Gouldsboro Fire (Gouldsboro) – Firefighters from eight communities spent much of yesterday afternoon trying to keep the flames from spreading in a Gouldsboro home.  The call to 121 East Schoodic Drive came in shortly before noon.  Firefighters from Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, Sullivan, Sorrento, Hancock and Steuben rushed to the scene, while departments from Franklin, Ellsworth […]

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Local News June 8, 2017

Gouldsboro Fire

(Gouldsboro) – Firefighters from eight communities spent much of yesterday afternoon trying to keep the flames from spreading in a Gouldsboro home.  The call to 121 East Schoodic Drive came in shortly before noon.  Firefighters from Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor, Sullivan, Sorrento, Hancock and Steuben rushed to the scene, while departments from Franklin, Ellsworth and Lamoine ramped up coverage for the rest of the area.  A woman called 9-1-1 to report her house was on fire in Birch Harbor and the first arriving firefighters reported smoke coming from the building.  No injuries are reported, and no word yet on a cause.

Orrington Shootout

(Orrington) – Two state police sergeants and a trooper have a few days off for administrative leave following yesterday morning’s fatal shooting in Orrington.  That’s routine for police involved shootings.  Police identified the dead man as 54-year Mark Ellis.  He allegedly called 9-1-1 Tuesday afternoon and threatened officers.  Deputies and troopers rushed to his Johnson Mill Road home and for nearly 12-hours tried to get him to surrender.  He reportedly exchanged gunfire with the tactical team. No officers were wounded.

 

Winterport Fatal

 

(Winterport) – Authorities say a 21-year old Bangor man trapped in his vehicle after it went airborne in Winterport and struck trees has died from his injuries.  Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton reports to Star 97-7 rescuers had to cut the young driver from his vehicle Tuesday night, and the Life Flight helicopter flew him to the hospital where he died.  The department has waited for relative notification before releasing the victim’s name.  Trafton said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Boat Rescue

 

(Jonesport) – The captain of a 48-foot boat operating in Englishman Bay Downeast says water was pouring in faster than the bilge pumps could work.  He radioed a mayday to the Coast Guard and a couple of nearby fishing boats quickly steamed over with pumps to help.  Pumping out the water at 50-gallons a minute they eventually caught up with the problem.  The Coast Guard reports to Star 97.7 they sent ships from Southwest Harbor and Jonesport and helped the captain of the Variant plug up the flood source.  No one’s hurt, the boat was able to continue on its journey to Nova Scotia.

Earthquake

(Monroe) – Facebook posters who live in the Monroe area said it felt like a big truck rumbling by.  That was about 6:30 yesterday morning, and it wasn’t just one home – lots of people said they felt the same thing.  We can confirm it was a small earthquake, centered 16-miles west of Bucksport according to the Weston Observatory based in Massachusetts.  The earthquake monitor says the tremor registered 2-point-1 on the Richter Scale at 6:30 yesterday morning.  No damage or injury reported.

Wexler Obit

(Sullivan) – A longtime arts supporter and performer in Hancock County has died.  Ginia Davis Wexler lived in Sullivan for much of her adult life, though she was raised in Philadelphia.  Wexler was one of the original benefactors of the Grand, and was instrumental in establishing the Barn theater.   She performed in 22-languages worldwide and was on numerous arts related boards.  Wexler was 99-yeras old when she died yesterday.

RESCUE OFFICER DIES

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) – A Fryeburg police officer who was critically hurt while searching for a missing canoeist over Memorial Day weekend has died. Twenty-year-old Nathan Desjardins and another officer suffered injuries when their boat struck something in the water. The Fryeburg Police Department says Desjardins died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Chief Joshua Potvin says the department is “deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague.” Desjardins was also a student at the University of New England. The body of canoeist Jennifer Bousquet was eventually found in about eight feet of water some 300 to 400 yards from the spot where her canoe capsized.

PRISON SHUTDOWN

 

(Augusta) – The political battle over the minimum security prison in Machiasport continues in Augusta.  Lawmakers have approved enough funding to keep the Buck’s Harbor facility open, but two Republican lawmakers say the Governor has ordered prisoners moved out, transferring 28- of the 100-inmates to other facilities.  Governor Paul LePage has called the Downeast Correctional Facility too expensive to keep operating.  Senator Joyce Maker and Representative Will Tuell says the area relies on the more than 40-jobs the prison provides.

Sports

NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors 118  Cleveland Cavaliers 113 (Warriors lead 3-0)

NY Yankees 8  Boston Red Sox 0 (Sox send David Price against the Yankees tonight)

 

High School Baseball Quarterfinals

Erskine Academy 2  MDI 0 (Class “B”)

Houlton 10  Sumner 0 (Class “C”)

Rest of the quarterfinals are set for today

 

Softball Quarterfinals

Class “A” Oxford Hills 10  Brewer 2

Lawrence 2  Edward Little 0

Class “C” – Narraguagus 3  Houlton 2

Class ‘D” – Penobscot Valley 11 East Grand 0