Bangor police are investigating an armed home invasion on Brown Street early Thursday morning. The victims say three men forced their way into the apartment, zip tied their wrists, and stole money, jewelry, and electronics. Police say they don’t believe this was a random act and are asking that anyone with information about the crime contact their tip line.

An Ellsworth organization that wants to help homeless people with children learn how to get off government support, get an education and a job, is looking for volunteers to help convert an empty building into a permanent home for families in need. The Families First Community Center has raised the funds needed for the project and they will close on the property they’re planning to repurpose later this month. Find more information at families first Ellsworth dot org.

A dinner and live auction at Le Club Calumet in Augusta Saturday will benefit the organization Free ME From Lung Cancer and help fund research. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will serve as auctioneer with items up for bid like a football autographed by Tom Brady and a Red Sox baseball signed by Drew Pomeranz. Find more information at Free ME from Lung Cancer dot org.

A police officer from Cumberland went above and beyond to help an elderly man he’d stopped by to check on. The man told the cop he was hungry, so Sergeant Thomas Burgess got him some food from a local food pantry, cooked him a meal, washed his dishes, cleaned the refrigerator, did some laundry, and took out the trash. He also reached out to family members to make sure the man never went hungry again.

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