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Local News – April 6, 2018

Petition Dispute


(Augusta) – A Bar Harbor man will appear on the Republican primary ballot, despite allegations from his opponent that his petition signatures contained dead people and forgeries.  Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap ruled that Max Linn will remain on the ballot, even though more the 200-signatures on his nominating petitions were rejected.  That left him with just 18-more than needed.  Linn’s opponent, Eric Brakey, said all the signatures gathered by Linn’s team members who had issues should be rejected.  Brakey has 5-days to appeal Dunlap’s ruling.




(Ellsworth) – The group of towns and cities that will send their trash to an under construction facility in Hampden are now sending garbage to landfills.  The contract between the Municipal Review Committee and the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company incinerator in Orrington ended on Saturday.  MRC Executive Director Greg Lounder sent out an e-mail to members that they should not take an offer from PERC to continue shipping trash to PERC instead of landfills in Norridgewock and Old Town.  Lounder told the towns that they face legal liabilities if they don’t ship to the landfills until the Fiberight plant in Hamden is ready to accept waste.



(Jonesboro) – The Public Utilities Commission has approved part of a subsidy to keep a pair of wood boilers operating to produce electricity.  The commissioners say Stored Solar LLC failed to meet performance requirements to get the full subsidy, but had provided enough to get 25 percent. That amounts to about $1.2 million.  Stored Solar operates the wood boiler in Jonesboro.


Murder Indictment


(Lowell, MA) A grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old Rockport man accused of fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts says Orion Krause was arraigned in Superior Court this week. A judge had previously found him competent to stand trial for the killings in Groton Massachusetts last September. Krause previously pleaded not guilty to 4 counts of murder. Police reports say Krause was naked and covered in mud and cuts when police found him at a neighbor’s house.


Mt Hope Ave Meth


(Bangor) Bangor police are trying to identify who left methamphetamine making materials in the hallway of a Mount Hope Avenue apartment complex. Police were called to check out suspicious bags left on the 3rd floor of the building. Investigators found ingredients and materials consistent with producing meth. Maine drug agents were brought in to clean up Wednesday. It’s the 8th meth-related response in Maine so far this year. In 2017 Maine DEA responded to 58 meth related incidents. In 2016 Maine saw a record 126 lab sites dismantled.


Illegal Guns Sentence

(Waterville) A Waterville man will spend 2 years in prison for illegally receiving and shipping firearms. 51-year-old Julian Petre was convicted on the charges in Augusta last year following a 6-day jury trial. Court records say in 2012 & 2013 Petre bought and received guns from out-of-state sellers and shipped them to Romania. Prosecutors stated Petre knowingly failed to obtain required authorization from the US Department of State to ship the guns overseas.


Car Chase-Drug Arrests


(Warren) – Three people face drug charges after a bust in Knox County. Deputies gave chase to Chamara Cox of New York after they broke up a drug deal in a parking lot on Route 1 in Warren.  They saw Cos, who is from New York, throw bags of crack cocaine out a car window.  Waldoboro police stopped her car and arrested her and later recovered the drugs.  Cox, a New York man and Kenneth Judkins of Waldoboro all face drug trafficking allegations.


Medical Pot Facility

(Rockland) A Main Street building in Rockland that has sat empty for years will soon be the home of a medical marijuana facility. Village Soup-dot Com reports Nick Westervelt plans to open the center in July to accommodate customers with medical marijuana cards. In February, Rockland city council members approved an ordinance that allows medical marijuana facilities. Westervelt signed a 10-year-lease on the property, which formerly served as a Baptist church and a woodworking factory.


School Resource Officers


(Blue Hill) – Two school superintendents in Western Hancock County would like to put police officers in their schools.   Union 76 Superintendent Chris Elkington and Union 93 Superintendent Mark Hurvitt asked the Hancock County Commissioners this week for school resource officers.  The commissioners did not take any action.  Sheriff Scott Kane says it costs the County about $114-thousand dollars to put on a deputy after paying for training, a uniform and police cruiser.


Chief Defends Actions

(Skowhegan) The Skowhegan police chief who shot and killed a 600-pound bull on the loose says he stands by his decision, despite criticism. Chief David Bucknam says he would not change how he reacted. The Morning Sentinel reports the bull broke loose from its trailer Monday afternoon and eventually jumped into the Kennebec River, before Bucknam believed it was threatening a group of onlookers, and shot it.


State Tourism

(Maine) State officials say the number of tourists visiting Maine reached a 5-year high last year, but tourist spending flat-lined. The Maine Office of Tourism released statistics Wednesday at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Portland. Roughly 36.7 million tourists visited the state in 2017, about 8.8 million more tourists than in 2012.  However, spending by tourists only increased about 0.4 percent – a virtually unchanged number from 2016.


Threat Arrest

(Lisbon) A Lisbon man is charged after allegedly making threats on Facebook that he would bomb DHHS headquarters in Augusta. WABI-TV reports police searched the home of 24-year-old Alexander Hanks and found no bomb making materials or guns. Hanks was held on $25-hundred-dollars bail. No motive for the threat was released.



Lip-Sync Contest

(Ellsworth)  It seems there’s no shortage of things to “mouth off” about these days, but The Grand’s executive director Nick Turner has announced one that’s a lot more fun than most. The 3rd Annual “Grand Mouth Off Lip Sync Battle 2018 is tomorrow night at 7 at the Ellsworth theater. It’s a fundraiser for The Grand. Veterans from previous Lip Sync Battles and newbies will battle it out in front of a panel of local-celebrity judges. Tickets and information are available at: grand online dot org.



  • Hanley Ramirez hit a bases loaded single in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Red Sox their 6th Straight win, 3-to-2 over Tampa Bay.
  • Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will undergo season ending knee surgery and will miss the playoffs.  It’s expected Irving will recover in 4-to-5 months.  The Celtics host the Bulls tonight.
  • Florida Panthers 3  Boston Bruins 2
  • Jordan Speith is the leader after the 1st round of the Masters, shooting a 6-under 66.  Tiger Woods is 7-shots back.