Bangor, Maine News Update: February 5, 2018
Orono and State Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found in a snowbank on Colburn Drive Saturday. Officials say Alexie Adams had been out with friends, visiting several locations, before becoming separated from them. Officials don't believe Adams was a victim of foul play, but say alcohol was likely a factor.
Two University of Maine professors have been placed on leave after several complaints from students. School officials say English Professor Robert 'Tony' Brinkley was placed on leave a month ago and now theater professor Tom Mikotowicz has also been placed on leave. So far, the university has declined to provide details about the nature of the complaints.
Maine Revenue Services is warning residents of a phone scam that's targeting taxpayers, telling them they overpaid their taxes last year and are owed a refund. The scammers have spoofed the caller ID, so it appears the call is actually coming from the state agency. Maine Revenue officials say the department will never use the phone to contact taxpayers of a refund.
The extremely cold winter is taking a toll on Maine's firewood suppliers who say they're unable to keep up with the demand for dry wood. The AP reports the usual wait time for wood is two weeks, but this year is closer to seven weeks. Officials say demand is up because the warm fall caused customers to delay getting in their winter supplies.
A local group that works to build Recovery Ready communities will hold an open house tomorrow night to educate the public an answer questions about their organization. Young People in Recovery works to support those in recovery, educate students, and influence legislation. Find more information about the open house, planned for 7:00 Tuesday at the BARN,in Brewer, on the Facebook page for YPR Brewer.