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Local News – October 8, 2018

Walsh Obit


(Bar Harbor) – One of the men who helped shape today’s Bar Harbor has died.  Thomas Walsh owned numerous hotels in the resort community and often confounded local planners with his projects that pushed the envelope of local ordinances.  Walsh’s family still runs Ocean Properties and the numerous hotels.  The Bangor native was 88-years old when he died this weekend.  Walsh and his fierce competitor David Witham owned most of the major hotels in Bar Harbor.  Witham died last fall.



(Ellsworth) – A former finance director for the Town of Southwest Harbor will face charges for allegedly doctoring her vacation time.  A grand jury in Hancock County indicted Tabitha Newenham for unauthorized taking or transfer.  Newenham claimed the town owed her money when she left her post.  An investigation showed that Newenham allegedly padded her earned vacation time between 2012 and 2016.  She could face prison time and a large fine if convicted.


Grindle Search


(Blue Hill) – Searchers will gather in Blue Hill again today to try to find a 37-year old woman missing since late July.  No one has seen Jessica Grindle since then.  State police searched a couple of ponds in the Blue Hill/Sedgwick area last summer without luck.  He mother says they’ll follow up on any tips.  She asks that searchers be adults and that no dogs be used today.


Moose Fatal

(Medway) – A moose crash has killed a 54-year old Winslow man.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Donnie Wilcox hit the beast Friday night along Interstate 95 in Medway.  The crash peeled back the car’s roof. Passing motorists discovered the crash shortly after 10-o’clock Friday night.  The moose also perished.  Police say it’s the first fatal moose crash this year.


Lincoln Fatal – Suicide


(Lincoln) – State police classified a 26-year old Lee woman’s death on Interstate 95 near Lincoln as a suicide.  Heidi McGovern was carrying her toddler when she stepped out in front of a tractor trailer truck that a Bucksport man drove.  She died instantly, the 2-year old boy suffered serious injuries when he flew into the other lane of the highway.  State troopers say McGovern left suicide notes at her home.


Missing Teacher Search

(North Yarmouth) – Maine’s medical examiner has confirmed that a body found in North Yarmouth Friday is that of missing school teacher Kristin Westra.  The 37-year old took her own life according to state police.  Searchers had been on a frantic search for Westra for days when her body turned up in a wooded area behind a neighbor’s home.  Friends and family say she’d been under a great deal of stress at home and at work.


Craigslist Scam

(Greene) A recent bogus Craigslist ad promised free items up for grabs at a property Greene, Maine. Property owner George Stanley says his building on Route 202, which was surrounded by a jumble of free-floating items, was wiped out as people took new generators and at least $1,000 worth of solar lights. Stanley reported the scam to Maine State Police and had the post taken down. It’s unclear who posted the fake ad.


Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

(Machias) In coordination with Breast Cancer Awareness month, Down East Community Hospital is hosting a walk in Machias. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women, and 1 in 8 women born in the United States will get breast cancer. The walk is this coming Saturday morning at 10 starting from the Colonial parking lot. The first 100 participants to arrive receive a pink pirate hat.


  • The Red Sox send Nathan Eovaldi to the mound against the Yankees tonight in game 3 of their best of 5 series against New York.  The series is tied at a game apiece.
  • Milwaukee Brewers 6  Colorado Rockies 0 (Brewers sweep Rockies, advance to NLCS)
  • Atlanta Braves 6  L-A Dodgers 5 (Dodgers lead series 2-1)
  • The Bruins are home this afternoon against the Ottawa Senators
  • U-Maine football upends Villanova 10-7 with a game ending field goal.