Bangor, Maine News Update: September 23, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 42 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and 23 more people who have recovered. It was announced during Tuesday's media briefing that anyone in Maine can now get a COVID-19 test, without the need for a separate order from a healthcare provider. As of Monday, the state is conducting 400 tests for every 100,000 people.
Governor Mills' administration announced the availability of about $95 million dollars in grant money that will be made available to businesses and nonprofits, in an effort to help them sustain their operations despite the pandemic. Up to $5 million will be set aside to support businesses that are less than a year old.
Millinocket's Town Manager has dismissed written complaints against the town's police chief of workplace harassment, abusive conduct towards residents, sexual harassment, and more. Now, the union that represents police officers in Millinocket says they're filing a request to have the situation investigated by a third party. WABI-TV reached out to the town council, and received a reply of 'no comment.'
Maine State Police, on traffic patrol, were busy over the summer, dealing with drug users/traffickers. Officials report that troopers seized $720,000 in drugs, arrested 53 people, and seized roughly $58,000 in suspected drug proceeds, all during traffic stops.
Holden Police are warning drivers on Route 1A Wednesday afternoon of possible traffic delays due to a visit from Donald Trump Jr. The President's son will be making a campaign stop for his father at Maine Military Supply, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Motorists may want to avoid the area on their afternoon/evening commute, or allow for some extra time to get to their destination.
A Palmyra man is, once again, growing pink pumpkins and donating the proceeds to a breast cancer awareness cause. This year, Pat White is donating the money to the Champion the Cure Challenge, through Northern Light Health. The pumpkins can be purchased at Pat's farm stand at Pat's Propane in Palmyra, for $5.