Salmon Farm Permit
(Bucksport) – Bucksport’s Planning Board has approved local land use permits for a proposed salmon farm at the former Verso Paper Mill site. WVII-TV reports last night’s vote is contingent upon Whole Oceans obtaining the proper state permits. Company officials say they’re on track to receiving those next month, and groundbreaking could take place shortly thereafter. The proposed salmon raising operation could employ up to 300-people when the project is complete in about 10-years. A Bucksport Planning Board member called the salmon farm an improvement on the paper mill which closed a few years ago and is currently being dismantled.
(York Cty) Veterinarians had to put down a horse in York County after it contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. It’s the first case Maine has seen of the fatal mosquito-borne virus since 2013. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito bites as the virus can also affect humans. The CDC says about one in every three people who are infected with EEE die and many of those who recover experience lasting health problems.
(Pittsfield) The Maine Cheese Guild’s 4th annual Cheese Festival is this Sunday in Pittsfield. Attendees can sample or purchase nationally recognized cheeses from 20 Maine cheese makers. The products are derived from cow, goat, sheep, and buffalo milk. The event features Maine made beer, wine and cider plus entertainment and food trucks will be there. The Cheese Festival runs 11AM to 5 PM at Pittsfield’s Manson Park.
Needles & Drugs
(Trenton) Police arrested two men on drug charges following a single vehicle accident in Trenton. Maine state troopers on Sunday responded to the Bayside Road where a passerby reported the men involved in the crash appeared intoxicated. Further investigation and a vehicle search allegedly turned up 53 needles, a baggie of suspected drugs, and other drug paraphernalia. Troopers took 30-year-old Franklin Avery of Hermon and 33-year-old Louis Lucas of Baileyville to the Hancock County Jail.
Driver Charged & Victim’s ID’d
(Bangor) – A federal judge has ordered a New Jersey man held without bail after he allegedly drove drunk early last Saturday morning in Acadia National Park, and crashed the vehicle, killing the three other occupants. 28-year old Praneeth Manubolu is charged with three counts of manslaughter. Two men and a woman, all from New York City, died in the crash. Rangers say Manubolu was drunk and driving over the posted speed limit on the section of Park Loop Road.
Hunter Pleads Guilty
OXFORD, Maine (AP) – A Western Maine hunter charged with killing a woman he mistook for a deer has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Robert Trundy, of Hebron, entered his plea Tuesday during a hearing in Oxford County Superior Court. The 34-year-old victim, Karen Wrentzel, was digging for gemstones on her property when she was shot in October 2017. Trundy will serve 9-months in jail.
DMX Buys Shoes
(So. Portland) Rapper DMX helped a Maine family with back-to-school purchases. The rapper was in Maine to perform in Westbrook on Saturday when he crossed paths with Nikki Cutchens and her daughter Grace, of Ellsworth, while at the Maine Mall in South Portland. Cutchens tells WABI-TV that she was in line at a shoe store when DMX offered to pay. She said she’s grateful for the act of kindness.
- Minnesota Twins 6 Boston Red Sox 5
- The Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound against the Twins tonight.
- University of Maine Linebacker Deshawn Stevens is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.