(Otis) – The Fire Marshal’s office will look over what little remains of a building in Otis to try to figure out how a fire started yesterday morning. Firefighters got paged to Salisbury Cove Road on the Northwest end of Beech Hill Pond for a report of a building fully ablaze. The closest fire stations in Mariaville and Ellsworth are more than 25-minutes away from the scene, and by the time they arrived, the building was destroyed. No injuries are reported.
(Presque Isle) – Deputies arrested an Aroostook County man without incident last night, 6-days after he was allegedly involved in a shooting in Presque Isle that badly wounded another man. Jason Alexander of Blaine offered no resistance as deputies handcuffed him. State police have not said what role he and two others played in last Monday’s shooting in Presque Isle. The other two, a man from Atlanta and a young woman from Presque Isle, are already in custody.
(Rockland) – A 33-year old Nobleboro man who led police on a pair of high speed chases, one of them while children were in the car, will spend 9-months in jail. The Pen Bay Pilot reports the 2nd chase in May reached speeds of over 100-miles an hour, and two children were in the car that Henry Thompson the 3rd was driving. Police charged him with numerous traffic crimes and a judge sentenced him last week.
Firearms Safety Course
(Columbia) The Pleasant River Fish and Game Association is holding a firearms hunter safety course. Students have the option to do a home-study course or an online course and must pre-register. Two sessions will be held at the Association’s clubhouse on Tibbettstown Road in Columbia tomorrow night from 6 to 9 and this Saturday from 9AM to 4PM. For more information contact the Pleasant River Fish and Game Association.
(Tremont) The Marsh Bridge in Tremont closes to traffic beginning today. The Maine Department of Transportation reports the closure is expected to last 60 days. The bridge is located on Bass Harbor Road and crosses over Marsh Brook. During the partial replacement traffic will be detoured using route 102-A.
Autumn Gold Preview
(Ellsworth) Local chefs and restaurants will whip up their best batches of chowder for the Autumn Gold Chowder Fest. Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce executive director Gretchen Wilson says it’s one of their most popular events and it pays to get your tickets early. Chowder Fest will be held under a big tent in Harbor Park on September 28th from 11:30 to 1.
Lawsuit Against Police
(Dixmont) A Dixmont man is suing police for $120-million-dollars in damages for a standoff that ended with him being shot 3 times and his home destroyed by police explosives. The Bangor Daily News reports 62-year-old Michael Grendell argues that police didn’t wait for a negotiator trained to handle mental health crises and didn’t obtain a proper warrant to use a bomb. Grendell allegedly caused the 20-hour standoff by firing shots at his neighbor then barricading himself in his home.
Final Wheel Auditions
(Bar Harbor) Wheel of Fortune held the final round of local auditions in Bar Harbor. Finalists chosen from the first round of auditions held in Orono a couple months ago gathered last Thursday at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel. Producers say they look for people who can play well under pressure and have a fun personality. Among the potential contestants is Ellsworth American reporter Johanna Billings. WVII-TV reports folks who tried out in Bar Harbor will find out by mail in a couple of weeks if they made it onto Season 37 of Wheel of Fortune.
Heating Oil Prices
(Augusta) A survey indicates Maine’s heating oil prices are dropping to the lowest level in nearly two years. The Governor’s Energy Office says the average statewide cash price for heating oil is now $2.61 per gallon. Kerosene and propane prices have also been at the lowest level since December 2017: $3.26 and $2.48 per gallon, respectively. The office says that overall heating oil prices were 8 to 13% lower than they were in October last year.
(Statewide) Saturday was Maine’s first ever Fall Youth Turkey Hunting Day. Legislation to establish the youth day was sponsored by Representative William Tuell and passed unanimously earlier this year. The regular fall turkey hunting season begins today and runs through November 7th.
Traffic Stop – Drug Arrest
(Old Town) As part of a drug investigation, police pulled over a woman on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town last Thursday. The traffic stop led to the search of an apartment on Whistle Way. Police say they seized crack-cocaine, heroin, and nearly $6-thousand-dollars in drug money. 27-year-old Rachel Cardona was arrested on multiple charges. The investigation continues and police say more charges are likely.
(Buxton) Karma caught up with a driver who tried to elude police in southern Maine then crashed. The chase last Thursday began with Gorham police trying to pull over the motorist, who continued on Webster Road into Buxton and lost control nearly the Flaggy Meadow intersection. No one was injured and the unnamed driver was arrested on the spot.
(Bangor) – A Boston man who allegedly shot a man to death in Bangor goes on trial next week. It happened in January 2018 when 51-year old Israel Lewis’s girlfriend found his body. Police arrested the suspect who goes by the name F Daly who entered a not guilty plea. Daly’s trial begins a week from today. His lawyers say the arrest is based on circumstantial evidence.
(New York) – One of the two men who founded the rock band “The Cars” has died. New York police found 75-year old Rick Ocasek dead yesterday in his Manhattan apartment. The Medical examiner will try to determine how he died. Ocasek and Benjamin Orr founded the Cars in 1976 in Boston. They immediately had hit singles on their first albums with Ocasek singing lead vocals. The Cars were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame last year, and he had been married for 28-years to model Paulinea Porizkova before they split up recently.
- New England Patriots 43 Miami Dolphins 0 (The defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and newly acquired receiver Antonio Brown caught a touchdown pass).
- Boston Red Sox 6 Philadelphia Phillies 3 (Christian Vasquez with two homers including a grand slam)
- Martin Truex wins the NASCAR race in Las Vegas to advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs.
- Towson State trounces the U-Maine football team 45-to-23 Saturday.