(Alfred) – A Sanford man is headed to prison for 10-years for literally scaring a woman to death during a burglary. A judge imposed the sentence on Carlton Young who was among several people who broke into 62-year old Connie Loucks’ home in March 2015. He returned the next day and knocked on windows and doors, and that triggered a fatal heart attack. Prosecutors originally charged him with murder.
Tax Appeal – Ellsworth
(Ellsworth) – The hospital in Ellsworth will again present its case to the city’s Appeals Board that it should have a tax break on property that it leases to for-profit businesses. Last month the Appeals Board denied an abatement request on four buildings owned by Maine Coast Medical Realty group. The Bangor Daily News reports the board will discuss its vote next Monday and decide what to do next. The hospital has 60-days to appeal to the State Property Tax Review Board.
Tremont Solar Vote
(Tremont) – Voters in Tremont unanimously gave the go-ahead for a solar energy project in town. WVII-TV reports a special town meeting approved the project last night. A Searsport company will install solar panels on the town’s closed landfill and sell electricity to the town to power its municipal buildings at a lower rate than the town currently pays to Emera. After five years the town will have the option to purchase the solar array.
(Ellsworth) A two-part talent contest hopes to identify who’s hot in Hancock County. Executive director of The Grand, Nick Turner explains you’ve gotta pass the first round to make it into the big show at the Blue Hill Fair. First place wins $500. “Does Hancock County Have Talent” is August 23rd at The Grand. The final showdown at the Blue Hill Fair is August 30th.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Fire Department responded to 6 calls yesterday including 2 car accidents, a loud explosion noise on Pine Street that knocked out power, and one actual fire. Deputy fire chief Gary Saunders says crews were called to Patten Way around 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Saunders said they called in mutual aid help from four communities, but quickly called them off after finding a very small burn area. Saunders says they turned the investigation over to Maine State Forest Service.
(Local) Dog owners are encouraged to leave pets at home this week as temperatures loom in the 90’s. Ellsworth police detective Dotty Small says if you see a dog in a vehicle and you think it’s in distress you are NOT allowed to break a window:
(Bangor) – In Maine it’s common that town buildings will open as warming shelters during prolonged winter power outages. Rarely, if ever, have public buildings in the state become cooling centers. The National Weather Service has issued another heat advisory for today, and the City of Bangor says it will open its parks and rec building as a cooling center until 9-o’clock tonight for residents who need to cool down. The Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert for today as well.
National Night Out
(Bangor) The Bangor Police Department and Bangor’s Neighborhood Watch are hosting the city’s 6th National Night Out Against Crime. The free, public anti-crime event serves Bangor families and individuals as people across America are doing the exact same thing. It’s estimated that between the US and Canada, about 37-million people participate in the National Night Out Against Crime each year. Demonstrations, food, face painting and crime prevention programs get underway this evening (8/7) from 5 ‘til 7 at Second Street Park located behind Shaw’s on Main Street.
(Augusta) Augusta police are asking for the public’s help locating a 37-year-old woman who hasn’t been seen since July 31st. Elizabeth Munster is about 5-foot-2, 140-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known location was in the area of North Street. She’s also been known as Elizabeth Perkins.
(Augusta) Maine wildlife officials say this is the year aspiring bear hunters should take up the hunt this season. Randy Cross of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says he believes this season that bears will be more likely to visit buckets of bait set up by hunters. The Bangor Daily News reports this is due to a dearth of berries being grown in the forest.
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Star 97-7 Sports….
- The Red Sox send Drew Pomeranz to the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays tonight.
- Boston’s lead over the Yankees is now 9-games. Sox were off last night, New York shut out the White Sox.
- The Chairman of NASCAR has taken an indefinite leave of absence after his arrest for OUI and Oxycodone possession in New York State.