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Local News – June 4, 2019

Bar Harbor Council

(Bar Harbor) – When Bar Harbor voters cast ballots for town council a week from today, a familiar presence on the council will not appear on the ballot.  Paul Paradis tells the Bangor Daily News that he is not running for the council on which he has served for 13-years.  Four people are running for two seats on the town council, including incumbent Matthew Hochman.  Paradis says he feels like he’s done his town service and it’s time to go.


Explorer Buses


(Trenton) – The free tourist bus Island Explorer system starts running later this month, and a lot of new buses will become part of the fleet.  The Bangor Daily News reports 21-new buses that were due last year finally arrived this spring.  The delay was caused by a testing backup in the Midwest. The new buses will replace buses that have run well beyond their expected useful life.


Student Teacher Arrested

(Camden) – A man serving as a student teacher in the Camden school system faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a student.  21-year old Eben Wight of St. George, served as a student teacher at Camden Hills High School and is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.  The 18-year old student admitted to the relationship with her teacher who graduated last month.  Village Soup dot-com reports that despite the ages of the student and the teacher, teachers are not allowed to have such relationships with students.


Phenology Hike

(Sullivan) Frenchman Bay Conservancy is looking for folks interested in plants who’d like to help researchers understand the effects of climate change our area. Spokesman Austin Schuver says you don’t need to be an expert to participate, you just need to come ready to learn. Participants will meet at Baker Hill Preserve on the Punkinville Road in Sullivan.


Speeding Motorcycle

(Dedham) A motorcyclist felt the wind in his hair and a ticket in his hand when Maine State Police clocked him going 103 miles per hour in a 55-zone. Trooper Dana Austin stopped the biker on Route 1A in Dedham on Friday. 41-year-old Christopher Rowell of Orrington was summonsed for Exceeding the Posted Speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more.


Torch Run


(Ellsworth) Special Olympics Maine is hosting its 50th Summer Games at the University of Maine Orono. This Friday’s Hancock County Torch Run is part of the kick-off. Ellsworth Police Corporal Shawn Merchant is leading the torch run for his second year and says the runners usually keep on schedule. Merchant says drivers in Hancock County should plan for an extra 15 minutes in their commute Friday morning into the early afternoon.


Church $ Theft

(Bangor) A Bangor woman has admitted to stealing almost $7-thousand-dollars from the collection plates at the church where she worshiped. 66-year-old Brenda Dresser pled guilty Monday and a judge sentenced her to 10-days in jail. The Bangor Daily News reports she stole the money from the Columbia Street Baptist Church between 2016 and 2018. The church caught Dresser on camera taking money while handling donations after the service on Easter Sunday last year.


Whooping Cough

(Waldoboro) The principal at Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro sent a letter home to parents Friday notifying them that the Maine CDC is investigating cases of pertussis, or whooping cough. Village Soup dot-Com reports the school is urging parents with symptomatic children to consult a doctor and says those with a severe cough will need medicine and must stay out of school for 5 days during treatment. The notice stated that it IS possible for vaccinated children to become ill.


Jury Selection Begins


(Portland) – Accused cop killer John Williams goes on trial this week for last year’s murder of Somerset County Deputy Eugene Cole.  Attorneys will pick from a pool of 500-jurors in Cumberland County to hear the case against John Williams of Madison.  He’s accused of gunning down Corporal Eugene Cole last year, then leading police on a 4-day manhunt that ended in Norridgewock.  Williams allegedly told investigators he shot Cole because the Corporal had arrested his girlfriend a few days earlier on drug charges.


Woman Driver Charged

(Wiscasset) A Wiscasset woman faces numerous felony charges in connection with a high-speed chase where she nearly hit an officer. The Bangor Daily News reports police officers were parked in the breakdown lane on Main Street in Thomaston late Friday evening when a car driven by Hannah Hewes approached the officers at a high rate of speed as they returned to their vehicles. Thomaston police say Hewes narrowly missed hitting an officer who barely had time to get out of the way. A short pursuit ended with Hewes in custody. Police say she also possessed heroin.


Blueberry Overhaul

(Augusta) The makeup of the commission that promotes Maine’s wild blueberries will change to improve promoting the state’s important agricultural crop. The Legislature approved a proposal to increase the number of members on the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine from 8 to 10 and encourage participation from different sectors of the industry.  Blueberry prices have declined and crops are smaller in recent years.



  • St. Louis Blues 4  Boston Bruins 2 (NHL Championship tied 2-games apiece.)
  • The Red Sox play the Royals in Kansas City tonight.  Eduardo Rodriguez starts for Boston.
  • High School baseball and softball prelims
Baseball Yesterday:

Class “B” – #8 Lawrence 4  #9 Presque Isle 2


#4 Medomak Valley 15  #13 Presque Isle 0