Bar Harbor Fire
(Bar Harbor) – Firefighters dangled precariously from the top of the ladder truck from Southwest Harbor, operating a special chainsaw to cut a ventilation hole in a Bar Harbor home’s roof to try to reach a stubborn fire underneath. Others from 7-other fire departments wore airpacks and gingerly entered the burning top floor over a garage to tear down ceilings and walls to reach the flames that pretty much destroyed the inside of the Old Bar Harbor Road house. It took almost 3-hours to get the fire controlled. No one’s hurt, but the folks renting the home say they lost Christmas gifts and two cats are missing. No official word on a cause.
(Belfast) – Police in Belfast say they’ve not recovered any stolen properties but they do have people of interest after a burglary spree that ended in early November. The Pen Bay Pilot reports police responded to 16 break-ins between October 11th and November 7th. They’ve sent evidence recovered from the scenes to the state crime lab for analysis. Among the items stolen were mountain bikes and a paddle board. Officers estimate the thieves swiped several thousand dollars in goods.
(Lamoine) – The wind howled overnight, heavy rain pelted the roads, and tree limbs broke off, sometime over power lines, knocking out electricity to parts of Eastern Maine. Emera Maine reported more than 13-hundred outages early this morning, the bulk of them in Hancock County, and nearly half in the Brooklin and Bucksport areas. Linemen mounted up in their bucket trucks to get to the scenes and splice wires back together, and most everyone should be restored today.
(Skowhegan) Police spent much of Tuesday scouring a Skowhegan man’s property looking for clues about what happened to a woman who disappeared in May. 40-year-old Tina Stadig of Skowhegan would occasionally stay at the unnamed man’s home. Three tracking dogs joined State Police, the Maine Warden Service, and Skowhegan Police at the home along Route 150 and an adjacent 3 to 5 acre wooded area.
Crash Victims Recovering
(Hancock) Maine state police are still investigating last week’s crash in Hancock that still has two victims hospitalized. The Ellsworth American reports 26-year-old Leanna Bishop is recovering at EMMC in Bangor from collapsed lungs, a broken rib, shoulder blade, pelvis and other injuries. Her 4-year-old son Thomas Nelson spent his 4th birthday in the hospital with severe head injuries from the November 29th crash. Bishop was pulling onto Route 1 that day from Hancock Grocery when a truck operated by a Milbridge man struck her vehicle. Several fundraisers are set up in Hancock County to help Bishop and her son as well as a Go-Fund Me page.
Chief Deputy Recognized
(Ellsworth) – Hancock County Chief Deputy Patrick Kane has patrolled the county and managed fellow deputies for the past 30-years. Yesterday the Hancock County Commissioners honored Kane for his service. One of the commissioners was his first boss – former Sheriff Bill Clark. Kane’s brother Scott is now the Sheriff and his new boss.
(Belgrade) State police arrested a 17-year-old boy at gunpoint this week inside one of 8 seasonal homes he allegedly burglarized in Belgrade along Messalonskee Lake. A trooper responded to an alarm at a home on Dustin Drive, finding the home had been broken into along with several others. The trooper encountered the suspect inside one of those homes. Police say the teen is a runaway from Vassalboro and had been living inside one of the homes. He’s charged with burglary and is in his mother’s custody. More charges are expected.
(Augusta) A former corrections officer has pleaded guilty to charges of reckless conduct with a firearm stemming from an incident in which a fellow trainee was shot inside a pickup truck in the parking lot at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Benger was placed on deferred disposition for a year and will be allowed to withdraw that plea if he meets certain conditions.
(Portland) Scientists say a great white shark detected in the waters of Maine could be a sign that the big fish could become more of a presence in the area in the years to come. White sharks are near the northern edge of their range along the Maine coast, though they are not commonly seen in the area. One of the sharks was spotted in the waters off Kennebunkport in the summer of 2016.
Leadership Hancock Cty
(Ellsworth) Leadership Hancock County returns for its 8th year of providing leadership training and development to managers, business leaders and owners in the region. The program is a partnership between the Ellsworth Chamber and Hancock County Higher Education Center, and runs from late January to early May but space is limited. Applications are available online at: Ellsworth Chamber dot Org. The deadline to apply is December 8th.
- The NFL has upheld a 1-game suspension against Patriot’s Tight End Rob Gronkowski.
- The new arena football team in Portland will be called the Maine Mammoths
- The Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks tonight
- The International Olympics Committee has banned Russian officials from the winter games, but athletes from Russia who test clean can participate.