Bangor, Maine News Update: July 16, 2021
A hiker from North Carolina had to be rescued after breaking his ankle on the Appalachian Trail. It took nearly 11 hours for Maine Game Wardens and others to get Richard Sullivan off Spaulding Mountain. Rescuers formed a human chain after reaching Sullivan and passed him in a rescue litter basket up a bypass trail and up Sugarloaf Mountain to an awaiting vehicle.
Seven people face charges after a drug bust in Shapleigh. When police and drug agents arrived at the address that has been the site of overdoses in the past, they found 28 people, may of whom were sleeping in vehicles, tents, and mobile homes, as well as the residence. Seized in a search of the property were fentanyl, a loaded handgun, and over $2,000 in cash.
A new law in Maine will make it more possible for law enforcement officers to fight child sex trafficking. The change to the Maine Criminal Code clarifies the fact that a person who attempts to patronize a minor for prostitution has committed a crime, even if the person they tried to patronize was a law enforcement officer posing as a minor.
Central Maine Power customers are about to see an increase in what they’re paying for electricity. State regulators have approved at 11-point-five percent bump. Consumers should see roughly $10 more on their bills starting in August.
A couple in Orrington are developing an equine therapy ranch, where they will help people of all ages deal with a variety of challenges, including PTSD and anxiety through interaction with horses. The ranch on Center Drive has some of its fencing up, but they’re looking for donations and sponsors to help them complete the setup for the pending non-profit. Find more information at Reigning Hope Ranch dot com and on Sunday morning’s Maine Concerns.
Orrington Fire and Rescue will host an open house this Saturday, including a pancake and french toast breakfast from 8 to 9:30. The open house will last til noon at the new firehouse on Center Drive, complete with a bike rodeo for the kids. Find more information on the Orrington Old Home Week Facebook page.