Articles by Jesse Scardina


UMaine Police Beat: April 22, 2013

on April 22, 2013, at 12:22 a.m.
Pot pals The University of Maine Police Department received a report of a drug offense on the fourth floor of Androscoggin Hall at 10:09 p.m., April 14. Officers responded and found four males — three 19 year olds and one 22 year old — with a usable amount of marijuana. …

Augusta man charged with arson in connection with fire that destroyed Waterville apartment complex

By Jesse Scardina on April 04, 2013, at 2:14 p.m.
WATERVILLE — An Augusta man was charged with arson in connection with a fire last month that destroyed his apartment and displaced five other tenants, according to a press release from the state fire marshal’s office. Stephen Cormier, 57, of Augusta was charged with arson on Wednesday morning after Waterville …

Two-car crash in Lewiston shuts down Lisbon Street after both drivers believed they had green light

By Jesse Scardina on April 04, 2013, at 10:32 a.m.
A two-car accident closed Lisbon Street in Lewiston Thursday morning when two drivers believed they each had a green light and collided at the intersection of Lisbon and Ash Streets. Leon Cormier of Moncton, New Brunswick was driving his black Dodge truck when he collided with Christ …

Readfield man gets 7 years in connection with 2012 Randolph home invasion

By Jesse Scardina on April 04, 2013, at 9:51 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A Readfield man pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and burglary and will spend seven years in prison for his role in a Randolph home invasion last year during which a man was robbed at knifepoint. Kenneth Joseph Maker, 26, pleaded guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court on …

Pennsylvania man arrested in connection with Skowhegan market burglary

By Jesse Scardina on April 02, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.
One man was arrested Friday and another suspect may be charged in connection with a burglary on March 27 at a Skowhegan market, according to police. Tyler James Leh, 19, of Chester County, Pa., was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after allegedly breaking into the …

UMass Lowell scores 4-straight goals, beats UMaine in Game 1 2-4

on March 14, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.
Despite an early lead, the University of Maine put itself behind the eight ball, falling to the University of Massachusetts in Game 1 of a Hockey East quarterfinal 4-1. An early goal by UMaine sophomore Jake Rutt gave the Black Bears a lead at the first intermission, but a game-tying …

UMaine police beat: Feb. 18, 2013

on Feb. 18, 2013, at 2:46 a.m.
Let there be light The University of Maine Police Department received a report of burglary at the Oceanographic Operations building at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 10. Staff in the building noticed a large rock and broken glass on the floor near a window on the southwest side of the building. Three …
Presque Isle's Bradley F. Shields goes up for a shot over Waterville defenders Christopher Hale (left) and Josh Gormley in first half action of the boys Class B quarterfinal game at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday morning.

Presque Isle boys advance to semifinals over Waterville 47-45

By Jesse Scardina on Feb. 16, 2013, at 12:02 p.m.
BANGOR | Despite an early lead by Waterville, No. 2 seed Presque Isle was able to move on to the semifinals, beating the seventh-ranked Panthers 47-45 in an Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball quarterfinal at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday morning. “We did what we wanted to do, we …

UMaine Student Entertainment $13,000 in debt, spring concert unlikely

on Feb. 04, 2013, at 1:17 a.m.
During their Jan. 29 meeting, the University of Maine General Student Senate swore in two new senators; granted final club recognition to Best Buddies and UMaine Nursing International; and funded allocation requests for American Society of Civil Engineering Concrete Canoe, Maine Masque and Men’s Lacrosse.   Student Entertainment 13K in …

Bangor Hydro says Grove outages caused by ‘electrical system [that] exceeded projected demand’

on Jan. 28, 2013, at 4:07 p.m.
After a slew of power outages angered residents of The Grove in Orono, the housing complex built by Campus Crest apologized and blamed the inconveniences on “faulty fuses,” caused by Bangor Hydro, the electric company of the greater Bangor area that assisted with the installation, according to Campus Crest CEO …

STEM Act not right answer, but step in right direction

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:46 a.m.
The GOP didn’t just lose the Latino vote to Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election; they failed miserably, winning just 23 percent of Latino support nationwide. Latinos were put off by the Republican Party’s perspective on immigration policy. With the total percentage overall of Latino voters increasing to 8 …

Obama needs to turn attention toward fiscal cliff

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:45 a.m.
There is no fiscal cliff. Yes, I know it sounds insane. But despite the equivocating, fear-mongering and hysterics occurring on Capitol Hill, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts is not the financial apocalypse Democrats are trying to claim. By their own standards, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts …

Belcher’s situation raises issues of gun control

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:44 a.m.
“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” This is a phrase made famous by gun enthusiasts. Certainly, everyone has heard it before. Perhaps, even, the saying holds some truth. People choose to shoot others, this is an undeniable reality. Guns do not force you into violence — they are not …

Editorial: Belcher’s on- and off-field achievements don’t diminish horrific acts

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:43 a.m.
Not only has the death of a University of Maine alumnus over the weekend greatly affected the UMaine community, but the nature of the death has left a haze of miserable confusion in its wake. Famed linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher, a since-graduated UMaine football star, unexpectedly …

What is the reasoning for going out and drinking?

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:42 a.m.
It’s Friday afternoon and you just got out of class. You chit chat with your friends as you walk back to your car to head home. “Hey, what are you doing tonight?” one of your friends asks. “Not sure yet” is usually the response, “but when I hear of something …

Wal-Mart’s latest heal care fiasco newest reason to boycott

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:41 a.m.
You know what people can’t stop talking about? Wal-Mart. It’s all over the place because suddenly everyone’s realizing they treat their employees like crap. As the nation’s largest private employer, lots of poor souls have the misfortune of working there — roughly 1.4 million, according to the Internet. Maybe you’re …

Xi Sigma Pi brings Christmas spirit to UMaine in form of trees

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:27 a.m.
On Nov. 26, Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society launched its annual Christmas tree sale outside of Nutting Hall. The sale, which began in the 1950s, provides scholarship money for forestry students at the University of Maine. The annual sale has raised $400 to $800 in recent years, but according …

On-campus skatepark shows renewed student interest

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:26 a.m.
Roughly 40 University of Maine students, faculty and members of the Greater Bangor community met in the New Balance Student Recreation Center’s conference room Friday to discuss putting a skatepark next to the Hilltop parking lot. Two weeks ago, a janitor called the police on Paul Van Steenberghe, a professor …

Senior Night at Woodman’s helps raise money for class of ’13 stained glass window

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:23 a.m.
Students from the Class of 2013 filled their stines, shouted till the rafters rang and drank to the careless days, celebrating Senior Night at Woodmans Bar and Grill Thursday. This was the second Senior Night at Woodmans this year, a part of the Class of 2013’s effort to give a …

Police Beat: Dec. 3, 2012

on Dec. 03, 2012, at 1:22 a.m.
Light plight University of Maine Police Department is currently investigating a rash of damage done to light poles in the South Campus area since mid-September. According to Assistant Director of Facilities Management Geremy Chubbuck, the damage estimate has grown to approximately $9,000 over the two-month period. Overtime hours has been …