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Local News – June 29, 2018

Ellsworth Drug Bust


(Ellsworth) – Police have charged a 43-year old Steuben man with drug crimes after they found marijuana, pills and cash while conducting a well-being check in Ellsworth.  The Ellsworth PD’s Facebook page showed the haul after police arrested Harold Pottle.  A local store asked police to conduct the well-being check.  Pottle has a long criminal history involving drugs.


Otter Shot

(Rockland) – Police in Rockland shot an otter after it bit a woman who was shooting a video of the animal.  The Bangor Daily News reports report the Center for Disease Control will test the otter’s body for rabies.  Police say they got a couple of calls about a river otter this week and it seemed to be interacting with children, but bit the woman who was shooting video.  Test results should be ready this afternoon.


Drug – Federal Court


(Bangor) – A marijuana growing operation busted in Waldo County a couple years ago continues to see suspects head to prison.  The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 33-year old James Mansfield of Etna is the latest to receive a sentence.  He’ll serve just a day over a year for his role in the pot farm operation.   And 49-year old Terrence Sawtelle of Dexter has entered a guilty plea for his part.  He faces a maximum of 20-years and a million dollar fine.


Kids Quest Day

(Hancock) The Schoodic National Scenic Byway Partners encourages families to get out and explore the coast tomorrow. The first annual Interactive Kids Quest Day sends participants on a journey from Hancock to Prospect Harbor. Frenchman Bay Conservancy spokesman Austin Schuver says there are seven Kid Quest sites to visit between 10 AM and 2 PM tomorrow.  Families planning to visit each location should allow at least 2 hours to travel the byway’s 29-miles to explore the coast at the Kids Quest destinations.


Taste Benefits Project Hope

(Ellsworth) The forecast looks good for the 2nd annual Taste of Ellsworth. Franklin Street extension will be blocked off to traffic tomorrow as tents are set up for an evening of food and beverages, live music and family games. Ellsworth police Chief Glenn Moshier says the Taste of Ellsworth will benefit a local program that helps people with drug addictions receive treatment. The Taste of Ellsworth is tomorrow evening from 5 ‘til 10.  


Trailer Park Shooting

(Newport) Newport police say a 27-year-old man is out of the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. WABI-TV reports police were called to Gilman’s Trailer Park around midnight Thursday for a domestic disturbance. Then around 1AM police were called back for the report of a shooting. The alleged suspect, 18-year-old Nathan Wheeler was located by police around 2:30 yesterday morning. Wheeler is charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Reckless Conduct. The victim’s name was not released.



Emera Rate Change

(Bangor) Emera Maine customers will see changes in their electric bills beginning July 1st. Emera Maine says a typical residential customer in the Bangor Hydro District will see a slight decrease in cost while a residential customer in the Maine Public District will see a slightly higher increase. Maine regulators approved the increase last week, but it’s less than what the utility originally requested. This is Emera’s third rate hike in 5 years.


Cow Rescue

(Brooks) An animal rescue organization in Brooks has taken in 15 malnourished cows. Peace Ridge Sanctuary director Daniella Tessier says the Maine Animal Welfare Program contacted them after shutting down a Maine dairy farm due to abusive conditions, including lack of food and water. Tessier says Peace Ridge is now raising money to pay for all the extra hay they need. Donations can be made online at: Peace Ridge Sanctuary dot Org.




Connector Road Meeting

(Eddington) More than 100 area residents attended a public meeting Wednesday as Maine Department of Transportation officials unveiled design plans and the timeline for a controversial 6-mile road connecting I-395 to Route 9 in Eddington. The project will cost $79-million-dollars with the federal government covering 80-percent of the cost and the state paying the remaining 20-percent. The Bangor Daily News reports project advocates say the connector road will alleviate heavy truck traffic on Route 46 and Route 1A. But opponents say the road would mostly benefit people passing through their towns, not the people who live there.


Maine Welfare

(Augusta) Maine’s legislative watchdog is calling for more transparency into how the state spends federal welfare dollars. A report released Thursday finds Maine has accumulated $148-million-dollars in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Family funds. The report also found groups of Mainers receiving temporary benefits declined 70-percent from 2010 to 2017. Maine is fighting $20 million in federal penalties because not enough families receiving assistance met work participation rates from 2007 to 2011.




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