The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public's help identifying suspects in connection with two burglaries early Saturday morning at two Route 9 stores. Sheriff’s deputies say the Clifton Country Store was forcibly entered at around 2:30 in the morning, and money and merchandise was stolen. While they were investigating that crime, deputies learned of an alarm at the Tradewinds in Eddington, where they found a similar scene.

Five people protesting Senator Collins’ support of the Senate Tax Bill were arrested yesterday, as they sat inside the senator’s Bangor office. About seventy people joined the protest outside the building, but  a small group moved inside, saying that they wouldn’t leave until Collins committed to opposing the bill. Bangor Police warned them that they needed to leave and, when they refused, arrested them for criminal trespass.

A New license plate was unveiled in Augusta this week, that will celebrate Maine’s upcoming 200 years of statehood. Proceeds from the blue plate with a gold star and red ‘Dirigo’ banner will be designated for the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and its bicentennial initiative. The license plates are now for sale at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles office of through the Secretary of State’s website.

A spaghetti dinner this Sunday will benefit a senior in high school who’s been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Matt Simpson will be receiving chemo treatments in Portland the proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will help his family with travel expenses. The fundraiser will be held Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dexter Regional High School.

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