Child Porn Sentence
(Bangor) – A Winter Harbor man who admitted to police that he collected child porn pictures and videos on his computer and on CDs will spend the next 5-years in prison. A Federal judge sentenced 66-year old Jack Palmer yesterday. After he gets out, Palmer will go on supervised release for another 10-years. Jurors convicted Palmer last September. Police found the porn in 2015. Judge John Woodcock told Palmer he’d committed a terrible crime against children.
Bangor Murder Trial
(Bangor) – A Superior Court judge will review the evidence from a Bangor murder trial and deliver a verdict in the coming days. Thomas Ferguson of Brooklyn New York waived a jury trial. The 38-year old is accused of shooting 42-year old Robert Kennedy to death in November 2015. Prosecutors say Ferguson gave the orders for another man to shoot Kennedy and wound another man at a Center Street apartment. Defense attorney’s say there is no evidence that Ferguson pulled the trigger.
(Ellsworth) Members of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce sit down to complimentary breakfast this morning as part of Member Appreciation Month. Executive director Gretchen Wilson reminds members that tourists are here so make sure they know your business is here.
(Fort Kent) A lawsuit filed by former Fort Kent nurse Kaci Hickox against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will soon be settled. In 2014 Hickox was quarantined at a New Jersey airport upon returning to the US after treating Ebola virus patients in Africa. She claims she was held illegally and unconstitutionally against her will and that Christie made false statements about Hickox’s health. The Bangor Daily News reports Christie’s attorney filed a letter that they’d reached a settlement and requested a couple weeks to iron out the details. The letter did not state the amount paid to Hickox in the possible settlement. The nurse has since moved to Oregon.
Camp Burglary Arrest
(Saint Albans) Police arrested a Dixmont man for allegedly burglarizing a camp in Somerset County. Maine State Police say two shotguns, ammunition and game cameras were stolen from the camp on Devils Head Road in Saint Albans last month. The investigation led them to 22-year-old Cody Weeman, who’s charged with two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and violating conditional release.
(Augusta) Governor Paul LePage has stuck to his word and vetoed a measure that would’ve put a 5-cent deposit on nip bottles. Proponents of the measure insisted the deposit would promote recycling rather than drivers or passengers tossing the 50-milliliter bottles out car windows to eliminate evidence of drinking and driving. The Bangor Daily News reports in LePage’s veto message he urges the Legislature not to pass the measure, and if it passes he’ll direct the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to work with the Liquor and Lottery Commission to delist the tiny alcohol bottles.
(Local) If you’ve noticed a decrease in activity at your hummingbird feeder lately, Birdsacre president Grayson Richmond says it may be because the tiny birds are looking for nesting territory or seeking out food sources elsewhere… or it may be time to clean your hummingbird feeder. Richmond says hummingbirds tend to move slower in colder temperatures. He recommends routinely cleaning out your feeders as the hummingbirds will surely be back.
(Castine) The former Dennett’s Wharf in Castine is under new ownership and will soon open with a new name. WABI-TV reports the restaurant has been closed since November following the owner’s death, but has since been bought by Castine resident Kip Oberting. “The Wharf at 15 Sea Street” is hiring multiple positions to prepare for the summer season.
(Portland) A University of Maine marine scientist says the number of young lobsters is declining in the Gulf of Maine despite years of record-breaking harvests. Rick Wahle quantifies the population of baby lobsters at sites in New England and Canada every year. His American Lobster Settlement Index shows monitoring sites from New Brunswick to Cape Cod had some of the lowest levels since the late 1990s or early 2000s.
NHL Playoffs: Nashville 4 Pittsburgh 1 (series tied 2-2)
Red Sox off last night, Drew Pomeranz starts against the Yankees tonight
High School Baseball Prelims
MDI 1 Oceanside 0
Ellsworth 7 Medomak Valley 3
Today: Class C Sumner at Central
Calais at Bucksport
Class D DI/Stonington @ Southern Aroostook
Schenck at Woodland
Today: Class B Nokomis @ Ellsworth
MDI @ Foxcroft
Class “C” Washington Academy @ Fort Kent
Calais @ Piscataquis