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Local News – July 24, 2015

Green Lake death

(Ellsworth) The Medical Examiner’s Office has completed an autopsy of a man who apparently drowned in Green Lake in Ellsworth. Ellsworth Police Chief Chris Coleman tells Star 97.7, they’re awaiting test results before they determine the cause of 53 year old Richard Garland of Ellsworth’s death. Coleman says Garland was swimming at a private family beach off Lakewood Way Wednesday when he dove under water about 15 feet from shore. Those nearby recovered Garland and started to perform CPR and called for help. Emergency services arrived on scene but were unable to revive him. Garland, who twice ran for Ellsworth City Council, was physically disabled and used a wheelchair to get around.

Franklin Plow Contract
(Franklin) – The Town of Franklin will re-bid it’s snow plowing contract. The Ellsworth American reports the apparent winning bidder returned the contract with changes written in by its attorney. At least one of the Selectmen found the changes to be unacceptable, and the next lowest bidder was unable to take on the plowing contract. The contract changes involved diesel prices and emergency situations.

Outdoor Dining/Smoking
(Bar Harbor) – A state liquor inspector has told at least four Bar Harbor restaurants with outdoor dining areas to ban smoking in those areas. State law has banned smoking inside restaurants for more than 10-years. The same rules apply to outdoor areas where food and drink are sold. Some restaurant owners tell the Mt. Desert Islander the outdoor smoking ban creates crowd control issues. They say they are complying with the state law, but some have hired extra staff to do that.

Airport Upgrade
BANGOR, Maine (AP) – Bangor International Airport is getting a $14 million renovation of its domestic flights terminal. The renovations will upgrade nearly every part of the terminal. Airport Director Tony Caruso says the project’s primary goal is to make passenger flow throughout the terminal. He says it’s an upgrade the airport has needed for a long time. The money will come from a federal Homeland Security grant and other sources. The first phase of renovation is expected to be complete by October 2016.

(Augusta) – A 4-o’clock deadline looms today as the Maine Supreme Court gathers arguments over whether Governor LePage issued pocket vetoes during the last legislative session. The Legislature refused to consider 65-vetoes, saying they became law because the Governor missed his deadline to act on the bills. The Governor says he didn’t sign the bills, resulting in a veto. Legislative leaders have hired attorneys for the case.

Stonington to borrow 600k for operational costs
(Stonington) The town of Stonington will borrow 600 thousand dollars to help finance town operations until taxes can be collected. The Island Advantages reports voters approved borrowing a total of 1.2 million dollars on a tax anticipation note to run the town until a school budget is approved. Without the budget, the town can’t set a tax rate and bill property owners. Town officials said as soon as taxes came in, the loan would be paid off. They’re hopeful they’ll need less then the 600 thousand dollar amount.

Domestic Assaults
(Waldo County) Waldo County Deputies arrested three people for domestic assault between Tuesday night and Thursday morning. Deputies arrested 35 year old Robert Later of Burnham early yesterday morning after he allegedly prevented his female partner from leaving and took her phone so she couldn’t call for help. On Wednesday night, deputies arrested 22 year old Paul Hustus of Troy after he allegedly put a 12 year old in a chokehold and the child blacked out. Deputies also arrested 28 year old Ryan Ackerman of Oakland after he allegedly argued with a female about money, pushed her, and punched a hole in the door.

Stonington ponders funeral home property
(Stonington) The town of Stonington has proposed purchasing the former Bragdon-Kelley funeral home. The Island Advantages reports town officials feel the location off Thurlows Hill Road could provide much needed parking for the waterfront’s downtown area. Selectmen discussed tearing down the building to create parking spots in addition to two dozen or so already there. Residents expressed concern about the $350-thousand dollar purchase price. The town says they’re applying for grants to hopefully aid in the cost and if they kept the building intact they could rent the space out. Other residents felt the town should utilize other town owned property for parking.

Carmel man on trial for alleged child rape
(Carmel) A Carmel man is on trial for allegedly raping a child. WABI-TV reports police arrested 30 year old Richard Watson last September, accusing him of engaging in sexual acts with a 10 year old girl. The victim testified yesterday that Watson abused her last August and September at his home in Carmel. She says Watson bribed her with a cell phone and money in exchange for the sex acts and she felt like it was her fault because she agreed. The defense says the girl made up the alleged abuse and there’s no physical evidence to substantiate her claim. Testimony resumes today.

American Legion Zone Tourney
Bangor 6 Brewer 1
Oakland 5 Hampden 1