Rumford Fire (Rumford) – Six people were hospitalized, three in critical condition following a fire that spread to three apartment buildings in Rumford.  It happened Sunday night.  The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.  Some apartment dwellers had no choice but to jump from the 2nd and 3rd stories of […]

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Local News – February 11, 2020

Rumford Fire

(Rumford) – Six people were hospitalized, three in critical condition following a fire that spread to three apartment buildings in Rumford.  It happened Sunday night.  The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.  Some apartment dwellers had no choice but to jump from the 2nd and 3rd stories of their burning buildings.  Three others were treated for smoke inhalation.

 

Principal Denies Allegations

(Waldoboro) – The attorney for the former principal at Medomak Valley High School has denied allegations from a former student that he sexually harassed her.  The now 19-year old former student claimed that Principal Andrew Cavanaugh started paying special attention to her when she was 16 and made explicit comments about her.  Cavanaugh’s attorney answered the suit, saying nothing inappropriate took place.  Cavanaugh resigned as principal in 2017, two years after starting in the position.  The suit filed by the former student also named the school’s guidance counselor.

 

Lamoine 150! Day

(Lamoine) – If you see folks taking pictures around Lamoine today, don’t be surprised.  The town is celebrating its 150th birthday today and residents and visitors are being encouraged to take pictures and submit them to the committee coordinating the celebrations.  On February 11, 1870 then Governor Joshua Chamberlain signed the legislation that created the Hancock County town, breaking off part of Trenton into the new community.  A birthday party is planned for March 1st when the law became official, and a parade and fireworks are planned August 15th.

 

Earthquakes

(Calais) Two earthquakes in the Calais area in January prompted residents to wonder if it was happening again Friday night when some folks reported feeling another rumble. The US Geological Survey’s website has yet to list an earthquake in the region last Friday. On January 23rd a 1-point-oh magnitude earthquake was logged in the Calais-Baring area followed by a 1-point-3 magnitude quake on January 25th. Calais Fire Chief Ken Clark says he felt one of the quakes last month.  Chief Clark says residents can always contact the Regional Communications Center to report it or ask for information if they feel shaking.

 

Hike – Animal Tracks

(Brooksville) The 5th annual Winter Hike Series continues with Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Outreach coordinator Landere Naisbitt says this Thursday’s hike will focus on animal tracks.  Naisbitt says all ages are welcome, no registration is required, and contact Blue Hill Heritage Trust for more details.

 

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

 

(Prospect) – Falling ice prompted closure of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge connecting Verona Island and Prospect yesterday.  The Department of Transportation lowered the gates for about 40-minutes until the melting ice came off the huge suspension bridge cables.  The DOT has closed the bridge before – several years ago numerous cars sustained significant damage when sheets of ice fell onto them from the huge cables.  No injuries or damage is reported

 

Pot Public Records

(Augusta) Maine lawmakers will consider a proposal from state regulators to exempt trade secrets, security and operating procedures provided to the state by marijuana business from its public records law. The state legalized recreational marijuana via a public vote in 2016. The new proposal to conceal industry information from public records is from the state’s Office of Marijuana Policy, which has guided rules and regulations about legalization. The Portland Press Herald reports state regulators believe the exemptions would protect proprietary information, such as the recipe for an edible marijuana product, from landing in the lap of competitors.

 

Cliff Rescue

(Dixfield) Maine Game Wardens say a Massachusetts man survived sliding and tumbling down a 300-foot cliff face when he lost his footing over the weekend in Dixfield. 54-year-old Robert Burns suffered numerous injuries and was airlifted early Sunday to Central Maine Medical Center. Officials say Burns drove his tracked all-terrain vehicle to the top of Holt Hill late Saturday. He was looking over the cliff known as Bull Rock when he slipped. Wardens found him lying in the snow, severely injured and fading in and out of consciousness.

 

Moose Lottery

(Augusta) Maine is accepting applications for one of its most popular fall hunting traditions, the annual moose hunt. Tens of thousands of people apply for a Maine moose permit every year, and the state typically only gives out a couple thousand of them. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting the applications online now until the end of the day on May 14th. The permits are given out through a lottery which is scheduled to take place at Unity College Sky Lodge in Jackman on June 13th.

 

Planned Outage 

(Ellsworth) Emera Maine crews have scheduled maintenance to the electrical system in Ellsworth today. The work will begin at 9 AM and will take approximately four hours to complete. Impacted customers include a section of Chapel Street and Liberty Street. Those customers may experience service interruptions during this time as crews work to make repairs safely and prevent future outages.

 

Three Killed

 

(Clinton) – Lots of questions remain following an accident that killed 3-young people in Clinton last weekend.  Police continued the probe on Monday.  A 16-year old driver who did not have his license, hit a patch of ice, spun out of control and the car slammed into a tree.  Three passengers died.  Another passenger and the driver survived but with injuries.

 

Sports

 

  • The Celtics play the Houston Rockets tonight in Texas
  • The Red Sox and Dodgers have finalized the trade that sends Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles.
  • High School basketball preliminaries begin today – mostly with girls’ action.  Winners will play in the tournament that begins on Friday.