(Ellsworth) – The power outage numbers have climbed sharply as the morning wears on. Emera Maine reported more than 32-thousand outages as extreme winds batter Downeast Maine. Hardest hit were Hancock and Penobscot Counties. Some schools closed for the day due to power outages. Firefighters have been scrambling for much of the morning to cut trees out of roads – or marking those that are involved with power lines with traffic cones. Winds are expected to continue much of the day.
Bucksport Public Safety
(Bucksport) – Bucksport has a new director of public safety, in charge of police, fire and EMS departments. Police Chief Sean Geaghan has taken the position, and deputy chiefs will run the day to day operations of the police department and the fire department. The Ellsworth American reports the change in structure came after fire chief Craig Bowden retired and they were unable to find a fire chief.
(Bangor) – Police arrested a Bangor High School student after finding a gun and marijuana. Spokesman Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that officers recovered a gun that was reported stolen a few days earlier. The student was released to his parents’ custody, and the youngster faces felony charges including firearm theft and possessing a gun on school property.
(Newport) – A 14-year old Nokomis High School student faces charges after he allegedly wrote a threat on a bathroom wall. WABI-TV reports other students reported the note to school officials threatened a school shooting today. The school briefly went on lockdown yesterday afternoon.
Early Bird Sale
(Ellsworth) Now that Halloween is over, folks are shifting their focus to the holidays. In Ellsworth many local businesses will participate in the Early Bird Sale tomorrow. Chamber of Commerce executive director Gretchen Wilson says the Early Bird Sale has been happening in Ellsworth for decades. Wilson says a list of participating businesses can be found on the Ellsworth Chamber’s website.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth boy scout troop 86 will hold a hunters’ breakfast to raise money for their trip to Washington DC next April. The scouts will be serving up bacon, sausage, pancakes, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, and beverages tomorrow (11/02) morning from 4 ‘til 10. The cost is by donation at the VFW on Main Street in Ellsworth.
Too Tall House
(Lamoine) – A highly contentious house in Lamoine may get re-measured after the town’s Appeals Board upheld a complaint from neighboring property owners. The Board will ask the town’s Code Enforcement Officer to measure the building’s height which neighbors say exceeds the town’s 35-foot limit. The Code Officer ruled last spring that the house was 3-inches under the limit, but neighbor say the measurement should have come from the height above the original grade instead of the final grade after a significant amount of fill was brought in.
(Bangor) A Medway man charged with OUI for a crash that killed his wife is now formally charged with manslaughter. WABI-TV reports 31-year-old Joshua Bell rolled his pickup truck on Interstate-95 near Lincoln in August. The crash killed his 36-year-old wife Stephanie Bell. Police allegedly found heroin and meth at the crash scene. Joshua Bell is held without bail.
Animal Cruelty Charge
(Belfast) A Knox woman is banned from owning cats after being convicted of locking dozens of them inside a storage unit with no food and water. 67-year-old Anna Elander pled guilty in August to Animal Cruelty and was sentenced on Tuesday to serve 20 days in jail. The Bangor Daily News reports the cats were discovered in October 2018 when another customer at the self-storage facility in Unity heard the animals and notified the property owner. In addition to the ban on owning cats, Elander is limited to owning 4 dogs or fewer at one time, must attend counseling and treatment, perform community service and must pay a fine.
(Portland) Security officers at Portland International Jetport spotted a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in a woman’s purse as it was scanned in the X-ray machine. The woman from the Androscoggin County town of Minot was detained Wednesday and airport police confiscated the gun. The woman told police she forgot she had the loaded gun with her. The discovery marked the first gun that TSA officers in Portland have detected so far this year.
(Bar Harbor) Paid parking in Bar Harbor ended for the season a day early. It’s not a trick – the announcement came on Halloween in light of today’s forecast of predicted high winds. Highway crews did not expect to be available today for parking meter removal, so paid and permit parking enforcement ended at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The Highway and Parking crew will begin removing the meters ahead of winter on Monday morning.
(So. ME) For the second time in two days, State Police have arrested a group of New Yorkers on the Maine Turnpike on drug selling charges. The arrests Wednesday night are in connection with an investigation of drugs sales out of a home in West Paris. Troopers stopped a van on the turnpike in York – at the same time, a team of law enforcement officers searched the West Paris home. Officers seized 382 grams of cocaine and crack in the van and the four arrested were taken to the York County Jail. Drug selling materials were seized from the home.
- Thursday Night Football: San Francisco 49ers 28 Arizona Cardinals 25 (49ers unbeaten)
- The Patriots play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night
- The Celtics host the New York Knicks tonight.
- Portland Sea Dog Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Hadlock Field
High School Volleyball
Correction: Woodland 3 Narraguagus 0 (Woodland vs. Calais for State Class “C” Championship Saturday)