Bucksport Power Outage
(Bucksport) – A burning osprey nest is blamed for a power outage in the Bucksport area overnight. Central Maine Power Company reported about 6-thousand customers lost power around 3:15 this morning. Police tell WABI-TV that the osprey nest atop a power pole caught fire, leading to the outage in Bucksport and Orland. Power companies report similar fires in Lamoine a couple weeks ago, and one earlier this summer in Ellsworth.
(Bar Harbor) – A mid-coast bank is getting split up between a couple of banks. Bangor Savings Bank is merging with Damariscotta Bank and Trust, but First National Bank will purchase the Belfast Branch. Regulators still need to approve Bangor Savings’ purchase of the six bank branches in Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties. Bangor Savings already has a branch in Belfast and will sell that to First National which plans to keep the same staff at its first branch in Waldo County.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department is warning about a scam that has targeted area businesses. Two shops in Ellsworth reported this week that they’d received a phone call from a person claiming to be from the Ellsworth Police Department. During one call, the scammer requested that money from the register be taken to a specific location on behalf of the business owner. Police say anyone who receives a similar call should verify that the caller actually works for the police department before taking any action; and if in doubt, call the EPD.
Bad Check Sentencing
(Ellsworth) A Brooksville woman is sentenced to a year in prison for writing bad checks. The Ellsworth American reports 53-year-old Karen Lewis waived her right to indictment by a grand jury last month when she appeared in Hancock County Superior Court. Court records show Lewis has previous convictions for “negotiating worthless instruments” dating back to at least 2008. Two of the most recent bad checks were written to a store and restaurant in Bucksport last November. Lewis owes about $4-thousand-dollars in restitution.
(Bangor) Bangor police are probing a reported arson at a campsite inside the wood-line at 461 Stillwater Avenue. Bangor Fire Department responded Wednesday to extinguish the flames. Members of Bangor PD’s criminal investigation responded along with an investigator from the Fire Marshalls office. No arrests or charges have been issued so far and the investigation is on-going.
ALFRED, Maine (AP) — An outbreak of the coronavirus has sickened more than 80 people at the York County jail, and county officials say they will investigate. York County Manager Gregory Zinser said Thursday that the county will work with the York County Sheriff’s Office on a “comprehensive inquiry” into the outbreak that began at the Jail in Alfred Aug. 19. More than half of the people sickened at the jail have been inmates. Zinser says the county will take action once it has gathered all the facts. Also Thursday, the Maine labor department reported jobless claims ticked up slightly last week.
Drought Task Force
(Augusta) Maine’s Drought Task Force met again yesterday as it has done every 2 weeks since the hot, dry summer began causing drought conditions. Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Faloon says crops and farms around the state have been impacted by the lack of rain this summer. Faloon says the recent rain Maine has had was unfortunately “too little, too late” for crops.
(Milbridge) Some Maine students are returning to school this fall to find their classrooms outside. Milbridge Elementary School is just one of several schools around the state that has chosen to bring their in-person lessons outdoors. WABI-TV reports that Maine Outdoor School founders Joseph Horn and Hazel Stark have helped nearly a dozen schools in Hancock and Washington Counties create spaces for outdoor classrooms.
(Stockton Springs) – Motorists traveling Route 1 in Stockton Springs will have to take a detour starting next week. The Maine Department of Transportation reports to Star 97.7 that a large culvert running under the busy road will get replaced, closing down the road. Traffic will detour around the area by taking Route 174 which runs between Fort Knox and connects to Route 1-A in Prospect. The work is scheduled to run from September 8th through the end of October.
Emera Astronomy Center
(Orono) The planetarium in Orono resumes public programs today (on 9/4). Emera Astronomy Center advises guests that all tickets must be purchased in advance and the planetarium is limited to 11 audience members per show. The Friday night show for September is “We Are Stars” and begins at 7 this evening. The Sunday afternoon family-show this month is “Magic Treehouse Space Mission” which begins at 2 PM.
ANP Labor Day Weekend
(Bar Harbor) Acadia National Park is on the top ten list of most visited national parks in the United States, and Labor Day weekend is anticipated to be an especially popular time to visit. Parking is expected to fill early depending on the weather. Park officials say if you visit the Park Loop Road with a vehicle, please park legally and responsibly. Visitors are reminded that Island Explorer free public transportation is suspended for the 2020 season, and all Acadia National Park campgrounds are closed.
(Portland) – Convicted cop killer John Williams wants a new trial. The man who shot Deputy Eugene Cole in Norridgewock during an arrest in 2018 has appealed his conviction to the state Supreme Court. Williams argues that the judge should not have allowed prosecutors to recreate their theory about the shooting in front of a jury. The shooting led to a massive manhunt that ended in Norridgewock when police found Williams at a cabin.
- Toronto hit a 3-pointer as time expired to beat the Boston Celtics 104 to 103 in game 3 of their NBA playoff. The Celtics lead the series 2-1. Boston had a 2-point lead with a half second left when Toronto scored coming off a time out.
- The Red Sox lost in extra innings 6-to-2 last night. Sox starter Martin Perez had a no-hitter broken up in the 7th inning.
- The Patriots say Cam Newton will be the starting quarterback to open the season, and also the offense team captain.