Ice Death   (Orland) – Rescuers could not revive a 63-year old Orland man whose pickup truck broke through the ice on Alamoosook Lake last evening.  The Maine Warden Service tells WABI-TV that Brian Wardwell died before rescuers from Bucksport and Orland could get him out of the icy pond, and they could not revive […]

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Local News – February 6, 2020

Ice Death

 

(Orland) – Rescuers could not revive a 63-year old Orland man whose pickup truck broke through the ice on Alamoosook Lake last evening.  The Maine Warden Service tells WABI-TV that Brian Wardwell died before rescuers from Bucksport and Orland could get him out of the icy pond, and they could not revive him.  Neighbors heard Wardwell holler for help when his truck broke through.  The Warden Service continues to investigate.

 

Shooter in Court

 

(Calais) – No bail for a Washington County man accused of killing three people and wounding a 4th Monday in the Machias area.  63-year old Thomas Bonfanti made his initial court appearance yesterday, charged with murder and aggravated assault.  A judge ordered an affidavit sealed until a grand jury convenes in March.  That affidavit is likely to contain more details about the shooting spree that saw at least three crime scenes in Jonesboro and Machias. Police arrested Bonfanti at the American Legion Hall in Machias a short time after the killings.

 

Fentanyl Arrest

 

(Portland) A Portland man is held on $100-thousand-dollars bail after drug agents allegedly seized over two-pounds of fentanyl in powder and tablet form, Ecstasy capsules, four guns, and $15-thousand-dollars in cash. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97-7 that multiple law enforcement units collaborated to bust 21-year-old Hunter York. His vehicle was searched during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, then police searched his apartment. Agents are trying to identify York’s out-of-state supplier and say more arrests are likely.

 

Split Island

(Ellsworth) – A small island on the north end of Branch Lake in Ellsworth is one land parcel again.  The Ellsworth American reports the city’s Board of Appeals voted to make Teacher’s Island back into one parcel after the city tax assessor split the island in two and assigned separate values to each lot.  The trouble with splitting the island was that the assessor created two non-conforming lots.  By combining the island, the city also lowered the combined assessment by $31-thousand dollars.

 

Boil order lifted

(Ellsworth) – Water tests came back clean in an Ellsworth neighborhood and the city has lifted a boil order.  That order went into effect earlier this week on Birch Avenue, Fox Street and Viola’s Way.  City officials rescinded the order late yesterday.

 

Traffic Reservations-ANP

(Acadia National Park) – Acadia National Park may try a dry run at a traffic reservation system next fall.  The Mt. Desert Island reports the reservation system is supposed to take effect in 2021 in an effort to reduce traffic congestion at the park.  The park will roll out the plan and give it a try in October to see if the plans will work.  Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider says there are lots of things in the reservation system to work out.

 

Animal Cruelty Trial

(Belfast) A Swanville farmer will go on trial this month to face 13 counts of animal cruelty. State animal welfare officials say they exhumed about a dozen dead pigs buried on Jerry Ireland’s farm in March 2018. Officials say the animals were malnourished, a claim Ireland denies. WABI-TV reports a jury will hear the case in Belfast beginning February 24th.

 

Area Code 207

(Augusta) The state of Maine is in danger of running out of seven-digit phone numbers that could be assigned to area code 207. The Bangor Daily News reports the Maine Public Utilities Commission opened an inquiry Tuesday into preserving the statewide code as long as possible and possibly getting phone companies that have “reserved” numbers to release them for general use. Maine is one of the few states with only one area code for its population. The commission says Maine could run out of phone numbers within 4 years.

 

Planned Outage

(Ellsworth) Emera Maine crews have scheduled maintenance to the electrical system in Ellsworth on Tuesday, February 11th. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and will take approximately four hours to complete, affecting a section of Chapel Street from 23 through 41, and Liberty Street from 19 through 21. Customers may experience service interruptions during this time as crews work to make repairs safely and prevent future outages.

 

Sports

 

  • Boston Celtics 116  Orlando Magic 100 (Jason Tatum 33-points)
  • Boston Bruins 2  Chicago Blackhawks 1 (Overtime)

High School Basketball-Boys

Belfast Area 54, Mount View 53

Dexter Regional 54, Bucksport 33

Hermon 60, John Bapst Memorial 36

Bangor 64, Oxford Hills 40

Lee Academy 66 Penquis 40

Girls

Mount Desert Island 42, Ellsworth 35

Hermon 40, John Bapst Memorial 33

Belfast Area 32, Mount View 26

Calais 62, Narraguagus 31

Woodland 72, Jonesport-Beals 41

Central 29, Searsport District 23

Dexter Regional 36, Stearns 34

Old Town 38, Orono 26