acadia Hospital has announced it stands ready to accommodate some of the approximately 2,500 affected individuals.
“As a primary non-profit provider of mental health and substance abuse services we must be accessible for Maine residents in need of treatment,” commented Acadia President and CEO David S. Proffitt, PhD. “Acadia has talented and committed professionals ready to help those in need.”
The Acadia Hospital is a private, non-profit psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment provider. As a member of EMHS, Acadia works with its affiliated organizations to ensure the highest quality care is available to all who need it.
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Obama administration official visiting Orono

BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- An Obama administration official is visiting Maine to discuss the new health care overhaul, which is an issue in election campaigns around the country.

Deputy Assistant Secretary on Aging Cindy Padilla will meet with seniors Wednesday at Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono. Padilla will be joined by Bill Kassler, chief medical officer for the Region 1 Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Democrats have been trying to ease concerns seniors have about health care reforms. Polls show seniors to be disproportionately against Democrats' health care plans. As a group, seniors are skeptical, vote faithfully and in large numbers, and are keenly aware of how the government's actions can affect them.









Popcorn and activism: a recipe for a great night!

This Friday, the Maine Women’s Policy Center is pleased to co-host, with the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and The Naked Truth Project, a screening of the film Living Downstream.
This poetic, 85-minute film follows Sandra Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.