Bangor, Maine News Update: January 2, 2017
Five men charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Calais on Wednesday are now also facing drug charges. A Baileyville man and four people from New York City were arrested after allegedly opening fire on a man who was not hurt in the incident. Once at the jail, police determined that the Maine man had 110 individually packaged doses of crack cocaine in his intestines.
A Freeman Township man is facing charges after allegedly leaving nine dogs in a freezing cold garage with frozen water and no food. The beagles, that included three puppies, were taken to a local animal shelter where they’re said to be in good condition.
The cold temperatures in Maine is setting records, with Bangor hitting 24 degrees below zero on Sunday morning, breaking a record of minus-16 degrees for that day in 2013. Portland recorded sixteen below zero on Monday, breaking a record of minus-twelve set in 1964. Mainers will get a brief break from the cold late Wednesday when a weather front will allow the temperatures to climb into the low 20’s, but that front will also bring us some snow.
A new public safety campaign will work to make Maine’s roads safer, after one of the worst years for highway deaths in ten years, and the deadliest year on record for pedestrians. The Heads-Up campaign will work with municipalities to address safety issues, and will offer reflective patches to pedestrians.
The first baby of 2018 was baby boy Jaxon, born about 3 hours after midnight at a Portland hospital. But one of the first babies born in Bangor had a more dramatic entrance, coming into the world while mom and dad were still in the parking lot of Eastern Maine Medical Center.