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Local News – May 18, 2017

High School Street Name

(Ellsworth) – The name of the new road leading to Ellsworth High School will be Lejok Street.  The Ellsworth City Council approved the name this week.  If it sounds familiar, it’s the same name of the road that once was assigned to the roadway leading to the former High School which is now the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School.  The Ellsworth American reports Lejok was named after a native American who assisted the original settlers in Ellsworth. The new road should open this coming summer.

Readfield Shooting

(Readfield) – A shooting outside a Readfield home sent a man to the hospital and his wife into a police cruiser.  The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Sturtevant Hill road yesterday afternoon.  Sheriff Ken Mason says they’ve been there before.  They didn’t identify the couple – the husband is expected to recover.  The wife has been cooperative.

Air Quality

(Portland) – If you like it hot, today’s your day.  The National Weather Service says temperatures could reach the 90s for parts of Maine today.  That has prompted an air quality action alert from Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Ozone levels will likely elevate in parts of Southern Maine.  That will make it harder for people with breathing issues to catch a breath.  The alert advises people to limit strenuous outdoor activity.


Hancock County 911

(Ellsworth) When people in Hancock County call 9-1-1, it’s answered at the Hancock County RCC – that might change soon. County commissioners are considering whether the county’s Regional Communications Center should cease being the answering point for 911 calls. County Administrator Scott Adkins says possibly transferring service to another RCC would actually cost more than hiring additional dispatchers, but there’s a bigger issue at hand; it’s nearly impossible to hire qualified dispatchers.  The public is invited to comment on whether the Hancock County RCC should be removed as a public safety answering point during the county commission meeting on June 20th.

Crash Fatal

(Hollis) State police trying to determine why a vehicle was driving in the wrong lane in Hollis. It collided with another vehicle and killed the passenger. 25-year-old Jordan Lambert of Limington died at Maine Medical Center while both drivers are expected to survive. The crash on Cape Road happened about 10:30 Tuesday night when 24-year-old Nicholas Rushford was driving in the opposite lane and collided with the car Lambert rode in.


Lyme Disease Awareness Month

(Statewide) Now that the weather has turned nice, lots of people are outdoors for longer periods of time.  May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine. State epidemiologist Dr Siiri Bennett says of the 2 major kinds of ticks in Maine, one is more dangerous for spreading disease.  Dr. Bennett says ticks are present year-round, but May is the time of year Mainers need to start actively checking for ticks.


BHHT Speaker Series – Ticks

(Blue Hill) Blue Hill Heritage Trust hosts a panel discussion on ticks tonight at 7 at Blue Hill Consolidated School. Outreach Director Chrissy Allen says the panel consists of local experts in the field

Officers Memorial

(Augusta) Today’s the annual observance at the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta. The memorial along State Street contains the names of the 83 officers killed in the line of duty. It includes 15 Game Wardens and ten State Troopers, the most of any department. No new names were added this year. Attorney General Janet Mills is the guest speaker at the 11AM ceremony.

Chamber Meeting/Awards

(Ellsworth) Local businesses and community members receive honors this evening during the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual Meeting and Awards at Acadia Events Center in Trenton. The Chamber’s Top Drawer Award will be presented to Wallace Events of Ellsworth. Lamoine resident Donald Clark will recognized as Citizen of the Year. And other awards include New Chamber Business, Revitalization Award, and Customer Service Award. The event begins at 5 tonight.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she wants former FBI Director James Comey to deliver his memos and testify about a meeting in which President Trump allegedly asked him to end an investigation into possible ties to Russia. The Republican told National Public Radio on Wednesday that she’s worried about “stories getting ahead of facts.”

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A proposal to allow families to file wrongful-death lawsuits after a fetus dies is sparking disagreement in Maine, where some say the measure is an attack on reproductive rights. Backers of the bill say it’s a way for families to seek financial damages when a fetus dies due to neglect or default by a person such as a driver, manufacturer or doctor. Forty states allow families to pursue wrongful-death lawsuits when an unborn viable fetus dies.


  • Cleveland Cavaliers 117  Boston Celtics 104  (Cleveland leads series 1-0)
  • Boston Red Sox 5  St. Louis Cardinals 4 (13-innings, Chris Young singled in the winning run).  Tonight, Hector Velasquez makes his major league debut for Boston against the Oakland A’s.


High School Baseball

Bangor 10 Cony 4

Brewer 4 Camden Hills 1

Hampden 9 Messalonskee 2

MDI 5 John Bapst 2

Bucksport 11 Orono 7

Woodland 11 Narraguagus 9

Sumner 11 DI/Stonington 1

Washington Academy 22 Calais 0


Brewer 9 Camden Hills 2

Messalonskee 6  Hampden 1

MDI 10 John Bapst 1

Bucksport 7  Orono 3

Narraguagus 20 Woodland 1

Sumner 18  DI/Stonington 6

Washington Academy 14  Calais 0