Gouldsboro Leadership (Gouldsboro) – Town leaders in Gouldsboro have yet to replace the town manager who leaves in less than two weeks.  The Ellsworth American reports the town has also not yet begun to search for a police chief.  Town manager Sheri Cox steps down officially on August 12th.  She gave 2-months notice in June.  […]

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Local News – August 2, 2019

Gouldsboro Leadership

(Gouldsboro) – Town leaders in Gouldsboro have yet to replace the town manager who leaves in less than two weeks.  The Ellsworth American reports the town has also not yet begun to search for a police chief.  Town manager Sheri Cox steps down officially on August 12th.  She gave 2-months notice in June.  She says the town has promoted one of its part time police officers to be a Sergeant to give access to supervisory functions in the police computer system.  The town voted overwhelmingly to retain its police force in June, days after police chief Tyler Dunbar resigned.

Bus Driver Shortage

(Bar Harbor) – Across Maine, there is a shortage of school bus drivers.  Same story for the schools on Mt. Desert Island.  High School Principal Matt Haney tells the Mt. Desert Islander that they have only two bus drivers on board to drive the schools 5-buses to extra curricular activities.  The other schools on the island bring students to and from school.  Haney says the adult education program has started a school bus driver course.  Bus drivers must pass a physical, several written exams, and a driving exam. 

Blue Hill Fun Run

(Blue Hill) The 11th annual Blue Hill Fun Run is tomorrow, hosted by the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Executive director Lori Sitzabee says it’s an exciting day for the area. Registration opens at 7:30 tomorrow morning at Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. The first race begins at 8:15.

Dollar General Burglary  

(Pembroke) – A Washington County store closed down after burglars caused a lot of damage.  The Dollar General in Pembroke sustained damage early Thursday. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports an alarm at the Route 1 store went off before 2 AM Thursday. When deputies arrived they discovered the front door had been smashed and it appeared the suspect only took a significant amount of cigarettes. Police continue investigating and trying to determine who’s responsible.

Clothing Fire Charge

(Milford) A Milford man is out on bail after police arrested him for allegedly torching his ex-girlfriends belongings. 26-year-old Justin Loring is charged with Aggravated Criminal Mischief. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says on Tuesday, Loring lit his ex’s clothing, shoes, and backpack on fire at his Main Road home while she was away.

Assault Charge

(Bangor) – Bangor police have charged two adult teen-agers with attacking a transient on the city’s waterfront.  Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that they’ve charged 18-year old Liam Geaghan of Brewer and 19-year old Benjamin Gilliland of Bangor with assault.  They’ve also charged a juvenile in another assault that was recorded and posted to Facebook.  Betters says they’re sill trying to identify another person shown on that video.

Fatal Motorcycle Crashes

(Easton/Saco) State Police say an Easton man died Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a minivan on Route 10 in Easton. The victim is 62-year-old Vance Smith. Troopers say Smith’s motorcycle was passing a vehicle as it made a right turn, but that vehicle was following a minivan that was making a left-hand turn. As Smith passed the first vehicle, he slammed into the minivan, was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene. It was the second motorcycle death in Maine that day. Saco Police say a moped operator died when his machine struck a boat that was parked along a street. Sixteen people have now died this year in motorcycle crashes. 

ME in Cartoon

(Brooklyn) Maine is in another cartoon. The DC Universe streaming service features a Maine town in an animated show called “Young Justice.” In the latest season, the teen superhero team has run into legal problems in Brooklyn, Maine. In the show Brooklyn is threatened by an alien invasion, and the local laws that prohibit vigilantes from operating in the town limits. The town sheriff overrules the law, arguing that the actions fall within the guidelines of the town’s Good Samaritan laws, which protected people from illegal actions in the name of a greater good. “Young Justice” can only be watched on the DC universe streaming platform. 

Fire Dept Auction

(Lamoine) The annual Lamoine Fire Department Auction is this evening inside the Lamoine School Gym. The department reports they’ve received a lot of donated items including gift certificates and services. It’s recommended you get there early. The preview and silent auction begin at 5 and bidding starts at 6PM.

Mex Ownership

(Ellsworth) – A long time Mexican restaurant in Downtown Ellsworth has new owners, but they’re well familiar with the operation.  A company called Abraham’s Creamery of Newport has purchased the Mex from Bruce Wardwell who owned the eatery since 1983.  One of the new owners is Wardwell’s daughter Kaili. Wardwell’s other business is a goat farm and creamery and she said she plans to infuse goat dairy products into the Mex cuisine.

Sports

  • The Tampa Bay Rays completed a series sweep against the Red Sox, winning 9-to-4
  • The Sox take on the Yankees tonight.  Eduardo Rodriguez will start for Boston.
  • Portland Sea Dogs 4  Richmond Flying Squirrels 3