Rental Fee Suit (Bar Harbor) – A Bar Harbor homeowner plans to sue the town over its annual $250-dollar vacation rental fee.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Jonathan and Karen Eno gave the town notice it plans to sue over the recently increased fee for weekly rentals.  The town’s fee had been a one time […]

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Local News – October 31, 2019

Rental Fee Suit

(Bar Harbor) – A Bar Harbor homeowner plans to sue the town over its annual $250-dollar vacation rental fee.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Jonathan and Karen Eno gave the town notice it plans to sue over the recently increased fee for weekly rentals.  The town’s fee had been a one time permit of $50.  The Enos, whose home is up for sale for $2-million dollars, said the fee is much higher than the cost to enforce the ordinance.


Hampden Crash


(Hampden) – An accident in Hampden last evening closed down a road for several hours.  WABI-TV reports the single vehicle crash on Shaw Hill Road involved a pickup truck that flew off the road and hit a tree.  Police identified the driver as 41-year old Christopher Holyoke of Bucksport.  Investigators say his truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road.


The Grand-Haunted [Bijou = bee-zhoo]

(Ellsworth) A few locations in Hancock County are touted as being haunted – some of them include Fort Knox, the Old Jail in Ellsworth and The Grand. Operations manager at The Grand, Kimberly Fitch says she believes the friendly spirits who’ve been spotted over the years have likely been there since the Great Fire of 1933.  The Bijou Theater was one of 130 buildings that burned in downtown Ellsworth that night. The Grand was built in 1938.


Halloween Traffic

(Baileyville) Halloween is statistically the most dangerous day of the year for children according to the latest federal highway safety data, as kids are three times more likely to be struck and killed by a car on the holiday than any other day of the year. Police in Baileyville are taking traffic concerns seriously as hundreds of mill workers will be changing shifts this evening around the time kids will be out trick-or-treating. Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons says cruisers will be out this evening and officers will be on foot trying to keep everybody safe.


Cops and Candy

(Bangor) Bangor police are taking steps to ensure a safe and fun Halloween night by hosting an event in the police department’s front lobby. Sgt Wade Betters tells Star 97-7 that officers will hand out candy and raffle off sports equipment from 6 ‘til 8 tonight. Kids can also play games to win even more candy. If you plan to trick-or-treat in the Queen City police advise folks to wear reflective clothing and carry some type of light.


Farmington Fire Dept.

(Farmington) Employees at the Farmington Fire Department return to normal operations today for the first time since a deadly explosion on September 16th. The department’s personnel and the community were devastated six weeks ago when 6 Farmington firefighters were injured and Capt Michael Bell died because in the propane explosion at LEAP Incorporated. The facility’s maintenance man was also injured and remains hospitalized. Assistant Chief Tim Hardy will hold a press conference at 9 this morning to thank the more than 80 fire departments from across the state that provided station coverage during the past 6 weeks.

Drug Arrests


(Kennebunk) Drug agents arrested a Bangor woman after state troopers allegedly found drugs in the car she was traveling in. Maine state police report a trooper pulled over a vehicle for a traffic infraction heading north on I-95 in Kennebunk. Police from South Portland and a dog helped search the vehicle and allegedly found 114 grams of crack cocaine and 10 grams of a suspected heroin/fentanyl mixture. 35-year-old Danielle Eames-Powe of Bangor was arrested as well as 2 men from New York who were also in the car.


Robbery Plea

(Augusta) An Augusta man pleaded guilty this week to four counts of interfering with commerce by robbery. Court documents say 38-year-old Barry Grant Junior robbed four different businesses this year at knife point. On each occasion he fled the scene with cash. Augusta police arrested Grant as he fled a robbery scene on July 23rd. When he’s sentenced later Grant faces up to 20 years in prison, a quarter million dollar fine, and three years of supervised release for each count.


Siren Test

(Machias) Machias will test its new emergency siren as part of the town’s Emergency Program and Warning Siren installation. The siren is located on Elm Street and is scheduled for testing on November 15th at 9 AM. Further information regarding the emergency siren, its use, and how citizens should respond will be shared in an informational meeting at a later date.


Rt 198 Construction

(Mt Desert) Construction crews are making improvements on Route 198 in Mount Desert today. The project will continue through Friday and will resume again next week. Workers will grind off an inch-thick layer of pavement on each side of the road and will then reconstruct the shoulders and set guardrails further back from the road.


Uninsured Kids 

(Statewide) Maine had the highest rate of uninsured children in the Northeast in 2018. That’s according to new findings by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Maine Children’s Alliance spokeswoman Melissa Hackett explains how far above the federal poverty line a child’s family can be eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Hackett says the Maine Children’s Alliance and others are advocating for a bill next legislative session that would increase CHIP eligibility.




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