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Local News – May 7, 2019

Animal Neglect

(Sorrento) A Sorrento man who’s banned from owning livestock is now charged with animal neglect for failing to provide necessary medical attention to his injured German shepherd. The Bangor Daily News reports the Maine Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Program received a tip about the injured dog with an infected cut on its leg. A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy issued a summons to 53-year-old Marc Calcia and his wife last Wednesday. Calcia tells the newspaper he was following a veterinarian’s instructions for the dog’s care. Calcia was last cited by the state in January for allegedly keeping 105 animals in filthy conditions at his farm.

 

SW Harbor Town Garage

(Southwest Harbor) – Town officials in Southwest Harbor say the cost for a new town public works garage has started to escalate.  Initially pegged at about $290-thousand dollars, a new garage floor alone is now projected to cost $427-thousand dollars.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the current town garage may not be insurable for much longer.  No final plans are yet set for a new garage.

 

Franky Plea

(Ellsworth) – Two Hancock County men have requested non-jury trials and have pleaded innocent to animal cruelty charges following last summer’s death of a Winter Harbor man’s dog.  The Bangor Daily News reports 23-year old Justin Chipman and 38-year old Nathan Burke appeared in court yesterday.  Both are accused of killing their boss’s dog last summer.  The body washed ashore on beach owned by the District Attorney.  Chipman will go on trial later this month, and Burke next month.

 

Selectman Death

(Searsport) – A long time Selectman in Searsport has died.  Village Soup dot com reports Jack Merrithew died Friday after battling an aggressive cancer.  He was 73-years old.  The Vietnam Veteran served two stints as a Selectman, a total of 15-years.  He was also a member of the Searsport fire department.

 

Suicide Prevention Training

(Ellsworth) A few slots remain open to attend Healthy Acadia’s suicide prevention training. The annual program in Ellsworth begins this Thursday and Friday. Healthy Acadia spokeswoman Tara Young says anyone can benefit from attending the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.  The 2-day workshop is held at LDS Church on Beechland Road in Ellsworth for a suggested donation of $50. Contact Healthy Acadia to register.

 

 

Drug Take-Back Results

(Portland) Drug take-back day in New England on April 27th netted more than 89-thousand pounds of drugs. The US Drug Enforcement Agency reports Massachusetts collected the largest amount of the New England states, bringing in more than 28-thousand-pounds of unused prescriptions and expired medications. Maine was second with over 27-thousand-pounds. Last October during the 16th annual Drug Take-Back Day, the DEA New England collected over 80-thousand-pounds, or 40 tons, of drugs at 613 collection sites throughout New England.

 

School Break-in Arrest

(Rockland) A 26-year-old Rockland man is charged with breaking into South School in April to steal student medications. Village Soup dot-Com reports Brian Burch was arrested Saturday and charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and stealing drugs. He’s held without bail at the Knox County Jail. Burch was convicted and served time for an April 2016 break-in at the same school.

 

Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K

(Ellsworth) The Downeast Family YMCA’s weekend foot race raised $10-thousand-dollars for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society of New England. More than 660 runners and walkers participated in Saturday’s Kinsley Ray Memorial 5K in Ellsworth. The race was in memory of 4-month old Kinsley Ray Archer, who suddenly died in December from a rare form of leukemia. Race t-shirts are still available at the Downeast Family YMCA on State Street.

 

ATV Crash

(Burnham) A Waldo County man suffered life threatening injuries when his ATV struck the rear tire of an ATV in front of him. The Sheriff’s Office reports 48-year-old Gerald Erving was thrown over the handlebars Saturday and landed on Mount Road in Burnham. He was flown to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with life-threatening injuries. Police say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and Erving was not wearing a helmet.

 

Eating Better-Budget

(Ellsworth) An interactive workshop series will teach folks how to eat better on a budget. The program at the Ellsworth Public Library is put on by Healthy Acadia and SNAP-Ed. The class will meet at the library each Wednesday for 4 weeks beginning May 29th. Attendees will learn strategies to cut costs and improve food choices, watch recipe demonstrations, and receive a free cookbook full of healthy recipes. To register, contact Healthy Acadia.

 

MaineBiz on the Road

(Ellsworth) MaineBiz is celebrating its 25th anniversary by visiting 6 Maine communities including Ellsworth. The 2019 “On the Road with Mainebiz” comes to Big Cats Event Center on May 30th from 5 to 7 PM. The event gathers business executives from the area along with Mainebiz staff members for an evening of networking. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, and a cash bar.

 

Farm Census

(Augusta) U.S. census figures indicate Maine lost 10-percent of farmland and 573 farms in the five years ending in 2017. The Bangor Daily News reports that the census numbers released last month show a 15.8 percent decline in average net income per farm. There was some good news – the numbers of small farms – 1 to 9 acres in size – increased slightly as did the number of farms that are larger than 2,000 acres. The census data also shows a 53 percent increase in the value of food sold directly to consumers, such as at farmer’s markets.

 

Kidnapping Charge

(Biddeford) Biddeford police have charged a couple for allegedly of kicking, punching, and threatening a woman with a knife. Police say the victim accompanied them to their Biddeford home. She managed to escape early Sunday, and officers noted that she had bruises on her head and neck, and an eye was swollen shut. 33-year-old Aaron Brown is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault, and 31-year-old Kimberly Vigue-Brown is charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and robbery. Police did not indicate a motive.

 

Fatal Shooting

(Augusta) A Maine man who shot and killed another man outside his West Gardiner house in 2017 is going to prison for 10 years. Derrick Dupont pleaded guilty to manslaughter under an agreement in which a murder charge was dismissed. He was sentenced Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court. His attorney, Pamela Ames, said the judge imposed a 15-year sentence, but suspended a portion of it. James Haskell was shot and killed outside Dupont’s home on June 17, 2017. Police say Haskell was trespassing and threatening the home’s occupants before he was shot multiple times. The judge said Monday that shooting Haskell multiple times and then firing a final shot into his head was not a reasonable use of deadly force for Dupont to defend himself and his property.

Sports

  • Boston Bruins 3  Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (Bruins win NHL Playoff 4-2.  They will face the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final)
  • Milwaukee Bucks 113  Boston Celtics 101 (Milwaukee leads playoff series 3-1)
  • Baltimore Orioles 4  Boston Red Sox 1 (Jonathan Villar hit a grand slam for all of Baltimore’s runs)
  • Tonight, the Sox send Hector Velazquez to the mound against the Orioles
High School Baseball

Hampden 7 Brunswick 2

Ellsworth 15 Washington Academy 0

Brewer 12 Belfast 2

George Stevens 7  DI/Stonington 0

Sumner 12 Narraguagus 1

Central 7 Bucksport 3

Woodland 12 Calais 10

Softball

Hampden 5  Brunswick 3

Ellsworth 21  Washington Academy 0

DI/Stonington 33 George Stevens 14

Central 7 Bucksport 6

Calais 11 Woodland 10

Jonesport Beals 9 Machias 8