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Local News – July 9, 2015

Hermon Fire

(Hermon) – The Hermon trailer where a 9-year boy died in a fire this week did not have any working smoke detectors inside. The lone detector investigators found did not have a battery. Wyatt Parker of Levant died in the blaze. His cousin, Ashley, suffered from smoke inhalation and is hospitalized. A 3rd child in the trailer escaped and got help. Their parents were running errands when the fire broke out in the trailer’s kitchen.

Tremont Harbor Committee
(Tremont) – Selectmen in Tremont have not accepted a Harbor Committee member’s resignation until he puts it in writing. The Mt. Desert Islander reports committee member David Schlaefer verbally told the town manager he wanted off the board a year before his term expires. Selectmen this week said they wanted to see that in writing before accepting Schlaefer’s resignation.

Old Town Apartment Fire
(Old Town) – Firefighters in Old Town quickly extinguished a blaze at an apartment building. The call to Whistle Way came in around 4-o’clock yesterday afternoon. WABI-TV reports the fire was contained to a back bedroom on the 2nd floor. No injuries reported and no word on how it started.

Missing Snake
(Orrington) – The headline looks a bit ominous – a python is missing in Orrington. The reality is, no one, except possibly a mouse, faces any danger. Snake owner Valerie Nason tells the Bangor Daily News her 10-foot long ball python slithered off during the 4th of July weekend. She says the snake is a beloved pet that she’s had for about 7-years. She said the python curls up into a ball when frightened, and it doesn’t tolerate cold weather very well. She said the python will not attack humans, and dines on a mouse once a week.


Ellsworth school budget
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth School Department says it’s relieved after a school budget received approval from by City voters Tuesday night. Superintendent Dan Higgins tells Star 97.7 he was pleased to see twice as many voters turn out than last month when the budget was rejected.  Higgins says with the budget passed the school system can now focus on gearing up the next school year.

Machias downtown

(Machias) – The future of Downtown Machias is the topic of discussion tonight as town leaders turn to the public for ideas. The meeting at the University of Maine at Machias is billed as a listening session and that’s just what Revitalization Committee co-chair April Adams says it will be.  Adams says the past two winters have taken a toll on the downtown business district.

Courthouse closed
(Machias) Washington County’s Courthouse will be closed until next Monday while employees move to new offices. Machias District Court and Washington County Superior Court will also be closed until Monday. Calais and Ellsworth District Courts will handle emergency filings, such as protection orders. The new offices were constructed as part of an 8.3 million dollar renovation project. County Manager Betsy Fitzgerald told the Bangor Daily News “25 people are moving in 25 different directions right now.” When the courthouse reopens, the public entrance will move to Cooper Street, from Court Street. The renovation project is expected to be completed in December.

Hope man violated probation
(Rockland) A Hope man violated his probation when he allegedly threatened a Rockland couple after entering their home. The Bangor Daily News reports 19 year old Josiah Bernardo entered the residence with 21 year old Kurtis Bertrand of South Thomaston on July 1 and threatened to return with a handgun. Bernardo was charged with criminal trespass and was on probation for a sexual assault conviction last year when he had consensual sex with a 13 year old girl. Bertrand was charged with criminal trespass and mischief.

Teen Hit
(Rockland) A Camden woman was charged with driving to endanger after police learned she clipped a girl riding a bike in Rockland Tuesday afternoon. The Bangor Daily News reports 29 year Sarah Havener drove east on Route 17 when she hit a 16 year old Thomaston teen. The girl had a scraped arm and was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Havener was summonsed for attachment of plates from another vehicle but witness statements added the charge of driving to endanger.

American Legion Baseball
Bangor (Coffee News) 10 Waldo (Steamboat) 3
Motor City 7 Penquis 2