(Verona Island) – A state police tactical team helped drug agents arrest two men on Verona Island. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 9.7 that they called in the tac team after learning a federal fugitive was at Richard Files’ home. Agents had been investigating Files for a while and charged him with heroin trafficking. They also arrested 23-year Stephon Davis of Augusta on federal probation violations. During the raid, agents seized a gun and $26-hundred dollars in cash believed to be drug sale money.
(Machias) A man charged with murder in the wake of three fatal shootings in Down East Maine is scheduled to make a first appearance in court this morning. Police arrested 63-year-old Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield in Machias on Monday in connection with the deaths of three people from Machias and Jonesport. Police say they’ve recovered a weapon they believe was used in the crimes, and they believe Bonfanti knew the victims. Relatives had identified the woman wounded in the shooting spree as 49-year old Regina Hall Long. She’s in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her face.
(Castine) Two of 3 charges filed against a Maine Maritime Academy alumnus for firing a small cannon at the college’s homecoming football game last fall have been dismissed. The Bangor Daily News reports 72-year-old Peter Vigue of Pittsfield reached an agreement with the Hancock County District Attorney’s office last week to dismiss the aggravated assault and reckless conduct charges. If Vigue stays out of trouble for 6-months then a third charge — possessing or discharging a firearm on or near a school property — will be dismissed. Vigue was accused of firing a small cannon last September, causing a wad of unidentified material to strike a referee in the head. The ref was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
(Ogunquit) A repeat sex offender from Connecticut was arrested last week in Maine for allegedly violating his probation for a third time. The Bangor Daily News reports state police pulled over 58-year-old Henry Brackett of Old Town and New Britain Connecticut on the Maine Turnpike. A search of his vehicle allegedly turned up a half-pound of marijuana and a stolen handgun. Brackett served nearly 20-years in prison for kidnap and rape in 1994. He served a 6-year sentence for a 1988 rape. While serving time for a 1983 rape Brackett assaulted an inmate at the jail. Other sex charges were brought against him in 2014 and 2016.
(Ellsworth) A deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was honored yesterday for his tenure. County Commissioners recognize Deputy Jeff McFarland for his 30 years of service to the citizens of Hancock County. McFarland is also the department’s accident reconstruction specialist.
Ranked Choice Voting
(Augusta) The Maine Republican Party is going to try to stop a law that requires ranked voting in presidential races through a statewide “people’s veto” referendum. The Maine GOP says a delay in implementation of the law until after the Legislature adjourns presents a window for volunteers to try to collect signatures to force a statewide vote. About 63,000 signatures would have to be certified to force a statewide vote in November. Ranked-choice voting lets voters rank candidates on the ballot and uses multiple voting rounds to ensure majority support for the ultimate winner.
(Statewide) Maine is one of the safest states for online dating; that’s according to High Speed Internet dot Com. NewsCenter reports the internet provider says Maine’s record-low rates for cybercrimes and sexually transmitted diseases make it the safest. The worst state is Alaska. Statistics from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control show Alaska has the most cybercrime victims and more people with STDs than any other state. The FBI says internet dating sites are hotbeds for “romance scams” where a person gets taken advantage of financially in exchange for love.
(Lewiston) Police are looking for a Lewiston man who left home days ago without his cell phone and glasses, and hasn’t been seen since. Police say 37-year-old Anthony Luiz Junior was last seen leaving his home on Lincoln Street before 8 Saturday morning. He’s described as 6-feet tall with a shaved head, brown eyes, and weighing around 165-pounds. Family members are concerned because Luiz said he was going for a walk then never returned home.
Newcomers & Neighbors
(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Ellsworth Public Library are joining forces for the 3rd annual Ellsworth Open House. The event welcomes neighbors and newcomers to the library on Wednesday, March 18th from 4-6 p.m. A variety of local businesses and organizations will be represented and refreshments will be served. This year they’ll have Maine-themed trivia and other activities to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial! The Ellsworth Open House is free and open to the public.
(Augusta) A Maine Game Warden has been recognized by the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. Warden Dave Ross was named the 2019 Conservation Officer of the Year for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty. Last winter Ross volunteered his time, property, and home to the Department to help with the wild turkey study. He also put a case together and apprehended an intentional fish and game violator.
- The Red Sox have traded all-star outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to the Dodgers. In return the Sox get Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol.
- Boston Bruins 4 Vancouver Canucks 0
High School Basketball-Boys
Brewer 38 Skowhegan 34
Old Town 49 John Bapst 34
Narraguagus beat Sumner
Calais 61 Bucksport 54
DI/Stonington 63 Searsport 44
Narraguagus beats Sumner (‘Guagus scores 122 points)
Mattanawcook 53 George Stevens 44