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Local News – April 8, 2019

Winter Weather

(Undated) – Winter refuses to leave Downeast Maine in a hurry.  The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for today through early tomorrow.  When the precipitation ends, up to 7-inches of snow will be on the ground in Hancock and Washington Counties.  A lot of school districts in the coastal area of Maine have already canceled classes for the day.


Blue Hill Vote

(Blue Hill) – Selectmen in Blue Hill will begin the process of hiring the first town administrator in that municipality’s history now that voters have given the go-ahead.   Friday’s vote was overwhelmingly in favor of hiring an administrator to run the coastal Hancock County community and to appropriate $60-thousand dollars for the position.  Voters also elected James Dow as a Selectman, replacing long time selectman Jim Schatz who had run day to day operations at the town hall for many years.


Campbell – Funeral

(Millinocket) – An escort began early this morning as State Police Detective Benjamin Campbell’s body made its way from his hometown funeral home in Millinocket to the Cross Insurance Center in Portland for tomorrow’s funeral.  Campbell died last week while assisting a motorist on Interstate 95 in Hampden when a tire separated from a logging trailer and struck him.  He would have been 31-years old today.


Fires Galore

(Van Buren) – Fires galore across Maine this weekend.  At the crown of Maine, a fire destroyed a Main Street business in Van Buren.  Many Facebook Subscribers watched in real time as the firefighting effort was captured on live-streaming.  In Vassalboro, a barn went up in flames yesterday afternoon when a brush pile fire got out of hand. And in Portland, a fire on top of the Unum Insurance building brought dozens of firefighters to the scene.  A generator is believed to have started that blaze.



Driver Sentenced

(South Thomaston) – A young Knox County woman will spend a year in jail for driving drunk and killing a passenger in 2017.  Village Soup dot-com reports a judge sentenced 21-year old Kelsey Campbell of South Thomaston after a plea deal with prosecutors.  Campbell was under the influence when she crashed in May, 2017.  The crash killed 21-year old Zachary Elwell.  She could have faced up to 30-years in prison.  The year in prison will mean she cannot serve her time at the Knox County jail – a concern that the Elwell family brought up at sentencing.


Campbell – Facebook Post


(Augusta) – State police have identified the man being helped by a State Police detective who died last week when a tire struck him on Interstate 95 in Hampden.  Robert John Anthony spun out on the highway last Wednesday morning when Detective Benjamin Campbell stopped to help.  A Facebook post this weekend from a user who identifies himself as Ved Lok wrote an extremely moving piece in praise of Campbell.  He claims to have been the motorist who saw Campbell get hit and says he screamed for help immediately.  The poster says he knew that Campbell had died in the line of duty.  Campbell’s funeral is tomorrow in Portland – an escort started early this morning in Millinocket to move his body to the Cross Insurance Arena.



Animal Cruelty Indictment

(Ellsworth) A Hancock County grand jury has indicted the 2 men accused of entering their former boss’s home, taking his dog and killing it. 38-year-old Nathan Burke of Hancock and 23-year-old Justin Chipman of Steuben are charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, theft, unauthorized use of property and aggravated criminal mischief. The Bangor Daily News reports Burke and Chipman allegedly entered Phillip Torrey’s Winter Harbor home last August while he was out of town, took his dog Franky, then went joyriding in Torrey’s Hummer. Somewhere along the way the pair allegedly shot the dog, wrapped it in plastic and threw it in the ocean. Burke and Chipman are held at the Hancock County Jail.


Fire Cause

(Berwick) The state fire marshal says an apartment fire that killed a Berwick fire captain in March was started by improperly discarded smoking materials. Capt. Joel Barnes died after becoming trapped in a third floor room. Investigators were unable to determine who discarded the smoking materials that caused the fire. No charges are expected. Barnes is believed to be the first firefighter in Maine to die in almost 40 years. He was fatally injured while shielding a colleague from flames.


Flags Lowered

(Augusta) Flags are lowered across Maine until sunset tomorrow, the day of Detective Ben Campbell’s funeral. Governor Janet Mills gave a directive Friday ordering flags flown at half-staff statewide. Maine State Police detective Campbell died Wednesday in a bizarre accident on Interstate-95 in Hampden as he assisted a disabled motorist. His funeral is set for tomorrow morning at 11 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.


Nark App

(Washington Cty) The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has launched a smart-phone app allowing residents to anonymously send tips about underage drinking and illegal drug use. Tipsters are encouraged to give specific information about the location of the violation and the people involved, if possible. The tipster’s name and phone number remain completely anonymous. The app is a collaboration of the Sheriff’s Office and Healthy Acadia. The app is not a substitute for 9-1-1 emergencies.


Annual Smelt Fry

(Columbia Falls) What began as a small community potluck, centered on the commercial smelt harvest in Washington County, has grown into a 500-plus gathering of guests. The Downeast Salmon Federation’s annual Smelt Fry has become a well-known regional event. They’ll be serving local foods like smoked smelts, alewives, and mackerel, venison stew, a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries. The Smelt Fry is this Saturday from 11 to 4 at the Downeast Salmon Federation on Main Street in Columbia Falls.




  • Boston Red Sox 1  Arizona Diamondbacks 0  (Sox off today, they open at home tomorrow afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays)
  • NCAA Women’s Championship:  Baylor 82  Notre Dame 81
  • NCAA Men’s Championship tonight:  Texas Tech vs. Virginia
  • Orlando Magic 116  Boston Celtics 108
  • Kyle Bush beats out his brother Kurt in yesterday’s NASCAR race in Bristol Tennessee