(Glenburn) – A 37-year old Glenburn man faces numerous charges after he allegedly put a car in gear and drove away while a Penobscot County Deputy was trying to arrest him. The Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that Deputy Steve Boyd suffered minor injuries as he tried to arrest Brandon Harvey. Boyd had recognized Harvey, who had outstanding warrants, as a passenger in a car parked at a Glenburn convenience store. A woman and two children exited the car and while the deputy was trying to handcuff an uncooperative Harvey, the suspect slid into the passenger seat and started the vehicle with the deputy partially dangling outside. Deputy Boyd was able to get one cuff on Harvey and the other on the steering wheel before Harvey stopped the car.
(Rockport) – A veteran town manager will take the helm in the Midcoast town of Rockport in August. Town councilors last night picked William Post as the new manager to take over from Rick Bates who is retiring. Post is currently the town manager in Bowdoinham and previous managed in Waldoboro, Damariscotta and two other communities.
(Undated) – Today is Election Day for lots of Maine towns. Many communities will see school budget validation votes held – several will also ask if voters want to continue the two step process of approving school budgets by continuing the validation vote following an open meeting approval of the school budget. Some communities have extra questions on the ballot. RSU 24 voters will decide whether to build a new middle and high school to replace Sumner High School. Stockton Springs voters will decide whether to accept its old and mold filled school building back from RSU 20. Lamoine voters will advise Selectmen whether the town ought to pursue a program with the Maine DOT where the town would pay up to a half million dollars to repair state highways.
Crime Spree Update
(Trenton) Authorities say a Machias area man started fires in Washington County, tied up a woman and stole her pickup truck, then led police on a high speed chase into Hancock County before his arrest Sunday. State Fire Marshal Sergeant Joel Davis arrested 21-year-old James Berube at gunpoint at Dysart’s Moose Crossing store in Trenton. Berube was hiding in the store when Sgt Davis stopped in to buy a soda. Berube had ditched the stolen truck about 3 miles away near the Trenton IGA on Route 3. He’s charged with arson, burglary and aggravated assault in Washington County and several other charges following the chase in Hancock County.
Body in Car
(Holden) – Still no public identification of a body found in a car at a Holden church. Police got a call Friday afternoon that a person had discovered the body inside a vehicle parked at the Holden Congregational Church. They sent the body to the Medical Examiner’s office for identification and to determine how the person died.
(Waterford) Game wardens say they have located human remains while searching for a man who has been missing since last fall. The remains were found in a wooded area in Waterford on Sunday while the wardens were searching for evidence about the disappearance of 50-year-old Ricky Lee Howard. Howard was last seen near his Waterford home on Oct. 5 of last year. The State Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the remains.
Illegal Campsite Fire
(Acadia National Park) – Park Rangers and firefighters were able to put out a small grass fire at the base of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia national park last week, and say the blaze started at an illegal campsite. The Park Service has identified a person of interest in the blaze that scorched about a fifth of an acre. Investigators say they’ve discovered three illegal campsites and remind visitors there are plenty of legal camping areas both inside the park and in the vicinity.
John Williams’ Trial
(Portland) A prosecutor says a Madison man angry over his girlfriend’s arrest and facing jail himself seized an opportunity to shoot a deputy who slipped and fell during an attempted arrest. Prosecutors told jurors Monday that John Williams coldly placed the gun against Corporal Eugene Cole’s neck before pulling the trigger. Williams’ defense lawyer argues he was suffering from sleep deprivation, heavy drug use, and only wanted to avoid going to jail – not to intentionally kill anyone. Williams is charged with murder in the April 25, 2018 killing in Norridgewock.
(Lamoine) Construction work replacing and repairing culverts in Lamoine will cause minor traffic delays. The project began Monday on the Buttermilk Road between Jordan River Road and just west of Birchlawn Drive. The road may be closed briefly at times and motorists may want to seek an alternate route.
Elver Fishing Numbers
(Portland) The final numbers for Maine’s lucrative baby eel fishing season show fishermen had a strong harvesting year. The season ended on June 7th. The state announced today that the industry pulled in $20-point-1-million-dollars this year – that’s the fourth-highest total in state history. Elvers are sold to Asian aquaculture companies to be raised to maturity. A Department of Marine Resources spokesperson says the numbers will remain preliminary until an audit is completed after the end of the year.
Whoopie Pie Theft
(Skowhegan) Vandals stole 120 whoopie pies from a booth at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. The suspects also drank a half a gallon of iced tea and littered the floor with plastic gloves and silverware. Skowhegan Lions Club director John Youney tells the Morning Sentinel there’s about $1,000 worth of damage or stolen goods from their booth. The group discovered the break-in at their booth Sunday morning and believes it occurred overnight Saturday. Youney says whoever’s involved can confess and work off their crime by assisting the club with its volunteer work.
- Texas Rangers 4 Boston Red Sox 3 (11 innings, Sox blow lead in 9th inning)
- The Sox will face the Rangers again tonight.
- Former Sox slugger David Ortiz is reportedly flying back to Boston for more treatment for a gunshot wound suffered at a bar on Sunday in the Dominican Republic. The bullet damaged Ortiz’s intestines, liver and gall bladder.
- NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors 106 Toronto Raptors 105 (Toronto leads series 3-2). Golden State Star Kevin Durant went down with a likely Achilles heel injury.
- High School baseball and softball Eastern Maine Championships are today, winners will play in the state finals Saturday.