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Local News – August 2, 2018

Deer Isle School Future

(Deer Isle) – They’re not ready to shut down Deer Isle / Stonington High School yet, but the cost to educate a student is the third highest in the state.  The Ellsworth American reports the problem is a big drop in the number of students attending the high school which has dropped by 50-percent in the past decade. The school population is just over 100 for this coming year.  Community leaders and parents have met to discuss high school options; everything from closing down the high school and sending students to other schools, to keeping it open and fixing up the aging building to including the high school classrooms in the relatively new elementary school.



Swanville Farmer – Building Permit

(Swanville) – A Swanville farmer who faces animal cruelty charges will have to pay a very small fine for building a bunkhouse without a permit.  WABI-TV reports a judge has ruled that Jerry Ireland will have to pay double the permit fee, or $80-dollars, for failing to obtain a local building permit before he built the bunkhouse.  Ireland still faces state animal cruelty charges after animal welfare officials dug up numerous pig carcasses from his farm yard.


Car House Crash


(Brewer) – A 76 year old Ellsworth man is hospitalized after his pickup truck slammed into an apartment building in Brewer yesterday afternoon.  WVII-TV reports first responders were performing CPR on Walter Buchanan after the crash.  Police believe Buchanan likely suffered some sort of medical incident prior to the crash on Elm Street which wrecked his truck and caused thousands of dollars in damage to the building.


Federal Aid Money

(Augusta) Maine will receive more than a million dollars in federal aid to help cover the cost of damages incurred during a severe storm and flooding last year between October 29th and November 1st. Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Faloon explains the announcement from FEMA is a public facilities declaration. Hancock County is one of 13 Maine counties receiving federal assistance.



Outdoor Movie

(Blue Hill) A free movie is planned tomorrow evening at the Blue Hill Town Park at the end of Water Street. Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce board member Chrissy Allen says the chamber is hosting the movie.



Narcan Saves

(Augusta) Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says police agencies in Maine have made more than 500 “overdose saves” since the AG’s Office began making Narcan available for free to the agencies. The opioid overdose reversing drug was first delivered in June 2016 and has since been provided to 84 law enforcement agencies around the state. Narcan is distributed to law enforcement at no cost thanks to funds made available through settlements with pharmaceutical manufacturers.


Attack Arrest



(Sedgwick) – State troopers have arrested a 43-year old Deer Isle man for the assault on a Sedgwick family last Sunday.  Information from the victims and others led troopers to Richard Bubar.  He’s charged with aggravated assault on the family of four after they allegedly reported a black truck that was burning rubber on the Graytown Road last weekend.  They’re OK, treated and released from the hospital.


Illegal Gun Possession

(Winter Harbor) A Winter Harbor man faces more prison time for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 61-year-old Timothy Davis pled guilty Tuesday to threatening another man with a gun in June 2016. Davis is prohibited from having firearms as a result of a 2010 conviction for armed assault with the intent to murder in Massachusetts. When he’s sentenced later Davis faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.



Carmen Morse Obit

(Ellsworth) Hancock County has lost a local treasure – Carmen Chapman Morse passed away last Friday at the age of 90. She and her husband Dick Chapman were instrumental is launching an AM radio station in Machias in 1965. Morse also helped organize the Machias Bay Chamber Concert Series. She held many jobs over the years and retired when she was 88. A memorial service is planned for Sunday August 12th in Hancock. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be given to Birdsacre in Ellsworth, where Morse was a board member.


Dempsey Impersonator

(Lewiston) Actor Patrick Dempsey says someone is impersonating him online and asking his fans to give money to either him or his Maine-based nonprofit. Nancy Audet, spokeswoman for the Dempsey Centers in Lewiston and Portland, tells the Sun Journal that the scam has been going on for a while and that Dempsey is not asking anyone for money. Dempsey was born in Maine and his nonprofit tries to help people affected by cancer.




  • Brian Johnson will get the start for the Red Sox tonight as they host the New York Yankees.  The Sox have a 5-and-a-half game lead over New York.
  • The Sea Dogs were rained out yesterday  – they’ll play a double header today.
  • Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is on paid administrative leave after claims that his wife knew about sex abuse allegations against a now fired assistant coach years ago.
  • American Legion Senior Tournament – Bangor Coffee News eliminated yesterday by Oxford Hills.