Bangor, Maine News Update: January 9, 2020
One of two men facing charges in connection with the killing of a dog in Winter Harbor and the theft and damaging of their former boss's SUV received his sentence. Justin Chipman was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but one year suspended, and a year's probation.
A game warden has pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct for his off-duty behavior at last summer’s Florida Georgia Line concert in Bangor, stating that he was intoxicated. Jeremy Judd of Mechanic Falls is on a two-month unpaid suspension and will have to pay a 300 dollar fine, if he stays out of trouble for a year, or go to jail if he fails. Charges of assault and unlawful sexual touching were dismissed by a judge.
Flu cases have been diagnosed in all counties of Maine and health officials are advising residents to take precautions. The best defense, according to the Maine CDC is a flu shot, which will lessen the effects of the virus. Washing hands often and keeping them away from your face will also help you avoid getting sick.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is taking steps to help some area schools ensure that kids have enough food to eat. Schools in Howland, Jonesport. Dover, Dexter and many others have received grants of between $250 and twenty-five hundred dollars, to be used to develop, expand, and improve current school-based food pantry programs.
Healthy Acadia will kick off a National Diabetes Prevention Program later this month, to help educate anyone who is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or who have recently been diagnosed. The program will include sessions and working with a certified lifestyle coach. Find more information on the Healthy Acadia website.
Maine is set to receive federal funding for a program that will help provide treatment to new mothers and pregnant women affected by opioid use disorder. The funds, that Maine shares with nine other states, will begin supporting mothers before birth and throughout the first year of their child’s life.
The Bangor Elks Club made a special donation to help make life for children with cancer a little more fun. The Two Brady Buggies are special wagons, one that looks like a police car and another that looks like a whale, that the kids can play in. Their IV’s hook right to the back of the wagons, so they can get out of their rooms and have some fun, while still receiving their needed treatment.