(Hancock) – A 44-year old Hancock man faces charges following a brief standoff with sheriff’s deputies. A woman called 9-1-1 to report that when she arrived home, she found her door locked and barricaded. Lt. Chris Thornton reports to Star 97.7 that his department got help from the Marine Patrol and Ellsworth police at the scene on Friday night. For nearly an hour and a half they tried to get Jason Rothe to come outside, but he refused. Officers forced their way into the home and arrested Rothe, charging him with violating a protection order, violating release conditions and refusing to submit to arrest.
Carriage Roads Closed
(Bar Harbor) – It’s officially mud season in Maine. Acadia National Park has shut down its carriage roads for a few weeks. Park spokesman John Kelly says even walking or bike riding on the popular dirt roads can cause serious erosion damage as the spring thaw is under way. The closure is temporary until things dry out. Hiking trails remain open, but the Park Loop Road is closed to motor vehicles.
Blue Hill Election
(Blue Hill) – One of Hancock County’s longest serving elected officials is out of office after the annual election in Blue Hill. John Bannister began serving in the 1970s. The Merrill & Hinckley store owner lost to local attorney Ellen Best during the annual town meeting election on Friday 499-to-262. Best campaigned that it was time for a change in Blue Hill’s town government.
Fletcher’s Landing Crash
(Fletcher’s Landing) – Utility crews had to replace a pole in Fletcher’s Landing after a car hit it and broke it in two places, knocking out electricity to about 200-homes. That crash occurred on Route 179 yesterday morning. Only minor injuries are reported. A similar crash in Lamoine Friday evening saw another utility pole break when a car skidded into it. No one was hurt, and power was cut only briefly.
Searsport School Vote
(Searsport) – The school district that covers Searsport and Stockton Springs has canceled a meeting set for today. The meeting was to appoint an interim superintendent of schools so that there would be a superintendent in place to certify tomorrow’s vote on whether to permanently close the Stockton Springs Elementary School. It’s not clear what has happened to superintendent Chris Downing or why RSU 20 needed an interim. The school board chair told Village Soup dot-com he could not comment on a health matter.
(Brunswick) State police have made an arrest in Maine’s oldest unsolved homicide case. Spokesman Steve McCausland reports 62-year-old Burton Hagar of Farmington was arrested Friday in connection with the death of his son nearly 38 years ago. Hagar’s 4-month-old son Nathan was found unresponsive at the family’s apartment on May 9th 1979 and later died at a hospital in Brunswick. The death was originally investigated as a SIDS death, but state police quietly reopened the case in 1991. Over the past year detectives gathered new information and worked with the new Unsolved Homicide Unit. Hagar will make his first court appearance in Cumberland County on Monday or Tuesday.
(Hancock Cty) As part of Autism Awareness month Special Children’s Friends encourages people to be more conscious of autism and sympathetic to parents trying to manage their autistic children. SCF executive director Linda Henderson says a little compassion goes a long way. Special Children’s Friends serves 2 dozen kids in Hancock County with special needs and they’re currently raising money to expand their facility on Union Street in Ellsworth. To learn more or to donate, visit: Special Childrens Friends dot Org.
Store to Open
(Brooklin) The newly reconstructed Brooklin General Store should be open in 4 to 6 weeks. That’s according to local chef Kristyn LaPlante, who tells the Ellsworth American the store will offer pretty much the same things as before – coffee, sandwiches, baked goods, alcohol, cigarettes and lottery. LaPlante will serve as chef at the store and says the business will be open year-round and plans to accommodate early risers who need refreshment before heading off to work. Brooklin General Store was previously operated by Steve Nygren, who federal officials charged with embezzling 700-thousand-dollars from the Brooklin Boat Yard. Nygren pleaded not guilty last year; the case is still pending.
(Portland) Maine’s economy is back to where it was before the recession when it comes to jobs, a feat some economists thought might be impossible because of its shrinking and aging workforce. The state’s economy is close to the pre-recession peak of 6-hundred-20-thousand-800 jobs, after 25-thousand jobs were shed during the recession. But the state’s chief economist says some areas are still struggling while others are booming.
(Vassalboro) One of Maine’s newest state troopers will soon report to work at the Troop J barracks in Ellsworth. Local native Dana Austin was one of 8 troopers sworn in during a ceremony on Friday at the Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Austin previously worked for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Mt. Desert Police Department. Dylan Hall of Bucksport was also a graduating trooper. Hall moves on to Troop E serving Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.
• Sergio Garcia wins the Masters in a sudden death playoff with Justin Rose
• Boston Red Sox 7 Detroit Tigers 5 (Sox send Chris Sale against Detroit today)
• Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets tonight
• Jimmy Johnson wins the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway.