(Lewiston) – When 57-year old Timothy Whitney of Lewiston lit off a fireworks shell inside a cement cinder block in Lisbon this weekend, it blew up. The explosion sent chunks of cement flying up to 140-feet away. Several hit Whitney, and he died in the explosion. Others nearby were not injured. The Fire Marshal’s office says the fireworks shell was one that required a licensed professional to set off. Whitney did not hold such a license.
(Orono) – No injuries and very little damage to a restaurant in Orono during the weekend. The cleaning crew discovered smoke in a back room at The Roost on Mill Street. WVII-TV reports it appeared to be an electrical fire, but the smoke damage means the restaurant owners had to throw out all the food. The pub hopes to reopen later this week in time for the University of Maine homecoming.
Columbus Day Protest – Bangor
(Bangor) – Organizers of a planned protest in Bangor this weekend didn’t see much support. The event that garnered police protection called itself the Rally to Preserve American Traditions. They’d planned to close part of Harlow Street at Peirce Park next to the Bangor Public Library in support of retaining the Columbus Day holiday name. Just one problem – not many people showed up. The Bangor Police Department tells Star 97-7 a handful of people exchanged words and that was it.
(Machias) The New York woman accused of killing a Maine woman in Cherryfield this summer pleaded not guilty. 19-year-old Quaneysha Greeley is one of two people accused of murdering 55-year-old Sally Shaw. WABI-TV reports Greeley entered her plea in court in Machias on Friday morning. The other person accused, 37-year-old Carine Reeves is held without bail in New York where he faces charges for other crimes. Reeves won’t be extradited to Maine until the two cases in New York are resolved.
(Tremont) – Tremont will continue its police contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. The Mt. Desert Islander reports town Selectmen and Sheriff Scott Kane inked the 2-year and 3-month deal last week. Kane says the contract coincides with a union contract for patrol deputies. The new patrol contract will expire in December 2019. Kane says he hopes to provide 30-hours of patrol a week.
Bar Harbor/Columbus Day
(Bar Harbor) – Bar Harbor town councilors will voter later this month on whether to call Columbus Day by a different name locally. Town council vice-chair Gary Friedman tells Star 97-7 the resolution would call the holiday Indigenous Peoples’ Day out of respect for the Native American population. The vote is set for October 17th. A handful of Maine communities have designated Indigenous Peoples Day to coincide with Columbus Day.
(Old Orchard Beach) Ever seen a horse wearing a diaper? You won’t see it on the beach in Old Orchard Beach either. As the town beaches in Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach are connected the two towns usually coordinate their rules about horses on the beach. Equestrian owners with permits are allowed to take the horses on the beach from October 1st through March 31st. The Bangor Daily News reports Scarborough changed its town ordinance in September to require horses to wear manure containment bags while on the beach. The Old Orchard Beach ordinance only requires riders to pick up after their horses and clean manure off the beach. Violators face a $50 fine.
- Boston Red Sox 10 Houston Astros 3 (Astros lead best of 5 series 2-1, David Price pitched 4-scoreless innings of relief, Hanley Ramirez had 4-hits).
- Game 4 of the Sox/Astros series is this afternoon in Boston, weather permitting. Rick Porcello starts for Boston.
- NY Yankees 1 Cleveland Indians 0 (Cleveland leads series 2-1)
- Some serious injuries to NFL stars yesterday. Houston’s JJ Watt suffered a broken left leg in the Texans’ loss to Kansas City. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a broken ankle as New York lost it’s 5th straight game. Three other Giants receivers also suffered serious injuries.