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Local News – June 8, 2018

Sedgwick Principal

(Sedgwick) – A new principal will greet students and teachers when the Elementary School in Sedgwick reopens after summer break.  The Ellsworth American reports the school has hired Andrea Faurot to fill the post when current principal John Dow steps down at the end of the school year.  Faurot comes from North Carolina where she opened a Montessori School which eventually turned into a public school.  She’ll make $79-thousand dollars a year.


Fisherman Death


(Belgrade) – A boat running in circles with no one inside on a Belgrade pond led firefighters and game wardens to a body floating in the water.  The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that firefighters recovered 64-year old George Bonney of Sidney from Great Pond yesterday.  The medical examiner’s office is still working to find out how Bonney ended up in the chilly water.


Torch Run

(Ellsworth) Commuters this morning should anticipate delays from MDI to Bangor and beyond. The Special Olympics Torch Run took off from Town Hill at 7 this morning and will reach the Ellsworth Key Bank around 9 o’clock. Torch Run coordinator, Ellsworth police officer Shawn Merchant, says a barrage of vehicles will escort the runners, which keeps them safe but also adds to the congestion. Up to a hundred runners could participate in various legs of the Torch Run. They’ll reach their destination in Orono around 3 o’clock. The Special Olympics Summer Games happen all weekend at the University of Maine.


Serious Crash

(Warren) Knox County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to piece together what led to a crash in Warren. The Knox County RCC got a call before 8 Wednesday night about an erratic driver traveling south on Route 1 in Thomaston. Shortly afterward another call came in about a head-on crash on Route 1 in Warren. Police believe 33-year-old Wyatt Weaver crossed the center-line and hit a 21-year-old woman from Cushing. Both were life-flighted in serious conditions; a passenger in the woman’s car suffered unknown injuries. Police say speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the crash.


Teacher Sentenced


(Bangor) A former Maine special education teacher who secretly shot videos up women’s skirts will spend 9-months in jail. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge sentenced 30-year-old Benjamin Emmott of Winterport, after he pled guilty to 13 counts of invasion of privacy. Investigators say Emmott captured hundreds of upskirt images over a decade.


Lifetime Achievement Nominees


(Augusta) The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will again honor a Mainer who’s dedicated his or her life to utilizing natural resources and participates in hunting, fishing or trapping. The Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award will be given during the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine banquet in September. Nominations should include the person’s contact information and a description of their experience in the Maine outdoors. The nomination deadline is August 8th.


Online Court Records

(Augusta) Maine’s chief justice says court records will be available to the public – for a fee – when they go online as part of a $15million system. The new system will be internet-based, allowing remote access to court documents, such as schedules, motions and decisions. Subscribers will pay a per-page fee.


Work Demand

(Augusta) Some lawmakers are calling for Maine’s Legislature to return to work as they near looming deadlines for action on key issues. Political leaders met Wednesday to talk about two dozen bills. They range from a looming pay cut for thousands of direct care workers, to tackling the opioid crisis.


Caterpillar Warning

(Blue Hill) – For the last few days signs have warned motorists about a slippery road on the Mines Road in Blue Hill and Sedgwick.  There’s no ice in June, though – the slick conditions are caused by caterpillars.  The forest tent caterpillars were so thick in that part of Hancock County that the road was slick when cars drove over them.  The Weekly Packet in Blue Hill report natural predators usually keep the tent caterpillars in check, but not this spring.  The caterpillar problem has abated somewhat and the signs are now removed.



Seymour‘s Funeral

(Prospect) A celebration of life is planned for the Friends of Fort Knox executive director who passed away last week. Family, friends and the community will honor Leon Seymour this Sunday afternoon at 5 at Fort Knox in Prospect. A reception will be held in the Visitor’s Center following the service.




  • Detroit Tigers 7   Boston Red Sox 2 (Sox send Chris Sale to the mound against the White Sox tonight.)
  • Washington Capitals 4  Vegas Golden Knights 3 (Capitals win Stanley Cup for first time ever)
  • Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight in Cleveland.  Golden State leads series 3-0.

High School Baseball Playoffs

“A” – Lewiston 1 Hampden 0

“B” – Ellsworth 8 Nokomis 0

Gardiner 4  MDI 1

Brewer 2  John Bapst 1

Oceanside 6 Hermon 4

“C” George Stevens 2  Bucksport 0

Mattanawcook 5  Calais 1

Houlton 2  Orono 0

“D” Bangor Christian 6 DI/Stonington 0


“A” Hampden 8  Lewiston 7

Skowhegan 10 Bangor 0

“B” Foxcroft 2 Ellsworth 1

Old Town 5  Winslow 0

Brewer 7 Gardiner 2

Oceanside 3 Medomak Valley 0

“C” Orono 12 Houlton 4

Narraguagus 9  Piscataquis 0

Bucksport 7  Dexter 3