(Augusta) – Two statewide questions face Maine voters today in an off-year election. One would fund a bond to fix up roads across the state. The other would change Maine’s constitution by allowing disabled voters to support petition questions without having to sign their names. The Secretary of State’s office expects a very light turnout, though some towns are holding municipal elections where turnout could be much heavier.
(Orrington) – Firefighters in Orrington quickly put out a basement fire last evening. The fire department’s Facebook page reports the call to Settler’s Way in Orrington came in shortly before 6-thirty and thick black smoke was coming from the cellar on arrival. The department credits working smoke detectors and a fast 9-1-1 call with saving the building. No word yet on a cause.
(Bangor) – The man accused of 3-manslaughter counts following a fatal crash in Acadia National Park wants his blood alcohol test thrown out. An attorney for Praneeth Manubolu says police took his client’s blood without his permission. Authorities say Manubolu was driving drunk when the vehicle crashed on the Park Loop Road on Labor Day weekend. Three others in the car died in the crash. The blood-alcohol test show Manubolu had a point-11 level, higher than the illegal limit of point-08.
Dunlap Visits Polls
(Augusta) Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will make the rounds today and visit polling places throughout the state to observe the voting process and meet with local election administrators. Maine’s top election official is scheduled to make stops in Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Old Town and polling locations in between. The Referendum Election ballot features one bond issue and one Constitutional amendment. Several municipalities will also be casting ballots for local elected officials and making other important decisions, such as consideration of local bond issues.
(Bangor) – It appears that someone killed a 59-year old Bangor man then set an Essex Street home on fire to try to cover up the killing. The Bangor Police Department reports to Star 97.7 that an autopsy determined that Berton Conley died as a result of homicide – they’re not saying exactly how. Firefighters found him inside the burning house on Friday morning and took him to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police say they believe it’s an isolated incident and they’re not concerned with the general public’s safety.
Counterfeit Pills Warning
(Portland) Officials are alerting the public to deadly counterfeit pills circulating the country. The US Drug Enforcement Administration says Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing fake prescription drugs containing fentanyl and distributing them throughout North America. A sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March of this year found that 27-percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
Threatening Letter Conviction
(Bangor) – A Penobscot County woman faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine for mailing a threatening letter with a powdery substance to Senator Susan Collins. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that the FBI matched a fingerprint on the letter to 37-year old Suzanne Muscara of Burlington. The power was harmless. The post office intercepted the letter at the Hampden sorting facility.
Fake Business Scam
(Machias) Some people were scammed out of thousands of dollars after purchasing horse trailers from a business claiming to be located in Machias. The Machias Valley News Observer reports customers contacted the town office after they paid in advance for horse trailers then failed to locate Equine Station LLC at 36 Broadway. That address doesn’t exist and the state has no record of a business by that name. Anyone concerned about a transaction with Equine Station is encouraged to contact the Maine State Auditor’s Office.
Investment Advisor Author
(Blue Hill) An investment advisor and portfolio manager who’s now an author will speak at the Blue Hill Public Library this evening (on Tue 11/5). Tom Jacobs will discuss his new book written with co-writer Brett Owens titled “How to Retire on Dividends.” Jacobs says he concentrates on managing risk through value investing. Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome at the Blue Hill Public Library tonight at 6:30.
- Boston Bruins 6 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (8th straight win for Boston)
- J.D. Martinez says he will stay with the Red Sox next season
- Monday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys 37 NY Giants 18
- The Celtics play the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight
Northern Maine Soccer Finals:
Boys “C” – George Stevens vs. Mt. View
Girls “A” Bangor vs. Camden Hills