Traffic Alert: Western Avenue will be closed to traffic from the State Street side on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 for most of the day while new water mains are installed.
Wildfire – Bucksport
(Bucksport) – The ground may be muddy, but the dead grass and leaves on top is dry, and wind can push a fire quickly. That’s what a Bucksport homeowner found out yesterday when a permitted burn quickly got out of control on the Millvale Road. Firefighters from several departments rushed to the scene and got the house extinguished, but not before it caused thousands of dollars in damage. The forest service reports the fire also scorched about an acre of land.
Enfield Scammer Sentenced
(Bangor) – An Enfield man will spend more than 2-years in prison for a series of scams. WABI-TV reports a judge sentenced Charles Simons to 26-months and he’ll also have to pay back $18-thousand dollars in restitution. Among his scams, Simons sold off restaurant equipment he had no right to sell, collected $2-thousand dollars to lead a bear hunting trip that never happened, and took a couple’s retirement funds to build a home that never got constructed. He has previous convictions.
Stockton Springs School Vote
(Stockton Springs) – The school board that runs RSU 20 in Searsport and Stockton Springs will have to decide what will become of the former elementary school in Stockton Springs. Voters in both towns affirmed the decision to officially close down the school. The pre-Kindergarten program that operates there will move to the Searsport Elementary School. Options for the Stockton Springs school include leasing it to other entities or selling the building back to the town.
(Bowdoinham) Two men from Bowdoin suffered minor injuries when their 70-year old plane made an emergency landing on I-295. Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the plane hit a guardrail along the breakdown lane on the southbound side at about 10:15 yesterday morning. Pilot John Gayley says he took off from Bowdoinham Airfield and when he attempted to switch fuel tanks the engine stalled. Gayley suffered facial injuries, while his passenger Rodney Voisene suffered an arm injury. The FAA was notified and sent to evaluate the scene. A wrecker removed the plane from the Interstate Tuesday afternoon causing a slight disruption in southbound traffic.
(Gouldsboro) – A little over a year ago the Gouldsboro Board of Selectmen opted not to continue police chief Paul Gamble’s probationary contract. There were questions about credit card use and out of town travel. He sued, and the town has settled with payment of $67-thousand dollars to Gamble. It’s insurance carrier will pick up most of the cost, the town will have to cough up $75-hundred bucks. Town Manager Bryan Kaenrath tells the Ellsworth American the settlement is not an admission the town did anything wrong.
(Warren) An unusual scene in Knox County as deputies responded to the report of a car that hit a house. The driver, 32-year-old Bridget Artibani, says she believes she lost power steering which caused her car to go off the Western road in Warren and strike a house. However police say the crash may be alcohol related. Artibani suffered minor injuries to her face and was taken to the hospital. Police did not file any charges.
(Hancock Cty) Maine state police and drug agents arrested a man from Peru at an unnamed motel in Hancock County. Troopers responded to the motel on Sunday and after interviewing several witnesses they determined there was likely drug activity going on. Troopers searched the room and found 600 doses of heroin, a loaded semi-automatic shotgun, and 15-hundred dollars in suspected drug profits. They arrested 33-year-old Pedro Lezama Agaz of Peru for Aggravated Drug Trafficking.
BHHT Surry Forest
(Surry) Blue Hill Heritage Trust has purchased more than 21-hundred acres known as Surry Forest to preserve it for community exploration and enjoyment. Executive director Hans Carlson says absentee landlords have owned the property located between Toddy Pond Road and Route 172 since the 80’s, so it’s hard to say exactly what’s out there. Carlson says about 60 people attended the public information meeting Monday night to learn more and discuss possibilities for the property.
ANP Opens Facilities
(Bar Harbor) The National Park Service will commence the summer season at Acadia National Park by opening the Park Loop Road to motor vehicles this Saturday. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Thompson Island picnic area, and Echo Lake Beach will also open on Saturday. However the carriage roads remain closed to all uses until further notice to prevent damage to their gravel surface while the ground is soft. The NPS will continue to open other park facilities, like restrooms, campgrounds, and picnic areas, throughout May in preparation for the summer season.
- Boston Red Sox 8 Baltimore Orioles 1 (Drew Pomeranz with the win, Dustin Pedroia 4 RBI) – Tonight Steven Wright starts against Baltimore.
- The Celtics host Milwaukee tonight with a chance to clinch the NBA’s Eastern Conference title.
- The Bruins begin their playoff with Ottawa tonight in Canada.