A New York man has been arrested for allegedly making death threats against Senator Susan Collins and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, citing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the reason. A judge has ordered a psychological evaluation for 74-year-old Ronald DiRisi. There’s no indication that DiRisi is responsible for last week’s threatening letter to Collins husband.

York County is seeing a spike in the number of pertussis cases, with 97 diagnosed this year, 25 of those in September alone. Health experts say under-vaccinated communities are prime suspects for the sudden uptick in cases of whooping cough.

A new poll conducted by Pan Atlantic Research indicates that Janet Mills is the favorite in the November election, with 44% of the vote, ahead of opponent Shawn Moody who has 36%. WABI-TV reports this differs from a poll conducted by Suffolk University, which showed them in a dead heat. In addition, the new poll indicates that Bruce Poliquin and Jared Golden are neck and neck.

The Bangor Fire Department has teamed up with the American Red Cross to help keep residents safer this year by offering free smoke alarms, and installing them in people’s homes  and checking and replacing the batteries in existing alarms. To make an appointment with the program, contact the Red Cross in Bangor at 874-1192.

Folks in the Bangor area can get their car checked out for winter this Tuesday when Triple-A holds a free clinic. The pre-winter check-up will include checking tires, fluid levels, windshield wipers, and batteries. Find more information on AAA's website.

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