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Local News – June 5, 2019

Fentanyl Busts

(Steuben) – Separate drug busts have taken about a pound of Fentanyl off the streets of Eastern Maine.  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97.7 that police seized 228-grams of Fentanyl after watching 65-year old William Smeal of Steuben on Monday.  He had parked his vehicle at a business Monday night, went into a wooded area and returned.  When agents confronted him he had 10-grams of Fentanyl in his pockets along with a gun.  A search of the woods led to a container with another 218-grams of the deadly drug.  He’s charged with aggravated trafficking.  In Bangor, police found 150-grams and $8-thousand dollars in cash in a Florida man’s car.  Victor Arroyo was found slumped behind the wheel of the car in a closed business parking lot.


Rezoning Considered

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Planning Department is proposing a zoning change across from Marden’s to allow for rural housing growth. City officials informed neighboring towns that 115-acres between Douglas Highway and High Street that were zoned ‘commercial’ in 2012 to maximize the potential for retail development are proposed as a residential zone. But an uptick in the demand for single-family homes has prompted the Planning Department to request the rezoning. The Planning Board will consider the request tonight and the City Council will do so on June 17th.


Church Fire Sentence

(Millinocket) A Millinocket man will spend a year in prison for setting 3 fires at a church in his hometown last year. The Bangor Daily News reports 21-year-old Adam Turner pleaded guilty in April to one count each of arson and burglary in a plea agreement with the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Turner broke into the Church of the Nazarene on Forest Avenue last June and caused $60-thousand-dollars in damage. He had no affiliation with the church and there was no clear motive established for the blaze.


School Building Vote


(Stockton Springs) – Voters in Stockton Springs will decide if they want an abandoned, mold filled school building back next week.  RSU 20 has offered the former Stockton Springs Elementary School to both Searsport and Stockton Springs at no cost.  There is about a million dollars worth of mold damage to fix up from years of neglect.  Next Tuesday’s vote does not include any decision on the future use of the property.


Firearm Sentence

(Gardiner) A Gardiner man will spend 2-and-a-half years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Last June, 35-year-old Robert Gay was hired to perform plumbing work at a Scarborough home. While in the basement, Gay found a rifle belonging to the homeowner, stole it, and sold it to someone else. Gay is prohibited from having the rifle because of two felony convictions last year. He was sentenced Tuesday.


Assisted Suicide Bill

(Augusta) Maine’s Legislature has passed a bill to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. The Maine Senate voted Tuesday in favor of the bill, though Governor Janet Mills’ office says she not yet taken a position. The Death With Dignity National Center and the Death With Dignity Political Fund say 7 states have similar laws. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication. It would require a second opinion by a consulting physician, along with one written and two verbal requests. Physicians would screen patients for conditions like depression that could impair judgment.


Development Director

(Winter Harbor) Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has a new Development Director. Kim Kettler of Lincolnville Maine and Truro Massachusetts was appointed for her experience in entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, cultural advocacy, and strategic collaboration. Kettler’s recent successes include the creation of a mission communications plan for a climate change solutions organization.


Murder Mystery Night


(Ellsworth) The Grand auditorium is partnering with the Ellsworth Public Library for Murder Mystery Night. Participants will gather at the library on June 7th to investigate the book stacks for clues and watch video confessions from the suspects to solve the crime. The suspects will be played by local actors performing in The Grand’s production of Clue: The Musical. The prize for solving the murder mystery is 2 tickets to see the show at the Grand on June 21st.


Economic Bond Package

(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills is proposing a $239-million-dollar bond package to spur economic and workforce development, repair aging infrastructure and promote clean energy. Under her proposal, $105 million in transportation funding, $65 million to support the environment and clean energy and $20 million in economic development funding would be put to voters in November. Lawmakers would first have to sign off.



  • Boston Red Sox 8  Kansas City Royals 3 (Eduardo Nunez hit a 3-run homer to break it open)
  • Chris Sale starts against the Royals tonight.
  • Game 3 of the NBA finals between Toronto and Golden State is tonight in California.  Series tied 1-1
High School Baseball Prelims

Class “B” John Bapst 1  MDI 0

Brewer 4 Foxcroft 3

Old Town 2 MCI 1

Medomak Valley 8  Caribou 2

Class “C”

Bucksport 8 Dexter 2

Lee 10 Penquis 0

Class “D” Ft. Fairfield 3  Bangor Christian 2

Penobscot Valley 9 S. Aroostook 1

Katahdin 5  Stearns 0

Softball Prelims

Class “B”  Gardiner 7 Ellsworth 0

Erskine 4  MDI 2

Belfast 4  Foxcroft 0

Hermon 8 Nokomis 0

Oceanside 11 MCI 0

Class “C” – Sumner 13  Houlton 1

Orono 13  Mattanawcook 2

Class “D” – DI/Stonington 16   Jonesport Beals 3

Woodland 13  Central Aroostook 2