Warden Head Retires   (Augusta) – The head of the Maine Warden Service has retired abruptly.  Colonel Joel Wilkinson announced yesterday that today would be his last day on the job.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife named Lt. Dan Scott to take Wilkinson’s place as acting colonel.  Wilkinson began his career with the […]

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Local News – September 20, 2019

Warden Head Retires

 

(Augusta) – The head of the Maine Warden Service has retired abruptly.  Colonel Joel Wilkinson announced yesterday that today would be his last day on the job.  The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife named Lt. Dan Scott to take Wilkinson’s place as acting colonel.  Wilkinson began his career with the warden service in 1992 as a deputy game warden, working his way up through the ranks.  His department came under scrutiny this summer when a game warden was accused of groping a woman at a Bangor concert.

 

MMA Ship

(Castine) – A new training ship could be headed to Maine Maritime Academy in the next few years.  WABI-TV reports a Congressional committee passed a bill that includes $300-million dollars for a ship for the Castine School.  Senator Susan Collins says the current training ship has been in service to Maine Maritime for about 30-years and is nearing the end of its useful life. The full Congress still needs to approve the bill and the President will have to sign it.

 

Thank a Cop Day

(Nat’l) Tomorrow is National Thank a Police Officer Day. The occasion falls annually on the third Saturday of September, and it’s also known as National Tell a Police Officer “Thank You” Day. According to the creator of the day, American police forces are a relatively new concept. During colonial times, police forces were part-time and privately funded. Volunteer night watches were also common. Those were not very efficient, and people who were put on duty were often put there for punishment. By the late 1880s, all major cities had police forces.

 

Planned Outage – Brief

(Hancock Cty) The towns of Franklin, Sorrento, and Sullivan will experience a brief power outage next Wednesday. Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long reports to Star 97-7 that crews have scheduled maintenance to the electrical system on September 25th at 9 a.m. and will take approximately five minutes to finish. Customers in those towns may experience service interruptions as crews work to make repairs safely to improve reliability and prevent future outages.

 

Woofstock

 

(Cherryfield) The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield is closed for adoptions tomorrow, but that’s because they’re hosting a celebration on the International Day of Peace. Shelter administrator Shaina Mugford says folks are encouraged to checkout Woofstock.  Woofstock is tomorrow from 10 to 3 at the Ark Animal Shelter on Barber Lane in Cherryfield.

 

Threat Sentencing

(Rockland) A teen who threatened to shoot up a school in Knox County last December is sentenced to 90-days in jail and will receive credit for time served. Village Soup dot-Com reports police say 19-year-old Isaiah Perry sent text messages (to an unnamed person) claiming he would shoot a 14-year-old Thomaston girl and then shoot up Oceanside High School. Court document say RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald was prepared to cancel school the day after the threat was received if Perry had not been apprehended. The sworn statement declares Perry may have mental health problems and was known to police and the school.

 

Firefighter Air Packs

(Orrington) The Orrington Fire Department will receive a grant to pay for new air packs. The department announces on Facebook that after a several-month process and many hours of work they will receive over $89-thousand-dollars from the Assistance for Firefighters Grant. Selectmen will be vote to accept the grant on Monday.

 

Youth Climate Strike

(Bar Harbor) Students from MDI High School and the College of the Atlantic plan a climate strike today on the Village Green in Bar Harbor. For the second time this year students will leave classes to gather in protest of climate change and to share their demands for urgent action from the US government. The event is Noon to 1 this afternoon with speakers beginning around 12:10.

 

Shriners Re-opening

(Bangor) The Anah Shrine Center in Bangor will celebrate its grand re-opening tomorrow. The building on Broadway suffered a disastrous flood in July that damaged all the flooring and baseboards throughout the facility. The public celebration begins tomorrow at 5 PM and includes a silent auction and spaghetti dinner. The guest speakers will be patients and families who will share their experiences at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 

Removing Mount from Katahdin

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) – The director of the Baxter State Park Authority is floating the idea of dropping the “Mount” from Maine’s “Mount Katahdin.” Eben Sypitkowski told Piscataquis County Commissioners in an email that Katahdin gets its name from an Abenaki or Penobscot words that mean “greatest mountain.” Therefore, he says there’s no need for the word “Mount” and that it’s redundant. Sypitkowski applied for a name change to the USGS Board of Geographic Names. Opponents argue that changing maps and signs would be costly.

 

Gun Sentence

(Bangor) – A 32-year old Millinocket man will serve 2-years in prison for stealing a gun.  The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that Randolph Bourgoin the 3rd pled guilty last April to swiping the gun from a display case at a Milo gun dealer’s shop.  Surveillance video recorded the theft and Bourgoin later confessed to stealing the gun.

 

Sports

  • Boston Red Sox 5  San Francisco Giants 4  (Eduardo Rodriguez got his 18th win of the season).
  • The Sox could be officially eliminated from post-season play as early as tonight as they face the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Antonio Brown did not answer questions about alleged sex abuse and says he is focusing on this weekend’s game against the New York Jets.

High School Soccer-Boys

GSA 5  Washington Academy 1

Sumner 10  Bucksport 1

Searsport 3 Dexter 2

Girls Soccer

Edward Little 3  Bangor 1

Skowhegan 1 Brewer 0

Volleyball

George Stevens 3  Jonesport Beals 0