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Local News – June 19, 2018

Bucksport Killer Convicted

(Salina, KS) – A Bucksport man who shot a man to death in Kansas, then stole his vehicle and dog and drove to California faces sentencing in a couple months.  The Salina Journal reports a jury convicted Robert Colson last Friday.  The 35-year old who grew up in Bucksport faces sentencing in June.  Colson was on a bus trip from Maine to California last summer when he missed the bus in Kansas and walked to the victim’s home.  When the victim returned from work, Colson shot him and drove off.



Pot Plea

(Bangor) – A 49-year old Holden man has admitted he grew a lot of marijuana and sold it while evading federal cash reporting requirements.  The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that Christopher Ruhlin entered a guilty plea in federal court yesterday.  He conspired with others to grow the pot in a facility in Frankfort and distributed it at the Owl’s Club in Bangor, claiming it was medical marijuana. Agents raided the facility 2-years ago.  Ruhlin faces up to 20-years in prison and a million dollar fine.  He agreed to forfeit $115-thousand dollars, and will be sentenced later.


Ellsworth Business Changes

(Ellsworth) – More changes in the business makeup in Ellsworth.  Construction crews tore down the Town Auto building on High Street last week and have begun foundation work on a 3-shop complex that will house an auto parts store, a mattress store and a dental clinic.  An the Ellsworth Sears store is closing down – running big sales until the Downeast High Store is emptied in a few weeks.


Ranked Choice Recount


(Augusta) – Democrats may know by the end of today who won last week’s primary election and will face Republican Shawn Moody and a pair of independents in the fall.  Janet Mills outpolled Adam Cote by about 4-and-a-half of the vote, but none of the 7-candidates had anywhere close to a majority.  Under the new ranked choice voting system, ballots and memory sticks from all Maine towns are getting a computer analysis by the Secretary of State’s office which said results might be known by the end of the day.  The 2nd district Democratic Congressional primary was also ranked, and those results are also likely today.


5K & Golf 



(Orrington) A fundraiser by the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists will help battle the opioid and addiction crisis in Hancock and Washington Counties. “Run for Recovery, Swing for Success” is a 5K and golf tournament with proceeds going to Downeast Project Hope. MEANA spokeswoman Laura Schneider-Look says her organization strongly believes Downeast Project Hope is saving and changing lives. “Run for Recovery, Swing for Success” is June 30th at Rocky Knoll Golf Course in Orrington.


Finger Suit Settlement

(Machias) A Machias man who lost 2 fingers in 2016 while working at an ocean-based salmon farm has settled a lawsuit against his employer. The Bangor Daily News reports 24-year-old Jesse Redman sued True North Salmon US Incorporated and Cooke Aquaculture for more than a million dollars in lost earnings and medical expenses. A settlement was reached last week for an undisclosed amount of money. The case would’ve gone to trial next month. Redman lost his middle and ring fingers on his right hand while working on a barge to remove salmon from pens in the ocean off the Washington County coast.


Fuddruckers Closes


(Ellsworth) – A gourmet hamburger restaurant that opened in Ellsworth about 3-years ago is closed for good. Fuddruckers posted on its Facebook page that it was closing its restaurant at the Tradewinds complex on outer State Street.  The owners cited high labor costs and a drop off in business during the winter months as leading to the closure decision.  People with gift cards can bring them to Tradewinds in Ellsworth for a refund.


Fisheries Talk

(Stonington) A discussion in Stonington will focus on how climate change affects Maine’s fisheries. NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center research director Dr Jon Hare will talk about the impact on wild-captured fisheries, cultured fisheries, protected species, habitat and the ecosystem. Dr Hare will explain changes we’ll likely see in Maine’s fisheries as the Gulf of Maine’s temperatures and currents change over time. The discussion is free and open to the public this evening at 5:30 at Opera House Arts in Stonington.


Lobster Bake

(Mount Desert) The Community School of Mount Desert Island is holding a special dinner next month to raise money for scholarships. The Babson Creek Lobster Bake is a complete meal at the historic Babson schoolhouse on South Drive. The public is invited to enjoy a spectacular meal to celebrate community-based education. The Community School recently added 6th grade to their curriculum and plans to add 7th grade education this fall. The Lobster Bake is Tuesday, July 3rd. Visit: The Community School dot M E for details.


Brownfield Grants

(Augusta) The federal government is giving the state of Maine more than $2 million to clean up and redevelop contaminated sites. The money will be used to clean up brownfield sites, which are former industrial areas that have become polluted. Brownfields clean-ups are intended to redevelop one-time industrial sites into something new and viable.


RCV Counting Continues

(Portland) Maine’s ranked-choice voting experiment turns into a game of mathematical survival this week as the state begins additional tabulations in two Democratic primaries. Under the system, last-place candidates are eliminated and votes are reallocated until there’s a winner. It was used for the first time in a statewide primary on June 12th in Mane.


Seal Statue

(Rockport) Repairs are underway on the statue of a Maine harbor seal that’s adored by the town of Rockport. Harbormaster Abbie Leonard says the statue of Andre the Seal is currently undergoing repairs and the town hopes to have it fixed up by the end of June. WABI-TV reports a funding effort for the repairs is still collecting money.


Unemployment Rate


(Augusta) Maine labor officials say the unemployment rate was up slightly in May. The unemployment rate rose to 2.8 percent in May from 2.7 percent in March and April. The May rate was a drop from 3.4 percent a year ago.




  • The Red Sox are in Minnesota to take on the Twins tonight.  Chris Sale starts for Boston.
  • The Sea Dogs will host Reading twice today, once to make up a game rained out in April. (Portland has won 4-straight)
  • Barry Trotz has stepped down as the head coach of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals just 3-weeks after winning the cup.