Police say the man responsible for a fatal crash in Alton had just left a methadone clinic, was out on bail for an OUI charge, and was related to the victim. 25-year-old Tyler Creighton is a brother to victim Robin Gardner’s son-in-law, and was allegedly texting while driving when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck Gardner’s. Creighton faces several charges, including manslaughter for the accident.

As of today, Summer Street in Bangor is permanently closed to traffic, as part of a construction project that’s building the headquarters for Bangor Savings Bank. The goal is to force traffic down Railroad Street and around the Bangor waterfront instead of allowing traffic to skirt by it on the short street. Plans to close the road have been in the works for 15 years, according to city officials, as part of the city’s waterfront development project.

Mainers are going to be unable to file unemployment claims for a week because of a computer system upgrade. The Maine Department of Labor is joining the ReEmployUSA partnership to streamline processing of claims through a new software system. The system will be down from 4 p.m. Thursday through the following Wednesday, Dec. 6, when the new system comes online.

The mystery of the stolen puppies from Hancock has been solved and the young pit bulls returned to their owner. A Hancock man told the Hancock County Sheriff’s office that someone had taken four pit bull puppies from his home, and the dogs were too young to be away from their mother. WABI-TV reports three of the puppies were found at an Eastbrook home while a fourth was at a separate location.

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