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Local News – November 1, 2017

Power Restoration



(Bangor) – Linemen in bucket trucks continue the slow task of sawing away trees hanging on broken power lines, replacing shattered poles, and resetting fuses to restore electricity to nearly a million people who lost power in Monday’s wind storm.  For many it won’t be until Friday that they get power back.  Emera Maine reported more than 46-thousand customers remained without electricity for a second straight night.  It’s worse in Western Maine – Central Maine Power said 210-thousand remain without power.  Both utilities have added contractors with bucket trucks and out of state crews to the restoration effort which looks on paper eerily like the 1998 ice storm.  Emergency management agency officials are adding up the damage to public property to see if Maine qualifies for Federal disaster relief.


Halloween Canceled

(Bangor) – For several Maine cities organized Halloween trick or treating fell victim to Monday’s wind storm.  Bangor and Augusta were among those cities that discouraged people from going door to door to collect sweets for Halloween.  Police said the power outages made driving and walking on affected streets dangerous, and the night was very dark because streetlights remained out.



Brewer Vandalism

(Brewer) – A Brewer company suffered more than $30-thousand dollars in damage after vandals set a pile of tires on fire and cut gas and brake lines on tow trucks.  WVII-TV reports Twin City Truck and More tallied up the losses early yesterday morning after firefighters responded to the scene on State Street in Brewer.  The owner said the vandals stole truck registrations, peeled inspection stickers from windows, and the tire fire destroyed a storage trailer.  A reward is offered for information about the vandalism.


Drug Dealer Sentenced

(Bangor) – A 25-year old Bangor drug dealer will spend more than 2-years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack.  Duval Grant would work with other to obtain the drugs from out of state and sell them to customers in Bangor.  Federal prosecutors tell Star 97-7 he sold 200-grams of heroin over a 4-month period between 2013 and 2015.  After he serves his sentence, Grant faces deportation.


Dedham Selectman Death

(Dedham) – A Selectman in Dedham has died and that will mean a special election for voters.  Town Administrator Michelle Begin tells the Ellsworth American that 66-year old Alfred Jellison passed away a week ago.  Selectmen will meet tomorrow to decide how to fill Jellison’s seat on the Board of Selectmen. Jellison had been a Selectman for 11-years.


Missing People

(Hancock/Pis. Cty) State police ask hunters to look for any sign of two people who’ve gone missing in the past year. Public safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the two disappearances are unrelated. In Hancock County extensive searches for 48-year-old Russell Burnett have turned up nothing. He went missing from his East Brook Road home last February, and was last seen wearing a maroon sweatshirt covered by a dark Carhartt jacket and jeans. In Piscataquis County 71-year-old Diana Estey disappeared from her Medford home last November. Hunters who find any clues are urged to call state police in Bangor.



TV Contestants

(Bar Harbor) Two students from College of the Atlantic are semi-finalists for a $100,000 prize purse as part of a televised business startup competition airing. Grace Burchard and Anita van-Dam make up team “Re-Produce” one of 26 teams competing on Season 3 of the weekly TV entrepreneurial pitch contest Greenlight Maine. [Re]Produce aims to freeze and sell pre-cut fruits and vegetables from excess and cosmetically imperfect produce from Maine farms. Burchard and van-Dam have already won titles for their concept business, including the Maine Food Systems Innovation Challenge in November last year and the UMaine Business Challenge this past June. Burchard pitches to the judges on Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:30 p.m. on Maine’s WCSH6 and WLBZ2.


Coast Guard-Storm

(Boston) Coast Guard crews from Maine to Rhode Island have surveyed damage caused by the powerful storm that hit the Northeast region Sunday night, lasting into Monday. At last check, more than 50 vessels had been torn from their moorings. Many were un-manned and adrift while others were washed up on shore. Many of the boat owners have been identified and have contracted commercial salvage companies to recover their vessels. Other small craft remain unaccounted for.


Warning-Lobster Thieves

BLACKVILLE, New Brunswick (AP) – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is advising people who stole live lobsters from a crash site in New Brunswick that the critters might be contaminated and shouldn’t be eaten. Police from Blackville responded to an overturned truck on Highway 8 early Tuesday morning. The truck had been transporting live lobsters, and they spilled onto the road. Police say some lobsters were stolen before they could arrive to the scene.


The Codfather

(Portland) Two U.S. representatives say a fishing mogul who pleaded guilty to evading fishing quotas should also be charged under federal fishery laws. Carlos Rafael, known as “The Codfather,” also pleaded guilty to smuggling money to Portugal and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison in September. Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul M. Grijalva and Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree say more penalties are warranted.


Dad Charged

(Waterville) A Waterville man is charged with assault after police say he attacked a 14-year-old boy who pushed his daughter into a river. Police say 33-year-old James Beaulieu II was charged with two counts of aggravated assault Sunday evening for the alleged confrontation with the teenager and his adult brother.



  • L-A Dodgers 3  Houston Astros 1 (World Series tied 3-3, game 7 tonight.
  • The Celtics host the Sacramento Kings tonight.


Boys Soccer Regional Finals Today

Class “A” Lewiston at Bangor

Class “B” Winslow at Washington Academy

Class “D” Central Aroostook @ Bangor Christian

tomorrow: “C” – George Stevens @ Ft. Kent

Girls Soccer Regional Finals

Class “A” Bangor @ Camden Hills

Class “B” Hermon @ Presque Isle

Class “C” Dexter @ Houlton

Class “D” Ashland @ Penobscot Valley