(Ellsworth) – The former CEO at Cianbro Corporation faces criminal charges for allegedly firing a cannon during a Maine Maritime Academy football game in September. A Hancock County Grand Jury found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial against 72-year old Peter Vigue. The MMA alumnus allegedly fired the shot after a touchdown during the homecoming game. A wad in the cannon struck a referee in the head, knocking him to the ground, but the injuries were not life-threatening. Grand jurors returned indictments for aggravated assault, reckless conduct with a firearm, and possessing a firearm on school property. Firing a cannon after a touchdown had been a tradition at MMA, but the school has now banned such devices.
Lobster 207 Lawsuit
(Lamoine) – A Lamoine based lobster company is suing its former Chief Executive Officer and his family, alleging they stole money from the Union owned company. The Bangor Daily News reports Lobster 207 LLC accused Warren Pettegrow and his parents of violating federal racketeering laws. Pettegrow had been the CEO at Lobster 207 until the company fired him last spring. A Portland lawyer who represents Lobster 207 says the alleged thefts caused significant financial injury to the lobster pound owners. The suit claims Lobster 207 lost more than $2-point-9 million dollars as a result of the scheme.
Wreaths Across America
(Local) The Wreaths Across America Convoy kick-off event is at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth this Sunday morning from 10:15 to 11:30. The public is welcome to honor and remember veterans from our area. Spokeswoman Susan Patten says once the convoy hits the road it’s quite a sight. The convoy is scheduled to reach Arlington National Cemetery on December 14th. Patten says thousands of volunteers will be on hand to place wreaths on graves while reading the veteran’s names out loud.
Ellsworth Ice Rink
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Ice Rink is slowly taking shape as employees from the Downeast Family YMCA are at Knowlton Park this morning to prep the boards and check the liner for holes. YMCA sports director Shane Lowell says they hope to begin filling the ice rink on Monday but it all depends on Mother Nature. If everything goes according to plan the ice rink could by operational by late next week. Folks can find out whether it’s open by checking the sign posted at Knowlton Park or by following the Ellsworth Ice Rink’s Facebook page.
Weed Whacker Threat
(New Hampshire) A Maine man faces prison time and fines for allegedly threatening to use a weed whacker to cut off his ex-girlfriend’s toes. The Bangor Daily News reports in August the victim went to her local police station in North Hampton, New Hampshire to report the incident. She claims 64-year-old Michael McKenney took a pass at her bare feet 3 times as she tried to end their relationship. The victim told police McKenney had abused her in the past and allegedly showed officers pictures of injuries. He’s charged with domestic violence criminal threatening and reckless conduct and was indicted by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury in New Hampshire in November.
(Trenton) Hancock County deputies arrested a Trenton woman for burglary. The Ellsworth American reports 51-year-old Deborah Sinclair was charged Tuesday with burglary, receiving stolen property, theft, and violating release conditions. Sinclair allegedly broke into a Trenton home on November 22nd and took tools, a portable safe, and musical instruments.
(Bangor) The Bangor Police Department is once again holding their annual Toy Drive to benefit the Salvation Army. This year’s “Fill a Truck” campaign will collect toys at Wal-Mart on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor today. Anyone who wants to participate is asked to drop off an unwrapped toy between 10am ‘til 2pm.
- Chicago Blackhawks 4 Boston Bruins 3 (Overtime – the Bruins scored 3 times in the 3rd period to tie the game)
- Thursday Night Football: Chicago Bears 31 Dallas Cowboys 24
- The Celtics host the Denver Nuggets tonight
- It’s opening night for the regular season for high school basketball tonight. The Deer Isle/Stonington and Bucksport girls both have home games tonight.