(Ellsworth) – Nurse assaults at the Northern Light hospital in Ellsworth have become more frequent in the past few years, and contract negotiators want to address that. The Bangor Daily News reports the union representing nurses want 24-hour security on duty at Maine Coast Hospital. A negotiator says some nurses have missed work after being assaulted and one quit shortly after returning to work because of the lack of security. The hospital says it is committed to patient and employee safety. Nurses plan a vigil at SK Whiting Park in Ellsworth tomorrow.
(Ellsworth) – A 23-year old Ellsworth man faces charges after an apparent overdose death of a friend. The Ellsworth police department reports to Star 97.7 that they charged Jaret Patten with unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs. Police responded to a Shore Road home Friday morning and found Jessica Kane dead. The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.
(Bucksport) – Police raided a Central Street home in Bucksport last evening in what is likely another meth lab bust. Sources tell Star 97.7 that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police had been watching the home at 396 Central Street in recent weeks. That address has been the site of at least two other drug raids in the past couple of years. No word yet on whether anyone was arrested.
(Ellsworth) The premier holiday event in Hancock County is less than 6 weeks away. Plans are coming together for the 28th annual Poinsettia Ball to be held December 7th at the Ellsworth Ramada. Ball committee chairman Julie Vittum says sponsors are still needed to help Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital reach its fundraising goal. Vittum says the hospital is also accepting in-kind donations for the live and silent auctions held during the ball. To contribute, contact JoAnn Brown at Northern Light Maine Coast.
Best Weekly Paper
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth American has won first place in the General Excellence category from the Maine Press Association. The accolade was presented during an annual conference on October 19th. Also recognized that day was former Ellsworth American editor Stephen Fay – he was inducted into the state association’s Hall of Fame. Fay retired this past spring after working as editor of The American for 23 years. The Ellsworth American’s sister paper, the Mount Desert Islander, placed second amid larger-circulation weeklies in the General Excellence category.
(Bucksport) – The huge smokestack at the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport comes down tomorrow, weather permitting. Demolition crews will set off explosions to knock the concrete stack that has stood prominent in the Bucksport skyline for decades. Officials have arranged for a free demolition viewing at Fort Knox across the river in Prospect. The site near the mill will be off limits during the demolition expected between 6AM and 10AM tomorrow.
Murder Victim Vigil
(Waterville) Friends of a Waterville woman found dead in the basement of her apartment house held a vigil for her. Police announced Thursday that 28-year-old Nicholas Lovejoy was charged with murder in the death of 29-year-old Melissa Sousa. The two lived together and were parents of 8-year-old twin girls. Sousa’s friends placed flowers at the scene Friday morning. Lovejoy was arrested last Tuesday on an unrelated charge. Sousa’s body was discovered Wednesday and he was charged that evening.
- New England Patriots 27 Cleveland Browns 13
- Boston Bruins 7 NY Rangers 4
- World Series: Houston Astros 7 Washington Nationals 1 (Houston leads series 3-2)
- Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR race at Martinsville
High School Volleyball
Class “B” Quarterfinals: Cape Elizabeth 3 MDI 0
Washington Academy 3 Brewer 0
Class “C” Quarterfinals: George Stevens 3 Machias 0
Calais 3 North Yarmouth 1
Narraguagus 3 Jonesport Beals 1
MDI Boys and Girls both win the Class “B” North Cross Country meets