Orrington Standoff (Orrington) – An Orrington man is dead after a nearly 12-hour standoff with police that ended early this morning.  The attorney general’s office will investigate the incident that began at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon when a man called 9-1-1 and threatened police.  The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and State Police tactical team rushed […]

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Local News – June 7, 2017

Orrington Standoff

(Orrington) – An Orrington man is dead after a nearly 12-hour standoff with police that ended early this morning.  The attorney general’s office will investigate the incident that began at about 1:30 yesterday afternoon when a man called 9-1-1 and threatened police.  The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and State Police tactical team rushed to the Johnson Mill Road scene and the standoff carried on into the wee hours of the morning. Newscenter 2 reports hearing loud bangs shortly after 1-AM and state police confirming the death about an hour later.  Police evacuated nearby homes during the standoff and the Center Drive School went into a soft lockdown.

Camden Manager

(Camden) – The acting city manager in Rockland will become the new town manager in Camden.  Village Soup dot-com reports Select board members in Camden hired Audra Caler-Bell who will start on the job July 1st.  Caler-Bell has run Rockland for the past year, filling in after the former city manager resigned amid controversy.  She takes the post in Camden which has its own controversy surrounding a redevelopment effort at the Camden Snow Bowl that led to the resignation of former town manager Patricia Finnigan.

 

Calais Hospital – No confidence

(Calais) – City councilors in Calais say they have no confidence in the Calais Regional Hospital’s board of directors.  The unanimous vote follows the hospital board’s decision to close the obstetrics unit at the Washington County hospital.  The Bangor Daily News reports the city council called the OB unit’s closure as sending a negative message to young families.

Winterport Crash

(Winterport) – Rescuers had to cut a person out of a vehicle that crashed into a water body at the Winterport/Hamden town line last night.  WABI-TV reports the Life-flight helicopter transported the victim to the hospital.  The accident closed down Route 1-A for a while.  No word on the victim’s name or extent of injuries.

BHHT Horseshoe Crab

(Blue Hill) Although horseshoe crabs look similar to crabs and lobsters, they’re actually more closely related to scorpions and spiders. Blue Hill Heritage Trusts invites you to learn more about the horseshoe crab during a Walk-and-Talk this Saturday at 11AM.  The Horseshoe Crab Walk and Talk is at the Snow Natural Area Preserve, off the Young Point Road in Brooksville. Learn more at: Blue Hill Heritage Trust dot Org.

Drug Arrest

 

(Ellsworth) – Police and drug agents handcuffed a 49-year old Trenton man and found 30-grams of heroin in his vehicle.  David Falkingham is no stranger to the court system – he’s served time before for drug dealing.  Agents got word he was returning to Trenton with a shipmen of heroin and pulled his rental car over on Route 1-A in Ellsworth Monday. A drug sniffing dog led officers to the drugs.  He’s charged with aggravated trafficking.

Surry Road Crash

(Ellsworth) Three people walked away from a head-on collision in Ellsworth yesterday. The Ellsworth American reports police got a call about a domestic dispute happening in a Toyota Corolla on the Bucksport Road, that then turned onto North Bend Road. An officer headed in that direction while another cruiser drove to the Surry Road to intercept the vehicle. When the 16-year-old driver saw the cruiser on Surry Road he turned into the K and B Auto entrance to allegedly avoid police, but that’s when he crashed into an oncoming truck. The teen did not have a license, the vehicle was not legal for the road and was also not insured. The teen and his female passenger admitted to being in an argument earlier be denied any assault.

Nip Vote Overturned

(Augusta) The Maine House voted Tuesday to overturn Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a measure to add nip bottles to Maine’s bottle redemption program. The bill was designed to put a 5-cent deposit on the tiny liquor bottles in an effort to stop roadway litter. The Bangor Daily News reports Governor LePage suggests delisting them to stop the sale of nips in Maine altogether. Consideration of LePage’s veto now goes to the Senate where a two-thirds vote is necessary to override the veto and enact the bill.

Mayhew Run for Gov

(Lisbon) Former Maine Health and Human Commissioner Mary Mayhew is running for governor, vowing to continue reforms she’s helped implement during the administration of Governor Paul LePage. The former-Democrat-turned-Republican said Tuesday that she has worked on behalf of the governor to get the state’s finances in order and to implement welfare reforms that are getting people back to work, and she doesn’t want to turn the clock back.

Bed Bugs

(Augusta) A municipal office building in Augusta has reopened after officials say a disgruntled man slammed a cup full of bedbugs on the counter, releasing about 100 of the pests. Augusta officials told that Kennebec Journal that exterminators are confident all the bedbugs were killed before the City Center building opened Monday.

Elver Fishing Over

(Portland) Maine’s annual baby eel fishing season comes to an end with the quota nearly tapped out. Fishermen seek baby eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams in Maine. They’re sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food products such as sushi. Maine fishermen are allowed to catch a little less than 10,000 total pounds of the elvers every spring. The season ends today (6/07).

 

Sports

  • Boston Red Sox 5  NY Yankees 4 (Sox hit 3-home runs. Rick Porcello starts against the Yankees tonight)
  • Cincinnati Red Scooter Gennett tied a major league record with 4-home runs last night.
  • Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowski says he’s ready for the season after ending last year’s season early due to back surgery.

 

High School Baseball Prelims

Class “C” Bucksport 10 Calais 0

Sumner 2  Central 0

Fort Kent 7  Washington Academy 2

Class “D”

Southern Aroostook 9  DI/Stonington 8

Shead 8  Central Aroostook 4

Schenck 14  woodland 10

Softball Prelims

Class “” Ellsworth 14  Nokomis 12

Foxcroft 2  MDI 1

Class “C” Washington Academy 8  Fort Kent 2

Piscataquis 9  Calais 3

Orono 11 Dexter 9