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Local News – June 13, 2019

Gouldsboro Chief Resigns

 

(Gouldsboro) – With his job potentially gone in less than 2-weeks, the police chief in Gouldsboro has tendered his resignation.  The Ellsworth American reports Tyler Dunbar resigned yesterday, effective in 2-weeks.  That’s the day after townspeople in Gouldsboro will vote on whether to eliminate the small police department in favor of a contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.  The vote was supposed to have taken place this week, but an error on the town meeting warrant delayed the vote until June 25th.

 

Stockton Springs Manager

(Stockton Springs) – The town manager in Stockton Springs is leaving the job in a few weeks.  Courtney O’Donnell told Selectmen yesterday she’s accepted the manager’s position in the Western Maine town of Casco.  O’Donnell started with Stockton Springs a little more than 3-years ago after serving as a city manager’s assistant in Bangor.  Village Soup-dot-com reports Selectmen in the Waldo County town seemed upset at losing their very popular manager.

 

RSU 24 School Vote

 

(Sullivan) – Voters in RSU 24 have given the go ahead for a new high school to serve the Eastern Hancock County school district.  The RSU’s website reports voters approved the school construction question by a vote of 590-to-173 on Tuesday.  The new school will replace Sumner High School and also house a middle school, freeing up space in the several K-through-8 schools in towns from Eastbrook to Steuben.  Construction should start in late summer or early fall.

 

Lamoine state roads

(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine have told Selectmen the town should not pursue a partnership with the Maine DOT to fix up some poor state roads.  Complaints come in daily about the pothole riddled Routes 184 and 204. In an advisory vote on Tuesday, voters said no to pursuing the partnership plan that would match up to a half-million dollars in local funding with state money to fix up portions of the roads.  The vote against the plan was 68-to-64.

 

 

Guilty Plea – Bank Robberies

(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth man has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks in Bangor within a week of each other. The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97-7 that 27-year-old Timothy Myers admitted to the 2018 crimes while in US District Court Wednesday. Court documents reveal Myers entered a TD Bank branch on December 21st last year, handed the teller a note, then fled with cash. Five days later Myers robbed a Key Bank branch in a similar manner. He now faces up to 20-years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine when he’s sentenced later.

 

Plane Lands Safely

(Trenton) A brief scare for the pilot of a local scenic plane as the aircraft made an emergency landing. Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport manager Bradley Mediera tells Star 97-7 a little after 11 Wednesday morning the pilot reported his plane only had partial power during a routine flight. The airport issued an emergency alert code to first responders in preparation of what may happen when the plane landed. Mediera says the pilot touched down on the runway with no issues and the alert was called off.

 

Missing Person Day

(Augusta) The Office of Chief Medical Examiner will host the state’s first Maine Missing Person Day. More than 133 Mainers are considered missing, most of them from 1965 to current day. Maine law enforcement agencies will conduct a presentation on the resources and practices surrounding missing person cases. Officers will be on hand to talk with the public and collect DNA samples from family members and any other materials needed for missing person cases. Maine Missing Person Day is next Saturday, June 22nd from 10 ‘til 3 at the Augusta Armory on Western Avenue in Augusta.

 

Meningitis Case

(Wiscasset) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a student who attends Wiscasset Middle High School tested positive for meningitis. The Maine CDC reports there is very little risk to the public. However, they are working to notify individuals who may have been exposed to the disease. Symptoms first appear as a flu-like illness and rapidly worsen. The most common symptoms include fever, headache and stiff neck. Classmates, teachers, and staff at the school are not considered close contacts and Maine CDC does not recommend antibiotics for them.

 

Moldy School Ownership

(Stockton Springs) The town of Stockton Springs will become the new owner of a shuttered, moldy elementary school. Now the question is – what to do with it? The Bangor Daily News reports on Tuesday voters in Stockton Springs accepted the former school building that closed 2 years ago. Previous estimates for mold remediation topped $145-thousand-dollars. The school district will officially hand over the school to the town in July. The town manager tells the newspaper that’s when residents will be asked for their input on the next steps. Searsport residents were also offered the building as it served students in their town as well, but Searsport voters rejected taking ownership.

 

Perry’s Nuthouse For Sale

(Belfast) A business that’s been a roadside attraction in Belfast for more than 90 years is up for sale. Perry’s Nut House is reportedly the second largest producer of fudge in Maine, churning out more than 13-thousand-pounds each year. Opened in 1927, Perry’s Nut House is listed for $625-thousand-dollars. The property on US1 includes 3 retail units and 2 apartments.

 

Ellsworth Elections

(Ellsworth) Less than 5-percent of registered voters in Ellsworth went to the polls Tuesday. Regardless, voters passed the school budget, which is up nearly 8-percent over last year for an overall figure of $23-point-Oh-6 million-dollars. That includes adult education and state funding. Residents also chose to continue the budget validation referendum process in Ellsworth for an additional three years.

 

Turner Fatal Crash

(Turner) State police say a man who was seriously injured when his van overturned in Turner has died. The crash killed 68-year-old Robert Konieczko of Kingfield. Police say he died overnight in a hospital following the crash Tuesday. Police are still investigating to determine why he lost control of the van.

 

Recreational Pot Rules

(Augusta) Maine’s rules governing the sales of recreational marijuana are facing a potentially pivotal vote by a legislative committee. The state has provisionally adopted the marijuana rules, and the Maine Legislature is in the process of turning them into state law. The state Committee on Veterans & Legal Affairs must vote on the proposal before it goes to the full Legislature. The committee met to consider the proposal on Tuesday, but did not cast a vote.

 

Sports

 

  • St. Louis Blues 4  Boston Bruins 1  (Blues win Stanley Cup)
  • Boston Red Sox 4  Texas Rangers 3 (Mookie Betts walked with the bases loaded in the 9th inning for the win)
  • David Price will start against the Rangers tonight
High School Baseball – Regional Finals

(B) Ellsworth 9  Hermon 5

(C) Orono 3  Fort Kent 2 (8-innings)

Softball

(C) Dexter 3  Narraguagus 2

(D) Penobscot Valley 6  Stearns 1