(Bangor) – Prosecutors say they’ll recommend a life sentence for convicted killer Robert Burton. Jurors yesterday found Burton guilty of shooting and killing his former girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo in 2015. After Burton broke into Gebo’s home and shot her, he spent 68-days on the run, hiding in the Piscataquis County woods while police searched for him. Burton faces a minimum of 25-years and up to life in prison.
(Ellsworth) – Traffic should be somewhat back to normal on High Street in Ellsworth today as utility crews strung up a temporary light at the Maine Coast Mall entrance. Firefighters and police spent much of yesterday directing traffic while workers strung wires and activated the new lights. Wednesday an elderly Otis man hit one of the poles that held a set of traffic lights by the First National Bank branch. The crash bent the metal pole and that had to be removed. There’s no immediate time table on replacing the pole.
Bar Harbor/Columbus Day
(Bar Harbor) – Town councilors in Bar Harbor will likely add Indigenous People day to recognized holidays, changing the 2nd Monday in October from Columbus Day locally. Several other Maine towns and cities have added the holiday. The federal government designated the 2nd Monday as Columbus Day. The Mt. Desert Islander reports a Native American attorney likened celebrating Columbus to celebrating serial killer Ted Bundy.
(Rockland) – The Rockland area is mourning the death of a former high school football coach who became a popular State Senator. A former pro football player, Ed Mazurek came to Rockland in 1975 to teach social studies and coach the football team. He served four terms in the Maine House and one in the State Senate before deciding not to seek re-election for health reasons. Ed Mazurek was 79.
(Augusta) – Maine Governor Paul LePage wants lawmakers and not the Attorney General, to decide how to spend funds obtained in legal case settlements. The state has recently received money from Volkswagen and Moody’s. Under the agreement, the attorney general’s office is given the right to expend the funds received. Governor LePage has written to lawmakers, asking that they determine whether the AG’s office has that right or it should be the Legislature to determine how the funds are disbursed.
(Local) There’s a good chance if you asked a young person what “ham radio” is, they’d give you a puzzled look. Hancock County Emergency Management Agency director Andy Sankey says amateur radio, often referred to as ham radio, exists primarily as a hobby for most who use it but it can also come in handy during emergencies. More information on how to get a Ham radio license is posted at the FCC’s website.
(Bar Harbor) The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a disaster preparedness plan geared toward individuals, families and even business owners. The two-hour course will teach disaster preparedness planning to prevent or lessen the effects of natural, man-made, or technological emergencies that could affect our communities, including pets, livestock and at-risk people. The free course is at MDI Adult Education in Bar Harbor on October 19th at 6PM.
Washington County Schools
(Machias) Police in Washington County charged a boy with terrorizing after a threat that closed area schools earlier this week. AOS 96 superintendent Scott Porter says the Machias police department led the investigation with assistance from the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Task Force and Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Classes resumed Thursday morning. Machias police chief Grady Dwelley posts on their Facebook page they are processing evidence seized in the case.
Train vs Logging Truck
(Danforth) A loaded logging truck burst into flames after a train slammed into it at a crossing on Route 1 in Danforth. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reports the 9-1-1 calls came in just after 7 Wednesday night with callers reporting multiple explosions. First responders found the logging truck stuck in the middle of the tracks and the train partially derailed. The train, owned by New Brunswick Southern Rail, was traveling south when it struck the truck. At the time of the crash emergency lights at the crossing were working and it’s unclear why 64-year-old Marshall Campbell of Canada drove his logging truck on to the tracks. He escaped from the burning vehicle without injury. The case remains under investigation.
Mill Open House
(Bucksport) Town officials in Bucksport have planned an open house at the former Verso paper mill property. Area residents are invited to stop by Tuesday, October 17th and write down ideas about what they’d like to see happen to the property. WVII-TV reports the more than 270-acre site is owned by American Iron and Metal, and the redevelopment plan is funded through a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency.
(Jay) Police are investigating an all-terrain vehicle rollover crash that killed a man and injured his 6-year-old grandson. Authorities say 68-year-old Thomas Fourner of Jay was killed and his grandson was injured as a result of the Saturday crash.
- Houston Astros 8 Boston Red Sox 2 (Houston leads series 1-0, Jose Altuve hit 3-home runs for the Astros). Game 2 is this afternoon in Houston, Drew Pomerantz will start for the Sox.
- Cleveland Indians 4 NY Yankees 0
- New England Patriots 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
- Boston Bruins 4 Nashville Predators 3 (season opener for Bruins)
Brewer 2 Washington Academy 1
Hermon 10 Belfast 0
John Bapst 4 MCI 2
Mt. View 2 Ellsworth 0
Hermon 5 Belfast 0
MDI 6 George Stevens 3
(Tie) Bucksport 0 Mattanawcook 0
Narraguagus 2 Woodland 1
MDI 3 Washington Academy 0
Sumner 3 George Stevens 0
Machias 3 Lee 1