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Local News – May 16, 2017


Franklin Fire


(Franklin) – Firefighters rushed to reports of an garage fully engulfed in flames and threatening a nearby home on Route 182 in Franklin this morning.  The first reports also indicated several explosions coming from the burning structure.  The 9-1-1 calls started coming in at about 6:20 this morning.  Firefighters from Franklin, Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento and Eastbrook responded to the scene.

Morton’s Moo Sold

(Ellsworth) – A Downtown Ellsworth ice cream shop has new owners.  Morton’s Moo serves home made, high end ice cream and has built a niche market.  Molly Harding and Greg Winton take over operations from Kirsten and Steve Henry.  The Ellsworth American reports Harding, who is originally from Trenton, spent the last 20-years as a cake decorator and pastry chef in large cities.  When she inquired about getting into the ice cream business, the former owners offered to sell the Downtown business.

Sumner Architect

(Sullivan) – School officials in RSU 24 have chosen an architect to design a new Sumner High School.  The Ellsworth American reports PDT Architects of Portland will take the lead designing the new school of which state taxpayers will pick up the bulk of the cost.  PDT designed Cony High School and several other campuses across the state. The first step will be to figure out where to locate the new school that will accommodate 240-students.

Firearm Sentence

(Portland) – A Midcoast man will spend just a month in prison for possessing a gun after a previous domestic violence conviction.  The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97-7 that 28-year old Joseph DeNapoli of Cushing will spend 3-years on supervised release after he gets out.  DiNapoli entered a guilty plea last August after investigators found him with two guns.

ANP Advisory Commission

(Bar Harbor) – A commission that issues advice to Acadia National Park has canceled meetings as the federal government may put them out of business.  The Citizen’s Advisory Commission formed in 1986 as part of the boundary bill that set the property lines for the park.  Congress recently reauthorized the commission and the Mt. Desert Islander reports a bill to make the commission permanent was in the works.  The order to cease meeting came on presidential orders as the federal government looks at all national parks and monuments.

Rockland City Manager

(Rockland) – The previous city manager in Rockland resigned in a cloud of scandal nearly a year ago.  Since then a search committee has searched for a replacement, and Village Soup dot-com reports the city council may soon release the finalist’s name.  The search committee said it intended to interview 5-finalists from among the 28-applicants for Rockland’s top job.  They presented their choice to the fully city council last night.

EPD Happenings

(Ellsworth) Project Hope is open today from 8 to 4 at the Ellsworth Police Department. The rehabilitation program allows anyone to surrender to their drugs and paraphernalia without fear of being arrested, in exchange for putting them in a treatment facility to get help. Chief Glenn Moshier says police met with partners Healthy Acadia on Friday to review how Project Hope can best serve the community.  They’ve also launched a new Facebook page to help get out the message, search for Ellsworth Police Department Project Hope.


(Ellsworth) Hancock County Deputies and Ellsworth City Police lined Route 1-A in Ellsworth Friday. Chief Glenn Moshier says law enforcement clocked off 81-vehicles doing in excess of 70-miles an hour in the 55-miles an hour zone. A post by the Sheriff’s Department says they were not after a quota on speeding tickets – it was a federally funded speed detail designed to slow traffic down to the legal limit and help motorists get home safely and soberly.


(Ellsworth) The first of many planned safety checkpoints conducted by Ellsworth police and Hancock County deputies was set up on High Street Saturday night. Chief Glenn Moshier says announcing the safety checkpoints to the public in advance serves a duel purpose. Moshier says of the 5 drivers checked for impairment only one was arrested for OUI.


Garden Club Forum

(Ellsworth) The Heart of Ellsworth’s next public forum topic is Cultivating a Green Community. Garden Club president Mary Blackstone says she’ll share information about the Ellsworth Garden Club, its history, and its current projects. The free public forum is tomorrow night starting at 6 in the Riverview Room at the Ellsworth Public Library.


Jordan‘s Snack Bar For Sale

(Ellsworth) – If you’ve got 1-point-4 million dollars, you can buy the now closed Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth.  The popular take out that operated for more than 30-years on Route 1 at the Hancock town line is up for sale following its closure a few weeks ago after a death.  The owners said a string of tragedies made it impossible to continue operations.


Missing Boater Search

(Brunswick) Maine Marine Patrol resumes the search for a 27-year-old man who’s been missing since Friday night after a witnesses reports the man fell from his boat into the Androscoggin River near Brunswick. Stephen Wines of Bailey Island was boating with his brother William when the 2 fell overboard. William made it to shore and was released from the hospital. Police and dive teams are focusing their efforts between Bay Bridge Landing and Merry-meeting Bay.

Cyber Security

(Ellsworth) Ransom-ware cyber attacks rendered hundreds of thousands of mostly business computers useless during the weekend. Rocket Computers owner Chris Crockett of Ellsworth says you can prevent becoming a victim of future attacks. If your computer is compromised and a scammer demands money to unlock your files, Crockett advises against paying the ransom because there’s no guarantee they’ll give you the encryption key.


Rape Sentence

(Augusta) A judge has imposed a 27-year prison sentence on a Waterville man after describing his attack on a 73-year-old woman as “sexual torture.” The victim told her perpetrator, 33-year-old Mark Halle, that she forgave him, and Halle asked the judge for “a little bit of mercy.”

House Crash

(Oxford) Police say an 84-year-old man ploughed into his house after being rear-ended in Oxford. The Sun Journal reports the crash on Sunday afternoon occurred when 40-year-old Frank Poussard of Paris rear-ended 84-year-old Sidney Linscott as he turned into his driveway. Investigators say Linscott’s vehicle was pushed into his house and then struck the home’s deck. Both men were treated for minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.


Boston Celtics 115  Washington Wizards 105 (Celtics win series 4-3, will face Cleveland for the NBA’s Eastern Conference championship). (Kelly Olynyk had 26-points off the bench for Boston)


Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals tonight.  Eduardo Rodriguez starts for Boston.


High School Baseball

Hampden 10  Brewer 0


Brewer 13  Hampden 1