(Hampden) – Black bands are stretched across police badges in Maine today the state mourns a state police detective’s death in a freak accident in Hampden yesterday. Benjamin Campbell who would have turned 32 on Monday, was assisting a motorist who went off Interstate 95 by the Coldbrook Road when a logging truck moved into the passing lane to avoid the scene. State Police Colonel John Cote says that’s when the bizarre event happened. A logging truck that was pulling into the passing lane to avoid the trooper lost two wheels, and one of them struck the detective. Campbell died at Eastern Maine Medical Center. A huge procession of State Police cruisers escorted the hearse carrying his body from Bangor to Augusta. Police agencies lined overpasses along the route, and fire department ladder trucks hung flags over the roads while the Governor ordered flags flown at half staff. Campbell joined the state police in 2012 and was promoted to detective three years ago.
Bar Harbor Historical Society Building
(Bar Harbor) – The Historical Society in Bar Harbor has completed the purchase of a waterfront mansion. The former Larochelle mansion has served as the headquarters for the Maine Seacoast Mission for decades, but the organization put that up for sale last year, planning to move to an as-yet to be constructed building in Mt. Desert. The Historical Society was able to raise the $4-and-a-half million dollar purchase price and closed on the purchase this week. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the Historical Society will sell its current headquarters and another building purchased in recent years.
(Belfast) – The two people accused of killing a 10-year old girl in Stockton Springs are due in court this morning where a judge will hear arguments about separating their trials. Sharon and Julio Carrillo face murder charges in 10-year old Marissa Kennedy’s death last year. Mrs. Carrillo has asked that she be tried separately from her estranged husband. Her attorney’s say she was also a victim of his abuse. The Bangor Daily News reports prosecutors have asked that the pair be tried together.
Benton Fatal Crash
(Benton) A Clinton man died in a crash early Wednesday morning in Benton. The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department says 20-year-old Christian Yahnel to veer off the Bangor Road and strike a tree around 1 AM yesterday. The Bangor Daily News reports speed and alcohol were factors in the fatal crash.
Dumpster Fire Setter
(Rockland) Authorities arrested a Waldoboro man for allegedly setting 3 dumpster fires behind the fast food restaurant where he worked. Village Soup dot-Com reports fire investigators arrested 26-year-old Deven Dever on Monday for suspicion of criminal mischief, but the district attorney’s office on Wednesday upgraded the charges to 3 counts of Arson. Dever is accused of setting fire to a dumpster at Rockland’s Burger King on March 21st, 27th and 29th. Dever told investigators he actually set seven fires in the dumpster.
Death with Dignity
(Augusta) Maine lawmakers are again set to consider legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide with a bill scheduled for a hearing today. Supporters are collecting signatures to put such an effort on the ballot. Similar legislation passed the Senate in 2017 but failed in the House. The latest bill would allow patients with terminal illnesses to ask for a fatal dosage of prescription drugs. Patients would need to follow a procedure that includes two waiting periods, a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two oral requests. Physicians would also screen patients for conditions like depression that could impair judgment. The bill would criminalize the act of coercing a person into requesting such medications.
(Farmington) Dozens of people attended a public hearing on a proposed 147-mile transmission line that will deliver electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts. News Center reports that the New England Clean Energy Connect project proposed by Central Maine Power will be built within the company’s existing transmission corridor. The rest will run through undeveloped forestland in western Somerset and Franklin counties. Opponents at the Tuesday hearing at the University of Maine in Farmington say they’re concerned about disruption to scenic views, tourism and wildlife. Supporters say it is already a “working forest” with active logging and that the project will support green energy, jobs and lower electricity rates.
Recovery Coach Training
(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia is recruiting for volunteer recovery coaches. Highly interactive 4-day training will use curriculum developed by the Connecticut Center for Addiction Recovery to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide and mentor others through the recovery process. The course fee is $100; full and partial scholarships are available. The training is April 30th thru May 3rd at the Ellsworth Ramada. Contact Healthy Acadia to register.
- Boston Red Sox 6 Oakland A’s 3 (Mookie Betts broke up a tie game in the 9th inning with an RBI)
- The Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez against the A’s today.
- Boston Celtics 112 Miami Heat 102 (Celtics & Pacers tied for 4th place in the NBA Eastern Conference)
- The Bruins skate against the Wild in Minnesota tonight.