(Bangor) – A confessed bank robber is headed to federal prison for the next 9-years. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 30-year old Seth Blewitt admitted that he held up a TD Bank branch in Bangor last May, and used a shotgun to hold up a Dollar Tree store the next day. His wife, who was sentenced earlier, drove the getaway car. Blewitt entered the guilty plea last November.
Drug Dealer Sentenced
(Bangor) – An admitted drug dealer that a federal judge called a parent’s worst nightmare is headed to prison for more than 2-years for selling fentanyl. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 32-year old John Oliveira sold the potentially lethal narcotics to undercover drug agents on three occasions in August, 2016, at one point bragging that he was the best at selling drugs. Judge John Woodcock sentenced Oliveira to 27-months in prison.
(Ellsworth) – Two men from Puerto Rico who couldn’t raise bail are free from jail after a judge threw out drug dealing charges against them. The Ellsworth American reports 19-year old Joseph Rivera and 20-year old Ricardo Roman had called a friend for a ride home from work in Gouldsboro. The friend, Hector Otero-Sanchez, had heroin in his car when a state trooper pulled him over for erratic driving. Otero-Sanchez admitted the drugs were his, but the state had charged the other two with trafficking as well. Roman and Rivera spent 7-months in jail awaiting trial before they were acquitted.
Fatal accident sentence
(Newport) – A 17-year old Hermon boy will lose his license and has to perform 100-hours of community service after a fatal accident in Corinna. A judge sentenced the unnamed juvenile yesterday after the youngster admitted he failed to yield at an intersection in 2016. The youngster had received his driver’s license just two weeks earlier and told police he was on his way to the hospital to see his new baby brother. 56-year old James Maloney of Dover-Foxcroft died in the crash.
(Portland) Nearly 40 years after the death of a 4-month-old baby, the child’s father is in court accused of murder. In 1979 Nathan Hagar’s death was ruled Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but since then police say his father admitted to several people that he smothered the baby out of jealousy and his own rough upbringing. News Center Maine reports a grand jury indicted Burton Hagar last year and he’s facing a judge this week. Hagar’s attorneys say there’s no evidence Burton killed his son, other than his confession. Based on Hagar’s statements, the former state medical examiner asked that the baby’s cause of death be changed from SIDS to asphyxia due to smothering and the manner of death as homicide.
(Gouldsboro) A Gouldsboro man arrested for allegedly assaulting 3 people earned additional charges for purportedly biting a corrections officer. The Ellsworth American reports 29-year-old Patrick Hall was armed with a crowbar when police arrested him at a Hancock home last week. Two victims required medical treatment. Later at the Hancock County Jail, Hall allegedly pushed a corrections officer and bolted toward the booking area but was wrestled to the ground. During the altercation Hall allegedly bit an officer. His charges for the day were domestic violence assault, criminal threatening, burglary, criminal mischief, attempted escape, and two counts of assaulting an officer.
(Augusta) The Maine Public Utilities Commission will review electric bills for 97-thousand Central Maine Power customers whose bills doubled or tripled this winter compared to the year before. WMTW reports the PUC has asked CMP for bills from December last year through this February and to also provide data regarding temperatures during that period. CMP blames the cold winter for an increase in electric usage resulting in higher bills and they stand by their new smart meter technology installed last fall. CMP said last week it had not found any problems to explain why hundreds of customers reported higher-than-average bills this past winter.
(Searsport) A new public magnet high school is gearing up to launch this fall in Searsport. The Maine Ocean School will focus on maritime careers and will give students hands-on experience so they can enter the workforce after graduation with a working knowledge of the industry. Maine Ocean School board chairman Eric Jergenson says they’ll cap enrollment at 30 students in the first year. Jergenson says the goal is not to poach students from schools in the surrounding area but to acquire students from around the state. The school’s location hasn’t been chosen yet but plans are to inhabit an existing structure.
(Boothbay) Maine officials say they will take a more cautionary approach to managing toxic algae blooms this year in the hopes of avoiding shellfish recalls. Sudden blooms in recent years have forced the Maine Department of Marine Resources to close large sections of coast to shellfish harvesting and issue recalls of clams and mussels. The Portland Press Herald reports the department will immediately close harvesting areas if it detects toxins.
(Augusta) The Maine House and Senate are among the majority of legislative chambers nationwide that refuse to release formal records of sexual misconduct or harassment. A 50-state review by The Associated Press found that the majority of legislative chambers say they have no publicly available records of formal sexual misconduct or harassment complaints, even when it’s known that lawmakers have been accused.
Child Protection Funding
(Augusta) The Maine House of Representatives has signed off on an emergency bill designed to continue funding a child protection program. The House unanimously approved the bill to keep funding the Community Partnerships Protecting Children program on Tuesday. Bill sponsor, Democratic Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center of Rockland, says cutting funding for the program would jeopardize the lives of children.
(Bar Harbor) Emera Maine plans a power outage for a portion of Bar Harbor this morning. Crews performing maintenance on the electrical system will begin at 10 AM and should wrap up in roughly 3 hours. Spokeswoman Judy Long says affected areas will be sporadic, but may include Lower Main Street in Bar Harbor from the intersection of Livingston Road to Schooner Head Road including nearby side streets. Certain customers along that section of Route 3 and surrounding side roads may also experience interruptions. Contact Emera’s customer service for details.
- NY Yankees 10 Boston Red Sox 7 (two bench clearing brawls, the Sox removed pitcher David Price from the game with left hand sensations after the 1st inning).
- The Red Sox send Rick Porcello against the Yankees tonight in Boston.
- Boston Celtics 110 Brooklyn Nets 97 (regular season finale)
- The New York Knicks have reportedly fired head coach Jeff Hornacek.
- The Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in game 1 of their NHL Playoff.