Swans Island Electric
(Swan’s Island) – Electricity users on Swan’s Island and Frenchboro have 12-days to cast votes on whether to approve a deal to have Emera Maine take over the local electricity co-op. The Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan for the takeover which the Swan’s Island Electric Co-op requested. Under the plan customers on the two islands will pay more than $19-dollars a months extra to absorb the take-over costs. A plan rejected by the PUC earlier this year would have required all Emera customers pay for the move.
Sheriff – Police Dog
(Ellsworth) – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will soon have its first police dog on the job. Tosca is a small German Shepherd. She and Deputy Travis Frost will attend the Maine Criminal Justice K-9 academy this spring. Frost has become Tosca’s handler, and the dog goes home with him at night. The dog specializes in drug detection and searching for missing people.
Red Cross Month
(Maine) March is Red Cross month. Spokeswoman Mary Brant says the Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donors as they are the only source of blood. Only about 3-percent of the total US population donates blood each year. Brant is calling upon more citizens to donate.
Man on Fire
(Lisbon) A drunk man playing with lighter fluid suffered severe burns this week. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports 37-year-old Cory Mathis of Lisbon caught his clothes on fire at his home Tuesday night and received second degree burns to his legs and also has facial injuries. Investigators say Mathis was pouring lighter fluid into his hand earlier that evening and lighting it. He then put the container in his pants pocket where it leaked. Witnesses say Mathis went down a hallway then returned with his clothing on fire. He’s being treated at a Lewiston hospital.
(Madison) A Madison man is accused of threatening to kill his wife with while holding a camping hatchet. Somerset County deputies responded to the domestic dispute at a house on Park Street Monday. WVII-TV reports two young children at the home were in a separate room during the incident. The case has been referred to DHHS while 32-year-old Roger Vitalone is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
(Ellsworth) – Police in Ellsworth say a woman who would receive then re-mail packages to an address in Africa was likely a pawn in a credit card scam. The Ellsworth American reports police got alerted to the scam when an Ellsworth woman reported her credit card was used to buy a pair of boots that were shipped to another address in Ellsworth. Turns out the woman who got the boots has received numerous packages purchased with stolen credit card information and ships the packages to wherever she is told.
(Augusta) – Maine’s highest court has ruled the Department of Health and Human Services is immune from a lawsuit brought by the estate of a man who died last October. DHHS sold William Dean’s home for far less than market value and even had his cat put down when the state served as his conservator a few years ago. Dean’s representatives say that wasn’t right, but the state argued it had immunity against any move it made, and the State Supreme Court agreed.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department is advising the public of a new phone scam targeting locals. They say if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from H&R Block in Ellsworth who asks you to pay fees over the phone – don’t do it! The police department has been in touch with the owner at the local H&R Block who says they never call people and demand payment.
Cocaine & Heroin
(Mexico, ME) Seven drug suspects are in the Oxford County Jail following a bust by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The Bangor Daily News reports the investigation led to raids in the Mexico Maine and Rumford areas. Agents confiscated cocaine, heroin, suboxone and thousands of dollars in cash. More arrests are expected.
(Bucksport) Big machines continue to tear down the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport, and the cleanup should come to an end in May. Bucksport Town Manager Susan Lessard tells Star 97-7 the demolition has gone smoothly since a new contractor took over the project. A $200-thousand dollar grant from the EPA begins April 1st which will allow the town, Eastern Maine Development Corporation and several local groups work on the mill property’s future. When the demolition is done, a power plant and bio-mass facility will remain, and Lessard said they hope to locate new business on the site that will provide good paying jobs.
Great Northern Paper Mill
(E. Millinocket) A federal judge has temporarily barred a company from selling the former site of the Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket and restricted ongoing demolition at the property. EMEP hopes to build a bio-fuel refinery on the site currently owned by North American Recovery Management, which bought the closed mill and associated real estate a year ago.
(Milbridge) A doctor in Washington County is offering her patients a solution to the suddenly high cost of Epi-Pens. Last year it cost up to $600 for two Epi-Pens, a life-saving dose of epinephrine for people with dangerous allergies to bee stings or peanuts that, once injected, allows them to breath long enough to get medical treatment. The Bangor Daily News reports Milbridge doctor Cathleen London has devised her own version of the Epi-Pen using an insulin pen which she fills herself with epinephrine. London is also able to refill the pens once they’ve expired. She charges patients 50-dollars for the device and just 2-dollars-and-50-cents for a refill.
High School Basketball State Finals
Tonight: Class “B” Boys – MDI vs. Wells
Girls – Houlton vs. Gray-New Gloucester
Saturday: – Class “D” Girls Shead vs. Vinalhaven
Boys: Machias Vs. Greenville
Class “C” Girls: Dexter vs. Monmouth
Boys: George Stevens vs. Winthrop
Class “A” Boys: Messalonskee vs. Greely
Girls Messalonskee vs. Brunswick
Class “AA” Boys: Portland vs. South Portland
Girls: Oxford Hills vs. Gorham
NBA: Celtics at L-A Lakers tonight
NHL: NY Rangers 2 Boston Bruins 1
Red Sox pitcher David Price awaits the results of an MRI after experiencing forearm soreness. He was scratched from his scheduled spring training start. The Sox beat Tampa Bay 19-2 yesterday