Propane Explosion   (Farmington) – A fire captain is dead and six other firefighters, including Farmington’s fire chief are hospitalized after a building exploded in Farmington yesterday morning.  The LEAP home, a non-profit group that serves people with developmental disabilities, called 9-1-1 to report a propane smell.  A maintenance worker evacuated the building and returned […]

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Local News – September 17, 2019

Propane Explosion

 

(Farmington) – A fire captain is dead and six other firefighters, including Farmington’s fire chief are hospitalized after a building exploded in Farmington yesterday morning.  The LEAP home, a non-profit group that serves people with developmental disabilities, called 9-1-1 to report a propane smell.  A maintenance worker evacuated the building and returned with firefighters when it blew up.  Jocelyn Kelly with the Farmington police department says the explosion was felt for miles around

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Dead is 68-year old Michael Bell, a 30-year member of the Farmington Fire Department.  His brother Terry is the fire chief and is hospitalized along with 5-other firefighters and the maintenance man.  The Fire Marshal’s office and federal ATF bureau are investigating.

 

(Farmington) – A tragedy in Farmington as an explosion left one firefighter dead, and six others injured.  It happened at a facility that helps people with developmental disabilities yesterday morning when a maintenance worker smelled propane gas.  Lisa Charles worked at the LEAP facility and said a maintenance supervisor helped get everyone out of the building before it exploded. Dead is fire captain Michael Bell who was 68-years old.  His brother, fire chief Terry Bell is among the

 

Double Fatal

 

(Howland) – Two people are dead after a single vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Howland yesterday afternoon.  It happened at mile 217 in the northbound lane.  State Police report to Star 97.7 that the vehicle’s driver was thrown from the wreck and died at the scene. One of two passengers inside the vehicle also died.  Investigators did not immediately release names and the crash remains under investigation.

 

Doctor Arrested

(Jackman)  – State and Brewer police have arrested a 65-year old former doctor from Jackman for sexual assault or contact with pre-teen boys.  Gerald Keenan faces 21-counts related to sexual contact with two under-aged boys while he was a doctor in Jackman in the late 1990s.  Police arrested him in Louisiana earlier this year.  He’d been out on bail when he was arrested in Brewer on Friday following an indictment from the Somerset County Grand Jury.

 

Shotgun Possession

(Trenton) A Trenton man admits he shot a short-barreled shotgun on more than one occasion. 33-year-old Brian Jordan pled guilty Monday to possessing an unregistered firearm with a barrel length of less than 10 inches. Federal law prohibits the possession of a weapon made from a shotgun, if the modified weapon has a barrel less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, unless that weapon is registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The shotgun Jordan possessed was not registered to him.

 

Nat’l Preparedness Month

(Augusta) National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning. Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Faloon says this week’s theme is Youth Planning. Faloon says preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation during dinner.

 

Store for Sale

 

(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth institution that’s well known to locals is on the market. Mike’s Country Store on Water Street is for sale for the second time in 122 years. The current owners are willing to continue working until the new buyer is comfortable running the grocery store and redemption center. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate lists the property at just under $270-thousand-dollars.

 

Old Bank Torn Down

(Ellsworth) An excavator tore into the former First National Bank building on High Street in Ellsworth. Maine Coast Mall posts on Facebook that big changes are happening on the Mall property as they prepare to welcome a new tenant, which they have not identified. Mall officials say the business will offer something new that is not currently offered at the mall. The new First National Bank building opened on Beechland Road a few months ago.

 

Reckless Conduct

(Vinalhaven) A Vinalhaven man was locked up for allegedly firing a gun at an occupied pickup truck. Village Soup-dot Com reports a Knox County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the island early this morning. Witnesses reported 26-year-old Dorian Ames was heavily intoxicated and had a verbal and physical altercation at a residence. Ames left and allegedly said he was going to get a gun. The other person involved in the fight and a woman also left, but Ames found their truck later. The woman told Ames that the man was not in the vehicle but Ames allegedly shot the gun anyway, striking the vehicle. He faces numerous charges and was held on $2-thousand-dollars cash bail.

 

 

Sports

  • The Red Sox were idle last night.  They host the San Francisco Giants tonight, including Carl Yastrzemski’s grandson Michael.
  • Monday Night Football:  Cleveland Browns 23  NY Jets 3
  • Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season for the Steelers after injuring his throwing arm.  Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is expected to miss 6-weeks with a bad thumb.

High School Sports

Boys Soccer:

Calais 5  Narraguagus 2

Woodland 4  Machias 2

Girls Soccer:

Ellsworth 7 Old Town 1

Hermon 6  John Bapst 2

Bucksport 3  GSA 1

Volleyball

Sumner 3  Lee 1

Woodland 3 Machias 0

Calais 3  Narraguagus 1