Bangor, Maine News Update: February 20, 2019
A Deer Isle man is facing multiple charges, including OUI after allegedly biting a state trooper at the scene of an accident and punching a vehicle. Richard Bubar already had bail conditions after a road rage incident last summer, and was aggressive at the scene of the latest accident. Police say he also injured his arm by repeatedly hitting the cell door when he was taken to jail.
An Auburn man accused of raping and killing a woman at the University of Alaska in 1993 is fighting extradition to face a charge of murder. Steven Downs’ attorney told the judge his client says it’s all a mistake. Police say they matched a swab from Downs mouth to DNA found at the scene.
Maine lawmakers are considering the future of e-cigarettes, with proposals to ban the sale of nicotine liquid containers, like vape and Juul, altogether, or to better regulate their sales. The bill's supporters say are too appealing to young people, with a variety of flavors while detractors claim that the methods are effective as tools to help quit smoking.
A free car safety seat check is being offered this weekend in Bangor. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is teaming up with Safe Kids Maine to evaluate whether children’s car seats are properly installed and check for any recalls. The clinic is being held Saturday from 10 to 1 at Quirk Chevrolet on Hogan Road.
The City of Bangor is considering some changes to its downtown entertainment scene. At a meeting this week, downtown coordinator Betsy Lundy proposed doing away with the Cool Sounds Concert Series and, instead, holding a sidewalk art festival, putting up an Urban Slide that would run down Park Street, and offering views of the area from an Aeroballoon. The suggestions are still under advisement.