Driver Charged   (Bar Harbor) – The sole survivor of an early morning accident in Acadia National Park is due in Bangor Federal Court today to face three manslaughter counts.  The Bangor Daily News reports Park Rangers arrested Praneeth Manubolo at the scene of the crash he reported early Saturday morning on the Park Loop […]

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Local News – September 3, 2019

Driver Charged

 

(Bar Harbor) – The sole survivor of an early morning accident in Acadia National Park is due in Bangor Federal Court today to face three manslaughter counts.  The Bangor Daily News reports Park Rangers arrested Praneeth Manubolo at the scene of the crash he reported early Saturday morning on the Park Loop Road.  The Park Service has not released the names of the three people killed in the crash.  Manubolo and his friends had allegedly been drinking in Downtown Bar Harbor before the crash.  He said his friends asked him to drive and he failed to make a curve and hit a tree.  Rangers say the vehicle was going much faster than the 25-mile an hour speed limit when it crashed.

 

HCTC Renovation

(Ellsworth) – There is no question the current Hancock County Technical Center is too small for its current student body.  There is no classroom for the culinary arts program, diesel trucks won’t fit inside the garage for that program.  The Ellsworth based school serves all of Hancock County, and the Ellsworth American reports construction and renovation could cost $30-million dollars.   City officials approved spending $150-thousand dollars to conduct a feasibility study in May, but they’ve yet to hire a consultant.  A committee is drawing up a request for proposals to hire out the project.

 

Motorcycle Fatal

(Millinocket) – A 27-year old woman is dead after she lost control of her motorcycle early yesterday morning and crashed in Millinocket.  WABI-TV reports Haley Smith, who was originally from Utah, died at the scene on the Medway Road.  Police got the 9-1-1 call at about 2-o’clock in the morning.   Smith’s bike crashed on a curve.

 

Passy Pete

 

(Belfast) – A live lobster has reportedly predicted an early winter for the Belfast area.  In a ceremony somewhat similar to the Groundhog Day ceremony in Punxatawny Pennsylvania, the crustacean dubbed “Passy Pete” picked a scroll when for a second year in a row projected that the winter season would hit early.   Organizers of the event beside the Passagassawaukeag River say the lobster named “Pete” has never been wrong in the 5-or-so years they’ve been doing the Labor Day Ceremony.

 

Suspicious Death

(Leeds) State police say the death of a man whose body was found in Leeds during the weekend is suspicious. Fingerprints and a family member confirmation identified 31-year-old Nadi Hagi-Mohamed of Minnesota. He had been arrested on cocaine charges in Rochester, Minnesota in mid-July and had recently relocated to Lewiston-Auburn. The State Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy Sunday, but Mohamed’s cause of death is not being released. A couple riding an ATV discovered the body Saturday off the Bernie Hartford Road in Leeds.

 

Benefit Golf Tournament

(Orrington) Healthy Acadia will host the 2nd annual Swing for Success golf tournament at Rocky Knoll Golf Course in Orrington. The charity tournament benefits Healthy Acadia’s Downeast Recovery Support Fund. Nurse anesthetist Laura Look tells Star 97-7 that her organization is proud to support this event once again. Swing for Success is September 14th. For details or to donate visit: M E A N A dot Org.

 

Pedestrian Hit – ID’d

(Bangor) Bangor Police are still investigating an accident that left a pedestrian with injuries. The crash on Hammond Street occurred near the Court Street intersection where a small SUV struck 61-year-old Irene Larrabee of Bangor. She was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment. Police shut down that area of Hammond Street on Sunday. So far no charges for the Bangor man who struck Larrabee.

 

Maine Labor

(Portland) Federal data suggests the labor market in Maine’s urban areas is growing tighter. Maine Public reports preliminary figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show the July unemployment rate in the Bangor metro area saw a three-tenths of a percent drop to 2.5%. Maine’s statewide unemployment rate has been below 4% for over three years. Some businesses say they’re having trouble finding enough workers. Officials warn the shortage could persist with baby boomers reaching retirement age.

 

Agricultural Fairs

(Local) Labor Day means Maine’s unofficial summer season is winding down. But the agriculture fair season will continue into October. The Windsor Fair and Blue Hill Fair wrapped up on Labor Day. However the Oxford Fair, Farmington Fair, Common Ground Fair, Cumberland Fair, and the biggest of them all, the Fryeburg Fair, are still coming up in September and early October.

 

Sports

 

  • The Red Sox send Rick Porcello to the mound at Fenway Park as the Sox take on the Minnesota Twins.
  • The Yankees got shut out 7-0 by Texas yesterday – the first time this season New York has not scored a run.
  • The Portland Sea Dogs have ended their season with an 8-7 loss to New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
  • The Patriots are getting ready for their regular season opener Sunday Night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.