Rape Arrest (Ellsworth) – A Marine from Eastbrook faces sex charges in connection with an incident last August in Ellsworth.  The Ellsworth American reports 19-year old Dantae Cross is accused of having sex with a 14-year old girl.  The Marine Corps detained Cross and Ellsworth police traveled to South Carolina in November to bring him […]

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Local News – December 4, 2019

Rape Arrest

(Ellsworth) – A Marine from Eastbrook faces sex charges in connection with an incident last August in Ellsworth.  The Ellsworth American reports 19-year old Dantae Cross is accused of having sex with a 14-year old girl.  The Marine Corps detained Cross and Ellsworth police traveled to South Carolina in November to bring him back.  Cross is free on bail.

Sailors Rescued

(Norfolk, VA) – Three sailors who left Mt. Desert Island last month and were the subject of a Coast Guard search only to turn up safe off Long Island had to be rescued from the ship they were on.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Charlotte Kirby, Nathaniel Davis and Wilfredo Lombardo got in trouble off the coast of Virginia when the mast on their sailboat broke.  A cargo ship picked them up, but the boat, called the Dove, was lost. They are OK and back on dry land.  The trio set out from MDI in mid-November and called 9-1-1.  The Coast Guard launched a search but the boat radioed a couple days later that things were OK.

Carillo Trial

(Belfast) – A judge in Belfast should rule today on whether an accused child killer is able to stand trial.  Sharon Carillo who lived in Stockton Springs when her 10-year old daughter Marissa Kennedy died will be able to use domestic violence as a defense after a ruling Monday in her case.  She and her husband were accused of beating the child to death in February 2018.  He’s serving a 55-year prison term.  Mrs. Carillo’s attorney has submitted arguments that claim his client has limited mental capacity and is not competent to stand trial.  Jury selection is supposed to start today.

Addison Man Search

(Addison) – It has been 5-months since anyone has seen a 42-year old Addison man, and the state police have now joined in the search.  WVII-TV reports William Merchant vanished last summer after telling his family that he was giving a friend a ride to the bus station in Bangor.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Department initially led the search.

Storm Follow Up

(Undated) – Traveling is slow in much of the southern third of the state this morning following yesterday’s storm that coated roads with ice and then snow.  Cleanup crews are out this morning, placing salt on the roads in an effort to scrape down surfaces to bare pavement.  Schools are all open as scheduled for today. 

Inmate Death

(Warren) A Portland man serving more than 7-years in prison has died at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The Maine Department of Corrections reports to Star 97-7 that 65-year-old Stephen Burton was behind bars for Unlawful Sexual Touching. He was scheduled for release on January 27th. Burton died at 6:30 Tuesday morning while in the company of prison staff. The Department of Corrections’ policy requires them to notify the Maine Attorney General’s Office and the Medical Examiner.

Giving Tuesday Results

(Local) In celebration of Giving Tuesday yesterday, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust announced the year-to-date results of their charitable giving programs. From January through November 2019 the bank has donated more than $400-thousand-dollars to about 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Maine organizations that have benefited from the program include Camp Beech Cliff, Maine Seacoast Mission, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Schoodic Arts for All, the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, Big Brothers- Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, and the YWCA MDI.

Poinsettia Ball

(Ellsworth) Decorating begins this week at the Ellsworth Ramada for the 28th annual Poinsettia Ball. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital spokeswoman JoAnn Brown says this year’s goal is to raise $75-thousand-dollars to benefit the hospital’s maternity ward again as the funds have done in the past. Brown says the hospital hopes to exceed the $1-million-dollar mark for funds raised by the Poinsettia Ball during its 28 year history.

Parking Lot Safety

(Statewide) More shoppers, early sunsets, distractions and thieves can make parking lots risky places to be during the holiday season. Triple-A Northern New England is warning consumers about the increased hazards in parking lots. Spokesman Pat Moody says stay focused and pay attention because a moment of distraction or poor judgment by hurried shoppers can lead to unfortunate situations during what should be a festive time of year. Moody says 20-percent of all collisions occur in parking lots and often lead to expensive insurance claims for vehicle damage or worse—injuries if you strike a pedestrian.

Tomcod Survey

(Local) Residents of Hancock and Washington Counties can help a local organization with a survey. Downeast Salmon Federation is conducting a citizen science Tomcod survey between mid-December and January. Tomcod, also known as frostfish, Atlantic tomcod, or winter cod, is a type of inshore fish found in North American coastal waters from Virginia north. The survey will help DSF and state regulators gain important information on the location and health of Tomcod populations. If you’re interested in participating contact the Downeast Salmon Federation.

Herring Fishing

(Portland) Federal fishing regulators are limiting the amount of herring that fishermen can catch off New England until the end of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it’s implementing a 2,000-pound herring possession limit, per trip, in the inshore Gulf of Maine until December 31st. The agency says it’s taking the step because 92% of the catch limit in the area has been harvested. Herring is economically important in New England because it’s used as lobster bait.

Utility Fined

(Portland) Central Maine Power’s corporate parent has agreed to pay a $450,000 fine levied by a nonprofit that helps set standards for the nation’s power grid. The Portland Press Herald reports that the North American Electric Reliability Corporation assessed the fine on three Avangrid subsidiaries: CMP, New York State Electric and Gas, and Rochester Gas and Electric.  Utilities are required to conduct self-assessments at least every 30 minutes to identify potential problems that could cause power outages. The newspaper says the CMP incident last January was a data entry error that the utility failed to report. The incidents at the New York utilities were more extensive and longer lasting, involving server failures.


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