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Local News – August 1, 2018

To Recycle or Not To Recycle 


(Brewer) – Getting rid of recycled material has become an expensive proposition for most Maine communities.  Gouldsboro’s Selectmen have opted to end the town’s single sort recycling program in a month, having people put cardboard, plastic and the like in with the normal trash. Maine Resource Recovery executive director Victor Horton says when it comes to recycling programs more municipalities are asking themselves the same question.


Drowning Victim ID’d

(Eddington) – Game Wardens have identified a Brewer man who drowned in Chemo Pond Monday night.  Divers pulled 54-year old Eugene Hill’s body from about 20-feet of water early yesterday morning.  Hill jumped into the pond to assist another person from his boat who was in distress.  He never resurfaced.  Hill was not wearing a life jacket.



Bucksport Man Missing

(Bucksport) – It’s been more than a year and a half since anyone has seen Cole Arey of Bucksport, and his family has asked for public help finding him.  WVII-TV reports a family member dropped off the 28-year old man in Brewer in January, 2017. That’s the last time his family had contact with him.  Bucksport police say the missing person case remains open until someone finds Arey.


Pub Crash

(Belfast) – An elderly man told Belfast police his foot slipped off the brake and hit the accelerator causing his vehicle to lurch into an outdoor seating area at a local pub.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports no one was sitting outside at the time.  Front Street Pub owners say 89-year old Linwood Boguen is a frequent customer who comes in to play pool. The crash damaged a railing at the pub.  Boguen was not hurt.


Sobriety Checkpoints

(Ellsworth) A couple of sobriety checkpoints are scheduled in Ellsworth this month. Ellsworth police and members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be set up along the Route 1A – High Street corridors this Friday and again on August 24th beginning at 9 PM. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and urge citizens to always have a sober driver.


Alan Baker – Ells American

(Ellsworth) At the end of this month the Ellsworth American and Mt Desert Islander will be under new ownership. The Ellsworth American reported last week that owner Alan Baker had entered into a purchase and sales agreement with Maine Media entrepreneur Reade Brower. Baker tells Star 97-7 he’s confident the two weekly papers are in good hands with Brower overseeing the operation.  Brower owns 6 of Maine’s daily papers and 19 weekly papers.



Sedgwick Attack Update  

(Sedgwick) Maine state police are asking the public’s help identifying the suspect in a road rage incident in Sedgwick. Troopers responded to the Graytown Road around 7 Sunday evening where it was reported that a man driving a black pick-up truck had a physical confrontation with a couple and their 2 children. All 4 victims were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and released. Troopers say the suspect will be charged once police identify him. Anyone with information should call State Police and speak with trooper Owen Reed.


Fatal Crash


(Calais) – Speed was a likely factor in a fatal crash in Calais early yesterday morning.  Police say 18-year old Addison Cote went off the River Road in the Red Beach section of town and hit several trees.  He was not wearing a seat belt.


Smoke Alarm Program

(Orland) The Orland Fire Department is giving away combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents who need them. Fire chief Bob Conary says priority goes to homes without any working smoke alarms, but there will be no hassles, no lectures and no shame. Orland received over 600 alarms that were left over from the Bucksport Fire Department’s AFG grant last year. Orland residents can pick up the alarms from the fire station Monday evenings. If you’re unable to get there or need help installing it, Conary says the fire department will do what they can to assist people.


Planned Outage

(Bar Harbor) A small section of Bar Harbor will experience a power outage Friday morning as Emera Maine crews perform maintenance to the electrical system. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long reports customers on Federal Street will see service interrupted beginning at 9AM Friday and it will take about an hour for crews to complete their work.



Plane Crash



GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) – Officials say a Canadian pilot reported losing power before his twin-engine airplane crashed in Greenville, killing him, his wife and his daughter. The plane crashed about an hour and 45 minutes after taking off Monday from Pembroke, Ontario, on a flight to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It crashed short of the runway in Greenville. The pilot was 58-year old Joseph Robertson.  He, his wife Anita and their 24-year old daughter Laura all perished.




  • Philadelphia Phillies 3  Boston Red Sox 1 (Sox lead in the American League East is 5-games)
  • The Red Sox put ace Chris Sale on the 10-day disabled list with mild inflammation in his shoulder.  He’s expected to miss only one start.
  • The Red Sox have today off
  • Erie Sea Wolves 7  Portland Sea Dogs 6
  • American Legion Jr. State Tourney:  Hartt Transportation 6  Messalonskee 5 (Hartt wins state title)