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Local News – May 15, 2019

Augusta Drug Bust


(Augusta) – Three handguns, a rifle, $450-dollars in cash and 31-grams of Fentanyl.  That’s the haul from a pair of drug raids at an Augusta apartment building.  Police tell Star 97.7 they charged 22-year old Keith Holmes of New York with drug trafficking and 26-year old Douglas Krajewski of Augusta with illegal drug possession.


Parking Enforcement – Bar Harbor


(Bar Harbor) – The new parking meters in Bar Harbor were supposed to start working today.  It’s going to be another week.  Workers have installed parking meters all along the most popular parking streets in town.  Last week town councilors changed some of the parking rules, allowing for 4-hour parking instead of two.   Some residents have complained about the parking changes, calling it a deterrent to tourism.


Overbilling charge

(Thomaston) – A 51-year old Thomaston woman is accused of bilking the state by over billing for mental health services she provided.  Village Soup dot-com reports Laurie Ryan is charged with forgery and theft by deception for bills that her agency sent to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Her lawyer denies the charges.  DHHS says Ocean Way Mental Health sent bills for more than $450-thousand dollars than it should have.


Bank Expansion

(Machias) Machias Savings Bank will expand its home office with a new facility. During Monday’s ground breaking ceremony at 31 Main Street in Machias, Bank President Larry Barker said the new $5-million-dollar facility will allow them to add 50 employees over the next decade. Machias Savings Bank has 16 branches throughout the state stretching from Caribou to Portland. It’s currently the second largest mutual savings bank in Maine.


Nat’l Prevention Week – Wednesday

(Ellsworth) National Substance Abuse Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May. Today’s topic is Preventing Youth from Illicit Drug and Marijuana Use. Healthy Acadia spokeswoman Tara Young says if parents aren’t sure how to talk to their kids about these subjects, there are helpful resources.

Maple Syrup

(Local) Maple syrup season fell a little flat this year, but consumers won’t notice much of a difference on store shelves. That’s according to University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathy Hopkins. The 2019 maple season started quite late compared to recent years. Hopkins lays out the highs and lows of the season. Hopkins says the northern part of Maine did well enough this season to compensate for other sections of the state that saw a shorter maple syrup season.


Cancer Fundraiser

(Bar Harbor) Pirates Cove Adventure Golf in Bar Harbor will transform into a fundraising party where teams will compete for prizes and the title of Most Awesome Mini Golfers. All money raised stays local to support cancer funds and patient services at MDI Hospital’s Oncology Department. Registration begins Saturday morning at 8:30 with a shotgun start at 9. For details contact the Bar Harbor Rotary Club.


Dog Custody

(Augusta) A bitter custody battle in Maine focuses not on a child but on a dog. 25-year-old Jessica Sardina is seeking visitation rights, and is asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to issue an advisory opinion regarding pet ownership when a relationship fizzles. Maine law allows a judge to order married couples to share custody of animals, but that standard doesn’t apply to unmarried couples splitting up. Sardina’s appeal challenges the notion that pets are simply property. A judge ruled that Sardina’s former boyfriend is the dog’s owner because his signature appeared on adoption papers.


Bed Intruder

(York) Police say a Florida man broke into a home and crawled into bed with an 11-year-old girl before fleeing in York. 31-year-old Claudio Pinto, of Miami, faces charges of burglary and assault following his arrest early Monday. York police say the girl was unharmed and her parents were at home at the time. Using her description of the suspect, officers quickly found Pinto outside a nearby hotel. Police said he had no explanation for his actions.



(Augusta) A bill to require Maine’s Medicaid program and private insurers to cover abortion by 2020 is moving ahead in the state’s Legislature. The Senate voted 19-16 Tuesday in favor of the bill, which exempts religious employers. The House previously voted 79-63. Governor Janet Mills’ administration backed the bill, which still faces procedural votes.




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