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Local News – June 4, 2018

Bar Harbor Body Found

 

(Bar Harbor) – Authorities have confirmed a body found in Bar Harbor Saturday is that of a 19-year old woman police had searched for.  A search dog discovered Mikaela Conley’s body around noon time on Saturday in thick woods near the Connors-Emerson school complex.  Conley vanished Thursday night.  The medical examiner’s office confirmed the identity last night but continues to look for the cause of death.  Conley’s family owns the 2-Cats restaurant in Downtown Bar Harbor.

 

Machiasport Fire

 

(Machiasport) – The fire marshal’s office will visit a burned out house in Machiasport today to look for the cause of a weekend fire.  The blaze destroyed the home near the Larrabee Baptist Church.  Firefighters from several towns responded to the scene late Saturday night and didn’t clear the scene until about 5-o’clock yesterday morning.  WABI-TV reports there were no injuries.

 

Sanford – Ballfield Death

(Sanford) – A woman who allegedly drove her car onto a Sanford baseball field during a game, striking and killing a 68-year old man is expected to appear in court today.  Police caught 51-year old Carol Sharrow of Sanford after she left the baseball field where she allegedly struck Douglas Parkhurst as he tried to close a gate and pushed children out of the way.  Sharrow reportedly has previous drunk driving convictions.

 

Turnpike Bust

(S. Portland) – A Rockland woman and a man from the Bronx New York face drug trafficking charges after police caught them with nearly a half pound of cocaine in their vehicle.  State police say a drug sniffing dog discovered the cocaine after a trooper stopped Gregory Martin and Holly York on Interstate 295 late Friday night in South Portland. Martin had outstanding arrest warrants, and both are held at the Cumberland County jail.

 

 

Torch Run

(Local) Motorists traveling anywhere from MDI to Orono this coming Friday may experience a bit of a delay. The Special Olympics Torch Run begins at 7 AM from Town Hill and ends several hours later at the University of Maine. Ellsworth police officer Shawn Merchant is coordinating the effort and says up to 100 runners could take part in various legs of the torch run.  The Torch Run signifies the beginning of the State Special Olympics Summer Games held at the University of Maine in Orono.

 

Computer & Technology Bugs 

 

(Local) Shortly after Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 update in April, some users complained about various glitches like non-functioning networks and printers. Costal Computers owner George Grohs says problems can vary with the latest update. Grohs says updates are necessary to correct vulnerabilities found in software security and to keep-up with ever-changing technology.

 

Eagle Killed

(Day Block Twp) Authorities are looking for information in the shooting of a bald eagle in Washington County. The eagle’s body was found in a bucket along Mill Road in Day Block Township, located near Wesley. Game wardens believe the bird died from dozens of shotgun pellets weeks ago. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is offering up to a $25-hundred-dollar reward for information leading to a conviction. Operation Game Thief is offering an additional thousand-dollar reward.

 

 

Boating Police

(Augusta) Six new deputy game wardens will help manage Maine’s inland recreational boating activity. The Maine Warden Service has been working with the US Coast Guard for years to secure funding for enhancement of boating safety. These part-time deputies will work June, July and August with the possibility of being hired full-time if their summer work ethic proves successful in the eyes of the Maine Warden Service.

 

FFCC Grant

(Ellsworth) Families First Community Center is set to receive a $5-thousand-dollar grant that will aid with their facility’s renovations. FFCC was chosen by Bangor Savings Bank to appear on their Community Matters More ballot and won. FFCC is renovating a large house and barn on North Street in Ellsworth that will house 6 families with young children. Their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by equipping parents with the skills they need to be self-sufficient. The grant will be presented this morning (6/04) at 9:30.

 

Draft Transportation Presentation

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth area businesses and residents will have a chance to check out Acadia National Park’s draft Transportation Plan during a presentation at Ellsworth City Hall. The park’s transportation plan, released last month, is in the public comment phase. Ellsworth Chamber executive director Gretchen Wilson says this information is as important “off island” as it is on MDI because our traffic patterns, businesses and personal lives are affected by any changes the park makes to transportation. The presentation is June 19th at 8 AM in the Ellsworth city hall auditorium.

 

RSU 25 Budget

(Bucksport) Voters approved a $15-point-1-million-dollar education budget for RSU 25 beginning July 1st. The Ellsworth American reports the upcoming year’s budge is an increase of more than $817-thousand-dollars over the current budget. Most of the increase is attributed to special education costs and the minimum wage increase. Voters will decide whether to validate the budget during a referendum on June 12th at their respective town offices in Bucksport, Orland, Prospect and Verona Island.

 

Text Messages

(Alfred) The attorney for the former teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student is asking a judge to exclude text messages as evidence in her upcoming trial. The Bangor Daily News reports Jill Lamontagne was indicted last fall on 6 counts of gross sexual assault and other charges because of a relationship with a student when she was a teacher at Kennebunk High School. The affair came to light when the male student allegedly tried to commit suicide and confessed the relationship to his mother and a nurse. A hearing on the motion to exclude their text messages is scheduled for June 11th at York Superior Court. Jury selection is slated for July 17th, with the trial set for July 23rd.

 

Car Burglaries

(Rockland) Rockland police want to know who burglarized several vehicles the night of May 23rd. The police department reports most of the vehicles involved were in the area of Granite Street. Rockland police want to hear from anyone with information or from any other victims who had items taken from their vehicles.

 

 

MRC-PERC Waivers

(Ellsworth) – Towns currently sending trash to landfills in Norridgewock and Old Town while they wait for a trash to bio-fuel plant to be completed can now send their waste to the incinerator in Orrington, but at a higher price.  The Municipal Review Committee’s board agreed to a waiver to allow disposal at the PERC plant.  Member towns will have to pay PERC a $90-dollar a ton fee, and an additional $30-dollars a ton waiver fee.  PERC is currently charging non-MRC towns $75-dollars a ton to burn trash and turn it into electricity.  Towns like Blue Hill have balked at land filling trash until the Fiberight Plant is operating, most likely by the end of December.

 

Sports

 

  • Boston Red Sox 9  Houston Astros 3 (Andrew Benintendi & Mitch Moreland hit home runs, Rick Porcello picked up the win.)
  • The Red Sox have today off.
  • NBA Finals:  Golden State Warriors 122  Cleveland Cavaliers 103 (Warriors lead 2-0)
  • Martin Truex wins the NASCAR race at Pocono
  • High School softball prelims start today, baseball tomorrow.