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Local News – March 12, 2019

Firefighter Funeral

(Lewiston) The body of Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco arrived at a Lewiston funeral home this afternoon. Sacco died Sunday while in Portland to attend the funeral of Capt. Joel Barnes of the Berwick Fire Department. NewsCenter reports that an hour before the memorial service for Barnes was to begin — rescue personnel responded to the Holiday Inn by the Bay, a hotel located near the Cross Insurance Arena where the service for Barnes was held. The medical call did not happen during the memorial service and no one was taken out of the funeral. Sacco had been Oxford’s chief since 2017.

 

Sex Assault Arrest

(Rockland) A Lincolnville man is behind bars accused of sexually assaulting a woman who was passed out after a night of drinking on New Year’s Day. 37-year-old Christopher Ray was arrested Sunday and charged with 2 counts of gross sexual assault. Village Soup dot-Com reports the victim says after drinking at several bars in Rockland that night she went to a friend’s in Owl’s Head. Ray was visiting the same home. The victim states she awoke to find Ray on top of her and told him to stop but he did not. The woman then took a taxi to the Rockland Police Department to make a report.

 

Traffic Stop-Drugs

(Orono) A routine traffic stop in Orono led to a drug arrest on Sunday. Police pulled over a vehicle for attaching a false registration plate. A subsequent investigation led to the confiscation of a large amount of suspected heroin, crystal meth, and over $5,000 in cash. The unnamed man was charged with drug trafficking and bail was set at $500-thousand dollars.

 

Trail Closure Continues

(Millinocket) Baxter State Park officials say a popular trail up Mount Katahdin will continue to be closed this season. The Dudley Trail up the mountain has been shut down since 2016. The Bangor Daily News reports the trail first closed due to a rock slide, and crews were forced to relocate a section of the 1.3-mile trail. The difficult trail connects Katahdin’s Baxter Peak summit with two other summits. Park officials initially thought the trail would reopen in 2018, but cited challenging work conditions for the continued closure.

 

EpiPen Bill

(Augusta) Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to make Epi-Pens more accessible to people who need them. Epi-Pens are used for emergency treatment of conditions including anaphylaxis caused by an allergic reaction.The bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense the auto-injectors at no cost to the patient. It would also create a fund that allows pharmacists to apply for reimbursement. The bill will spend more time in committee before moving on to the full Maine Legislature. A work session is scheduled for Tuesday.

 

ME Unemployment

(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate of 3.5 percent has not changed since August. Maine’s unemployment rate remained below the national rate of 4-percent in January. The nationwide unemployment rate has also held steady in recent months, and is similar to the rate from a year ago. Maine officials say the state’s unemployment rate has been below 4 percent for 37 consecutive months, which is the longest stretch on record.

 

Man Flees Accident

(Corinth) A Corinth man was arrested after police say he fled the scene of an accident that injured two of his passengers. WABI-TV reports troopers responded to a rollover crash at the intersection of West Corinth and Black Roads a little before 4:30 AM Saturday. 22-year-old Dylan Caruso allegedly fled on foot following the accident.  Police tracked the man 5-miles and arrested Caruso. His two female passengers were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Chef’s Gala

(Ellsworth) Planning is in the final stages for next month’s Chef’s Gala, benefiting Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s breast clinic. The theme is “spring block party” and features excellent food, a live band, dancing, and an auction. Leading the team of chefs will be Chip Butterwick from Chipper’s Restaurant & Catering. Hospital director of Philanthropy JoAnn Brown says it takes about a hundred volunteers over the course of several days to make the Chef’s Gala a success. Contact JoAnn Brown at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital to volunteer. The 26th annual Chef’s Gala is at the Ellsworth Ramada on April 27th.