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Local News – July 8, 2015

School Budget Passes 

(Ellsworth) – Voters in Ellsworth gave a thumbs up to the latest version of a school budget. Yesterday’s validation referendum passed by 93-votes, with just over 8-percent of the registered voters turning out to cast ballots. Four weeks ago half that number voted, and rejected a slightly higher school budget. Since the rejection, the school board trimmed $134-thousand dollars from the budget and found they would receive a lot more state subsidy than expected.

Fatal Fire


(Hermon) – A 9-year old boy has died, his 10-year old cousin is improving after a fire at a Hermon mobile home yesterday. The Fire Marshal’s office continues to investigate the cause. Killed was Wyatt Parker of Levant who was spending the night with two cousins. Firefighters found his body in the living room. His cousin Ashlyn was rescued from a bedroom and the other child, 8-year old John Parker got out and flagged down motorists to call for help. Investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen.


Paper Machines
(Baileyville) – Two large machines will likely take up most of the road today as they travel from Eastport to Baileyville. The machines are drying units and are headed to the Woodland Pulp Mill. Baileyville town manager Rick Bronson tells the Bangor Daily News the machines are so wide, they will take up both lanes of several bridges along Route 1 between the two communities. The journey was slated to begin at 8-o’clock this morning and arrive in Woodland at Noontime, reaching the pulp mill by 6-o’clock this evening.

Franklin fire Intentional
(Franklin) – Yesterday’s early morning fire in Franklin was no accident. Firefighters found the vacant home owned by Elaine Tracy engulfed in flames when they pulled up to the scene on the Black Woods Road shortly after 1-AM. The Fire Marshal’s office says the fire was intentionally set. No one is yet charged.


Crash Settlement
(Warren) A Warren woman will receive 5 million dollars after she was severely injured in a crash in her home town in 2014. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge awarded the money 19 year old Olivia Blachet. Samuel Simmons of Spruce Head is charged with manslaughter after the driver of Blachet’s vehicle, Alison Low, died at the scene of the crash. Low’s son, 18 year old Dustin Kimball, was dating Blachet who spent five months in the hospital. Court documents indicated she was 27 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash and suffered permanent neurological injuries. The lawsuit claimed Simmons was fatigued when the crash occurred.

Boat Settlement
(Rockland) Two families will receive settlement money from the owner of a boat their family died aboard off Matinicus Island. The Bangor Daily News reports the families reached the settlement in May with F/V No Limits owner Christopher Hutchinson, who survived the sinking. The lobster boat apparently flipped in high seas and winds and began to sink in November 2014. On Monday a judge ruled that just over 170 thousand dollars will go to the estate of 27 year old Thomas Hammond of Rockland. Just over 139 thousand will go to the family of 15 year old Tyler Sawyer.

Bangor crash
(Bangor) Two teen boys are in the hospital after a car hit them in Bangor Tuesday. The Bangor Police Department reports the 18 and 16 year old boys were hit on Broadway by a car driven by 23 year old Zachary Kirlin of Bradford. Both teens were taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police aren’t identifying the victims and the investigation is on going.

Lewiston Manslaughter Trial

AUBURN, Maine (AP) – Prosecutors say a Lewiston man who allegedly ran over and killed his pregnant girlfriend will go on trial next spring. Evaristo De Deus is charged with killing his girlfriend, Laudrinha Kubeloso, who was four months pregnant when she was struck and killed by an SUV. A spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General says a status conference in the case is scheduled for Nov. 30. De Deus pleaded not guilty in Androscoggin County Superior Court in October. De Deus and Kubeloso were recent asylum seekers from Angola. De Deus later tried to flee to Haiti.