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Local News – March 1, 2018

Woodlawn Barn Plan OK’d

(Ellsworth) – Plans to replace a barn and two other buildings at the historic Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth will move ahead after all.  The Ellsworth American reports the city’s Board of Appeals overturned a minority vote by the Historic Preservation Commission that blocked demolition of the deteriorating barn and replacement with an $8-million dollar project.  The new barn will use some of the materials salvaged from the old barn.  The Historic commission voted 2-to-1 in favor of the project, but required a unanimous vote to pass.


Mt. View/Mace


(Thorndike) – Authorities evacuated the Mt. View High School complex yesterday when a foul odor permeated the school.   As sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene, the school’s resource officer radioed in that it was Mace – a self defense spray bought over the counter.  Sheriff Jeff Trafton reports to Star 97.7 that about 20-students reported feeling the effects of the foul odor.  Deputies continue to investigate.


Steuben Road

(Steuben) – Maine’s Supreme Court says the Town of Steuben still owns the Rogers Point Road, even a section that it took by eminent domain that encroached on private property.  In a 12-page decision released this week, the high court laid out the history of the road, determining the town followed proper procedure when it paid a land trust that owned a short section of the property over which the road is built.   The road dates back to the early 1800s.


Snowmobile Crash

(Rangeley) A Maryland man suffered serious injuries in a snowmobile crash yesterday. The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97-7 that early yesterday 46-year-old Mark Chase hit a pressure ridge on Rangeley Lake and was ejected from his snowmobile onto the lake. Other sled operators drove to get help. Chase was transported by ambulance then airlifted to CMMC. Wardens say Chase was wearing a helmet.


Abuse Murder-Court

(Belfast) – Prosecutors say a Stockton Springs couple admitted they subjected their 10-year old daughter to months of abuse before she died on Sunday. In court yesterday a judge set bail for 33-year old Sharon Carrillo and her 51-year old husband Julio at a half million dollars.  They’re both charged with depraved indifference murder for Marissa Kennedy’s death.  Police affidavits filed in the case indicate they waited nearly 3-hours Sunday before calling 9-1-1 for an ambulance to help Marissa who had already died.


Heroin & Cocaine

(Brewer) Brewer police and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office shut down a small heroin and cocaine trafficking operation. Police searched two apartments at the same North Main Street complex Tuesday and arrested 3 people. 25-year old Alexander Moleon of Bangor had multiple arrest warrants. 48-year-old Floyd Chase of Brewer is charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin. And a man from Brooklyn New York possessed a loaded handgun during the search and will be charged later.


Bank Robbery Sentence

(Wiscasset) A former Newcastle man who robbed the same bank twice will spend nearly 4-years in prison. 47-year-old Carroll Demmons pleaded guilty this week to robbery and theft of a Camden National Bank last July. Court records say he robbed the same bank in 2012; he served 7 months in jail for that crime. The Bangor Daily News reports Demmons was also ordered to pay back the $31-hundred dollars he stole from the bank last year.


Public Works Director

(Ellsworth) The city of Ellsworth is set to hire a new Public Works Director. Larry Wilson retired in January after 40-years of city service.  City Manager David Cole reports to Star 97-7 he’s offered the job to Orland resident Lisa Sekulich. She has a Civil Engineering degree  and has worked as a resident engineer for Maine DOT and the Maine Turnpike. A special council meeting on March 9th will confirm the appointment of Sekulich. Her first day will be March 12th.


Skowhegan Threat

(Skowhegan) MSAD 54 schools were closed Wednesday after hundreds of concerned citizens contacted the Skowhegan Police Department about a social media post. Police say the post that circulated on Facebook and Instagram depicted an AR-15 rifle and a comment about disliking the town of Skowhegan. Although the picture did not directly threaten schools, as a precaution schools were closed in the area. The FBI is investigating to determine who’s responsible for the post.


Gun Bill  

(Augusta) Maine lawmakers will debate three bills aimed at preventing gun violence. The Legislative Council gave the green light to a bill allowing police to temporarily confiscate guns of those deemed to be a danger. A second bill would create community education programs to raise awareness of those who could pose a danger. A third is a $20-million-dollar bond issue for school security. All 3 were submitted after a school shooting in Florida.


Inmate Death

(Warren) The Department of Corrections confirms an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren died early yesterday morning. 72-year-old Robert Forrest was serving a 55-year sentence for the murder of his wife and son in the late 1980’s. State police and the Medical Examiner were notified of Forrest’s passing. There’s no indication of anything suspicious.


Voting-Photo ID

(Augusta) Maine’s Republican governor is again trying to require Mainers to present photo ID to vote. About two dozen gubernatorial hopefuls want to succeed Gov. Paul LePage, who is term-limited from running for governor. Gov. Paul LePage’s latest voter ID bill would allow those who don’t have a photo ID to cast a regular ballot with an affidavit. A 2012 state commission found no evidence of voter fraud in Maine.


Drug Raid

(Lewiston) Federal authorities arrested a Maine man during a raid on over 20 properties in the Lewiston and Auburn area. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says they were investigating a trafficking organization that grew and distributed large quantities of marijuana under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana program. 52-year-old Richard Daniels now faces up to 20-years in prison under the drug possession and manufacturing charges.




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