(Millinocket) – A 19-year old from Millinocket is dead after a weekend crash near his home town. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Mark Dibona died on Cedar Lake Road just of Route 11 in Long-A Township. Another motorist discovered the wrecked Ford F-350 at about 3-o’clock in the morning Saturday. Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash, and DiBona was not wearing a seat belt.
Route 1-A Closure Planned
(Harrington) – If you travel between Harrington and Milbridge on Route 1-A, be prepared for a detour starting a week from today. The Department of Transportation is replacing a huge culvert under the bridge just to the east of the intersection with Route 1 in Harrington. That closure will last for about 5-weeks, starting on October 7th and ending on November 11th. When it reopens the contractor will put down a base pavement layer then shut down the construction until spring when a travel pavement layer goes on.
(Trenton) – Officials on a committee studying education options in Trenton say closing that town’s elementary school is not on the table. The School Evaluation Options Committee met last week after Selectmen formed the committee a few weeks ago. The committee wants to find out the best options to control a budget that has increased sharply while town revenues rise at a much lower rate. Trenton is part of the school structure that makes up AOS 96 that covers all towns on Mt. Desert Island and some offshore towns.
Right to Counsel
(Augusta) – Maine’s Supreme Court has denied a Washington County man’s appeal that said the state denied his right to an attorney for a traffic ticket. In a decision released late last week, the high court ruled that Mark Lipski was not eligible for a state appointed attorney because he was not under threat to go to jail. Lipski faced a fine for not paying at a toll booth. Lipski said he would likely go to jail because he didn’t intend to pay a fine, therefore he needed a state appointed attorney. Justices disagreed, saying indigent convicts can be sentenced to perform community service.
(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth Water Department will flush fire hydrants beginning today through October 11th. This semiannual process happens each fall and spring. The flushing is designed to clean the lines, which prevents possible problems in the future. During the flushing, residents along the routes may experience dirty or yellow water, low water flow or low pressure. This is both expected and temporary, but should subside soon after the flushing is complete. You may contact the Ellsworth Water Department with any questions.
Ticks in Maine
(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports the state maintains high rates of tick borne diseases. Communications director Robert Long says 2019 isn’t looking good so far. Long says the Maine CDC learns about many of the state’s tick and mosquito-related cases from calls received at their Disease Reporting Hotline.
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- Boston Red Sox 5 Baltimore Orioles 4 (Mookie Betts scored the winning run on a single by Rafael Devers to end the season)
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