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Local News – February 28, 2019

Ferry Lease

(Bar Harbor) – Ferry service took a major leap forward in Bar Harbor this week as the town and Bay Ferries Limited signed a lease on the recently purchased ferry terminal.  Last night a public hearing reviewed plans for repairs to the long abandoned terminal that the town purchased from the state.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Bay Ferries planned to start selling tickets this week.

 

Searsport Fire

(Searsport) – Fire destroyed a home in Searsport yesterday.  Neighbors spotted the flames on Pomeroy Road shortly before 3-o’clock in the afternoon.  The fire chief told WABI-TV the home was two mobile homes that were joined together and built around, making the firefighting effort difficult at best.  No injuries are reported, no one was home when the fire broke out.  No word yet on a cause.

 

Murder Indictment

(Bangor) – A Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Clifton man, charging him with murdering his girlfriend.  The panel found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial against Dwight Osgood Jr.  Police arrested Osgood a day after Kerry Dill died in their home next to the Clifton General Store where she worked. The Bangor Daily News reports an autopsy revealed Dill died from gunshot wounds.

 

Bangor Mall Auction

(Bangor) – Lots of unknowns for the Bangor Mall now that bidding has ended for the once bustling shopping mall.  Ten-X company auctioned the property off this week.  When bidding stopped yesterday, there was an offer for about $15-million dollars on the table.  That was lower than the confidential reserve set by the seller.  The Bangor Daily News reports Ten-X is not identifying the high bidder, and it’s not clear whether the seller will accept the bid.

 

Bridge Academy Program

(Ellsworth) Former state Senator Brian Langley has long been an advocate for Career and Technical Education. He continues promoting hands-on education for high school students through his new role as Executive Director of the Bridge Academy Maine program. Langley tells Star 97-7 the program prepares students for college academic study and also helps students successfully balance work and school. Langely says students of the Bridge Academy program usually end college with less student loan debt by earning college credits during high school.

 

Alleged Killer Previously Fired

(Auburn) The Maine State Board of Nursing fired Steven Downs for substandard performance in 2017 and for allegedly making statements that made coworkers uncomfortable. The 44-year-old Downs is the Auburn man arrested this month for the 1993 sexual assault and murder of a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Bangor Daily News reports Downs is a registered nurse who’s not currently working. During his time at the Harris House in Livermore Falls he was written up for mistakes he made administering medication to residents of the healthcare facility. Downs blamed the error on the facility’s staffing shortage. DNA evidence has linked Downs to the rape and murder of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie at the time they were both college students.

 

Snow Rescues

(Limestone) U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Fort Fairfield Station assisted with locating and rescuing numerous motorists who were stranded during whiteout conditions and dangerously cold temperatures in Aroostook County. Patrol Agents on Tuesday used a Polaris Ranger UTV to find motorists needing help. Overall seven drivers and passengers, including children, were transported to safety during the rescue operation.

 

Snowmobile Fatality

(Berwick) A Berwick man who suffered serious injuries during a Valentine’s Day snowmobile accident has died. The Maine Warden Service reports 59-year-old James Reagan of Berwick died at Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he received treatment after breaking through the ice twice on February 14th. Once on shore Reagan became unresponsive and it’s believed he suffered a medical event. His death marks Maine’s 8th snowmobile-related fatality this season.

 

Sentence Upheld

(Saco) The First Circuit Court of Appeals says the conviction and sentence still stands for a New Hampshire man who shot his wife and another man during a 2014 home invasion in Saco. 62-year-old Gregory Owens was convicted in 2016 of interstate domestic violence and using a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with a home invasion shooting. Both victims recovered from their injuries. Owens’ defense challenged the court’s suppression rulings, the sufficiency of the evidence at trial, and his sentence. The court ruled this week Owens must continue his 20 year sentence plus life in prison.

 

Sports

  • Portland Trail Blazers 97  Boston Celtics 92 (4th straight loss for Celtics)
  • Tampa Bay Rays 5  Boston Red Sox 4 (Spring training, Sox face the Washington Nationals today)
  • Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart 23-year old brother has died.  The team did not release details, but abruptly stopped a media availability yesterday.
  • The two best teams in the NHL meet tonight as the Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning