Birch Bay Case   (Bar Harbor) – A retirement facility in Bar Harbor says a worker has tested positive for Coronavirus and is in isolation at home.  Birch Bay Village reports to Star 97.7 that the positive test prompted testing of the 60-employees at the facility and 30 residents in the retirement village who may […]

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Local News – May 18, 2020

Birch Bay Case

 

(Bar Harbor) – A retirement facility in Bar Harbor says a worker has tested positive for Coronavirus and is in isolation at home.  Birch Bay Village reports to Star 97.7 that the positive test prompted testing of the 60-employees at the facility and 30 residents in the retirement village who may have had contact with the employee.  No other positive tests are reported.  Hancock County currently has just one active case of Coronavirus according to figures posted Sunday by the Maine CDC.

 

Police Chase

 

(Falmouth) – Police took a 43-year old Houlton man to jail after chasing him on the Maine Turnpike during the weekend.  Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that speeds reached 120-miles per hour before troopers stopped Michael Pierce in Falmouth.  He’s charged with eluding police, driving to endanger and operating after his license was suspended.  The 9-1-1 calls started coming in Saturday afternoon from motorists who saw Pierce speeding and driving erratically.  The chase started in Sabattus and ended in Falmouth.

 

 

Gas Station Fire attempt

(Augusta) – Fire investigators are trying to find a man who attempted to set a diesel pump on fire early in the morning yesterday in Augusta.  State Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland reports the man purchased a gasoline additive, lighter fluid, and paper towels at M-D’s Market on Riverside Drive in Augusta, and then tried to light the fuel pump on fire.  The fire went out with minor damage.  Authorities have posted a picture on the State Police Facebook page and are asking for public help identifying the suspect.

 

 

Inmate Dies – Threatened to kill Sheriff

(Skowhegan) – A Unity man who threatened to kill Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton has died after a suicide attempt at the county jail in Skowhegan.  Village Soup dot-com reports 51-year old David Smith tried to hang himself last week at the Somerset County Jail but was alive when guards found him.  He died at a Bangor hospital.  Police arrested Smith in late April after a domestic violence incident.  He allegedly stated numerous times that he intended to kill the Sheriff. Trafton said the department had several run-ins with Smith over the years.

 

COVID-19 

(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports another resident has died of coronavirus for a statewide death toll of 70. Maine has recorded 15-hundred-11 cases since the outbreak began. There are 413 active cases and 176 probable cases. One-thousand-28 residents have fully recovered from the illness while 37 Mainers are currently hospitalized.

 

Internet for Students

 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Education has secured internet access and devices for all Maine schoolchildren who were in need. The effort was launched to help students who didn’t have the tools to participate in online learning after the suspension of classroom-based instruction because of the pandemic. Gov. Janet Mills and Education Commissioner Pender Makin announced Friday that nearly 14,500 service contracts were obtained through three different service providers. Another 7,450 devices were ordered for those who already had internet access. Makin said the pandemic drew attention to “extreme inequities” during the educational disruption.

 

Inmate Death

 

(Warren) The death of a prisoner at the Maine State Prison in Warren is not suspicious and is not related to coronavirus. The Maine Department of Corrections reports 66-year-old Robert Howarth of Waldo County died Saturday morning in the presence of prison staff. Howarth was due for release in December 2021 and was serving 6-years for Theft by Deception and Violations of the Maine Uniform Securities Act.  He was convicted of ripping off several mid-coast residents for a half million dollars who invested in a phony scheme to sell high end designer clothing.

 

Chamber Survey

 

(Augusta) –  Maine businesses expect heavy losses this year, but are extremely supportive of implementing strict safety guidelines to protect employees and customers, and a majority feel face coverings should be required.  That’s one of the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Maine Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  1,467 Maine businesses responded to the online survey, conducted the week before Governor Mills’s Rural Reopening Plan was announced on May 8th.  Businesses who said they are Extremely Likely to be open this summer outweighed those who said opening in 2020 was Extremely UNlikely.

 

MDIHS Announces Graduation Plans

(Bar Harbor) – Mount Desert Island High School will hold a graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the gym parking lot at the high school.  The ceremony will be followed by a parade through the communities of the graduates.  Each graduate will be allotted one parking spot at the school from which they and their families can view the ceremonies from their vehicles.  The event will also be live-streamed and, following physical distancing guidelines, seniors will be called to an outdoor stage to receive their diplomas.

 

Paper Mill Investigation

(Jay) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection of the site of a paper mill blast could take several more months. OSHA has until six months from April 17th, the date it entered the Pixell Specialty Solutions mill, to complete the investigation. The federal agency is focusing on whether there were violations of workplace safety and health standards. Investigators from the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also investigating the root cause of the blast.

 

Sports

 

  • Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR race at Darlington yesterday – the first major sporting event since the pandemic.
  • Rory McIlroy hit the big shot in a fund raising golf tournament yesterday in a closest to the pin contest.  The Taylor-Made event raised $5-million dollars for Coronavirus Relief.
  • Major League Baseball says if the season starts this summer, players will not be allowed to spit, give high-fives, and will have to shower at home and wear uniforms to the ballparks.