Police Merger On Hold
(Winter Harbor) – An idea to merge the police departments in Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro won’t go before voters in either community this year. The Ellsworth American reports the police chiefs in the two communities have put the plan on ice for now, as there seemed to be little public support. The plan would have increased police coverage in the two Eastern Hancock County towns where only part-time police coverage is in effect. The two police chiefs say they didn’t want to see the idea scuttled by voters as it would take a long time to bring it up again.
Trenton School Budget
(Trenton) – When voters gather for the school budget meeting next week in Trenton, Selectmen will ask them to reject the proposed $3-and-a-half million dollar spending plan. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the school spending plan is up 5-and-a-half percent from the current year’s budget. The meeting is next Tuesday evening at the elementary school.
Bar Harbor Ferry Terminal
(Bar Harbor) – There are plenty of options for the former ferry terminal property in Bar Harbor, but most of them won’t make any money without cruise ship involvement. The Bangor Daily News reports a 51-page report studying various ideas for the former Bay Ferries terminal concluded only plans that involved ferry service or cruise ship operations would pay off for the town. Voters will decide whether to spend $3-and-a-half million dollars to purchase the facility next month.
Red Flag Warning
(Old Town) – Local fire wardens won’t issue any burn permits today as the National Weather Service has issued a red flag fire danger warning. Gusty, dry winds are buffeting Eastern and Northern Maine today, making the fire danger very high. The Maine Forest Service reports more than 160-fires in the past couple of weeks have scorched thousands of acres of dry grass and brush, destroying buildings and vehicles.
(Ellsworth) Last weekend’s Card Brook Cleanup was a huge success for the health and wellness of the watershed in Ellsworth. Assistant city planner Steve Fuller tells Star 97-7 that 50 volunteers helped pick up a record amount of trash and debris. Fuller says some of the heaviest items hauled away were tires and water drenched pallets.
(Ellsworth) Tomorrow is the Roadside Cleanup in Ellsworth. Volunteers will gather at city hall at 10AM to receive clear plastic trash bags, then disperse to neighborhoods that are appropriate for their individual limitations. The citywide cleanup ends at 2 in the afternoon. But if you can’t help out tomorrow the Roadside Cleanup extends into next week. With a phone call to Public Works they’ll pick up the designated clear plastic trash bags when you’re done. For details contact Ellsworth City Hall.
Stamp Out Hunger
(Local) The US Postal Service is trying to help feed local families and individuals with their Stamp Out Hunger campaign. Postal customers are asked to place healthy nonperishable food items near their mailboxes tomorrow. Letter carriers will collect the items. Those donations will be taken to local food banks and pantries to support friends and neighbors in our community.
(Tremont) A Tremont man is accused of stealing power from Emera Maine. A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy assisted an Emera employee with a meter reading at a Tremont residence last month. As a result of the investigation 61-year-old Donald Murphy is charged with Theft of Services, Criminal Mischief and Violating Release Conditions.
Salmon Farm Update
(Belfast) Belfast area residents got a first look at what the new land-based salmon farm may look like. Nordic Aquafarms’ CEO Erik Heim presented a computer-produced rendering during Wednesday’s public meeting. WABI-TV reports Heim assured concerned residents that the facility would not be loud, smell or pose a problem with its high use of water in the area. One woman praised the new facility for offering locally sourced food. The salmon farm stands to add more than 100 jobs. The next step for Nordic Aquafarms is to submit permit applications to the EPA and to Belfast’s planning board.
(Rockland) A man from Jay will spend 3 months in jail for a bar fight ignited by an argument over what constituted as a white supremacist tattoo. 35-year-old Mark McCrillis was arrested in January after stabbing a Rockland man with a broken bottle. Court records say the victim claimed to be a member or a white supremacist group but McCrillis was skeptical that the victim’s tattoos were associated with the group. Village Soup-dot Com reports McCrillis must also pay nearly $9-thousand-dollars in restitution.
(Lewiston) Five Lewiston men were locked up for their alleged roles in selling crack cocaine. Lewiston police and drug agents have been investigating drug activity the past 3 months and even made undercover purchases. James Pontoo, Shane Pontoo, Cain Robertson, Tim Rodrigue, and Chris McFarland were all transported to the Androscoggin County Jail on drug charges. The investigation is on-going and police expect to make more arrests.
Heroin & Cocaine
(Auburn) Drug agents in southern Maine have seized about 40-thousand-dollars worth of drugs following a traffic stop on the Maine Turnpike in Auburn. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports on Tuesday state police and drug agents pulled over a car and found heroin and cocaine inside. Arrested are Rashawn Brown of Harlem New York and Jeffrey Brown of Wilton. The pair made their first court appearances Wednesday. Bail was set at $50-thousand-dollars each and they remain in the Androscoggin County Jail.
Japan Boosts LLBean
(Freeport) While L.L. Bean has seen flat sales in the U.S., the Maine-based company is rapidly growing overseas due to Japanese fashion trends. Company managing director of Japan and Asia Pacific Zane Shatzer tells the Bangor Daily News Japan has trends such as the “yama” or “mountain” girl, who hikes on weekends. There’s also the “cute old grandpa” trend, where he says girls wear vintage men’s clothing such as Bean Boots. He says the company is investing in new stores in Japan as well as customized e-commerce systems. There are currently 27 stores in Japan, and two more are scheduled to open this year.
(Portland) A landlord who was sentenced to prison following a fire that killed 6 people in Portland has agreed to pay close to $300,000 in settlements to the victims’ families. The Bangor Daily News reports Gregory Nisbet will pay $45,000 to families of each of the victims and $30,000 to a survivor through an insurance policy. Nisbet was sentenced to 90 days in jail for code violations stemming from the 2014 apartment fire, which was the deadliest in Portland in decades. He has remained free as he appeals his conviction.
- Boston Red Sox 5 NY Yankees 4 (JD Martinez hit the game winning homer)
- The Sox send Chris Sale against the Blue Jays tonight in Toronto
High School Baseball
MDI 2 Foxcroft 1
George Stevens 5 Orono 3
Brewer 8 Lawrence 1
Hermon 6 Oceanside 5
Old Town 4 John Bapst 0
Foxcroft 7 MDI 2
Hermon 4 Oceanside 1
Old Town 9 John Bapst 2
Orono 20 George Stevens 5