Animal Cruelty Trial
(Ellsworth) – A 24-year old Steuben man faces jail time and a significant fine in a high profile animal abuse case. Yesterday a judge found Justin Chipman guilty of animal cruelty and several other crimes in connection with the August 2018 death of Franky, a pug mix that belonged to Chipman’s boss. Another man, 39-year old Nathan Burke, also faces similar charges along with bail condition violations and will go to court later. The pair allegedly tortured the little dog and shot it. The remains washed up on the shore of property owned by District Attorney Matthew Foster.
Belfast Manager Retiring
(Belfast) – The city manager credited with leading a transformation of the Belfast waterfront is retiring. Joe Slocum will step down in March. The 66-year old Slocum says he thought about retiring earlier this year but did not want the vacancy to become an issue in the political campaign that ended last week. Slocum has worked for 13-years in Belfast, coming over from Castine. He tells the Bangor Daily News he looks forward to spending more time with his family.
(Bucksport) – Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a 56-year old Bucksport woman who vanished after her home caught fire on Monday. The Ellsworth American reports Aza Jerome is originally from Ukraine and does not speak much English. Firefighters responded to her Town Farm Road home Monday and extinguished a blaze that badly damaged her home. Police arrested her husband for obstructing government administration during the fire.
(Bangor) – A Waldo County man faces up to 10-years in prison after pleading guilty to sending obscene pictures to a federal agent posing as a 13-year old girl. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 33-year old Nicholas Norwood of Frankfort will be sentenced later. Last April he used a mobile messaging service to send a picture of his genitalia to the agent. In addition to the prison time, Norwood also faces up to a quarter million dollar fine.
(Machias) The town of Machias will test its new emergency siren this morning at 9. The siren is located on Elm Street at Maine Wild Blueberry. The company’s Environmental and Compliance manager Daniel Bowker says folks should not be alarmed when they hear different sounds this morning. Bowker says the informational pamphlet should be complete next month. The town of Machias received more than $27-thousand-dollars from a state homeland security grant through FEMA to fund the siren and pamphlet.
Greenbush Bodies ID’d
(Greenbush) Maine state police have released the identities of the man and woman found dead inside a Greenbush home on Wednesday. Police believe the deaths of 60-year-old Mark Buchanan and 51-year-old Leah Watson are drug related and say the public is not in danger. A neighbor called police to the Springs Bridge Road home after noticing a car in the driveway was still snow covered. Authorities are waiting tests results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
New Police Chief
(Searsport) Selectmen in Searsport have appointed a new police chief. Village Soup-dot Com reports after a long recruitment process, selectmen unanimously approved hiring Todd Boisvert of Woonsocket, Rhode Island during their November 5th meeting. Former Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye announced his retirement in July citing health reasons for his departure. Boisvert will begin as police chief on January 1st.
- Thursday Night Football: Cleveland Browns 21 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 (Brawl broke out as the game ended)
- The Celtics face the Golden State Warriors tonight on the west coast.
- The Bruins are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs
- High School Football Northern Maine finals begin tonight. Bucksport will take on Dexter at Hampden Academy tonight for the Class “D” title.