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Local News – July 27, 2018

Fernald Obituary

(Franklin) – The long-time town clerk of Franklin has died after a lengthy illness.  The Ellsworth American reports Robert Fernald died Tuesday at his home.  He served Franklin for decades, retiring a few years ago.  Fernald was named the citizen of the year in Franklin for 2017.


Bridge Cable

(Deer Isle) – A broken cable on the bridge connecting Deer Isle to Sedgwick is not a safety hazard.  The Department of Transportation tells WVII-TV the cable holds a wire bundle on the suspension bridge. The DOT says it will repair the cable in the near future.


Teacher/Sex Charges

(Kennebunk) – A jury has found a former teacher from Kennebunk NOT guilty on charges that she sexually assaulted a student.  Jill Lamontagne maintains she never had a sexual relationship with her accuser.  She said he had her cell phone number and would stop by her class room after school.  She said she self-reported a rumor that had been circulating about her relationship with the student after she heard it circulating.  Lamontagne said she never gave the student her cell number, but it would be easy enough to obtain.


Gravestone Restoration


(Ellsworth) Ellsworth’s city council chair who’s been cleaning veterans’ headstones for a few years helped teach eager volunteers how to properly care for headstones during a recent workshop. Marc Blanchette tells Star 97-7 that headstones can easily be damaged by well-intentioned family members who don’t know how to clean them correctly. Blanchette stresses to never use bleach. Instead get some “D-2”.  The Maine Old Cemetery Association makes an annual visit to Woodbine Cemetery in Ellsworth and hosted last weekend’s preservation workshop.


Drought Monitoring

(Maine) For the third summer in a row, Maine is experiencing drought conditions. A sub-group of the Drought Task Force is monitoring conditions closely. Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Faloon says most of the state is experiencing drought conditions.  Citizens are encouraged to use water wisely. More information on water conservation is available at: Maine Prepares dot Com.


FBI Investigation

(Paris, ME) The FBI is investigating a former Maine sheriff accused of sexual misconduct. Court testimony this month shows the FBI launched an investigation into former Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant. WABI-TV reports Gallant is accused of sending indecent pictures and text messages to a female employee and others. The FBI wanted to seize Gallant’s work computers and cell phones but the devices were allegedly wiped clean. The Sun Journal reported in March that a 38-year-old man from Jay had a pending lawsuit against Gallant for alleged sexual abuse and harassment since 1999.



Innocent Plea

(E. Machias) An East Machias man injured when police shot him last year has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the events that led to the shooting. The Bangor Daily News reports 34-year-old Jason Jackson entered 2 not guilty pleas in Machias District Court this week. A grand jury indicted Jackson on 11 charges for a series of alleged events on December 9th that ended when Jackson was shot by a marine patrol officer. His left arm had to be amputated. Jackson is on house arrest due to the nature of his injuries. Unrelated, he’s taken the first steps to sue the law enforcement agencies involved in the shooting for damages regarding his injuries.



Any Deer Permits

(Augusta) Maine is taking applications for this year’s deer permit lottery, which will give out thousands more permits than the previous year. Maine uses the lottery to give out “any deer” permits, which allow hunters to harvest doe or bucks. The state will issue 84-thousand-745 permits this year. That’s up 28-percent from last year’s total.


Child Welfare Reform

(Augusta) Governor Paul LePage says lawmakers should only take up child welfare reform legislation that his administration is drafting once the Legislature wraps up pending work. Maine’s top health official has said Maine’s struggling child welfare system needs more caseworkers, a new computer system and changes to mandatory reporting and family reunification policies. Lawmakers are looking into ways to improve Maine’s struggling child welfare system without resorting to legislation.




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