(Ellsworth) – A volatile winter and very wet spring have combined to reduce Maine’s strawberry crop. The Ellsworth American reports the rain spring put the crop about 3-weeks later than usual for harvesting. A strawberry expert says the freezing and thawing cycles this past winter also killed a lot of plants. One Blue Hill farmer said he lost about a third of his crop to winter kill.
(Bridgton) – A home invasion in Bridgton left an elderly couple with serious head injuries. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Bridgton police arrested 37-year old Michael Holden in the assault. He’s charged with elevated aggravated assault, burglary and drug possession. He lives about a mile away from the victims’ home. One of the victims, Robert MacDonald, owns MacDonald Motors which has two locations. He and his wife are getting treatment for serious head injuries at a Portland hospital.
Security Director Charged
(Bangor) – The public safety director at Eastern Maine Community College who also works as a deputy with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, faces OUI charges. Police pulled over 55-year old Ruth Doherty Monday night in Bangor. WABI-TV reports Doherty is also charged with driving to endanger and refusing to submit. The Sheriff in Penobscot County says Doherty’s law enforcement commission is suspended pending an internal investigation.
(Bar Harbor) – Excavators tore into a building in Bar Harbor this week to start to make room for a bigger library. WVII-TV reports the Jessup Library purchased the house next door and tore it down this week to make room for expansion and to solve a flooding problem. On several recent occasions flood waters have damaged the library. A trustee says by tearing down the building, the library can hook into the town’s stormwater drainage system, and that should solve the flooding problem.
Death with Dignity Concerns
(Local) With Governor Janet Mills’ signature last month, Maine became the 9th state allowing terminally ill residents to receive a fatal dose of prescription medication to end their lives. The Maine Death with Dignity bill was the third attempt at passing such a measure, but it’s not sitting well with everyone. Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County Executive Director Jody Wolford-Tucker explains there potentially may be unexpected consequences of legalizing physician assisted suicide. The bill requires a patient to be deemed mentally sound by two physicians within a 6 months period of death, and capable of taking the medications themselves. The process also mandates two oral and one written request witnessed by two people and a lengthy waiting period.
(Shirley) Prosecutors say the motive for Monday’s shooting in Shirley stemmed from the suspect believing that the victim was mistreating a relative. They say 24-year-old Christopher Hallowell of Bath was distraught over the way his great grandmother was being treated by family members, which included the victim. WABI-TV reports Hallowell allegedly waited inside a horse barn early Monday and fired a gun at 29-year-old Megan Jennison when she walked in. Hallowell was arrested later that morning at gunpoint in Albion. If he makes bail he’s required to remain at his home in Bath. Jennison continues recovering at the hospital.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth police begin parking enforcing downtown today. Vehicles parked for more than 2 hours in marked spots will be fined $10. The posted streets include State, Water, Main and Franklin Streets, and the lower city hall parking lot. If you want to contest your ticket you’ll need to fill out a Parking Ticket Dispute Form at the Police Department. Then you’ll be notified within 7 business days whether your ticket is upheld or voided. Payment is recommended when filing the dispute claim.
Stabber’s Plea Sticks
(Acton) A judge says a woman charged with murdering her ex-husband in his driveway cannot withdraw her guilty plea. Police charged Kandee Collind with stabbing Scott Weyland in front of their two children during a February 2017 attack in Acton. That killing occurred after she learned a judge awarded Weyland primary custody.
Outdoor Lifetime Achievement Nominees
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. The award honors Mainer’s who are dedicated to the stewardship and wise use of natural resources, and who have been or are active in Maine’s outdoor traditions. Eligible nominees must have hunted, trapped and fished in Maine for a combined total of 40 years. Nominations are due by August 9th. Visit: M E Fish Wildlife dot Com for details.
- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again in a clash of tennis titans. Both won at Wimbledon yesterday and play each other in the semi-finals.
- Former Major League pitcher Jim Bouton has died. In 1970 he authored “Ball Four”, an inside look at baseball that showed an unflattering side of the sport. Bouton was 80.
- The Red Sox season resumes tomorrow at home against the Dodgers.