Election Results Wrapup  (Undated) – It looks like the first in the nation use of ranked choice voting will result in at least one and possibly two recounts and rankings.  Maine Democrats had to choose among 7-candidates for Governor for the November Election.  Janet Mills had about 33-percent of the votes with 71-percent of the […]

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Local News – June 13, 2018

Election Results Wrapup 

(Undated) – It looks like the first in the nation use of ranked choice voting will result in at least one and possibly two recounts and rankings.  Maine Democrats had to choose among 7-candidates for Governor for the November Election.  Janet Mills had about 33-percent of the votes with 71-percent of the precincts reporting.  Adam Cote finished 2nd with 28-percent, and the other 5-candidates a ways back.  That’ll mean the Secretary of State’s office will have to start the extremely complex process of ranking the votes for the last place finishers until someone gets a majority of votes.   The 2nd District congressional primary may also need a recount ranking.   Jared Golden had just under 50-percent as of early this morning.  Shawn Moody wins the Republican gubernatorial nomination while Mainers voted in favor of implementing ranked choice voting right away, despite a legislative delay.




(Lamoine) – Several polling places around the state reported heavier than expected turnout for yesterday’s primary election.  In Lamoine, ballot clerks had to start photocopying Democratic primary ballots when the state supplied ballots ran out late in the day.  Hancock had to utilize the supply of absentee ballots for the Democratic primary, and the town of Union in Knox County reported it ran short on ballots.  Towns also reported a high number of spoiled ballots as Mainers voted by ranked choice voting for the first time.



Bank Robbery

(Orono) – A man dressed in a gray hoodie and wearing a black mask held up the Orono branch of Bangor Savings Bank yesterday.  Police Chief Josh Ewing reports to Star 97.7 that man entered the bank at about 12:20 in the afternoon and handed a teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding cash.  The teller complied, police are not saying how much the robber took.  No injuries are reported and the robber never displayed a weapon.


Bar Harbor Vote


(Bar Harbor) – Bar Harbor is going to buy a ferry terminal and parking meters.  Voters yesterday turned out in high numbers and approved bond issues to implement a parking system as well as borrowing money to purchase the former Bay Ferries terminal property.  Just what will happen with the terminal property remains to be seen.  The governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed the town to create a port authority to manage the property.


Murder Details


(Bar Harbor) Prosecutors will likely use surveillance footage from the Connors Emerson School playground as evidence against the Bar Harbor man accused of killing a 19-year-old woman. Police found Mikaela Conley’s body behind the school on June 2nd, her family reported her missing the day before. The Bangor Daily News reports the attorney for 21-year-old Jalique Keene confirms the video will be used in Keene’s murder case and also says police questioned Keene at the school the day Conley’s body was found. A judge ordered police affidavits sealed and the state medical examiner’s office is not releasing how Conley died.


Construction Manager

(Ellsworth) Families First Community Center in Ellsworth is looking for a residential construction manager to oversee the renovation of their farmhouse. The structure will be converted into 6 apartments, a classroom, daycare and 2 offices and will be used to house 6 families with young children and educate the parents on being self-sufficient. The construction manager will supervise staff while ensuring safe work conditions and sticking to the budget. Project completion date is mid-October. Contact Dawn Coffin at Families First Community Center to apply.


Invasive Species Forum

(Mt Desert) An entomologist with the Maine Forest Service will lead a forum about invasive plants. The public is invited to learn more during the round table & group discussions this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. It’s at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. The invasive species forum is presented by the Mount Desert Sustainability Committee, the Land & Garden Preserve, Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary, and Acadia National Park.


GHW Bush is 94

(Kennebunkport)  George H.W. Bush celebrated his birthday in Maine – the first former U.S. president turned 94 yesterday. Bush is relaxing in Kennebunkport just 9 days after being released from a hospital where he was treated for low blood pressure. The Central Intelligence Agency also marked the birthday by releasing declassified material related to Bush’s tenure as director. Bush is in Maine without his wife of 73 years, who died in April. Barbara Bush would’ve turned 93 last Friday.


Drug Arrests

(Kenduskeag) Maine state police arrested a Glenburn man after allegedly finding heroin in his underwear. Troopers pulled over Lawrence Dipietro in Kenduskeag last week and sensed drugs in the car. A police K9 located heroin in the car and on Dipietro’s body. He was arrested, then police searched the residence he had just left. There, they seized several packages of heroin, suboxone and ammunition, leading to a slew of charges against resident, Kenneth Greene of Kenduskeag.


Murder Plea

(Portland) The Madison man accused of shooting a Somerset County deputy to death pleaded not guilty Tuesday. WABI-TV reports a judge ordered to move the high profile court proceedings for 29-year-old John Williams to Portland. His alleged killing of Corporal Eugene Cole in April led to a 4-day manhunt. Williams is held without bail at the Maine State Prison.



School Death

(Lewiston) A 13-year-old student from Lewiston Middle School died during a class field trip to Range Pond State Park in Poland. The 7th grader was playing football with classmates Tuesday when he fell into the murky water and wasn’t located for 20 minutes. WMTW reports the boy later died at a Lewiston hospital.




  • Boston Red Sox 6  Baltimore Orioles 4 (Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi homered. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the win)
  • Chris Sale will start against the Orioles tonight.

High School Baseball – N ME Championships

Class “A” Bangor 5  Oxford Hills 1

Class “C” Houlton 10 Mattanawcook 1

Softball N ME Championships

Class “C” Narraguagus 4  Bucksport 2 (9 innings)

Class “A” Oxford Hills 7  Skowhegan 3


Today Classes “B” and “D” play for the Northern Maine titles