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Local News – May 19, 2017


Bridge Hearing

(Tremont) – Maine’s Department of Transportation will listen to public comments about a pair of bridge projects in Tremont. The DOT rejected all the bids to replace the Clark bridge near the Tremont School because the price tag was too high.  A re-design will go out to bid soon.  The DOT also plans to replace the Marsh bridge on the Tremont/Southwest Harbor town line.  The hearing for both projects is June 6th.

Child Porn

(Ellsworth) – A Hall Quarry man faces up to 5-years in prison and a hefty fine after police allegedly found child pornography on his computer.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Patrick Perry made a court appearance this week after his arrest.  State police computer crimes experts searched Perry’s computer and found the images after a probation officer alerted local police to the issue.  Perry has a previous child porn conviction.

Brewer – Chases


(Brewer) – It took a pair of foot chases for Brewer police to nab a man suspected of stealing from a business.  Police responded to a store when the owner called them to report a 33-year old Michael Gatcomb of Fayette was there, and he’d stolen items the day before.  Gatcomb ran when the officers showed up, someone picked him up in a car and dropped him off at Holyoke Street.  Police ran after him again and caught him.  He’s charged with theft and refusing to submit to arrest.

Rockland City Manager

(Rockland) – Rockland residents may find out today who their new city manager will be.  A search committee narrowed the field down to one and submitted the name to the city council.  That drew the anger of at least one city councilor.  Village Soup dot-com said the councilor had hoped to have multiple names to choose from to replace James Chaousis who resigned in controversy a year ago.

Fireball Withdraws Support

(Lewiston) – A company that makes those little nip bottles full of booze says it will withdraw its support for a returnable fee on the bottles, reluctantly.  Sazerac said it had no problem with the deposit plan until Governor LePage threatened to de-list nip bottles if the bill passed.  That would effectively ban the sale of nip bottles.  Sazerac employs 130-people.  The bill would have charged a 5-cent deposit much like most other bottles and cans of beer, soda and other beverages in Maine.

Obstructing Arrest

(Verona Island) Three Verona Island residents are guilty of interfering in the arrest of the family’s son. The Ellsworth American reports state troopers with a warrant went to arrest then 18-year-old Joseph French on Easter Sunday in 2016.  He faced burglary and theft charges from alleged incidents the previous February. Troopers say French’s father, step-mother and step-sister prevented officers from getting into the home to arrest French. A Hancock County jury convicted the three this week.  A judge will sentence them later.


(Brewer) The Brewer School Department paid a partial ransom last week to recover the district’s computer files. Superintendent Cheri Towle tells the Bangor Daily News malware locked up the school department’s computer system on May 10th with a 14-hundred-dollar demand to decrypt the files. The school department initially paid the ransom in Bitcoin, an anonymous online currency, but when the school’s technology employees found the backup files they were able to stop the process. The school was able to sell a portion of their Bitcoin and get some money back.

Readfield Shooting Update

(Readfield) A Readfield man remains hospitalized after his wife shot him Wednesday afternoon. The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department tells WABI-TV that 61-yeaer-old  Sally Ann Earl-Costello shot her husband, 81-year-old Hugh Costello outside their home on Sturtevant Hill Road. He is in the hospital with serious injuries.  Earl-Costello is charged with elevated aggravated assault. Police say they’ve responded to the home for multiple previous domestic disturbances.


Cop Graduation

(Vassalboro) 58 of Maine’s newest police officers graduate from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Officers will receive their badges during the 10AM ceremony, which featuring graduation speaker Falmouth Police Chief Ed Tolan, who’s also President of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. The new officers spent 18 weeks training at the academy and represent state, county and municipal departments.

Benefit Dinner

(Hancock) A benefit dinner Saturday will raise money to help the children of two Ruth and Wimpy’s restaurant family members who died in a car accident last month. Layn Wilbur and Cinnamon Riddell were killed in a crash on I-95 in South Carolina. The couple leaves behind 6 children and two grandchildren. The dinner and Chinese auction is from 3 to 6PM tomorrow at Sumner Memorial High School.

Death with Dignity

(Augusta) A death with dignity bill is advancing through the Maine Legislature but will face a likely veto from the Republican governor. Gov. Paul LePage has said he’ll veto the legislation which would allow doctors to prescribe medication that a patient may self-administer to hasten death.

Lobster Drama

(Portland) Members of the U.S. seafood industry are fearful that Canada’s approval of a new trade deal with the European Union will cause big problems for the American lobster business, just as the catch is hitting historic highs. The Canada-European Union agreement cleared its final hurdle on Tuesday. The deal gets rid of tariffs on Canadian lobster exports and puts that country at a huge advantage over the U.S.


  • Oakland A’s 8  Boston Red Sox 3 (Sox send Chris Sale against A’s tonight)
  • Celtics take on Cleveland in game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals tonight.  Cleveland won game 1


High School Baseball

Ellsworth 8 George Stevens 3

Sumner 13  DI/Stonington 7

Shead 14  Calais 1

Bangor Christian 6  Stearns 3

Hampden 16  Mt. Ararat 2


Ellsworth 24  George Stevens 1

DI/Stonington 13  Sumner 12

Calais 16 Shead 7

Greenville 26  Machias 1

Hampden 7 Mt. Ararat 3