Bangor, Maine News Update: January 15, 2018
Flooding is causing problems around the state, including in Augusta and Hallowell, where the Kennebec River rose so fast, it nearly submerged cars in a Front Street Parking lot. Augusta Police say the good news is the weather quieted down on Sunday, so the waters should recede and then they can begin the cleanup. In other areas, like downtown Waterville, plugged storm drains caused severe flooding on city streets.
A Portland man turned himself over to police on Saturday, and is now charged with murder for the death of his domestic partner. Police found the body of Sokha Khuon in the home she shared with Anthony Leng, after neighbors complained of hearing gunshots. The couples’ children were not hurt and are now staying with relatives.
Maine’s Secretary of State is warning residents to steer clear of for-profit websites that offer services provided by the state for free. Matt Dunlap says people are looking to access state services, like vehicle registrations, with the start of the new year, and they can do that through the state’s website, Maine dot gov. He says other sites aren’t illegal, but could end up costing folks more money.
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. day, and remembrances are being held around the region. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration is being held this morning at the Wells Conference Center on the U-Maine campus in Orono. Doors open at 8 and the program lasts til 10:30. Then, from 6 to 7 o’clock tonight, a vigil will be held at the Unitarian Universal Society on Park Street in Bangor, with guest speakers to include James Varner, president of the Maine Human Rights Coalition.