Articles from Bangor Daily News

Hampden committee votes against ice hockey co-op merger with John Bapst

John Bapst Memorial High School’s search for a potential partner for a cooperative ice hockey team continues.

The Bangor school had approached Hampden Academy about teaming up for hockey, but Hampden Academy’s athletic committee recently decided against the merger.

It cited a number of reasons for the decision, including the probability that the team composed of players from two Class B schools would have to move up to Class A, resulting in a significant increase in travel costs.

Maine Sports Legends to induct seven, honor six student-athletes during Sunday ceremonies

Maine Sports Legends will honor six student-athletes and seven individuals who will be inducted into the organization’s “Hall of Honors” on Sunday, June 24, at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.

This year’s Hall of Honors inductees are Mark Rossignol of New Sweden, John Habeeb of Caribou and Richard Cormier of Fort Fairfield/Van Buren (posthumous) from Northern Maine; Paul Soucy of Brewer and Bernard “Mac MacKenzie of Old Town (posthumous) from Eastern Maine; and Donna Russo of Waterville and Carl “Stump” Merrill of Harpswell from Central Maine.

DHHS delays change addiction agencies said would put programs at risk

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has decided to delay changes for six months that addiction treatment agencies had said would threaten their operations in the middle of an opioid crisis.

The department recently sent letters to organizations across the state to notify them that their current contracts to provide services such as counseling, residential care and detoxification will remain in place until Jan. 1, 2019, which is when they will have to start billing for each individual service they provide.

Williams pleads not guilty to murder of sheriff’s deputy

John D. Williams, 29, pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the slaying of Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Eugene Cole, whose April killing launched a manhunt that saw some 200 members of federal, state and local law enforcement scouring a rural portion central Maine for four days.

Williams appeared in a Portland courtroom for a brief arraignment proceeding Tuesday afternoon.

Trump looms large as 5 states hold primaries Tuesday

Though on the other side of the globe, President Donald Trump figures to be a factor in Republican elections in South Carolina, one of five states holding primaries.

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster, an early Trump supporter in 2016 when he was lieutenant governor, has the president’s backing but faces challenges from four other candidates. McMaster endorsed the New York businessman in the state’s early presidential primary, which gave Trump a much-needed victory in the race for the nomination.

Robbery reported at Bangor Savings Bank in Orono

Maine State Police reported Tuesday afternoon that the Bangor Savings Bank on Park Street in Orono, just outside an entrance to the University of Maine, was robbed.

According to a Facebook message sent out by the University of Maine at around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, a suspect entered the bank around 12:20 p.m., implied he had a gun, and demanded an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as thin, 6 feet tall, wearing red-framed glasses, a gray sweatshirt and a black mask.