Doris Bunker Obit (Ellsworth) – One of the longest serving employees in the history of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has passed away.  Doris Bunker of Ellsworth served the hospital for 54-years, working as the Administrative Assistant to numerous Chief Executive Officers.  While her bosses were in charge of the hospital, those who needed something always […]

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Local News – July 23, 2020

Doris Bunker Obit

(Ellsworth) – One of the longest serving employees in the history of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has passed away.  Doris Bunker of Ellsworth served the hospital for 54-years, working as the Administrative Assistant to numerous Chief Executive Officers.  While her bosses were in charge of the hospital, those who needed something always knew that Doris was the one who got things done.  Doris Bunker was 81 years old.

 

Recount Request

(Augusta) – A State Senate nomination will undergo a recount.  Republican Kim Rosen finished just 86-votes ahead of Larry Lockman in balloting last week in a bid to win the GOP nomination in Hancock and Penobscot Counties.  No date is set for the recount.

 

Bar Harbor Masks

(Bar Harbor) – The Town of Bar Harbor has handed out a lot of masks to visitors in the past few weeks.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports the town is distributing about 12-hundred masks per day.  Town councilors have resisted passing a local ordinance and requesting that police enforce mask rules.  Instead, the town has placed mailboxes with masks and hand sanitizer in them in the downtown areas and has put up signage asking readers to use masks while in town.

 

Drug Bust

(Bangor) – Police in Bangor arrested two people from Lincoln on drug charges after a traffic stop.  A drug sniffing dog helped officers find drugs and cash inside the car.  The drugs included methamphetamine and heroin.  Police also recovered about $7-thousand dollars in suspected drug proceeds.  Charged are 29-year old Katie Ireland and 20-year old Corey Pelkey.

 

Waldoboro Fire

(Waldoboro) – An overnight fire has damaged a restaurant in Waldoboro.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports firefighters from 8-departments responded to the Maine Kebab restaurant shortly before 1:30 this morning, knocking down the fire in short order.  While the restaurant suffered damage, a drug store in the same building complex had smoke damage.  No injuries are reported and the fire chief says the cause was accidental.  The restaurant had opened just a few weeks ago.

 

Airport Deputy

 

(Trenton) The law enforcement officer who worked at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton recently retired, and the private security group that contracted with the airport was unable to find a replacement. Sheriff Scott Kane offered to hire a deputy to supply the airport. Commissioner Bill Clark says these types of contracts are fairly common.  The TSA requires airports with outbound passenger flights to have an officer present 30-minutes prior to take-off. Clark says the airport would have had to shut down if they were unable to hire a deputy.

 

Killer to be Sentenced

(Rockland) A 37-year old South Thomaston woman charged with bludgeoning an 83-year-old woman to death finds out her sentence next week. Sarah Richards pled guilty in April to murder and theft in the death of Helen Carver who had hired Richards to shovel snow at her Owls Head home. That February the elderly woman reported to police she believed Richards had stolen her debit card. The day before Richards was to be interviewed by police, a relative found Carver dead in her home where she lived alone. A medical examiner determined Carver was strangled and died from blunt force trauma to the head and upper body.

 

Conference Center Name

(Bar Harbor) The senior management team at Jackson Laboratory has decided to remove the founder’s name from its auditorium in Bar Harbor. Chief Executive Officer Edison Liu told employees Clarence Cook Little’s contributions to science are intertwined with his collaboration with the tobacco industry and the role he played in the eugenics movement. Liu says eugenics is the basis of racist and fascist movements of the twentieth century and is one which Jackson Lab opposes. An internal group is working to come up with a new name for the C.C. Little Conference Center.

 

COVID-19 

 

(Augusta) Maine has recorded 118 deaths from coronavirus while 10 residents remain hospitalized. The Maine CDC reports confirmed and proable cases have reached 3,723. Of those, 3,216 people have made a full recovery. There are 389 active cases across the state.

 

Newburgh Woman Found

(Newburgh) – Game wardens found the former town treasurer in Newburgh who spent the overnight in the woods near her home.  58-year old Cindy Dunton suffers from dementia and went missing with her two dogs on Tuesday.  Warden Kris McCabe and his dog Morgan picked up a scene and started climbing a hill behind Dunton’s home and discovered her alive.  More than 50-searchers had been hunting for Dunton who was about a quarter mile from her home.

 

Sports

 

  • Major League Baseball’s shortened season opens tonight in Washington DC as the Yankees take on the World Series champion Nationals.
  • The Red Sox open against the Orioles tomorrow
  • Mookie Betts has agreed to a 12-year, $360-million dollar contract with the Dodgers
  • The NFL Players’ Association says 95 have tested positive for Corona Virus.