Verona Island Police Presence
(Verona Island) – More information is expected today on why so many state troopers from across Maine responded to Verona Island yesterday. The tactical team converged on West Side Drive early yesterday morning along with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Bucksport police. No one has given a reason for the police presence, but it does not appear to be related to a body found in the Penobscot River a day earlier.
(Camden) – Perhaps the best known news source in Maine is calling it a career next week. State Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland will retire Tuesday. McCausland began his career in radio in Bath and got the job with the State Police in 1988. He has supplied information to the state’s radio and TV stations and newspapers for 32-years, working all hours of the day and night to get the official word out. McCausland now lives in Camden and says he looks forward to the telephone not ringing.
(China) A Caribou man is charged in connection with a police chase that ended with an injured a state trooper. Police carted 53-year-old Robert Belmain to the Kennebec County Jail as he was released from Central Maine Medical Center Thursday. On June 14th police say Belmain’s car struck Trooper Mickael Nunez as he set out a spike mat to stop Belmain’s vehicle in the town of China. Trooper Nunez remains in the hospital with serious leg injuries. Belmain is charged with Elevated Aggravated Assault and Reckless Conduct in addition to several other charges.
Patio Grille-Chef’s Gala
(Lucerne) With no weddings scheduled this summer at the Lucerne Inn, the owners have transformed the empty event-tent into a restaurant. Owner Jayne Silverman tells Star 97-7 all proceeds from meals served in the tent on July 16th will be donated to Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. Tent capacity is up to 50 people at a time. The Patio Grille fundraiser for Northern Light Maine Coast is Noon to 7 on July 16th.
(Augusta) The number of Maine’s coronavirus deaths remains at 103 with no changes reported Thursday. To date there have been 3,070 confirmed and probable. New cases have been reported in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Penobscot and York counties. Currently 26 residents are hospitalized. 2,512 people have recovered since the outbreak began.
(Castine) There’s concern in Castine that visitors from away who attended an event in town may have exposed locals to the coronavirus. The Ellsworth American reports town the town received numerous reports on Tuesday that visitors who later tested positive for COVID-19 had possibly “come into contact with Castine residents.” Town manager Shawn Blodgett tells the newspaper that residents should remain calm and continue to follow CDC guidelines.
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills’ administration has released checklists for businesses allowed to reopen July 1st during the third phase of the state’s economic reopening plan. The rules cover movie theaters, bowling alleys, amusement parks, and entertainment venues. A 50-person limit remains in public spaces with strict rules intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The Mills administration contends Maine is on par or ahead of other northeastern states in its reopening plan. But the governor said outbreaks in other states serve as “cautionary tales” and that Mainers must continue to be “vigilant.”
- Canadian MacKenzie Hughes has a 3-shot lead after the 1st round of the Travelers championship golf tourney in Connecticut. He shot a 60 in yesterday’s play.
- The NFL still plans to start training camps in late July, but has canceled its annual Hall of Fame game.
- The Maine Principals Association has released its summer training guidelines for coaches and athletes that’ll go into effect July 6th. A decision on fall sports seasons is expected in July.