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Local News Headlines – August 10, 2018

Blue Hill Hospital Name

(Blue Hill) – For decades people have known the hospital in Downtown Blue Hill as Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.  That’s going to change soon.  Hospital officials tell the Ellsworth American that Eastern Maine Health Services will rename the facility as Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital.  The hospital will have a new logo to go along with the new name.


Suicide – Body in Trunk



(Gardiner) – A state trooper who got a call about an erratic vehicle operator in Gardiner pulled the car over last evening.  The man driving got out and proceeded to shoot himself in front of the trooper.  Investigators found a body in the vehicle’s trunk, and a team of homicide detectives has spent the night processing the crime scene.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that they took the bodies to the medical examiner’s office for identification and autopsies.  So far they’ve not released names.




(Bar Harbor) – Bar Harbor’s town council has rejected a ferry proposal from a local tour boat operator and will continue to work with Bay Ferries Limited to offer service between the resort town and Yarmouth Nova Scotia.  The Bangor Daily News reports councilors found the counter offer from Steve Pagels too vague.  Townspeople this spring opted to purchase the ferry terminal abandoned by Bay Ferries years ago.


Harmon Tire


(Ellsworth) – One of Ellsworth’s best kept businesses has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The Ellsworth American reports Harmon Tire owes more than 2-point-6 million dollars and has assets of only $450-thousand.  The Harmon facility is a tire dealer, vehicle maintenance facility and high quality car wash.   They’ve filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy which would give the business a chance to reorganize and stay in business.  Owner Albert Harmon says he does not expect to cut any staff.


Death Follow-up

(Milford) The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating the death of 47-year-old Jeffrey Brooks of Milford and Etna. Brooks’ daughter discovered him unresponsive when she returned to their apartment Tuesday. His death is no longer considered suspicious, but Brooks’ cause of death is still unknown pending further test results by the Medical Examiner’s Office.


Dotty’s Last Day


(Ellsworth) One of Ellsworth’s finest will turn in her cruiser keys and badge at the end of the day. The Ellsworth Police Department hired Detective Dotty Small on this very day 37 years ago. Small says if she could get the public to do one thing for police officers, it would be to look beyond the uniform.



Motorcycle Death


(Hanover) Hanover police say a motorcyclist slammed into the back of a car, causing his machine to bounce into oncoming traffic and resulting in a fatal crash. 59-year-old Daniel Gautreau was driving his motorcycle eastbound Wednesday afternoon, when he failed to notice the driver in front of him had stopped to turn. Gautreau slammed into the back of the vehicle and bounced into oncoming traffic, where he was hit by a westbound vehicle.


Embezzlement Plea

(Rockland) A Rockland man will spend a year-and-a-half in prison for embezzling from a Rockland-based lobster company. The Bangor Daily News reports Chad Salvas pled guilty Wednesday to felony theft and failure to appear in court. Salvas was the dock manager at J & J Lobster Company when the owner realized another company had not received $230-thousand-dollars for bait, though it had been reported the bill was paid. The owner suspected Salvas stole the money. The state was only able to prove he stole $11-thousand-dollars, which Salvas must pay the company back in restitution.



Planned Outage

(Mariaville) Mariaville area residents will see a brief interruption in electricity next week. Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long reports scheduled maintenance to the electrical system will begin at 9AM Tuesday and should take less than an hour to complete. Mariaville customers will be affected on Silsby Road, Frost Mill Road, Haystack Road, Oxbow Drive, Whispering Pines Drive and Roberts Way. The rain date is next Wednesday.


Free State Park Admission

(Augusta) Governor Paul LePage is celebrating Maine State Parks and Historic Sites experiencing record-breaking attendance by granting free admission to Maine residents. To get Mainers outside and moving at the end of summer residents can enjoy free day visits to Maine State Parks and Historic Sites beginning tomorrow (8/11) through Monday September 3rd. A list of applicable locations is posted at Parks And Lands dot Com.


Drowning Death

(Bridgton) Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a man’s drowning. Witnesses told police that 42-year-old Stephen Bricault had been drinking throughout the day at Long Lake in Bridgton Wednesday before going on a swim. First responders were called after Bricault went under water, and efforts to administer CPR after he was brought to shore were unsuccessful.




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