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Local News – March 1, 2019

Carillo – Mental State

(Belfast) – Defense attorneys say accused child killer Sharon Carillo is also an abuse victim, and not a killer.  Carillo and her husband Julio will stand trial in August for last year’s beating death of 10-year old Marissa Kennedy at their home in Stockton Springs.  Mrs. Carillo’s attorney says their doctors have determined she has some mental health issues that made it impossible to intervene in the beatings. The Pen Bay Pilot reports a judge this week granted a prosecution request to have a state psychiatrist examine Mrs. Carillo.


Searsport Building

(Searsport) – The Searsport Lions Club is offering to sell its building to the town.  Village Soup dot-com reports dwindling membership numbers have prompted the Lions club to put the building up for sale.  The town will get the first crack at the property.  A special town meeting a week from Saturday will consider funding for purchase and operation of the building which has a full kitchen and can be used for numerous town functions.


Bar Harbor Ferry


(Bar Harbor) – The pieces are falling into place in Bar Harbor as plans to provide ferry service to Nova Scotia this summer move forward.  The Bangor Daily News reports the Planning Board gave its OK to building renovation plans at the ferry terminal that Bay Ferries Limited abandoned about 10-years ago when the CAT ferry moved to Portland.  The town purchased the ferry terminal from the State of Maine earlier this week.  Ticket sales reportedly started on Monday.


BHHT Maple Syrup Event

(Blue Hill) Blue A free maple syrup demonstration and workshop is set for tomorrow in Blue Hill. The event is held at Blue Hill Heritage Trust office on Hinkley Ridge Road. Tree tapping expert and syrup enthusiast Tim Laflam will lead the workshop. Trust outreach director Chrissy Allen says they’re celebrating maple sugaring season tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 3.  Allen says participants will learn how to tap trees, see “boiling” demonstrations and even get to taste the finished product drizzled over ice cream or yogurt.


Jax Lab Cancer Research

(Bar Harbor) Jackson Laboratory will begin a multi-million-dollar collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to try to tackle two kinds of cancer. Jackson Lab officials say they’ve signed a research agreement for up to $4.2- million-dollars to identify new targets to treat triple-negative breast cancer and ovarian carcinoma. The lab describes triple-negative as the most deadly form of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer as ranking fifth in cancer deaths among women.

Fugitive Located

(W. Baldwin) Police found two fugitives from New Hampshire wanted on drug offenses in West Baldwin Maine. The US Marshals, police from New Hampshire and Maine state police on Wednesday searched a home on Chase Road and found 33-year-old Sasha Rand hiding in a closet. 36-year-old Ashley Cameron was also at the residence and taken into custody. Rand was transported back to New Hampshire immediately while Cameron was held at the Cumberland County Jail pending her court appearance.


Walk for Life

(Ellsworth/Addison) One of the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center’s annual fundraisers will happen in two different towns this year but on the same day. The 19th annual Walk for Life will happen May 18th in Addison and Ellsworth. The Ellsworth walk has been organized in conjunction with the Pink Tulip Project and the Ellsworth Garden Club Plant Sale. The Beth Wright Center’s goal is to have 350 walkers and raise $35-thousand-dollars. The money benefits the Center’s Washington County Cancer Patient Navigation Program, which is a collaborative effort with Healthy Acadia.


State Bird

(Augusta) Maine lawmakers are split over which chickadee should be named the official state bird. The chickadee was designated as the state bird in 1927, but there are two types of chickadees found in Maine. The boreal chickadee is native to northern Maine, and the black-capped chickadee is native to southern Maine. The black-capped chickadee is featured on state license plates. The Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government will review the bill in the coming weeks.



  • Boston Bruins 4  Tampa Bay Lightning 1
  • Boston Red Sox 13  Washington Nationals 5 (Spring Training, Sox face the Minnesota Twins this afternoon)
  • The Phillies have signed slugger Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract worth $330-million dollars
  • Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards tonight
  • Patriots owner Bob Kraft pleads not-guilty to a pair of counts charging him with soliciting prostitution

High School Basketball state finals begin tonight and continue tomorrow.  Locally, the MDI Girls face Gray-New Gloucester in Portland at 1PM tomorrow for the class “B” title.  The C & D finals are at the Cross Center in Bangor starting tomorrow afternoon.  The Class “A” Finals are tonight in Augusta.