Bangor, Maine News Update: September 28, 2021
The Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating a police-involved shooting in Auburn on Monday that started when officers responded to a local motel for a report of a woman being held against her will. Joseph Arbour of Bucksport was fatally shot in an armed confrontation after allegedly running from police. As is standard procedure in any police-involved shooting, the officer is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The first of as many as 100 Afghan evacuees is due in Maine soon, and may arrive as early as Friday. Catholic Charities of Maine is helping the evacuees, most of whom want to move into the established Afghan community in the Greater Portland area. While they’ll have access to many services, officials say Maine’s housing crisis is currently one of their greatest hurdles.
People who want to know how to communicate to their family members and friends the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 are invited to join an online event Thursday. The Maine Community Action Partnership is hosting the event that will focus on strategies for communicating accurate information about the virus and the importance of getting vaccinated.
The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has filed a lawsuit, challenging a new ruling from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The new rules reduce the number of end lines in the water, which means more lobster traps weighing down each line. The new regulations, established in August, are meant to help protect North Atlantic right whales. Governor Mills has added her support for the lobster fishermen's case.
Governor Janet Mills announced on Monday $73 million that will be distributed to child care providers statewide. The funds are intended to help pay staff and cover other costs connected to COVID-19, in order to provide affordable, safe, and high-quality child care for Maine families. The deadline for child care providers to apply for the latest round of grant funding is September 30th.
A day of family friendly activities is planned for this Saturday in Carmel, starting with what’s being promoted as one of Maine’s largest parades, starting at 11 a.m. Also planned for the day are the Great Maine Lumberjack show, face painting, monster truck rides, a dance party, and fireworks. Find more information on the Facebook event page for Carmel Days.
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