(Prospect) – The 400-foot tall tower at the Prospect end of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge won’t reopen for a while. The Maine Department of Transportation reports to Star 97.7 that it’ll be several weeks before the public can go up the elevator for a wide panoramic view. A fire suppression system has failed. The DOT says they hope to be reopened by Memorial Day.
(Castine) – The Maine Maritime Academy training ship will set out on its summer voyage this week. The school tells Star 97.7 that the State of Maine will depart Castine on Wednesday afternoon. During its trip the ship will stop in Spain, England, Estonia, Norway and Boston. Students boarded the ship yesterday for pre-sailing preparation. Captain Brendan McAvoy will guide the ship this summer after serving as the chief mate on the State of Maine for 22-years.
(Swanville) – A judge has ruled evidence against a Swanville farmer can be used at trial. Village Soup dot-com reports Jerry Ireland’s lawyer wanted all evidence gathered under a search warrant at his farm tossed out at trial because the state had no probable cause to search the complex. A judge ruled in the state’s favor. Ireland is accused of inhumanely killing a dozen pigs. Ireland, who is a founder of United Farmers Veterans, says he was being harassed by local vegans who oppose raising animals for food.
Downeast Correctional Facility Rebuild
(Augusta) Maine will build a new pre-release center on the grounds of a former minimum-security prison under an agreement struck by the governor and local lawmakers. Governor Janet Mills’ announcement Friday follows a showdown over the future of a minimum-security prison that began when former Governor Paul LePage emptied the prison last spring. The 150-bed prison lost funding last summer and has long faced shutdown efforts. Supporters said it provided jobs and prison labor. The pre-release center will house up to 50 minimum-security prisoners and employ 15 staff. Maine approved a 2016 bond to help fund a pre-release center in Washington County.
BIG Drug Raid
(Ellsworth) – A massive police coordination ended with nearly 2-dozen drug arrests in Hancock and Washington Counties. At least 8-of the drug dealing suspects are from New York State. The US Attorney’s Office tells Star 97.7 that agents raided homes in Jonesport, Sullivan and Beals Island last Thursday night, seizing crack cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and other drug relative items. Most of the people arrested face drug trafficking charges, facing up to 20-years in prison and million dollar fines.
(Biddeford) A Biddeford man is charged with selling crack cocaine after allegedly selling drugs to undercover agents in a designated safe zone. 65-year-old Reginald Gilbert was allegedly observed selling drugs within a thousand feet of a school in Saco. Last Wednesday agents searched Gilbert’s Bacon Street apartment and his vehicle where they found 21 grams of cocaine. He was taken to the York County Jail where bail was set at $10-thousand-dollars.
Street Fight Arrests
(Bangor) Bangor police were called to a street fight where a New Hampshire man allegedly stole a vehicle and then hit someone with it. 26-year-old Alexander Coronado was denied entry into a downtown bar last Thursday for lack of identification. His friends reportedly asked him to stay with their vehicle until they returned. After leaving the bar, the group discovered the vehicle was missing and then saw Coronado driving it down Main Street. He eventually stopped and reportedly got into a heated argument then allegedly backed the vehicle into someone. The victim was treated at a local hospital. Coronado faces numerous charges.
Pet Supply Drive
(Bar Harbor) Bar Harbor Bank and Trust is hosting their first annual Pet Supply Drive today through May 31st. Collection boxes are set up at their 50 bank branches across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. No cash donations are being accepted as the drive aims to collect unopened pet food, litter, cleaning supplies, new toys and bedding. The pet drive benefits local, non-profit animal shelters and humane societies.
(Bar Harbor) An anti-bullying workshop will teach kids active listening skills and empathy while using comic improvisation. Kids ages 8 to 12 are welcome at the YWCA in Bar Harbor this Saturday from Noon to 1, then there’s an afternoon workshop for adults. This anti-bullying workshop is provided by the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club and will be taught by Criterion director Amy Roeder.
(Augusta) Maine wildlife authorities say they’ve already received 38 complaints this spring about nuisance bears, mostly in Ellsworth, Blue Hill, Kennebunkport and Arundel. Folks have reported that bears knocked over bird feeders, pawed through trash, and stole from pet food dishes. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is asking homeowners to remove outdoor items that attract bears, such as grills and unsecured garbage cans.
- Boston Red Sox 9 Chicago White Sox 2 (Xander Bogaerts had a grand slam, Rick Porcello picked up the win)
- Red Sox play the Orioles tonight. Boston has not named a starting pitcher yet
- The Sea Dogs and Binghamton Rumble Ponies split a double header yesterday.
- The Celtics play the Bucks in game 4 of the NBA playoff in Boston tonight. Milwaukee leads 2-1.
- The Bruins can close out their playoff with a win over Columbus tonight in Ohio. Boston leads the series 3-games-to-2.