Bangor, Maine News Update: June 15, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 13 new cases of COVID-19 statewide, the smallest single day total since September of last year. The Mills Administration is now offering an employment incentive program. The Back to Work program will use federal funds to provide employers a one-time $1,500 payment for eligible workers who start jobs by June 30th or a $1,000 payment for those who start working in July.
Old Town Police say a 17-hour standoff on Monday started with the suspect, Thadius Wind, allegedly threatening officers with a large sword. He was eventually taken into custody without incident. This is his second arrest for criminal threatening charges in the past 2 weeks.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the cause of an apartment house fire on Center Street in Bangor was accidental. Officials say the fire started with carelessly discarded smoking materials that started a fire near an outdoor grill, causing an explosion when the flames reached the propane tank. No one was injured in the fire that burned two apartment buildings.
Bangor Police Officers are now wearing body cams, after the city council voted last fall to fund them. While the cameras won’t record everything that happens, they could help officers with prosecution of some cases. There are places where the cameras are not allowed to record, including in medical facilities.
Island Connections in Bar Harbor will kick off a matching donation campaign on Wednesday, after three local families offered to match up to $16,000 in donations. The money will support the non-profit that provides rides to elderly and disabled residents and delivers Meals on Wheels.
The public is invited to watch as the Anah Shriners hold their Grand and Glorious Shrine Parade this Saturday in Brewer, with various Shrine units taking part, including the motorcycles, mini-vehicles, and clowns. This year’s route will run on Parkway South in Brewer, from Liberty Drive to the Brewer Community School, starting at 11:00. Find more information on the Anah Shrine Facebook page.