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Local News – March 5, 2019

Firefighter Funeral

(Berwick) – The funeral arrangements for a fallen Berwick firefighter are set for next Sunday in Portland.  Such a large crowd is expected that the Town of Berwick will use the Cross Insurance arena for the final farewell to 32-year old Captain Joel Barnes.  Prior to the public funeral, the family will attend a private funeral mass.  Barnes died last Friday when the room he and another firefighter were in flashed over.  Barnes covered his fellow firefighter with his own body, saving the other firefighter.  The Governor has ordered flags to fly at half staff next Sunday.


New Trial Sought


(Portland) – A former Fairfield man serving 55-years for killing his wife wants a new trial.  The State Supreme Court today will hear arguments from Luke Tieman’s attorney who claims there was not enough evidence to convict Tieman.  Police found his wife’s body behind his parents’ home back in September of 2016.  He had reported her missing days earlier, and then changed his story to say that she died from a drug overdose.  An autopsy determined she died from gunshot wounds.


Emera Outages

(Local) Emera Maine spent much of the morning yesterday making repairs as nearly 3-thousand customers were without power in the Blue Hill area as well as about 1,000 in Washington County. Emera spokeswoman Judy Long says with snow and traffic, it was often a tight squeeze for the bucket trucks.


Food Drive Update

(Ellsworth) The 8th annual Hancock County Food Drive got off to a good start. The kick-off event last Saturday netted more than $62-hundred dollars to benefit local food pantries and meal programs. More than 40 locations across Hancock County are collecting food during the month of March. Healthy Acadia has set a fundraising goal of $25-thousand-dollars. You can help them reach their goal, learn more, and find a list of drop-off locations by visiting the Hancock County Food Drive’s Facebook page.


Top Drawer Award


(Ellsworth) – An Ellsworth based family owned auto parts chain is the 2019 winner of the local chamber of commerce top drawer award. Coastal Auto Parts NAPA has 25-locations across Maine, employing 270-workers.  The Top Drawer award goes to a company or organization seen as the best of the best in the eyes of the Chamber of Commerce.  They’ll hand out the award on May 16th.


Inmate Recovery Grant

(Ellsworth) A local program that helps inmates departing the Hancock County Jail transition back into the community has gotten a nice boost. The Hancock County Commissioners have awarded $20-thousand-dollars to Healthy Acadia’s Recovery Resource Fund Project. Inmates must complete an application process to apply for a grant of up to $1,000 used for specific recovery resources such as housing, transport, clothing, and more. Healthy Acadia says the Recovery Resource Fund Project directly benefit up to 40 inmates coming out of the jail system and indirectly benefit many others as a result of the improved recovery success of these individuals.


Plane slideoff


(Presque Isle) A pilot and four passengers suffered minor injuries when a United Express regional jet slid off the slippery runway in Presque Isle. Firefighters helped evacuate passengers from the 50-seat aircraft at the Presque Island International Airport. Part of its landing gear was torn away and the plane’s nose cone sustained damaged. Officials say the flight carried 28 passengers and three crew members when it landed at the airport at 11:30 Monday morning.


Pot Withdrawal

(Augusta) Maine is withdrawing a contract with a firm it had assigned to track the growth and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products in the state. State officials had signed a deal with Florida-based Franwell Inc. valued at $150,000. The deal would have allowed the state to use Metrc, a software product that uses radio-frequency identification tags to track marijuana.




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