(Bangor) – Police have charged an Orono man with defacing vehicle barriers in Bangor that were painted in rainbow colors. The Bangor Daily News reports 61-year old Paul Melanson is charged with criminal mischief for painting a black circle with a line through it on the barriers near the Black Bear Brewing Company on Exchange Street. Earlier in the summer the city allowed the barriers to be painted in the different colors which show support for the LGBTQ community. Police tracked down Melanson after witnesses spotted his truck near the scene.
(Augusta) Maine saw an increase of 14 new coronavirus cases Tuesday. 7 residents are currently hospitalized while 134 individuals have died from complications of the illness since the outbreak began. Maine CDC director Dr Nirav Shah says the agency continues monitoring an outbreak that stems from a wedding in Millinocket just over a month ago. Shah says the Millinocket outbreak is an example of how quickly and silently coronavirus can spread.
School Board Meeting Postponed
(Ellsworth) – School Board members in Ellsworth have put off a decision on whether the school system will offer fall sports until tomorrow night. The board postponed a meeting scheduled for last night until there is more information from the Maine Principals’ Association which may come out today. The MPA already postponed any season until next Tuesday, and it’s likely to change volleyball to a season following winter sports. Soccer, Cross Country, Football and other outdoor fall spots are likely to have severe restrictions if they’re played at all.
(Augusta) Waterville police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are asking the public’s help with information about a vehicle fire. The blaze occurred in broad daylight Monday afternoon on Winter Street near Pleasant Street in Waterville. Anyone who witnessed anything unusual or suspicious during that time is asked to call either the Waterville Police Department or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
(Bar Harbor) Food security efforts on Mount Desert Island are getting a major boost with a $50,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The MDI Food Access Project is a collaborative effort by Open Table MDI, College of the Atlantic, Healthy Acadia, and the Bar Harbor Food Pantry to deliver fresh produce, dry goods, and prepared foods to Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. The grant will fund the purchase of a delivery vehicle and cover the salary of a part-time coordinator who will work for Open Table MDI overseeing the program for the next year.
(Augusta) – The ballots for the November election will have places for Maine voters to rank their choices. That follows a State Supreme Court decision yesterday that effectively puts off a decision on ranked choice voting for the presidential election. A Republican backed petition to put ranked choice voting’s future on the ballot again came up close in the number of signatures submitted to force the question on the ballot. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap rejected the question, but a Superior Court judge ruled there were enough signatures. The high court has not decided that matter yet.
(Statewide) Maine bankruptcies have declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials worry that trend is coming to an end. Government financial support, banks’ willingness to defer loan and interest payments, and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures have kept most consumers and businesses out of insolvency. But bankruptcy experts forecast more people and companies will seek relief from insurmountable debt in the months ahead as aid runs out, courts reopen, and banks call in loans. Maine consumer bankruptcies year to date were down 14% in July from 2019, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
- The Red Sox and Phillies split a double header yesterday. Bobby Dalbec homered for his 4th straight game as the Red Sox won the night cap 5-to-2.
- The Celtics can wrap up their playoff with the Toronto Raptors tonight as the teams meet for game 6 of the playoff. Boston is up 3-to-2
- The Miami Heat knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks to head to the Eastern Conference finals.
- The MPA may decide as soon as today how fall high school sports will proceed. It’s expected that volleyball will be postponed until after the winter sports season. Outdoor sports, if they’re played, will be likely be severely restricted to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.