(Bangor) – Final arguments are set for this morning in a Bangor courtroom in a murder trial more than 37-years coming. Prosecutors say the evidence they have shows Philip Scott Fournier killed 16-year old Joyce McClain in 1980 and left her body behind Schenck High School in East Millinocket. Fourner confessed to his parents and a minister that he killed McClain, supplying information that only the police and the killer supposedly would know. Justice Anne Murray will decide Fournier’s fate after the final arguments.
Orono Teen’s Death
(Orono) – Police in Orono are trying to retrace a 19-year old woman’s final moments after her body turned up in a snowbank early Saturday morning. Authorities say they don’t suspect foul play in Alexie Adams’ death. They say alcohol was likely a factor, but the medical examiner’s office will conduct a full autopsy today. Adams was apparently walking around town with a group of friends and became separated from them.
Belfast Burglary Arrests
(Belfast) – Police have recovered appliances stolen from a Habitat for Humanity project and arrested a 46-year old man. The Pen Bay Pilot reports Peter McCaffrey of Belfast is charged with receiving stolen property. At one point police started putting pictures of recovered items on Facebook and authorities said there was a steady stream of people claiming their stolen items. Among the items recovered were a stove and refrigerator swiped for a Habitat for Humanity home in Searsport last October. The stove had been installed 12-hours prior to the theft.
(Augusta) The Marine Resources Committee is holding a public hearing today to discuss the future of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, which is set to dissolve in October of this year if legislators don’t extend it. Representative Will Tuell of East Machias says he’s interested in finding out what changes people think need to be made. The hearing is at the State House complex in Augusta this morning at 10.
Hancock County Valuations
(Hancock Cty) The value of property in Hancock County rose last year to $12-point-9-billion-dollars, up from 12-point-6-billion the year before. The valuation is based on the worth of land, buildings, business equipment and machinery. The Ellsworth American reports the valuations are used by the state to determine state aid to local schools, and also used by Hancock County to assess each municipality’s split of the county government budget.
(Gray) Authorities have seized 50 adult dogs, 30 puppies, and two cats from a cramped home in Gray. They believe it was being operated as an unlicensed kennel. A summons was issued last month to 52-year-old Anita McBride. State animal welfare officials executed a search warrant on the small home to take the animals allegedly being kept in sub-standard living conditions. McBride says the allegations are false.
(Augusta) A Jay man will be retried for the shooting death of a man in June of 2016. WABI-TV reports last October a judge declared a mistrial when a Franklin County jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision in the trial of 26-year-old Timothy Danforth. In April he’ll go on trial in Kennebec County for allegedly killing 24-year-old Michael Reis of New Sharon during a confrontation with Reis, his dad and fiance. The state argued the shooting happened because of a dispute over a $200 bag of marijuana.
- Super Bowl 52 – Philadelphia Eagles 41 New England Patriots 33 (Tom Brady threw for over 500-yards, Nick Foles was named the MVP).
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