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Local News – March 15, 2019

Climate Walkout Planned

(Bar Harbor) – Some students from MDI High School and the College of the Atlantic plan to change their climate at noon today – in the name of climate change.  Student plan to walk out of classes and gather at the YWCA on Mount Desert Street to demand action on climate change.  Speakers are slated to start talking at about 12:30 this afternoon as part of a so-called nationwide strike for the climate.

 

Dexter Robbery

(Dexter) – A Portland woman and her boyfriend from New York are accused of robbing a Dexter resident early yesterday morning.  Police gave chase after the couple fled on foot during a traffic stop.  WABI-TV reports that Harji Rogers of New York, and his girlfriend Sierra Senna allegedly robbed occupants at a Maple Street home.   Officers caught up to them a short time later and took them to jail where they are charged with numerous crimes, including robbery.

 

Bills to Reopen DCF

(Bucks Harbor) Several bills before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee plan to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility at some capacity. The prison closed abruptly last July at the demand of former Governor Paul LePage. State Representative William Tuell tells Star 97-7 that his bill is the most comprehensive of the 3 bills that the Committee will hear this month.  Tuell says Governor Janet Mills’s administration is proposing to hire 15 employees and bring back 50 beds to Washington County (but not necessarily at the prison’s previous location in Bucks Harbor). And Senator Marianne Moore is sponsoring a bill to reopen DCF. A public hearing is slated for March 27th in Augusta.

 

Dispositional Conference

(Ellsworth) Two men accused of killing their former boss’s beloved dog in Winter Harbor are due in court next week. 37-year-old Nathan Burke of Hancock and 22-year-old Justin Chipman of Steuben face several charges in connection with the alleged burglary, kidnapping and killing of Franky the Pug-mix last August. District Attorney Matthew Foster tells the Ellsworth American that next Thursday’s dispositional conference is a required chance for the prosecution and the defense to attempt to resolve the case with the court’s assistance.

 

Franky Benefit Supper

(Sullivan) A group of supporters has organized a supper in Franky’s memory. Members of the Facebook group Justice for Franky coordinated the effort to raise money for local animal shelters. The “Lobsta Stew Suppa” is this Saturday from 4 ‘til 7 at the Sullivan-Sorrento Rec Center on Route 1 in Sullivan. Donations are accepted at the door.  Attendees are also asked to bring a donation of cat or dog food.

 

Man Still Missing

(Bangor) It’s been nearly 6 months since a transient man went missing in Bangor. Police want to hear from anyone with information on the whereabouts of 47-year-old Thomas Lynch. He was last seen in September entering the woods near Wal-Mart on Stillwater Avenue. Lynch remains the subject of a missing person’s case.

 

Planned Outage

(Bar Harbor) A portion of Bar Harbor will go without power next Tuesday as Emera Maine plans an outage to perform maintenance on the electrical system. Emera reports to Star 97-7 that beginning at 8 next Tuesday morning customers will be affected on Albert Meadow, the north side of Derby Lane and Main St. between Albert Meadow and Derby Lane. The work is expected to take about 6 hours.

 

Fair Housing

(Ellsworth) The Maine Human Rights Commission is coming to Ellsworth to educate area landlords and property managers about fair housing law and prevent discrimination in housing. Participants who complete the course will get a basic understanding of rights and responsibilities under state and federal law. The free seminar is Monday, April 29th from 10 AM to 1 PM at Ellsworth City Hall. Registration is required. This April marks the 51st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

 

School Budget

(Trenton) – Unexpectedly high special education costs in Trenton may see voters asked to increase property taxes by about 15-percent next year.  Voters will tackle the school budget at Trenton’s town meeting on May 21st. The Mt. Desert Islander reports two special needs students are receiving off-site educations at town expense.  If the nearly $4-million dollar school budget is approved, taxpayers will spend about $147-dollars more per thousand dollars in valuation.  The school budget does not include a $50-thousand dollar pre-K funding proposal to continue that program which will be voted on separately.

 

Bee Workshop

(Ellsworth) A workshop planned in Ellsworth will teach folks about the importance of bees and how they help our environment. Environmental anthropologist Dr. Kourtney Collum will present an illustrated talk focusing on the role people can play in promoting and protecting bees and other pollinators. The free workshop is on Monday the 18th at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth beginning at 7 PM.

 

Anti-fake Milk Bill

(Augusta) Maine’s independent U.S. senator is co-sponsoring a bill to require non-dairy products to stop using terms like “milk,” “yogurt” and “cheese” on their labels. Sen. Angus King’s proposal takes aim at products such as almond milk, which have gained greater acceptance in the market in recent years. He says he’s on board with the proposal because Maine’s dairy farmers “should not be faced with unfair competition from imitation products” that have different nutritional profiles.

 

Sports

  • Boston Celtics 126  Sacramento Kings 120
  • Winnipeg Jets 4  Boston Bruins 3
  • Spring Training: Red Sox 4  Detroit Tigers 4
  • The U-Maine women’s basketball team plays Hartford for the America East Championship tonight in Bangor.  The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament