Bangor, Maine News Update: May 6, 2019
A series of drug raids in several Downeast communities last week netted over 20 arrests on trafficking and possession charges. The U.S. Attorney says 12 of the suspects are from Washington County, three from Hancock County, and 7 were from New York. Officials say the drugs involved included cocaine, crack, heroin, and fentanyl.
A street fight in Bangor last week began when a New Hampshire man was denied access to a local bar, due to a lack of valid identification, and took off in his friend's vehicle. Bangor Police say Anthony Coronado allegedly backed into a friend, sparking the fight. Penobscot County jail officials say Coronado is being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Governor Janet Mills has agreed to build a new pre-release center on the grounds of the former Downeast Correctional Facility that was closed by the former governor last year. The new facility will house 50 minimum-security prisoners, and employ 15 staff members.
The opening of the Penobscot Narrows Observatory is delayed due to a malfunction of the fire suppression system. Officials say a valve on the system failed, so a replacement has been ordered, but it needs to be custom made. The goal is to to open the observatory by Memorial weekend.
Winslow High school students have been working with a program that uses video chat to create a virtual job fair. On Tuesday, job seekers from around the state, including the Winslow students, will be able to interview for job postings, as long as they have an internet connection. Get more information on the Central Maine Growth Council website.