Island Falls Fire Charge
(Island Falls) – Forest Rangers have charged a 28-year old man with improperly disposing of lighted material that led to the largest wildfire in Maine during the spring. The Maine Forest Service did not release the suspect’s name, but said the resulting fire scorched 230-acres in the Island Falls area of Aroostook County in May. Rangers say the fire season this year has been the largest in a decade with more than 660-fires reported and more than 900 acres burned.
(Thomaston) – A Waldoboro man faces domestic violence and other charges after he allegedly smashed a car’s windshield while a woman and young child were in the vehicle. Village Soup dot-com reports Thomaston police arrested 36-year old Jamie Luce on Annabelle Lane near a cemetery. Officers said Luce allegedly threw a rock that hit the windshield. They say Luce appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
Absentee Ballots & Voting
(Ellsworth) Absentee ballot requests are heavier in Ellsworth than in previous years for primary elections. The state suggests allowing 3 to 5 business days for the absentee ballot to be mailed to you then another 3 to 5 days to mail the ballot back to your city or town clerk. City clerk Heidi Grindle tells Star 97-7 Ellsworth residents can also drop off their ballots at City Hall until 8 PM on July 14th. Grindle says they’re short on ballot clerks, and would love to hear from people interested in working at the polls
(Augusta) No new coronavirus deaths to report during the weekend. The Maine CDC reports the state’s death toll remains at 102. Maine has 2,640 past and present confirmed cases of coronavirus and another 341 cases are considered likely positive. 2,406 residents have fully recovered from the illness.
Indoor Bar Service Delayed
(Augusta) Stage 3 of the Mills administration’s plan to reopen Maine’s economy will NOT include opening bars on July 1st. The change was announced Monday by Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Jeanne Lambrew who says only outdoor service at bars will be allowed until further notice. Stage 3 maintains the prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people, and the 14-day quarantine or the alternative laid out in the Keep Maine Healthy plan for people entering Maine.
First Responders Outbreak
(Houlton) The Maine Center for Disease Control says 4 ambulance crew members and at least 4 others are linked to a single person who exhibited no coronavirus symptoms. The Maine CDC says on Sunday two separate ambulance crews transported the patient first to a hospital in Houlton and then to a hospital in Bangor. The patient tested positive during a routine screening before undergoing surgery at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. All four crew members from the Houlton Ambulance Service tested positive for COVID-19, as did two others who were close contacts of the crew members or the patient.
Gun at Airport
(Bangor) TSA officials at Bangor International Airport discovered a loaded gun in a Georgia woman’s handbag. The handgun, loaded with six bullets, was detected last Saturday, prompting TSA officials to notify Bangor police. The woman stated she drove to Maine from Georgia and thought the gun was in a different purse. The woman gave the gun to a friend who was not boarding a flight.
(Richmond) Maine state police say a young man was likely texting when his pickup truck crashed along Interstate-295 in Richmond. The crash Sunday night killed 22-year-old Antonio Martinez of Waterville who was a student at Thomas College. Troopers say Martinez lost control of the truck in the northbound lane about 9:30 that evening, his truck overturned several times, then came to rest off the breakdown lane. A passerby discovered the wreck about 7 hours later. Martinez was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown out the windshield during the accident.
(Bath) More than 4,000 workers are on strike against one of the Navy’s largest shipbuilders. Machinists Union Local S6 overwhelmingly rejected a three-year contract at Maine’s Bath Iron Works, and pickets formed early Monday in the first strike by production workers in two decades. The labor dispute focused on subcontracting, work rules and seniority over wages and benefits, and it threatened to further delay production. Bath Iron Works already had fallen six months behind on ship construction, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shipyard is one of two that manufacture destroyers for the U.S. Navy.
Back the Blue Gathering
(Ellsworth) Residents of Hancock County are expected to fill downtown Ellsworth in support of local law enforcement. The Back the Blue gathering is being organized by two local women who will also collect donations to help fund the purchase of tactical gear sought by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. The Back the Blue gathering is planned for Wednesday, July 1st at 5:30 PM in downtown Ellsworth.
(Bangor) The Anah Shriners are partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive next week. The Red Cross has recently begun testing donors’ blood for COVID-19 antibodies for free and will provide those test results on their Blood Donor App about 7-10 days following the donation. The blood drive is Wednesday, July 1st from Noon to 5 PM at 1404 Broadway in Bangor.
- Major League Baseball says it will play a 60-game schedule this season – the shortest since the 1800s. Players have yet to agree to the deal.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 2nd stage of the NASCAR race at Talladega yesterday. Before racing started, drivers and crew members showed support for driver Bubba Wallace by escorting his car to the field. A noose was found in Wallace’s garage. NASCAR is investigating
- Bowdoin College has canceled its fall sports season, including football and volleyball due to coronavirus concerns.