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Local News – November 28, 2017

Witham Obit

(Bar Harbor) – One of the two major players in the Bar Harbor hotel scene has died after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  David Witham owned 9-hotels in Hancock County, including the Bar Harbor Inn and Ellsworth’s Hampton Inn.  For decades he and fellow hotelier Tom Walsh were embroiled in fierce competition for vacation properties in Bar Harbor.  David Witham was 77-years old.

 

Stolen Puppies Returned

 

(Hancock) – Four pit bull puppies are back with their mother about a day after their owner reported them stolen.  WABI-TV reports three of the pups were located at a home in Eastbrook and the fourth at another home.  Their owner said someone took the puppies Sunday from his home on Washington Junction Road in Hancock.  The puppies were just 6-and-a-half weeks old.

 

Manslaughter Charge

(Alton) – A Medford man arrested after a fatal accident that killed a relative in Alton last Friday will face manslaughter charges.  The Bangor Daily News reports 25-year old Tyler Creighton had just left a methadone clinic before he drove onto the wrong side of the Bennoch Road and hit 63-year old Robin Gardner’s car, killing her instantly.  Creighton claimed he was texting while driving.  The manslaughter charge was added during his court appearance yesterday.  He was already out on bail for an OUI charge last month.

 

Giving Tuesday – MSM

(Bar Harbor) First there was Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and now there’s Giving Tuesday. Maine Seacoast Mission hopes you’ll keep them in mind today. Communications director Scott Fish says your Giving Tuesday contributions will go toward their Land and Sea campaign. Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation up to $2-thousand-dollars. Read more online at: Seacoast Mission dot Org.

 

 

Deer Isle Manager

(Deer Isle) Deer Isle continues their search for their first-ever town manager. The job is posted again after not reaching an agreement with a prospective candidate during the first search. Town manager screening committee volunteer Mary Taylor says the committee helped form the structure for the new position, but ultimately it’s the selectmen who will make the hire.  Applications are due by December 15th. Taylor says there’s no timeline to hire a town manager. Selectmen will wait until they find the right candidate, then he or she will be hired on a one-year contract.

 

Hunting Related Shooting

(Oxford) Game wardens continue to investigate a hunting-related shooting in Oxford. 32-year-old James Footman of Paris Maine was hunting deer with 2 others when he was shot near the Plains Road in Oxford around 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Footman was life-flighted to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries to both arms being struck by a bullet. The shooters identity was not released but wardens say the 21-year-old Oxford man was in a group of 4 when the incident occurred. The Maine Warden Service is working with the Oxford County DA’s office to gather facts and determine if charges will be filed.

 

Fire Death

(Kenduskeag) A Kenduskeag woman has died after a home fire earlier this month. The state fire marshal’s office says 60-year-old Cheryl Bassett died at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She’d been there since November 15th when a fire swept through her mobile home on 2nd Street in Kenduskeag. Investigators say the fire started in the living room but the exact cause is still being investigated. The mobile home was destroyed.

 

Arson Arrest #1

(Waterville) The state fire marshal’s office has charged a Waterville man with arson for a Saturday evening incident. Investigators say 46-year-old Michael Jerrier has a history of self-inflicted burn injuries. Firefighters were called to his College Avenue apartment where investigators say he set his mattress on fire, but crews quickly put out the flames, preventing damage to the 14 other apartments. Jerrier was taken to Maine General for a mental evaluation, then arrested upon his release Sunday morning and transported to the Kennebec County Jail.

 

 

Arson Arrest #2

(Sandy River Plantation) A third person is charged with arson for a fire that destroyed a bulldozer in Sandy River Plantation near Rangeley. 23-year-old Michael Stanley of Gardner Massachusetts was arrested in his hometown last week and is held on a fugitive from justice charge. Fire investigators say Stanley is a friend of the 2 Maine men who were previously charged, 37-year old Alexander Allan and 18-year old Devon Clark, both of Dallas Plantation. Hunters discovered the burned out bulldozer in a swamp on November 14th. Damage was estimated at $100-thousand-dollars.

 

 

Missing Woman

 

(Bradford) – A Bradford woman is missing and Game Wardens are looking for her.  The Warden Service says people last saw 52-year old Lisa Brasslett walking near her Melody Lane home on Sunday evening.  She wore jeans, a hoodie and blue Muck boots.

 

Sports

  • Detroit Pistons 118  Boston Celtics 108 (First home loss for Celtics since the season opener)
  • The Memphis Grizzlies have fired coach David Fizdale after losing 8-straight games.
  • The Red Sox have lost pitcher Doug Fister to free agency.  He reported has signed with the Texas Rangers.
  • Monday Night Football:  Baltimore Ravens 23  Houston Texans 16