Bar Harbor Port Authority
(Augusta) – The opposition to a legislative bill that would allow the Town of Bar Harbor to create a port authority has gotten quite loud. Lawmakers cast a vote today on the measure which came at the request of town leaders following last year’s vote to purchase the abandoned Bay Ferries terminal. State Senator Brian Langley tells Star 97.7 the bill would let the town make the decision whether to create the port authority. An opposition group calling itself Friends of Frenchman Bay plans to protest today.
(Bangor) – Detectives in Bangor say they’re not sure whether two armed robberies late Sunday and early Monday are related. The first took place at an RH Foster store on Union Street shortly after 11:30 at night. The second at an On the Run store on State street just before 5-o’clock in the morning. The Bangor Police Department tells Star 97.7 no weapons were displayed in either robbery. They’re not saying how much money the robbers took. No injuries are reported.
(Bangor) – A Superior Court judge will now decide whether a 57-year old East Millinocket man killed a 16-year old girl in 1980. Prosecutors and defense attorneys made their closing arguments yesterday in the Philip Scott Fournier’s murder trial. Fournier is accused of killing Joyce McClain whose body was found in August 1980 behind Schenck High School. Prosecutors told judge Anne Murray she should believe the people who testified that Fournier confessed to the killing to them. Fournier’s defense attorney said the state had no direct evidence against his client.
(Searsport) – The Searsport police department has found itself without any full time officers other than the police chief. Village Soup dot-com reports the two full time officers both resigned in recent days to take better paying jobs elsewhere. The department is functioning with part time officers. It’s not the first time chief Richard LaHaye has looked for full-time officers. The same situation occurred a few years ago. LaHaye said Searsport has become a training ground for other police departments.
Credit Card Fraud
(Ellsworth) A Bangor man is charged with theft for allegedly using his employer’s credit card for personal use. An Ellsworth business reported to local police that one of its employees charged more than $14-hundred-dollars on a credit card. 30-year-old Anthony DeRosa is charged with theft and has a March 20th court date. WVII-TV reports DeRosa used the credit card at a Strip Club in South Carolina.
(Litchfield) A Sabattus man died when his SUV struck a tree off Route 197 in Litchfield Monday. State police say 67-year-old Michael Oliver was traveling east when he crossed the center line and slammed into the tree just off the opposite lane. He died instantly. Oliver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt.
Breaking & Entering
(Belfast) Belfast police are looking for the suspect who broke into a grocery store last week. Surveillance video from Wentworth Family Grocery shows the heavy set man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and untied sneakers. Police say shortly after 1AM last Thursday the man used a tool to pry open a brand new back door at the store off Waldo Avenue. Anyone with info is asked to contact Belfast police.
Salmon Farm Fees
(Belfast) The salmon farm slated to be built along the outskirts of Belfast on Route 1 will help the local economy, but it comes at a cost to the city. Last week Nordic Aquafarms announced it signed an option and purchase agreement with the city and Belfast Water District to buy 30 acres of land for over a million-dollars and an abutting 14-acre lot privately owned for an undisclosed amount. The city will pay half the cost of filtering municipal water to use for the new facility in its first year; that’s $240-thousand dollars. City Manager Joe Slocum tells Village Soup-dot Com that’s a small price to pay for what Belfast will get in return.
(Maine) The Maine Department of Corrections is proposing closing some county jails to save money. Lawmakers, corrections officials and others have long argued over how county jails should be funded and operated. The department estimated closing 5 jails could save roughly $11-million-dollars. But Independent Representative Martin Grohman says greater savings could be achieved with employment, mental health and substance abuse programs in jails.
(Boston) A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation. 13-year-old Ryan McKenna is also getting some free skiing. He was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name of Maine’s Sunday River ski resort. The resort has offered him and Timberlake free season passes.
Puppy Bowl Star
(Portland) Sunday’s “Puppy Bowl” on Animal Planet starred a mixed-breed rescue dog from Maine. Juniper came from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and was selected for Team Ruff in the annual Super Bowl entertainment alternative featuring four legged friends. During the game Animal Planet aired a special video of Juniper spending time at the Inn By the Sea, a resort that frequently showcases rescue dogs needing forever homes.
(Augusta) Campground reservations for the 2018 season are open for all state parks in Maine. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Parks and Lands is accepting reservations at Maine’s 12 state parks including Lamoine, Camden Hills, and Cobscook Bay. Get details or reserve your campsite by logging on to: Camp With Me dot Com.
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