(Bucksport) – A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in Bucksport. Police say it happened around 6:30 last night on the Millvale Road. A motorist found the accident scene – the biker apparently went off the road and hit trees. Police have not yet released the victim’s name pending family notification.
(Ellsworth) – Hancock County Commissioners have eliminated the county finance officer position and will release controversial employee Phil Roy. The Ellsworth American reports commissioners did away with the post and expect Roy to sign the separation agreement that will see them pay him 8-weeks of severance pay and health insurance benefits through September 1st. Roy had worked for Hancock County for 6-years and has butted heads with the elected county treasurer and other department heads. He’s an elected county commissioner in Somerset County and had arrangements to work from home for the past few months.
(Southwest Harbor) – The retired principal who led the Surry Elementary School the past few years is the new interim principal at the Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Cathy Lewis will take over the principal’s office, replacing Diane Helprin who is the new superintendent of schools in Union 69 which covers Lincolnville, Hope and Appleton. School officials will search for a permanent principal for the Southwest Harbor K-through-8 school.
Shooter Due in Court
(Houlton) – A 35-year old from northern Maine is due in court today in Houlton after Friday’s shooting spree ended with his arrest at an uncle’s home. Anthony Lord is charged with two counts of murder and faces many other charges in connection with a crime spree that started with a fire in Benedicta. State Police Lt. Sean Hashey said the manhunt for Lord ended in Houlton. 58-year old Kevin Tozier of Lee and 22-year old Kyle Hewitt of Caribou died in the rampage. The three who were wounded by gunfire and a man beaten by Lord survived. No motive was given for the crime spree. Lord is a lifetime sex offender registrant and his infant son died a few months ago in East Millinocket. That death remains under investigation.
DIS school budget
(Deer Isle) – Deer Isle and Stonington voters will try again to pass a school budget. A meeting last week saw the vote declared invalid after the meeting adjourned without all the warrant articles being considered. Before the meeting adjourned voters had cut about $400-thousand dollars from the budget. A new budget meeting will have to be re-scheduled and posted. Following the meeting voters will have to vote by secret ballot to validate the budget.
(Bar Harbor) – If you haven’t noticed as many monarch butterflies around lately, you’re not alone. Nationally, monarch populations have declined by 70-percent. The National Park Service is making a concerted effort to map milkweed habitats and that includes Acadia National park. Biologist Erickson Smith tells Star 97-7 they’ve taken steps to protect monarch habitats. Smith encouraged anyone that has milkweed on their property to contact the National Park.