(Augusta) A Cumberland County resident has died from complications associated with COVID-19, bringing Maine’s death count from the virus up to 118. The Maine CDC reports the state has tallied 3,723 confirmed and probable since the outbreak began. 12 residents are currently hospitalized with the illness. So far 3,191 residents have fully recovered.
(Hampden) A subcontractor suffered critical injuries at a construction site in Hampden along Interstate-95 yesterday. State police say several steel sheet pilings fell off a truck and pinned 50-year-old Eric Jabbusch of Turner. He was transported by ambulance to a Bangor hospital. This construction site is part of a Maine DOT project to replace several interstate bridges. Work was halted for the rest of the day while OSHA and state police investigated.
Crafts Secures Nomination
(Augusta) Former state Representative Dale Crafts is officially the Republican nominee in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. The Secretary of State’s Office declared Crafts the winner, one week after the election, using ranked choice tabulation. Despite opponents Eric Brakey and Adrienne Bennett conceding, Crafts was just below the 50 percent threshold needed to win the seat outright on July 14th, forcing a ranked-choice count under state law. Crafts will now go on to face democrat U.S. Representative Jared Golden in November.
(MDI) A new glamp-ground will open next weekend on Mount Desert Island. The Bangor Daily News reports Kampgrounds of America will open its first-ever glamping campground on August 1st. Terramor is a $9.7-million-dollar resort in Town Hill at the former site of the KOA-branded Woodlands Campground. The luxury campground has 64 canvas tents with full interior bathrooms, electricity, and outdoor fire pits. Food is prepared in the 48-hundred-square foot lodge, there’s a pool and spa pool, plus an outdoor game area. CDC guidelines are in place for Terramor staff and guests.
Stanley Subaru Buys Dutch
(Ellsworth/Belfast) An Ellsworth car dealership has purchased a dealership in Belfast. Stanley Subaru announced the acquisition Tuesday of Dutch Chevrolet Buick. The purchase has been in the works since last year when Greg Dutch approached Stanley Subaru owner Mark Politte offering to sell the long time Belfast car dealer. Dutch will remain in senior leadership at the Belfast dealership as the Comptroller.
Former Newburgh Treasurer Missing
(Newburgh) – Game Wardens and others have launched a search for a Newburgh woman who suffers from dementia. The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that Cindy Dunton was last seen at about 20-past 8 yesterday morning. The 58-year old does not respond to her name and is likely accompanied by her two dogs. Dunton is the former town treasurer who served prison time for stealing nearly $200-thousand dollars in funds from the town.
(Farmington) – Police and drug agents converged on a pair of marijuana related businesses in the Farmington area yesterday in what’s described as court authorized activity. WABI-TV reports State Police, the FBI and Federal Drug Enforcement agency showed up at Narrow Gauge Distributors in Farmington and at Homegrown Connection near the Wilton town line. The US Attorney’s Office declined to say why. Narrow Gauge bills itself as the largest cannabis distribution company in Maine.
- The Maine Principals Association says the fall sports season will start two weeks later than usual due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Sources say Dave Svec was named the new football coach for Ellsworth High School.
- The Red Sox blew a 2-run lead in the 9th inning against the Blue Jays last night in an exhibition game at Fenway Park, losing 8-to-6.
- Defensive End Michael Bennett who played for the Patriots, is retiring at the age of 34.
- The NFL has dropped all of its pre-season games.