Hancock County Fatal   (Twp 7) –  A fiery late night head on crash left one person dead near the Hancock / Washington County line.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that a small pickup truck was on the wrong side of the road when it slammed into another full-size pickup that […]

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Local News – June 22, 2020

Hancock County Fatal

 

(Twp 7) –  A fiery late night head on crash left one person dead near the Hancock / Washington County line.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that a small pickup truck was on the wrong side of the road when it slammed into another full-size pickup that Tim Smith of Steuben drove with his 5-year old son inside.  Witnesses were able to pull Smith and his son from the burning wreck, but other driver perished.  Lieutenant Corey Bagley says they’re not officially releasing the man’s name pending an autopsy.

 

Noose Removed

 

(Deer Isle) – More than a hundred people gathered in protest on Deer Isle after a noose was found draped over a utility line.  Former sheriff’s deputy Jason Lepper, who called it a disgusting display, removed the noose Saturday morning after seeing a picture posted on Facebook.  No one has claimed responsibility for draping the noose which generated heated discussion on social media during the weekend.  Law Enforcement authorities have reportedly begun an investigation, though Lepper noted on his Facebook page that no agency has gathered up the rope.

 

Homicide Classification  

 

(Vinalhaven) Last week’s death of a Vinalhaven man is classified as a homicide. The State Medical Examiner’s Office determined 28-year-old Roger Feltis died as a result of injuries inflicted with a knife. The confrontation happened June 14th at the home of Dorian and Briannah Ames on the Roberts Cemetery Road. Briannah Ames was also injured but was treated and released from Pen Bay Medical Center. Police have not yet charged anyone in the death of Feltis.

 

COVID-19

 

(Augusta) The Maine CDC reports there are 2,957 past and present confirmed cases of coronavirus. The statewide death toll is 102. CDC director Dr Nirav Shah says Maine is in great shape compared to other states.

 

MMA Ship Training

(Castine) Maine Maritime Academy senior engineering and navigation students, who must accrue their final hours of sea time experience in order to graduate, will participate in a pier-side cruise. A total of 60 students, faculty, and crew members will board a ship at the college in Castine on July 8th. No one is allowed to come and go from the ship during the 6-week training period. The Penobscot Bay Press reports each person will be tested twice for coronavirus prior to the exercise.

 

Carriage Roads/BCTrail

(Acadia Nat’l Park) Horse riding and bicycles are now permitted on Acadia National Park’s carriage roads. Those visitors are reminded to watch for orange safety cones where repairs have not been completed on some washouts and erosion hazards caused by winter storms. Class 1 electronic-bikes are now allowed where traditional bicycles are allowed in the Park. And currently the Beech Cliff Trail near Echo Lake is temporarily closed for maintenance through this afternoon (Mon 3:30pm).

 

Baseball Field-Golf Course

(Portland) The Portland Sea Dogs are embracing golf during the pandemic. The team is transforming Hadlock Field into a temporary golf course, but not a traditional one. Instead, it will be a nine-hole “target-style” golf course with participants teeing off at the skybox level. It’s all part of the Sea Dogs’ efforts to stay connected with fans during the pandemic.

 

Writing Award

(East Machias) An East Machias girl has received statewide recognition for her recently published thoughts on how citizens should contribute to their community. The Machias Valley News Observer reports Grace Dennison is one of four Maine 7th graders chosen, and the only one from Washington County, to win an essay contest sponsored by the Maine Municipal Association. They say Dennison’s essay demonstrated an understanding of local government, clarity of thought, and originality.

 

Sports

 

  • Still no agreement between players and owners on starting the major league baseball season.  A stumbling block seems to be changes for the 2021 season.
  • A baseball season starts this week for teams across Maine, with a league model slightly resembling the American Legion format.  Teams will compete in formal games at fields from Calais to Falmouth.  One slight change is that umpires will not handle the baseballs.
  • Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage golf tourney with a record 22-under par
  • The NASCAR race at Talledega was postponed by thunderstorms. It’ll start at 2PM today with 5-thousand fans allowed.