Bangor, Maine News Update: July 9, 2021
A standoff near the University of Maine’s Presque Isle campus ended with the suspect being fatally shot by police. Officials say the man allegedly fired shots in the air and into the ground before making an active threat against the officers. No names have been released in the incident that is now under investigation by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.
A new program through the Department of Health and Human Services will alert residents of a spike in overdoses. The text messages will caution recipients when there have been three or more overdoses in a 24-hour period. They could alert substance users of a batch of potentially dangerous drugs and will provide education about local resources for help.
Governor Janet Mills has signed off on a prohibition of offshore wind projects in state waters in a bid to ease concerns voiced by members of the commercial fishing industry. Mills signed a bill last month to help create the nation’s first floating offshore wind research area, but that project would be located in federal waters.
Maine will get about $20 million from Purdue Pharma and the family that owns the company as part of a settlement stemming from a lawsuit about the opioid crisis, as part of an agreement to pay more than $4 billion for prevention, treatment and recovery efforts across the country. In addition, thousands of individual victims of Purdue’s misconduct will receive compensation via the bankruptcy process.
The public is invited to celebrate Stockton Harbor Days this weekend with a variety of family friendly events. A street dance is planned for this evening, and there will be chances for sailing, kayaking, and lobster boat rides in Stockton Springs Harbor on Saturday. Find more information on the Facebook page for the Stockton Springs Community Builders.
A musical tradition in Bangor will resume next week, after the pandemic forced it to take a year off. The Bangor Band will hold its first concert in 16 months Tuesday evening on the Bangor waterfront. Residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to the free event that begins at 7:00.