Bangor, Maine News Update: May 14, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 296 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. So far, 1,285,764 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.
Governor Janet Mills will lift capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings, effective May 24th, as well as physical distancing guidelines, except in indoor settings like restaurants and bars that require face coverings to be removed. The mask directive for indoor public spaces will remain in place. Mills says the large percentage of adults who have been vaccinated prompted the acceleration of the Moving Maine Forward plan.
A 20-year-old Brewer woman has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming she was sexually abused, between the ages of 13 and 15, by a man working as an athletic trainer at Brewer High School. The BDN reports the lawsuit lists multiple defendants, including the trainer, the Brewer School Department, and an unidentified police officer, among others. The woman is seeking $15 million in damages.
Bangor Police are asking for the public’s help locating a suspect in connection with the December murder of Syries Adams in a Union Street Apartment. Police say suspect Khalid Harris of Bronx, New York is considered dangerous, so anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact their local police, and to not approach him.
A federal appeals court is allowing construction to proceed on a 53-mile-stretch that’s a critical part of a $1 billion utility corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected a request for a delay while three conservation groups sue for a more strenuous environmental review. Construction was on hold until the appeals court ruled.
The SPCA of Hancock County is planning a Spring cleaning yard sale, bake sale, and bottle drive, with the proceeds to help improve the dogs’ play yards. The public is invited to stop by between 9 and 1 on Saturday, May 29th. Find more information on the SPCA of Hancock County Facebook page.
The public is invited to help Orono Pride paint zoo animal sculptures, that will then be placed around the community. No art skills are necessary and all supplies will be provided Saturday, beginning at 1pm at the Orono Public Library. Find more information on the Facebook event page for the Orono Pride Community Paint Day.