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Local News – July 14, 2015

Mitchell Fire
(Mt. Desert) – Fire officials say a 17-year old playing with a lighter started a wild fire in the Seal Harbor section of Mt. Desert that threatened former US Senator George Mitchell’s home. Fire Chief Mike Bender said the juvenile is the Senator’s son. A Cranberry Isles resident reported the smoke rising above the trees, and the teen also reported the fire. No charges are expected. Firefighters from several communities and the Maine Forest Service got the flames out quickly Sunday night.

Lawnmower Fatal
(Robbinston) – A 70-year old Robbinston man has died in what Washington County deputies classify as a lawn mowing accident. The Bangor Daily News reports Malcolm Cochrane died after his mower rolled down a steep embankment. The Sheriff’s Department said Cochrane died on impact – his body was found beside the St. Croix River and the mower was caught in the brush. Deputies say the bank was about 15-feet high.

Former AG new MCF President
(Ellsworth) – Maine’s former attorney general will be the next president of the Maine Community Foundation. The organization announced yesterday that Steven Rowe will take over the Ellsworth based philanthropic organization on September 15th, replacing Meredith Jones. Rowe served as Maine’s Attorney General from 2001 to 2009. Prior to becoming the AG, he was a 4-term lawmaker and served as speaker of the Maine House in his final term.

CASTINE, Maine (AP) – A replica of an 18th Century French tall ship is preparing to sail into Maine for its final U.S. port of call. The Hermione is expected to arrive in Castine around 4 p.m. today. Its visit coincides with the French celebration of Bastille Day, which marks the storming of the Bastille prison by revolutionaries on July 14. The Hermione is a replica of the ship that brought Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. Lafayette brought the news that France was sending soldiers to aid American troops in their fight against the British during the American Revolution.

Jonesport woman LifeFlighted 
(East Machias) The life-flight helicopter flew a 19-year Jonesport woman to Boston after she suffered serious injuries in an East Machias car crash. The Bangor Daily News reports 19 year old Baylee Smith’s pick up truck went off Route 191 Saturday afternoon. The truck flipped and landed upside down. Smith wore a seatbelt. Police say driver inexperience and inattention were factors in the crash.

ATV trail bridge smashed
(China) A man from China, Maine is accused of crashing through an ATV bridge when he drove a truck over it. The Maine Warden Service tells Star 97.7, 26 year old Tyonek Thurlow was still in his vehicle on the ATV trail between Pleasant View Ridge Road and Bog Brook Road when wardens arrived on scene at about 2:30 Sunday morning. Thurlow is charged with criminal mischief, attaching false plates and operating a vehicle on an ATV trail. The ATV club that maintains the bridge told the Warden Service they would seek restitution.

Blueberry crop

(Jonesboro) – Rakers will start harvesting Maine’s blueberry crop in a few more weeks, and an expert says the crop should be about average. David Yarborough said pollination came late this year thanks to a long winter and cold weather in the spring. He says a lot depends on the next couple of weeks – rain will help to plump up the berry crop. Yarborough projected a blueberry yield at about 90-million pounds which he called average.

No Restitution
(Waterville) A Waterville man will spend an additional 18 months in jails for failure to pay restitution for fraud. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7, 59 year old Gregory Violette was sentenced to 87 months in prison in October 2002 for wire, mail, and bankruptcy fraud, making false statements to financial institutions and money laundering. He served 3 years supervised release and was to pay over 422 thousand dollars in restitution to his fraud victims. As of last month Violette had paid only about 16 thousand dollars in restitution and he transferred over 70 thousand dollars to his wife.

King Back
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is back at work in Washington, D.C., after successful prostate surgery. The Maine independent returned Monday from his Brunswick, Maine, home to the Capitol to resume his regular Senate calendar. King, who is 71, survived malignant melanoma decades ago. He disclosed the prostate cancer and plans for his surgery in June. King’s surgery was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital. King has said he plans to continue working and run for re-election in 2018.