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Local News – December 6, 2018

School Threat

(Ellsworth) – School is open as usual today at the Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School, but a couple of students will not attend classes.  They face juvenile terrorizing charges after another student reported hearing them say they would commit some sort of violent act at the school today.  In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent of Schools Dan Higgins said authorities determined the threat was not credible.  Police responded and questioned the two students, leading to the terrorizing charges.  Higgins said the school district will take the necessary consequences for violating school policy.


Hospital Cop

(Ellsworth) – The hospital in Ellsworth is hiring an on-site police officer.  The Ellsworth American reports Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital will utilize an Ellsworth Police Department employee to be on site during times the hospital is potentially vulnerable.  President John Ronan said the lack of security at the hospital kept him up a night.  The hospital is budgeting between $70-thouand and $80 thousand for the position.



SW Harbor Sewer Loan/Grant

(Southwest Harbor) – The federal government has agreed to fund a major improvement to the sewer system in Southwest Harbor.  A $15-million dollar package will consist of an $8-million dollar loan and a $7-point-6 million dollar grant.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports voters will have to approve the loan before the grant money kicks in.  The more than $15-million dollars will go to repair the 45-year old sewage disposal system.


City Hall Transactions


(Ellsworth) – Forget trying to do mostly routine business at Ellsworth city hall tomorrow afternoon.  The city is switching computer systems which will take most of the weekend.  The switchover begins at three o’clock in the afternoon, and will affect things like vehicle registrations, dog licensing, and property tax payment.  City officials tell Star 97.7 they hope to be open for business as usual when City Hall reopens Monday morning.


Police Chase

(S. Paris) A police chase through Oxford County ended with the suspect’s car in a snow bank and 3 men arrested.  Last week a state trooper monitoring radio traffic heard a vehicle’s info come across the scanner that he recognized from a recent incident. The trooper spotted the car on Route 26 in West Paris and observed it making bad passes and intentionally driving into oncoming traffic, forcing vehicles out of the way. The trooper pursued the car and allegedly saw the driver and passenger swap places during the chase. The car slammed into a snow bank and all 3 men fled on foot. Police arrested 24-year-old Austin McAlister of Mexico Maine and a 25 year-old male from Rumford. Police aircraft and K9’s helped locate the driver, 24-year-old Tyler Hamel from Mexico. The trio faces a slew of charges.


Millinocket Marathon

(Millinocket) This weekend’s Millinocket Marathon is expected to draw more than twice as many runners as last year’s race. Race founder Gary Allen organized the first event in 2015 as a way to boost Millinocket’s economy. Allen tells the Bangor Daily News there is no registration fee, but rather runners are asked to support local shops, restaurants and hotels. Saturday’s Marathon and Half Marathon are expected to draw about 26-hundred runners.



(Ellsworth) The future is looking brighter for Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital as it’s projected to be profitable in 2019, but not before losing about $4-million-dollars in operating costs this year. The Ellsworth American reports hospital president John Ronan gave a financial update during the hospital’s annual meeting on Tuesday. Ronan tells the newspaper that he expects the loss to be made up through expanded primary care practices, partnerships with other regional hospitals, and increased surgical services.


Holiday Marketplace

(Ellsworth) Shoppers are encouraged to keep their money local with the return of the Holiday Marketplace in downtown Ellsworth. Local vendors who don’t have a store front were invited to set up in the former J & B Atlantic building. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano says the Holiday Marketplace is open on select days through the end of the year. A Community Holiday Party and Heart of Ellsworth’s Annual Meeting are this evening at 5:30 at the Holiday Marketplace.


No Shave November

(Ellsworth) For the past two years employees of the Ellsworth Police Department have avoided shaving during the entire month of November, as they participate in the nationally recognized, ‘No Shave November’ fundraising and awareness event. As the male and female officers and dispatchers did their part not shaving, local residents donated money in support of the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth. The effort raised $3-thousand-dollars this year. A check presentation is planned for next Tuesday the 11th at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center.



  • Thursday Night Football:  Jacksonville at Tennessee
  • The Celtics host the New York Knicks tonight
  • The Bruins will skate against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida tonight
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded all-star 1st baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals.
  • The Red Sox are said to be close to signing a deal to keep pitcher Nathan Eovaldi
  • The High School basketball regular season opens tomorrow across the state.