Plane Mishap (Bangor) – A small plane partially tipped forward onto its cockpit when it went off the runway at Bangor International Airport.  It happened around 5-o’clock last evening.  The incident shut down the runway for about 2-hours.  No injuries are reported – the FAA will investigate.   Anson Fire (Anson) – One person is […]

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Local News – April 15, 2019

Plane Mishap

(Bangor) – A small plane partially tipped forward onto its cockpit when it went off the runway at Bangor International Airport.  It happened around 5-o’clock last evening.  The incident shut down the runway for about 2-hours.  No injuries are reported – the FAA will investigate.


Anson Fire

(Anson) – One person is dead after a fire in the Somerset County Town of Anson.  When firefighters from eight departments arrived on Moore Street shortly after 10:30 Sunday morning, the found the 2-story house ablaze.  An adult man who lived alone inside apparently perished.   The Fire Marshal’s office has not released his identity and investigators are looking for a cause.


Crash Arrest

(Old Town) – A weekend crash took out a utility pole on Main Street in Old Town, shutting down the busy street for hours.  Police say Jeffrey Severence of Milford sustained injuries in the crash and an ambulance took him to the hospital.  He’s charged with OUI – police say alcohol and speed were factors in the crash at about 6-o’clock Saturday morning.


Orland Drug Bust


(Orland) – When police peered inside a car beside the road in Orland Saturday, they saw the driver passed out and drug paraphernalia in plain sight.  State Trooper Dana Austin arrested 26-year old Jon Ladd of Medway for drug trafficking.  Searchers found about 10-grams of either fentanyl or heroin in the car, and more than $17-hundred dollars in cash.


Lobsterman Tax Plea

(Stonington) – A Stonington lobsterman will write a $500-dollar check each month for the next 9-years or so after admitting he didn’t file income tax returns.  53-year old Kevin Clough will also have to serve 2-days in jail.  The Bangor Daily News reports Clough admitted he didn’t file state tax returns for 5-years between 2011 and 2015, and owed the state more than $51-thousand dollars.


Bridge Closure

(Camden) – A Camden Street will become a dead end road where a bridge currently stands as the Maine Department of Transportation plans to permanently close the bridge.  Village Soup dot-com reports the Rawson Avenue bridge has deteriorated to the point that it can’t carry light traffic for much longer.  It will close for good on Wednesday.  The DOT will place barricades at both ends of the bridge, and homes on either side of the bridge may only be accessed from connecting streets.  Town officials say they’re looking at options to replace the bridge.


Hancock County Airport


BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) – An airline that stepped in when another company canceled air service is returning to the Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport this summer. Airport manager Brad Madeira says Florida-based Silver Airways’ Saab SF-340B twin-engine aircraft will carry up to 34 passengers in daily trips between Bar Harbor and Boston’s Logan Airport during the busy part of the tourist season. Last May Alaska-based PenAir announced that it wasn’t renewing its contract, but Silver Airways quickly filled the void. The airport has a year-round carrier, Cape Air, but airport officials say it’s important to have extra seats during the busy summer months.


Egg Hunt

(Blue Hill) The 4th annual HOP Egg Hunt and Spring Carnival is coming up Saturday. Blue Hill Heritage Trust puts on the event each year at Blue Hill Town Park. Outreach director Chrissy Allen says this year is bigger and better than ever. The egg hunt is for kids under 12 and kicks off at 10 AM. Children must register for the egg hunt as they arrive at Town Park on Saturday.


Dispatcher Appreciation Week


(Ellsworth) This is National Dispatcher Appreciation Week across the country. In Hancock County, 59-year-old David Brady of Gouldsboro has worked for the Sheriff’s Department and Regional Communications Center since 1981. He’s the senior dispatcher and responsible for ensuring the agency’s compliance when accessing state and federal databases during day to day operations. RCC director Bob Conary says Brady’s experience as both a dispatcher and as a part-time deputy makes him an invaluable source of information and a trusted advisor.


