(Miami) – The ship’s captain and the owner of the ill-fated El Faro are taking the brunt of the blame in the sinking two years ago that killed all 33-people on board the cargo ship. The Coast Guard announced yesterday that it would have sought revocation of Captain Michael Davidson’s license had he survived. The investigation leader said Davidson, who was from Maine, badly underestimated the power of Hurricane Joaquin. The Coast Guard said the ship’s owner Tote Marine also carries some of the blame for not replacing the ship’s safety officer. It said they would not seek criminal charges against Tote Marine, as there was no criminal intent for the disaster.
(Dedham) – A building at the Peaked Mountain Farm in Dedham is in ruins after a fire. The blaze brought firefighters from Dedham, Holden, Ellsworth, Eddington and Orrington to the scene. It also caught 2-to-3 acres of land on fire. Chief Craig Shane told the Ellsworth American he called in the Maine Forest Service to help with the wildfire. No one was home at the time, the fire cause remains unknown.
(Ellsworth) -Operations at the Hannaford Supermarket in Ellsworth returned to normal fairly quickly after a display cooler caught fire yesterday morning. Store officials evacuated customers and crew while firefighters from Ellsworth, Hancock, Lamoine and Trenton responded to the scene. Employees were able to turn off the burning refrigeration unit and damage was minimal. No injuries are reported.
(Springfield) – There is little doubt a body found near an abandoned vehicle in Northern Hancock County is that of a retired priest missing from Caribou for 2-and-a-half months. The warden service reports to Star 97-7 that a man clearing brush near Upper Pistol Lake near Springfield found Father Clement Thibodeau’s vehicle this weekend. Wardens responded and found a body nearby. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy today to try to positively identify the remains. Thibodeau disappeared in mid-July.
(Harrington) – A wild roundup of sorts in Harrington as a state trooper and game warden twice had to lead an escaped bull back into an enclosed pasture. The mayhem started last Friday morning when the bull escaped, destroyed a moped and killed a cat. Trooper Jeff Taylor and Game Warden Bayley Grant enlisted the help of a cattle farmer to corral the huge bull back into a pasture. As they were leaving, the bull found another hole in a fence and this time a cow followed him to freedom. The trio again got the bull back into an enclosed field, the owner and more reinforcements took over. No charges are expected.
(Jonesport) – A Coast Guard helicopter brought two Jonesport area fishermen to safety after their boat hit rocks near Nash Island. The Coast Guard reports to Star 97-7 that one of the stranded fishermen fired a red flare as a rescue boat from station Jonesport approached the island. They couldn’t get the rescue boat to shore, and kept watch on the two unnamed fishermen until a helicopter could land on the island and pick up the pair. The two men who spoke only French swam to shore after a swell pushed their boat against the rocks.
(Belfast) – Police in Belfast are asking the public for help searching for witnesses to a fatal crash last Friday afternoon. The accident left a 26-year old woman dead and the life flight helicopter flew another person to the hospital. It happened on Route 3 near the Belmont town line. Ambulances transported two men to the hospital in Belfast. Police have not named those involved in the head on crash.
White Van Warning
(Rockland) The Rockland police department is urging students to walk in groups in well lit, high visibility areas after a third report of a man in a white van offering a ride to a young girl walking home alone. The latest incident was reported Thursday by a juvenile female on her way home from the University of Maine campus in Rockland. Police continue to work with law enforcement partners and will follow-up on all leads until there’s a successful conclusion. Police are also stepping up patrols around RSU 13 schools during time frames identified as concerning.
(Rockport) The hospital evaluating the mental stability of Orion Krause to stand trial on quadruple murder charges has been granted another 3 weeks to make that determination. The Bangor Daily News reports if Krause isn’t deemed competent then he’ll be committed at Bridgewater State Hospital for treatment of up to six months or until he’s mentally fit to stand trial. Krause allegedly admitted to investigators that he killed his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat at the grandparents’ home in Grotton Massachusetts on September 8th. The psychiatrist’s recommendation was due Friday but has been extended ’til October 20th.
(Biddeford) Maine drug enforcement agents nabbed two Biddeford men for selling crack cocaine. Agents investigated the pair for months and even made undercover purchases on several occasions at a motel. Around 6AM Friday morning agents searched their motel room with assistance from the US Marshal’s Southern Maine Violent Offender Task Force and Biddeford police. Quinton Smith and Courtney Skipworth, both 38, were arrested and face drug charges. No bail was set for Smith because he’s on probation for a 2014 drug conviction. Police seized drugs, paraphernalia and $16-thousand dollars in cash.
Chuck Brooks Retires
(Ellsworth) Students and staff at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School declared last Friday as “Chuck Brooks Day”. Brooks is a custodian and has worked in the school system for more than 42 years. The Ellsworth American reports in addition to sweeping, mopping, moving furniture and clearing snow, Brooks has also helped students tie their shoes, zip up jackets, and shared smiles, hugs, and handshakes with them as they go about their day.
(Ellsworth) – Traffic on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth may be a bit slow today as construction crews prepare to repave the surface. The project began last week with grinding the road surface down a couple of inches. City manager David Cole tells Star 97-7 the project begins at the intersection with Beechland Road and heads about a 3rd of a mile toward Main Street.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Portland’s newest professional hockey franchise will be the Maine Mariners. That’s the same name the Portland team had from 1977 to 1992 in the American Hockey League. Finishing second in a contest was Wild Blueberries.
(Auburn) A pair of cows is responsible for a pair of collisions this week in Maine. Police say one driver who crashed into a black Angus cow was on the phone with 911 at the same time there was a second car crash with a second black Angus cow about 200 yards away Wednesday in Auburn. The Sun Journal reports that neither driver was seriously injured, but both cows had to be euthanized.
- Carolina Panthers 33 New England Patriots 30
- Houston Astros 4 Boston Red Sox 3 (final game of season, Sox and Astros open their American League playoff Thursday afternoon in Houston)
- Kyle Bush edges out Chase Elliot at the NASCAR race in Dover yesterday.