Bangor, Maine News Update: May 21, 2019
The murder trial of a man accused of raping and killing a former MDI high school classmate is set to begin today. Jury selection in Ellsworth began yesterday for the trial of Jalique Keene. He’s accused of killing 19-year-old Mikaela Conley of Bar Harbor and hiding her body in the woods behind the school.
Forest Rangers are investigating an illegal fire made up mostly of tires that was discovered at Dead Man's Landing in Princeton. The property is privately owned but public recreational access is allowed for swimming and fishing. Dale McArthur, a local resident who appreciates having access to the lake, helped fire rangers clean up the mess left behind.
The unemployment rate in Maine continues to hold steady at a little more than 3 percent, amid a record-setting stretch of low joblessness. The state says the unemployment rate has been less than 4 percent for 40 consecutive months, which is the longest such stretch on record.
Bangor Savings Bank celebrated the opening of its new Founders Place campus on the Bangor waterfront yesterday. The complex includes a cafe and gym for employees, and a solar array on the roof. This summer, the garage will be open during waterfront concerts for the Parking for a Cause program, where the proceeds will be donated to local non-profits.
A Veteran is walking and biking to all four corners of the United States to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eli Smith visited Augusta, where he convinced the mayor and city council to adopt a veteran’s suicide awareness month, and is now making his way to Lubec, the eastern most point in the country. Find more information and follow his journey on the 4 corners hike Facebook page.