Bangor, Maine News Update: January 15, 2020
The search for a missing Milo man ended yesterday when his body was pulled from the Sebec River. The body of 24-year-old Cevonte Johnson was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office, who will determine cause of death. Johnson has been missing for over two weeks.
A homeless man convicted of setting a delivery truck fire, killing two transients sleeping inside, has been sentenced to life in prison. John De St. Croix said he argued with the victims while they drank together under the Chamberlain Bridge before setting the fire.
Bangor Police say a pedestrian was seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle on Summer Street. The name of the victim hasn't been released, but police say they were taken to a local hospital.
Manufacturers of opioids doing business in Maine must now pay a licensing fee, in an effort to hold them accountable for opioid use disorder. The measure became law over the weekend, without the governor’s signature. Funds collected for the licensing fees will help pay for treatment and recovery programs.
An old phone scam is making an appearance in Maine again, with residents receiving calls from someone who says they missed jury duty. The scammers tell their intended victims that they must pay a fine or will be arrested. The Better Business Bureau advises ignoring calls that ask for immediate action.
A Maine legislator from Paris is looking to pass legislation that would make banking and insurance accessible to legalized cannabis businesses. Representative John Andrews says legal cannabis businesses operate mostly with cash and with no insurance because of federal regulations.
An organization that offers temporary housing, with a homey atmosphere, to cancer patients now has a new van to transport patients to and from their treatments at the Lafayette Cancer Center. Darling’s Auto Group donated the van to Sarah’s House this week. Find more information about the organization on the Sarah’s House of Maine website.