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Local News October 10, 2017

Surry Pit Appeal

(Surry) – Surry’s Board of Appeals will listen to public objections about the way the town’s planning board handled a permit to mine gravel.  The Ellsworth American reports abutters are upset they were limited to 5-minutes each during a public hearing while the pit owner got 3-hours to present their application.  Abutters also claim the Planning Board made no findings of fact that the gravel operation complied to ordinance standards before granting the permit.


Manslaughter Indictment

(Ellsworth) – Grand jurors in Ellsworth have indicted a Castine man on manslaughter charges.  Prosecutors say 55-year old Francis Spinazola was driving drunk last November when he crashed, killing 56-year old Ronald Bakeman of Orland.  The grand jury found enough evidence to proceed to trial on OUI, Aggravated OUI and manslaughter charges.  Investigators at the time said Spinazola got onto the wrong side of the Castine Road, hit rocks and flipped over ejecting Bakeman and another passenger from the vehicle.


Bangor Crash



(Bangor) – A huge mess in Downtown Bangor last evening after a car careened down State Street Hill, hit other vehicles and took down a metal utility pole that held traffic lights at Exchange Street.  Police tell Star 97-7 they shut down the road for several hours while public works crews cleaned up the mess.  The driver suffered only minor injuries though his car was demolished in the wreck.  Police did not immediately release his name.


Dexter Fire

(Dexter) – Firefighters had to tear apart walls and a roof at a Dexter building to reach the flames inside.  WABI-TV reports a passing motorist spotted the smoke coming from the Spring Street home shortly before 5:30 last evening.  The Dexter Fire Department called in help from neighboring towns.  The Fire Marshal’s office will look for the cause.


Crash Finder Honored

(Trenton) – The Trenton man who found a wrecked car off Interstate 95 north of Old Town more than a week ago will use reward money for two children who survived the crash that killed their mother.  Newscenter 2 reports a daycare center in Hancock raised $5-thousand dollars to honor Jimmy Gagnon who rescued Liza Parker’s two small children from the wrecked vehicle.  Parker, who worked as a waitress at the Riverside Cafe in Ellsworth, did not survive the crash.  The children were still strapped in car seats when Gagnon spotted the wreck and went to help.


Southwest Harbor Week

(Southwest Harbor) Events continue this week in Southwest Harbor to remind visitors there’s more to Mount Desert Island than Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. Acadia Chamber board president Alan Feuer says there’s lots to do between now and Sunday the 15th during Southwest Harbor Week. All the events can be found online at: Acadia Chamber dot Com.


Fatal Crash

(Belfast) – Belfast police called in the fire marshal’s office to determine whether the crash or a fire killed a person during the weekend.  The fatal accident on the East Waldo Road happened late Sunday night.  Officials have not yet released the victim’s name, and the investigation is ongoing.


Motorcycle Death

(Augusta) Police say speed may have contributed to a motorcycle crash Sunday night that killed a Pittston man. 51-year-old James Bickford was not wearing a helmet and we crossed the center line on Stone Street in Augusta and slammed head-on into a car. WABI-TV reports Bickford died in the collision just after 6PM. The car’s driver, a 70-year-old man from Dresden and his passenger suffered minor injuries.


Bar Fire

(Orono) An electrical fire is believed to have caused damage to a popular college bar in Orono. Employees left The Roost around 2AM Saturday, and when the cleaning crew came in at 7 and opened the backdoor they were greeted with thick smoke and called 9-1-1. Owner Jason Coleman tells WVII-TV they lost a lot of inventory but the outcome could’ve been a lot worse because the fire happened directly below 4 propane tanks located outside the building.


Standoff Ends Peacefully

(Eddington) An Eddington man faces multiple charges after a standoff Sunday night. Maine State Police responded to a domestic violence call before 7 PM on Jarvis Gore Drive. Additional state police units were called in for back up and the road was closed when police were not able to take the man into custody. WVII-TV reports the suspect eventually surrendered to police and the standoff ended peacefully.


Fin Clipping



(E. Machias) Volunteers are needed at the Downeast Salmon Federation’s Hatchery in East Machias to help clip fins on Atlantic salmon before they’re released into the East Machias River. Hatchery manager Zach Sheller says fin clipping helps the Federation evaluate their progress trying to repopulate endangered Atlantic salmon into the river, and it’s a humane process. Fin clipping happens throughout October. Contact the Downeast Salmon Federation to volunteer.


Broken Pipe

(Bar Harbor) A restaurant in Bar Harbor is temporarily closed as a result of a broken pipe. Owners of the Trailhead Cafe, Matthew and Angel Hochman post on the business’s Facebook page they were looking for refrigeration space to store their food until repairs were made to the pipe and the electrical panel. The Hochman’s were woken by Bar Harbor police Monday morning letting them know about water in their building on Cottage Street. The Trailhead Cafe anticipates being closed through part of today



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