(Ellsworth) As part of National Dispatcher Appreciation week, Star 97-7 is recognizing the folks who answer the 9-1-1 lines and send the radio calls to first responders.  47-year-old Ralston Means of Blue Hill has worked for the Hancock County Regional Communications Center and Sheriff’s Department for 19 years. As the Local Agency Security Officer, Means must make sure information security and personnel access are in accordance with federal requirements. He also administrators the Spillman system which is the extensive computer database which keeps track of everything that happens for law enforcement and fire agencies.


(Ellsworth) It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, or more simply put – Dispatcher Appreciation Week. 38-year-old Erik Fitch has worked for the Hancock County RCC for 15 years. Fitch put in his time as a long- standing night shift dispatcher and recently moved to the day shift. He’s touted as being able to interact well with callers especially in high stress or rapidly escalating situations. RCC director Bob Conary says Fitch also has a great memory for details, names and past events that helps during research for investigations.


Construction Death Lawsuit

(Portland) A home improvement company is charged with manslaughter following the death of a worker who fell off a roof in Portland. Saco-based contractor, Shawn Purvis, faces one count of workplace manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Alan Loignon, his half brother. Police say Loignon fell from a third-floor roof on Dec. 13th.


Company Appeals Fines

(Northport) A Northport-based construction company is appealing safety violation fines imposed by the US Department of Labor following the death of a Belfast man. Village Soup dot-Com reports 55-year-old William Viles died last September when a barn roof collapsed on him. Two other workers were trapped and injured by the debris. The men worked for Suydam and Sons General Contractors, the company hired to do dismantle the barn in Knox. OSHA fined the company more than $13-thousand citing the company for 4-serious violations.


Stabbing Death New Trial

(Portland) The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments last week on whether a Rockport woman convicted for stabbing a man to death should be granted a new trial. Village Soup dot-Com reports 25-year-old Victoria Scott is serving a 12-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2017 death of Edwin Littlefield Junior in Waldo. The defense team says a prosecutor made false statements to jurors during his closing argument that were damaging. Scott maintains that she stabbed Littlefield in self defense; there were no witnesses.


Murder Suspect Held

(Swanville) A judge denied bail for a 22-year-old man from Morrill accused of shooting another man to death last month. WABI-TV reports Austin McDevitt is charged with murdering 26-year-old Shane Sauer of Belfast. Court documents say McDevitt told police he’d been sleeping at his girlfriend’s home in Swanville when he awoke to being punched by her ex-boyfriend, Sauer. McDevitt went outside and says when Sauer came outside too he shot him. On Friday a judge declared McDevitt must remain in jail until his trail.


Lottery Lawsuit

(E. Millinocket) A former East Millinocket woman is suing her son for allegedly mismanaging her $278-million-dollar Powerball jackpot winnings. The Bangor Daily News reports an attorney for 90-year-old Gloria Mackenzie filed a 40-page lawsuit accusing Scott Mackenzie and his investment broker of living off the winnings while poorly investing her money. Her attorney said in the lawsuit that Mackenzie’s winnings should have generated “tens of millions of dollars” in gains after her son hired a Jacksonville investment manager. It’s unclear how much of her winnings remain.


E-Cig Ban

(Augusta) The Maine Senate has voted in support of a proposal to ban electronic smoking devices from schools. The Senate’s approval came Thursday, a day after a committee unanimously supported the measure. The proposal includes banning electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic hookahs and vape pens. The bill will face addition votes in the Senate and the Maine House of Representatives.


Cottontail Cottage Expands

(Cherryfield) A local bunny haven is fundraising to build a bigger facility and help more animals. Formerly known as Cottontail Cottage Rabbit Rescue of Lamoine, the newly renamed Cottontail Cottage Animal Sanctuary is now located on a 50-acre property in Cherryfield. A fundraising effort is underway to build a large pole barn that will house animals from the Maine State Welfare Program. The goal is to get the barn built by mid-summer. For details contact Cottontail Cottage Animal Sanctuary.


Load of Bees


(Hampden) About 2 & a half million bees belonging to local beekeepers arrived in Hampden on Thursday. The bees are Mainers that spend the winter in Florida then return by truck in the spring. Hampden beekeeper Peter Cowin tells WVII-TV that he owns about 150 colonies of bees and began the hobby at age 11. Around 80 beekeepers picked up their bees Thursday. Another shipment is due to arrive in May.



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