(Northport) – Firefighters from at least 5-communities spent about 4-hours putting out a fire on Route 1 in Northport last evening. The blaze at the former Hideaway Diner appears to have started outside according to the Pen Bay Pilot. The fire chief was called to investigate smoke and found the fire had spread to the building. No one was inside, and firefighters could not make entry into the building because of the clutter. The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.
(Ellsworth) The Sheriff of Hancock County has tabled his request to buy helmets with shields, batons and gloves for his deputies and will ask again once the dust settles. Sheriff Scott Kane tells Star 97-7 he’s removed his request from this morning’s Commissioners’ meeting because of public backlash. Sheriff Kane says part of the funding would include education from 2 certified trainers to teach members of the sheriff’s department how to properly use the equipment.
(Augusta) The Mills administration has made more changes to Maine’s reopening plan. Beginning tomorrow all restaurants in York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin counties are allowed to reopen for dine-in service. Tasting rooms and bars will also be permitted to serve guests outside in those 3 counties. Governor Mills on Monday announced changes for retail businesses as well.
(Augusta) Maine has recorded another death from coronavirus for a statewide death toll of 101. The latest fatality involved a woman in her 40’s from Androscoggin County. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Nirav Shah says there have been 2,495 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began. 2,189 residents have recovered from the illness, and 31 are currently hospitalized.
(Vinalhaven) – State police detectives spent yesterday questioning witnesses and gathering evidence from a home on Vinalhaven. Sunday night Knox County Deputies responded to the Roberts Cemetery Road shortly before 10-o’clock after getting reports of a man bleeding from the neck and a woman with a partially severed hand. Dead is 28-year old Roger Feltis who had moved to the island a few months earlier. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that the Medical Examiner’s office began an autopsy Monday.
Crash Death Investigation
(Lincoln) – State police say a 50-year old Lincoln man reported missing on Sunday died in a car wreck during the weekend. State trooper Kari Kurth found the wrecked car about 200-feet off the Access Road in T2-R8 yesterday. Investigators say it appears the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went off the road and overturned. Artie Lujan flew out of the vehicle and died at the scene.
(Augusta) Maine’s Secretary of State encourages Mainers to renew their licenses and State IDs before the grace period deadline, to avoid long waits and renewal delays. Matthew Dunlap says the grace period ends August 9th, and the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon resume sending out notices to those with expired licenses and upcoming renewals. Online license renewal service is available to most license and ID holders, within 6 months prior to your credentials’ expiration date. The driver license vision test requirement is waived during this time, to allow more people to use the online service.
Cumberland County Funding
(Augusta) The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded just over $58-thousand-dollars to Cumberland County to address the public safety challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. OJP awarded the grants as part of $850-million-dollars available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the stimulus legislation President Trump signed in March. Cumberland is Maine’s most populous county and has also been hardest hit by the pandemic with 57 deaths and 1,445 confirmed cases.
(Lewiston) Bates College will reopen this fall. College President Clayton Spencer told alumni the college intends to open for students in early September and to send them home before Thanksgiving. They’ll take finals remotely. Among other changes, the college plans to divide the semester into two parts, with students taking 2 courses during each, to limit the disruption if the virus causes another closure.
(Bar Harbor) Another march in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement is planned for this Sunday in Bar Harbor. The event is organized by MDI high school students and community members. The theme of this week’s march is “implementing societal change within the community by holding yourself and others accountable”. The march begins and ends in the Village Green from 5 to 7 PM this Sunday evening (6/21).
- Former Orono High School baseball star Jackson Coutts has signed a free agent contract with the Washington Nationals
- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s less optimistic the season will start this year as players dig in demanding more money.
- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he’d like to see some team sign quarterback Colin Kapernick to play for the upcoming season.