(Acadia National Park) – Winter will delay the opening of Acadia National Park’s popular Park Loop Road. Normally the main road through the park would open on April 15th. Park spokeswoman Christie Anastasia reports to Star 97.7 that snow and ice have delayed the planned opening, and there is no firm date. The Park Visitor Center will also open a little later than planned. Construction is under way at the facility which is not expected to open until late May.
Flu Death – Child
(Washington County) – The flu has claimed a child’s life in Washington County. The Maine Center for Disease Control reports to Star 97.7 that the unnamed youngster died Monday and tested positive for Influenza A. The CDC did not say how old the child was or release a name. Doctors say if anyone shows flu symptoms, they should start treatment right away. Symptoms include high fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and chest pains.
(Portland) Three thousand mourners, including law enforcement officers from the U.S. and Canada, celebrated the life of a Detective Ben Campbell, who died while assisting a motorist. Campbell was fatally injured when a tire dislodged from a logging truck and struck him while he was outside his vehicle last Wednesday on Interstate-95. He was headed to a training event when he stopped to help the driver. The 31-year-old Campbell was remembered Tuesday for his friendly smile and service to others. His wife, Hilary, tearfully addressed her husband during the service at the Cross Insurance Arena, saying she’ll make sure the couple’s 6-month-old son grows up knowing how selfless his dad was.
(Ellsworth) A business entrepreneur is bringing Maine’s official state treat to downtown Ellsworth. Bangin’ Whoopie owner James Gallagher tells Star 97-7 he’s opening up shop inside the Main Grind and hopes to launch May 1st. Gallagher began his business in 2012. He recently moved his Bangor location downtown – it’s now at the corner of Main Street and Water Street in the Queen city.
Elver Poaching Arrests
(Wareham, MA) Police arrested four Washington County residents in Massachusetts after allegedly finding them in a vehicle with undersized glass eels, heroin, crack cocaine and ammunition. The Bangor Daily News reports that Massachusetts Environmental Police arrested 28-year-old Raymond Neptune of Princeton, 39-year-old Lindsay Pulz of Eastport; 51-year-old Clay Levesque of Princeton, and 21-year-old Muwinesis Levesque of Indian Township. The group was spotted in a vehicle in an area known for illegal elver harvesting when the bust went down Saturday late morning.
(MDI) High tide may have caused a 200-pound white-sided dolphin to become stranded on Mount Desert Island. Members of Allied Whale and other rescuers responded Sunday after the juvenile male dolphin swam into a narrow cove near the village of West Tremont. The Bangor Daily News reports the rescue team placed the dolphin back in the water around 11 AM Sunday and then watched as it swam normally near shore for about 20 minutes, and then headed directly out to sea. The dolphin had no serious external injuries and seemed to be healthy.
(Sanford) A Sanford man faces drug charges after allegedly throwing a baggie of fentanyl out the window as police pulled over the car he rode in. State police and a member of the K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop last Friday in Lebanon for a motor vehicle violation. Passenger 34-year-old Brandon Smith allegedly chucked items out the window then fled on foot into the woods. The K-9 tracked Smith a mile and he was eventually taken into custody. Bail was set at more than $10-thousand-dollars.
Toddler Killer Suspect
(Bucksport) A judge has ordered a 21-year-old Bucksport woman held without bail in the 2017 death of a 2-year-old girl. Savannah Smith made a brief court appearance Monday before returning to the Hancock County Jail. Smith was arrested last Friday after a grand jury returned a murder indictment in the death of Kloe Hawksley. Police say Smith was dating Kloe’s father, Tyler Hawksley, at the time of Kloe’s death. The toddler was found dead inside a Bucksport home in October 2017 following a 911 call. Smith is due back in court later this month.
Union Public Works Garage Fire
(Union) – The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a fire that badly damaged the public works garage and a plow truck in Union. Town Manager Jay Feyler posted on the town’s Facebook page that the fire started in the truck Monday night. Feyler warned residents that the town’s ability to clear the roads last night would be limited by the damage. Firefighters from Union and five other towns responded to the call. No injuries are reported.
- Toronto Blue Jays 7 Boston Red Sox 5. Sox and Blue Jays are off today, but play again tomorrow.
- The Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 116 to 110 (last game of regular season, Celtics finish 3rd in the Eastern Conference)
- The Bruins open their first round playoffs tomorrow at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs