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Local News – June 28, 2018

Town Office Burglaries


(Lincoln) – Deputies say a Howland man likely broke into a pair of Penobscot County town offices in recent weeks.  Authorities charged 39-year old Michael Thurlow with burglary and theft for breaking into the town offices in Enfield and Maxfield earlier this month.  He’s also charged with breaking into a house and camp.  Investigators have not said what Thurlow allegedly stole from the break-ins.  He was already in jail on other burglary charges, including one at an auto dealership where he allegedly left a cell phone behind.


Zip Line Injury



(Winslow) – An 8-year old boy at a summer camp in Winslow sustained serious injuries when he dropped from a zip line into a lake, but hit a row boat.  A spokesman for the State Fire Marshal’s office reports to Star 97.7 that the unnamed boy is listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.  The mishap occurred late Tuesday afternoon at Camp Caribou on Pattee Pond in Winslow.  Investigators were on scene for most of the day yesterday and initial reports say the row boat which was used as a swimming safety boat, had drifted underneath the zip line.


Mt. Desert Solar

(Mt. Desert) – The Town of Mt. Desert is harnessing sunlight to supply power to its highway garage and offsetting other electrical costs with a new solar array.  The town reports to Star 97.7 that it had 255-solar panels installed on the garage roof which will generate 76-and-a-half kilowatts.  A power purchase agreement with Revision Energy of Waldo County allowed for the installation at no charge to the town.  The town will purchase power from Revision and have the option to purchase the array in 6-years at a reduced cost while investors take advantage of tax credits.  Public Works director Tony Smith says the solar array will save the town a lot of money over 30-years.


Otis General Store



(Otis) The general store in tiny Hancock County community of Otis plans to reopen tomorrow after fire damaged it  just over two weeks ago. Otis General Store co-owner Mike Warren says they put up a wall to separate where the fire damage occurred. The other half of the store has been renovated and Warren says that’s what customers will see when they come in.  The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Warren credits the Ellsworth fire department and its mutual aid companies for a great save.


Hammond Lumber buys EBS



(Ellsworth) – The two largest Maine based building supply stores have merged.  Hammond Lumber says it has purchased all 10-stores from Ellsworth Builders Supply, better known as EBS.  Hammond says EBS customers won’t notice any changes right away – even the EBS name will remain on the stores located in Downeast and Midcoast Maine.  The two smallest Hammond stores will close, employees in Pemaquid and Wilton will move to nearby stores.


Bag O’ Money  

(Brewer) Brewer police are looking for the man who stole a bag of money from Wal-Mart. WABI-TV reports a man had been shopping and entered the checkout area before midnight Tuesday. The suspect allegedly picked up a money bag sitting near a machine where an employee was working. Brewer police have posted surveillance footage on social media for the public to view.


Healthcare Fraud & Embezzlement

(Rockland) A former executive director of a health club in Rockland is charged with healthcare fraud and embezzlement. 41-year-old Michael Morrison ran the Trade Winds Health, Swim and Tan Club for over a decade. Court documents say Morrison submitted $177-thousand-dollars worth of fraudulent claims and embezzled more than $70-thousand-dollars by using the company credit card for personal use and by stealing cash. Morrison faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a quarter-million dollar fine on each count.



Cruiser Weapons Stolen

(Norway) State police aren’t saying whether a cruiser was unlocked or broken into when someone stole guns from inside the passenger compartment. But spokesman Steve McCausland tells the Bangor Daily News a .38-caliber handgun and a police-issue AR-15 rifle were recovered during a recent burglary. The gun thefts occurred in Norway where the marked cruiser was parked at a trooper’s home. The guns were later recovered by a member of Troop B in Gray. McCausland did not say if there are any suspects in the case, but says anyone with information on the gun thefts should call state police.


Sullivan Town Meeting

(Sullivan) Residents in Sullivan approved all 47 warrant articles at the annual town meeting Monday. The Ellsworth American reports the budget for fiscal year 2019 was approved at more than $940-thousand-dollars, an increase of 7-point-65 percent. The town is also setting money aside to build a granite welcome sign. The location of the sign has not been chosen yet but town manager Rob Eaton assured residents it’ll be placed in a scenic location.


Rt 3 Holiday Halt

(Bar Harbor) Road construction on Route 3 in Bar Harbor will shut down for the July 4th holiday week. Construction will end tomorrow and pick back up again on July 9th. The one-way detour utilizing the Park Loop Road is open. Contractors have been working on new drainage from Duck Brook to College of the Atlantic. Waterline work continues from West Street to Highbrook Road. And crews have been grading shoulders and slopes from West Street to Eagle Lake Road and from Crooked Road to the Acadia National Park entrance.




  • Boston Red Sox 9  Los Angeles Angels 6 (JD Martinez hit his league leading 25th home run, Sox blew a 6-to-1 lead, but came back to win the game).
  • Brian Johnson will start against the Angels tonight, weather permitting.
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11  Portland Sea Dogs 6