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Local News – July 28, 2015

Thunderstorms

(Ellsworth) – Power fluctuations and outages this morning as a line of thunderstorms roared through Hancock and Washington Counties this morning. At least one fire is reported at a building in Bradford – numerous fire departments were called to the scene before 5-o’clock this morning. Storms are predicted throughout the morning.

Calais Doc
(Calais) – A pediatrician from Calais will pay a $1-thousand dollar fine for lying about how many attempts it took him to pass his state license exam. The Bangor Daily News reports Dr. Olugbenga Adedipe passed his exam on the 5th try, but put on his application for a license to practice medicine that he passed it within 3-tries as required. Though he will have to pay the fine, the licensure board has granted his permanent medical license.

Hampden Manager Chosen
(Hampden) – The man who was the 2nd choice to be the city manager in Ellsworth will become the town manager in Hampden. Town councilors have agreed to a $92-thousand dollar contract with Massachusetts consultant Angus Jennings. He will succeed Susan Lessard who retired this summer. Jennings, who ran for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the last election, was one of two finalists for the Ellsworth job, losing out to current city manager David Cole.

Blue Hill hit and run
(Blue Hill) – Hancock County deputies are searching for a car that hit a skate boarder in Blue Hill and then took off. The incident on Mill Street Saturday afternoon left the 21-year old skate boarder with scrapes. The victim told deputies the driver appeared to be an elderly woman. The Sheriff’s Department says if the driver is found she will face charges.

Fountainhead 

(Bar Harbor) – If you’ve driven to Bar Harbor on Route 3 in the past week, you can’t miss the large yacht anchored just off the old ferry terminal. The impressive craft is the Fountainhead – a 288-foot long super yacht that belongs to Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban. It’s been in Bar Harbor for about a week.

Dexter Standoff
(Bangor) – A judge has set bail at $50-thousand dollars cash for a 39-year old Dexter man who allegedly used children as a human shield while he threatened his wife at gunpoint last weekend. George Phillips could not raise the bail according to the Bangor Daily News, and remains in jail. Police arrested him Sunday after about a 7-hour standoff. Police found numerous guns in the house and his wife said he threatened to pour gasoline into the home and set it afire.

 

Waterboro man charged with child porn
(Waterboro) A Waterboro man is charged with possessing child pornography after police received a tip. State Police tell Star 97.7 they arrested 41-year old Edward Vallee at his home Friday. Detectives found thousand of images of child porn on his computer during an initial review. None of the children appear to be from Maine but a complete examination of Vallee’s computer is necessary. Vallee faces two counts of sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12. He’s a self-employed mason and will appear in court in mid September.

Bangor man pleads guilty to killing ex girlfriend
(Bangor) – A 23-year old Bangor man has admitted he killed his girlfriend nearly 2-years ago. Zackery Mailoux pled guilty to murdering Brooke Locke, binding her with duct tape and strangling her with a tie. Prosecutors dropped rape charges. Mailoux’s attorney indicated that his client had wanted to plead guilty for a while and spare the victim’s family from the trial. The state is expected to ask that Mailoux go to prison for the rest of his life.

Former special ed admin indicted on domestic violence charges
(Unity) A former special education administrator in Central Maine was indicted last week on domestic violence charges. WABI-TV reports 44 year old John Malley faces charges of domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, and violating conditions of release. Malley was arrested in March after a report of a disturbance at his Augusta home. Malley was the special ed. director for RSU 3 in Unity at the time of his arrest. Malley was placed on paid administrative leave.

Woman critically injured at ANP

(ANP) – A Massachusetts woman suffered life threatening injuries after her SUV rolled over her at a parking lot in Acadia National Park. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the woman had parked at a trail head pullout when the vehicle started to roll backward. She tried to stop it, but it rolled over her. The Life Flight helicopter flew the badly injured woman to Eastern Maine Medical Center. Rangers did not release her name. Park Rangers closed off the Park Loop Road while emergency workers treated the woman at the scene.

Wind Project

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in northern Maine that would be the largest of its kind in New England. Katie Chapman, project manager for EDP Renewable’s Number Nine Wind Farm, said her company hopes to begin building the 250-megawatt project near Bridgewater next year. If all goes according to plan, she says it would begin operating in early 2017 and would power up to 70,000 homes. First, the company must get the green light from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. It submitted its application earlier this month. Chris O’Neil, spokesman for the anti-wind development group Friends of Maine’s Mountains, said some people are already raising concerns about the impact the project would have on the area.