Police – Fire Budgets Up
(Ellsworth) – Both the police and fire departments in Ellsworth are requesting budget increases for the next fiscal year that begins in July. The Ellsworth American reports fire chief Richard Tupper had requested 7-new firefighters, a number the city manager reduced to one. Tupper says the department also needs to replace a fire truck. The police department is looking for two new police SUVs and ballistic helmets. The two budget requests combined are up 6-percent compared to the current fiscal year.
SW Harbor Town Meeting
(Southwest Harbor) – Voters in Southwest Harbor have approved a roughly 7-and-a-half million dollar town budget. The Mt. Desert Islander reports there’s an $80-thousand dollar increase to help pay for a new town manager to replace the retiring Don LaGrange who will remain as the town’s part time Code Enforcement Officer. The town’s Selectmen have yet to pick a new manager.
Cole Funeral Costs
(Bangor) – The funeral to honor slain Somerset County Deputy Eugene Cole came with a hefty price-tag. Audio and video production services to set up the Cross Center in Bangor came with a $15-thousand dollar charge. Newscenter Maine reports the crew from Mark’s Music in Brewer spent all night setting up the funeral, and gave the family a discounted cost. The Cross Center donated the space for the funeral. A Go Fund Me page was set up to help pay for the funeral costs. The family has said any excess donations will go toward a scholarship fund.
(Bangor) A Gardiner man has pled guilty to drug conspiracy charges. 50-year-old Russell Truman is accused of acquiring heroin, fentanyl and crack in New York and transporting it to be sold in Central Maine from June 2015 through March 2017. Court documents also say in exchange for drugs Truman allowed several dealers from New York to stay with him and sell drugs from his home. Truman faces up to 20-years in prison and a one-million-dollar fine.
Alleged Cop Killer’s Girlfriend in Court
(Skowhegan) A judge has sealed documents related to drug charges against the girlfriend of a Maine man charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy. 32-year-old Kristina Pomerleau pleaded not guilty on Wednesday before being returned to the Somerset County Jail. Bail remained $5,000. According to police logs, slain Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole was involved in the traffic stop April 21 that led to Pomerleau’s arrest.
Felon Turns Himself In
(Hollis) A violent felon wanted on two arrest warrants in York County has turned himself in. State police posted on social media Tuesday that the Department of Health and Human Services was unsuccessful in locating Vincent Cole, his girlfriend Natasha West, and the couple’s 2-year old child. The online post spread like wildfire. WMTW reports police say Cole turned himself in at the Buxton Police Department yesterday, but it’s unknown if his girlfriend and child were traveling with him. Cole has a long criminal history and is currently out on bail for aggravated assault.
Medical Examiner’s Office
(Augusta) Maine’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is cited as one of the best in the country. The National Association of Medical Examiners made that comment in a report granting the Maine office full accreditation. The Portland Press Herald reports the national group says the office completes “high-quality reports furnished with exemplary speed and accuracy.” The Medical Examiner’s Office investigates sudden, unexpected and violent deaths in Maine. Chief Medical Examiner Mark Flomenbaum leads a staff of 12. He was appointed in 2014 by Governor Paul LePage.
(Swanville) The executive director of United Farmer Veterans of Maine faces more than a dozen charges of animal cruelty. WVII-TV reports Jerry Ireland, owner of Ireland Farms in Swanville, agreed to meet with inspectors at his home on March 28th, but prior to the meeting a neighbor reported hearing shots fired and a backhoe in use. Agents got a warrant and dug up 12 pigs on Ireland’s property. It’s only legal to euthanize an animal in Maine if it’s done humanely. Ireland is scheduled to be arraigned on May 25th.
Box Truck Murder-Arson
(Bangor) The man accused of setting a box truck fire that killed two people inside told Bangor police he only meant to harm one of the victims. The Bangor Daily News reports court documents made public at John De Saint Croix’s arraignment this week reveal that the 25-year-old only intended to kill 43-year-old Michael Bridges on March 28th. The motive – Bridges allegedly threatened to hit 36-year-old Desiree York earlier that day when the homeless trio had been drinking together. De Saint Croix saw Bridges passed out in the back of a box truck that night and allegedly worked for 30 minutes feeding the fire. When he heard a woman screaming De Saint Croix called 9-1-1. By the time help arrived Bridges and York had already died of asphyxiation.
Junior Trooper Academy
(Vassalboro) Maine state police are hosting a 3-day Junior Trooper Academy for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement. This free, career-orientation program begins June 27th. An overnight stay is required. Lodging and meals will be provided at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
(Augusta) A former adviser to Republican Gov. Paul LePage is reimbursing the state $925.16 for the cost of spending two nights at Trump International Hotel in Washington last year. Aaron Chadbourne told state Treasurer Terry Hayes in a letter that his recollection is that the Trump hotel offered the best rate for a last-minute booking for LePage’s group. He said he’s reimbursing the money to “reduce another needless distraction.”
- Boston Celtics 114 Philadelphia 76ers 112 (Celtics win series 4-1, will face Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.
- NY Yankees 9 Boston Red Sox 6 (Craig Kimbrell blew a save opportunity and took the loss. The Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez against New York in the series finale today.
- Sox pitcher David Price is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, possibly from playing too many video games.
High School Baseball
Bangor 13 Camden Hills 3
Hampden 6 Messalonskee 5
Nokomis 10 Foxcroft 8
Dexter 9 Central 1
MDI 6 George Stevens 1
Sumner 14 Machias 0
Old Town 12 Orono 3
Nokomis 10 Foxcroft 8
Bangor 12 Camden Hills 3
Messalonskee 7 Hampden 2
Dexter 12 Central 5