Now that more than half of the state’s eligible population is vaccinated, the Maine CDC has reduced its twice-weekly COVID briefings to once a week. There will be no briefing today and, beginning next week, they will be held each Wednesday beginning at 2pm. The Maine CDC reports 352 new cases of the virus, and 1 additional death.

A Levant man is facing felony charges after allegedly entering a home on West Broadway in Bangor without the homeowner’s permission and assaulting him. The victim escaped to a neighbor’s house, where police were called. Lance Bradford was arrested after fleeing to a nearby business, then trying and failing to jump from one roof to the other.

Buxton Police say a woman who claimed she was forced to act as getaway driver by a hitchhiker she picked up, is actually engaged to the suspect. Devan Goodson of Lyman told police the man, who was later identified as Christopher Brosius, the 'suspect' ran into the woods before a look at the store's surveillance footage tipped police off that she was a more willing participant in the theft. Both people now face charges for the incident.

Maine’s tourism industry suffered last year, due to the pandemic, with about a 27% drop in visitation, but the impact wasn’t as bad as some feared it could have been. A late-summer boost in travel helped to save the industry from what could have been a disastrous year. Governor Janet Mills said the state’s reputation as a safe place helped to draw visitors.

A Lamoine non-profit organization that provides diverse opportunities in the performing and visual arts, is hosting a virtual marketplace, after the pandemic forced them to cancel numerous fundraiser. The Lamoine Community Arts virtual marketplace will run through May 22nd.

The Orono Bog Boardwalk, in the Bangor City Forest, will reopen to the public later this month. Officials made the announcement on the boardwalk’s Facebook page that it will reopen at 7:00 on the morning of May 17th. Visitors are asked to wear a mask around people outside whenever physical distancing isn’t possible.

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