MDEA arrest 5 accused of importing heroin into Bangor

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to the Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, Steve McCausland, five people have been arrested following a six month long investigation into the importation of heroin into Bangor. 

According to officials, they believe the five arrested had intended to sell the drugs over a three county area. 

Officials say an investigation began earlier this year into Daniel and Laura Lyons who were suspected of selling heroin from their mobile home at 979 Essex Street in Bangor.

On Thursday, MDEA Agents, Bangor Police and federal drug agents, served a search warrant  at the mobile home and seized about thirty grams of heroin, $12,000 in cash, and a sawed-off shotgun. In all almost fifty grams of heroin was seized during the entire investigation, with a street value of $15,000, officials say. 

Employee killed at Bangor Raceway

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor police, along with several other law enforcement officers, are currently investigating a fatal accident at the Hollywood Casino Track that has left one employee dead. 

Officials said the accident had to do with the starting gate, but no other information has been released. 

Bangor PD: suspicious package found downtown not dangerous

(NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor Police responded to a call of a suspicious package early Wednesday morning in Downtown Bangor area. 

Sgt. Tim Cotton says the suspicious package was not dangerous and was just a transient's belongings.

Maine Universities to serve more local foods

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Maine System announced Monday that Maine’s public universities are committing to using more  local growers and producers for a minimum of 20% of their dining hall food costs by the year 2020. 

Back on August 1, a group of Maine food producers and organizations pressed the University of Maine System to serve more locally grown food to students and staff. 

On Monday, The University of Maine System’s team released a request for proposals to local growers asking them to provide dining hall and other food services at six of the system’s seven campuses.  

Downtown Bangor flower boxes overturned

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Several flower boxes were overturned and spilled in downtown Bangor and police are trying to find the culprit. 

Bangor Police said the person overturned several flower boxes, uprooting the flora. 

Police are asking any nearby businesses with video surveillance contact the department. 

If you have any information about the destroyed boxes, contact Bangor Police. 


Help send a kid back to school shopping

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some kids in the Bangor area will be going on a back to school shopping spree Saturday, thanks to your generosity.

The Salvation Army has been collecting donations which will be turned into Target gift cards for needy kids to load up on supplies for the new school year. Donations can be in any amount, every little bit counts. 

For more information on how to help, click here. You can also send a check to the Salvation Army at 65 South Park Street in Bangor. 


Jury finds man accused of torching state fire marshal car guilty


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A jury has found a Prentiss Township man accused of torching a state fire marshal's car guilty of arson on Friday. 

John Weckerly, 56, is accused of setting the car on fire when fire marshals were investigating a string of arson and graffiti taggings near his isolated cabin.

This verdict comes after a jury deadlocked on whether Weckerly was guilty of arson almost two years ago. Weckerly was indicted by a grand jury on a dozen charges, including four counts of arson and five counts of criminal mischief. The jury found him not guilty on 11 of the charges, but could not determine one count of arson.