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Local News – July 27, 2015

Apartment Fires
(Bangor) – Fire investigators say fires at two Bangor apartment houses next to each other started intentionally. No injuries are reported and firefighters quickly put out the blazes during the weekend. Several people had to find new living arrangements following the fire. No arrests are reported – Bangor Police and the fire marshal’s office are helping conduct the investigation into Saturday morning’s fires.

Car Into Bay

BELFAST, Maine (AP) – A New York man is OK after accidentally driving his car into Belfast Harbor. Police say 74-year-old William Haley meant to turn into the parking lot of a restaurant but instead drove down a boat launch and into the water last night. When Haley yelled for help, 68-year-old Ron Stevens, of Rhode Island, jumped into the water and helped him get out of his car before it became submerged. The car was towed out of the water within 15 minutes. Both men were treated at a local hospital for low core temperature and released.

RSU 71 Budget
(Belfast) – The new school district in the Belfast area is operating without a budget. Voters gather again tomorrow to set the budget for the school year that began at the first of the month. They’ve already rejected one budget at the validation referendum. The new budget that goes to an open meeting tomorrow will trim more than $200-thousand from the plan rejected a few weeks ago, though it will still cost the district more than $300-thousand dollars more than was spent in the towns in the previous year when they were part of RSU 20. The budget that will be approved tomorrow night will go to voters for a validation referendum a week from tomorrow.

Flu research 
(Orono) Researchers at the University of Maine have received a financial boost to study the flu and how to fight it. WABI-TV reports a 337 thousand dollar gift from the National Institutes of Health will aid UMaine scientists learn how to manipulate the virus and come up with better treatments for it. Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King say the research is important especially for Maine’s elderly population which is susceptible to the flu.

Cap’n Nemo Appeal
(Bangor) – The owners of a Tremont restaurant destroyed by fire have appealed a federal court ruling that dismissed their lawsuit against the town’s fire chief and several other firefighters. Robert and Judy Cousins sued for more than a million dollars following the fire that destroyed the sprawling complex in 2013. The Mt. Desert Islander reports a federal judge threw out the suit last December, saying the court lacked jurisdiction and that the Cousins’ failed to provide proof that the fire chief discriminated against other disabled veterans. The Cousins alleged that the fire chief intentionally did not send firefighters into the burning building in order to destroy their lives, business and home. The restaurant was not insured.

Blue Hill Helipad
(Blue Hill) By winter, folks at the Blue Hill Memorial Hospital hope to have a new, state-of-the-art helipad for LifeFlight of Maine. Hospital Vice President Mark Hankinson tells Star 97.7, the hope is to cut precious minutes from patient transport. Hanksinson says the project will cost several hundred thousands of dollars which will be funded through a various sources. LifeFlight currently uses the Blue Hill Town landing to transport about 20 patients a year.

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