Bangor, Maine News Update: August 9, 2021
A fight outside a Harlow Street business in Bangor early Sunday morning ended with one man suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and another charged with elevated aggravated assault. Police say when they arrived on the scene, people were diving for cover. Guarionex Joaquin-Peguero was arrested a short distance away, when he ran from police during a traffic stop.
A search for a 78-year-old hiker on Blueberry Mountain in Stow ended with the recovery of her body as the base of some ledges. Barbara Goldberg of Potomac, Maryland was reported missing by her partner when she failed to show up at their designated meeting place Friday afternoon. Officials do not suspect foul play.
South Thomaston is offering $200 to any unvaccinated resident who gets the COVID-19 vaccine. WABI-TV reports 78% of the town’s 1,600 residents are already fully vaccinated against the virus, but town officials have decided to use funds from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to further incentivize those who have not had the shot. The requirements are loose, so people who work in the community or are even just visiting are eligible for the cash bonus.
The Maine Attorney General's office is warning businesses, non-profit groups, and government organizations about a scam that centers around trademarks they hold. Officials say the scam involves notifications that look like they’re from government agencies, that request money to renew a soon-to-expire trademark. Anyone who is unsure of the validity of a notification is urged to contact the Maine Attorney General’s Office.
LGBTQ non-profit organizations, in need of funding, will want to contact the Maine Community Foundation. The fundraising group says its Equity Fund is taking applications for projects that address the community’s needs, including access to health care and education.
An online auction will help put Thanksgiving goodies on the tables of people in need. Food and Medicine in Brewer is holding the auction, in support of its annual Solidarity Harvest that distributes Thanksgiving baskets each year. The in-person auction has been canceled but the online auction runs all this week.
Penquis is collecting backpacks for kids in need, and is about halfway to their goal of about 1,200 backpacks. The ‘We’ve Got Your Backpack’ campaign helps parents afford school supplies by providing what is often the most expensive of needed items. Donations of backpacks can be dropped off at any Penquis office until August 16th, or folks can make a financial donation on the Penquis website.