I-95 Fatal Crash (Lincoln) – A Medway man faces drug possession charges after an accident on Interstate 95 that killed his wife.  State Police arrested 31-year old Joshua Bell after he left Eastern Maine Medical Center following last Friday’s fatal crash near Lincoln.  Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that they found heroin and […]

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Local News – August 13, 2019

I-95 Fatal Crash

(Lincoln) – A Medway man faces drug possession charges after an accident on Interstate 95 that killed his wife.  State Police arrested 31-year old Joshua Bell after he left Eastern Maine Medical Center following last Friday’s fatal crash near Lincoln.  Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that they found heroin and methamphetamine at the crash scene.  36-year old Stephanie Bell died in the crash after she was thrown from the truck that rolled over.  She was not wearing a seat belt.

Bar Harbor Public Works Director

(Bar Harbor) – The Public Works director in Bar Harbor is leaving in a couple of weeks.  Chip Reeves is going to take a job with a private sector engineering firm.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Reeves has worked for Bar Harbor for the past 23-years.  During that time he helped head up the Municipal Review Committee which manages solid waste for more than 100-communities that once sent trash to the PERC plant in Orrington and has constructed the new Fiberight plant that will go on line in the next few days in Hampden. 

Ellsworth Planner

(Ellsworth) – The Town of Bucksport will start looking for a new tax assessor after the current assessor takes over the planning department in Ellsworth.  Jef Fitzgerald has held the assessing post for many years in Bucksport, having come to the community from Ellsworth’s planning and assessing department.  The Ellsworth job opened up after planner Michele Gagnon took a similar post in Bar Harbor and her assistant Steve Fuller followed her to that office.

Arson Sentence

(Rockland) – A Teenager from South Thomaston will spend 9-months in jail after pleading guilty to arson for a fire this past May.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports Hendrix Hallowell had broken into a garage in Rockland looking for a place to sleep.  Hallowell told investigators he and a 17-year old were in the garage when the juvenile was playing with a lighter and ignited a piece of foam.  The property owner didn’t realize the garage was on fire until firefighters showed up and got her out of her house.

Horse-Wagon Injuries

(Clinton) Four people suffered injuries in what police call a “freak accident” between a horse-drawn carriage and a car. It happened Sunday evening in Clinton. The Portland Press Herald reports two horses went out of control while pulling the wagon and its driver Water Street. The wagon hit a car, then struck a utility pole. Life flight flew one person to a hospital in critical condition; the others suffered less serious injuries. Police continue to investigate what spooked the horses.

New Traffic Signs

(Somesville) Speeding complaints in the village of Somesville have prompted the town of Mount Desert to move forward with plans to install two speed display signs on Route 102. The Mt Desert Islander reports the permanent signs will be mounted facing north and south. The town will also buy a trailer to mount a solar-power speed display and data collection sign given to the police department by the Maine DOT. Moving the sign around town would allow authorities to determine where the problem areas are.

Softball Dugout Vandalism

(Winterport) – The new softball field dugouts and some of the playground equipment at Abbot Park in Winterport sustained vandalism damage Friday evening or early Saturday morning. Anyone that has any information related to the vandalism is asked to contact the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department.

Commanding Officer Fired

(So. Portland) The U.S. Coast Guard says the commanding officer of a cutter that is home-ported in Maine has been relieved of his duties. The Coast Guard says Chief Warrant Officer J.L. Horne was removed on Aug. 7th. A statement from the Coast Guard says the decision was made “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.”

MPUC Grant

(Hallowell) A federal grant will help the state of Maine improve 9-1-1 location information. The Maine Public Utilities Commission reports to Star 97-7 they’ve received a grant for more than $680-thousand-dollars to upgrade the statewide emergency system. Maine is one of 34 states to receive federal funding to advance the development of next generation 9-1-1 systems.

Any-Deer Permit Lottery

(Augusta) The deadline is nearing to enter Maine’s any-deer permit lottery. Applications are only accepted by online submission and must be completed before midnight on August 15th. The drawing will be held September 6th and results will be posted on the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s website. It’s free to apply; just visit: M E Fish Wildlife dot Com.

Sports

  • Cleveland Indians 6  Boston Red Sox 5 (Sox had tied the game in the 9th inning but Carlos Santana walked off with a home run in the bottom of the 9th.
  • The Sox send Chris Sale to the mound against the Indians tonight.
  • The Sea Dogs were off last night.  They play in Hartford tonight.
  • Husson University has hired Chris Morris as its new baseball coach, replacing Jason Harvey who resigned a few weeks ago.