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Local News – December 3, 2018

Fatal Fire

(Hiram) – Firefighters in Hiram found a 19-year old’s body at the foot of the first floor stairs early Saturday morning.  Alexander Mudgett never made it out of the burning building.  His four housemates did – they crawled out of 2nd story bedroom windows and jumped to the ground while the house burned behind them.  The State Fire Marshal’s office tells Star 97.7 the fire likely started either on the 1st floor or underneath the house, but they’re not sure what caused the fatal blaze.


Inspection Ordered

(Bar Harbor) – A dilapidated building on Bar Harbor’s Cottage Street will need an inspection to remain standing.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the town council ordered the owners of 79-Cottage Street to hire a structural engineer to look over the building to make sure it was not in danger of collapsing.  A building next door was torn down a few years ago when the roof collapsed under heavy snow.  The town’s code enforcement officer and fire chief requested that the town council order the owners fix up some deficiencies and hire an engineer to determine whether the building was structurally sound.


Troy Fire

(Troy) – Fire destroyed a Waldo County home overnight.  WABI-TV reports firefighters responded to the Bangor Road in Troy at about 10-o’clock last night.  No one is hurt, but the house is destroyed.  Firefighters spent several hours at the scene.  It’s not clear what caused the fire.


Probate Judge

(Hancock Cty) Results of a ballot recount completed Friday confirm incumbent Republican William Blaisdell as the winner of the Probate Judge race in Hancock County. Unofficial preliminary results showed Blaisdell just 57-votes ahead of candidate Lynne Williams. The recount last week narrowed the victory for Blaisdell with just 25-votes over Williams.


Animal Cruelty

(Houlton) Two Aroostook County men are charged with animal cruelty after police made a discovery while responded to a disturbance call. Houlton police were called to a School Street home last week and determined the incident involved the abuse and death of a dog. Officers conducted interviews and gathered evidence leading to the arrests of 27-year-old Kevin Cummings of Houlton and 27-year old Brian Vrieze of Hodgdon. The investigation continues with assistance from the State of Maine Animal Welfare Program, DHHS, and the Aroostook County DA’s office.


Dam Improvements

(Ellsworth) The federal government is recommending improvements to two dams on the Union river to try to cut down fish kills and other problems. The Ellsworth area river has also suffered from large swings in water levels around Graham Lake. The Bangor Daily News reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is making several recommendations to the dam’s owner. FERC might require the changes as a condition of renewing the operating license for Black Bear Hydro, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Energy. The Downeast Salmon Federation has called for improvements to the dams, as have some residents.


Christmas Tree Policy

(Augusta) The state fire marshal’s office has released its 2018 policy for the use of Christmas trees in public buildings. Some of the rules state that living trees must be watered daily and must be placed in an area protected by an automatic sprinkler system, and artificial trees must be certified by the manufacturer as flame retardant or flame resistive. The fire marshal’s office notes that in municipalities where the Fire Chief or Code Enforcement Official has issued more stringent regulations, residents must adhere to their local policy.


Restaurant Burglar

(Bangor) A Kenduskeag man who broke into a Bangor restaurant in September has pled guilty to burglary, theft and drug possession. The owner of the restaurant on Ohio Street walked in one morning to find 24-year-old Joseph Nelson destroying things. The owner called police and Nelson fled, but police found him a short distance from the restaurant. WABI-TV reports Nelson will be sentenced following completion of a substance abuse program.


Water Contest

(Bangor) Dozens of communities in Maine will vie for the title of best tasting drinking water in the state. The Drinking Water Taste Test happens on Dec. 6th at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine Rural Water Association says the event will place community water supplies into two categories – one for water with a disinfectant such as chlorine, and the other will be for water with no disinfectant.


Scabies Outbreak

(Falmouth) Maine health officials are investigating a scabies outbreak at a nursing facility. WGME-TV reports a spokesperson for Sedgewood Commons in Falmouth said in a statement that residents and staff members are undergoing treatment and that they are in touch with the families of the patients. Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a parasitic-mite that burrows under skin to deposit eggs, which causes intense itching.




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