Local News 11-21-19
Missing Woman Found-ARSON
(Bucksport) – After police took a 56-year old Bucksport woman to the hospital following a week on the run, state fire investigators charged her with arson. Aza Jerome Vasylyk appeared in court yesterday, accused of setting fire to her home on Veterans Day. She turned up at the fish hatchery in Orland on Tuesday after about a week on the run. State fire investigators say she allegedly set two fires at the home where she and her husband lived on the Town Farm Road.
(Calais) – A 17-year old girl is charged with arson after she allegedly set fire to her room at a Calais mental health clinic. State Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that a smoke detector alerted officials at the Aroostook Mental health Clinic Children’s Project to the fire in Calais on Monday. Investigators took the teen to the Mountain View Correctional Center in Charleston. She is supposed to appear in court soon in Calais.
Car In Water
(Smithfield) – Police are investigating an incident in Central Maine after a car went into the water. WABI-TV reported a heavy police presence at the scene on Cardinal Lane in Smithfield. The car was in East Pond, but authorities have not said what led them to the vehicle.
COA Plastic Ban
(Bar Harbor) – The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has become the first college in the nation to ban single use plastics. WVII-TV reports things like stir sticks are out of use on campus with a goal of complete plastics elimination in 10-years. The College says it’s goal is to eliminate plastics from landfills by 2030, and they’re well on their goal.
(Jonesport) – Dozens of new jobs could be headed to Jonesport as a Dutch Fish processing company hopes to build an aquaculture operation. Kingfish Zeeland met with residents on Tuesday night, saying they hope to build a $110-million dollar facility, starting after permitting is complete by early 2021. The Bangor Daily News reports the plant would go on 90-acres of land and would raise yellowtail.
Montville Theft Plea
(Bangor) – The former tax collector in the Waldo County Town of Montville has entered a guilty plea to stealing funds from the town. The Bangor Daily News reports 49-year old Abbie Hills admitted to under collecting excise tax for family members and not reporting all the excise tax money for cash transactions. The plea came as part of a deferred disposition agreement. Hills will have to get a mental health evaluation before she’s finally sentenced at a later date.
Snow Plows, Street Sweepers & More
(Ellsworth) The city of Ellsworth is in the market to buy 2 snow plows, a street sweeper, and a rescue truck for the fire department. The Bangor Daily News reports the city council voted Monday to borrow $3.14-million-dollars from Key Bank to pay for those vehicles and other equipment. Deputy city manager Tammy Mote said the city plans to repay the money by raising $1.6 million of the sum from property taxes and $1.5 million from user-fees paid by customers of the city’s water department.
(Bar Harbor) The Bar Harbor Town Council declared a climate emergency Tuesday evening and vowed to create a mobilization plan. The vote came after the council and about 100 citizens listened to students from MDI High School, College of the Atlantic, and other community members present their resolution to declare a climate emergency. On Friday morning, two town council members and the town manager will meet with students and the local non-profit “A Climate to Thrive” to discuss immediate steps to move Bar Harbor toward fossil fuel elimination and climate action.
Tickets for Food
(Old Town) Old Town police are making a deal with motorists cited for parking violations. They announced Wednesday that in lieu of paying your parking ticket you can bring 10-dollars worth of non-perishable food to the police department on Brunswick Street in exchange for having your ticket marked as paid. The food will then be donated to local food banks in Old Town.
(Bar Harbor) The Bar Harbor Merchant’s Association is holding a decorating contest next month. Participating businesses will decorate windows and storefronts before voting begins on December 1st, then shoppers and residents may vote until December 6th. The Mt Desert Islander reports the Bar Harbor Merchant’s Association is working with the Chamber of Commerce to organize the event in the week leading up to the Midnight Madness Sale. The winner will be announced December 7th, the kick off to the Merchant’s Association’s annual 12 Days of Shopping and Dining Locally.
(Portland) New data about New England shrimp shows the species is still in bad shape, despite a fishing shutdown that’s unlikely to end any time soon. The New England shrimp fishing industry, long based mostly in Maine, has been shut down since 2013 because of concerns about the health of the population. Scientists with the regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission say recent surveys off Maine and New Hampshire say signs are still poor. The fishery for shrimp is shut down until at least 2021.
- Los Angeles Clippers 107 Boston Celtics 104 (Overtime, 1st time Kwai Leonard and Paul George have played together this season)
- The Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres tonight
- The Yankees have released former Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, but still owe him $26-million dollars on the 7-year contract he signed after leaving the Sox