Swan Lake Grocery Fire
(Swanville) – An overnight fire has badly damaged a grocery store in the Waldo County town of Swanville. Dispatchers tell Star 97.7 the Belfast Fire Department responded just before midnight to the Swan Lake Grocery store. Video from the scene showed flames engulfing the front of the store to the right of the main entrance. There’s no immediate word this morning about injuries or a fire cause.
Town Hill Crash
(Bar Harbor) – The Life Flight helicopter flew a 45-year old Bar Harbor man from Ellsworth to Bangor for treatment after he rear ended another vehicle in the Town Hill section of Bar Harbor. Officer Douglas Brundrett reports to Star 97.7 that Christopher Buzzell suffered incapacitating injuries in yesterday’s crash shortly before 1:30 in the afternoon. His jeep hit a Toyota SUV driven by a Massachusetts man, which crashed into a pickup truck that Diver Ed Monat of Bar Harbor was in. All three vehicles sustained substantial damage.
(Ellsworth) The Downeast Scenic Railroad will carry on its fall tradition of offering the Pumpkin Train this month. Railroad president Tom Testa says the event is for one weekend only, October 17th and 18th, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Passengers are reminded that the new boarding location is at the rail yard on the Washington Junction Road in Hancock. For reservations visit: Downeast Scenic Rail dot Org.
Stage 4 of Reopening
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills’ is expanding the face covering executive order initially put forth this summer. Governor Mills said Tuesday that a broader set of entities will need to ensure that employees and people in their buildings adhere to wearing masks. Mills says to date, state officials have issued fines, in one instance up to $20-thousand dollars, and have issued more than 2-dozen health hazard warnings.
(Augusta) No new coronavirus related deaths reported Tuesday by the Maine CDC, freezing the statewide death count at 142. There are 20 new confirmed cases of the illness and 31 new recoveries. CDC Director Dr Nirav Shah says the agency is currently investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Applebee’s in Auburn.
(Waldo) A Benton man is charged with fatally shooting his sister and her husband. State Police charge 66-year-old Glenn Brown with murder after he walked into the Belfast police station around 7 o’clock Monday night to report the deaths. State police report to Star 97-7 that Brown allegedly shot 64-year-old Richard Bowden and 64-year-old Tina Bowden. Police have not released a motive or any details about the killings. Brown is scheduled to make his first appearance this afternoon in Waldo County Superior court.
Alfond Grant – Jax Lab
(Local) Jackson Laboratory is one of 8 recipients of a grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The Foundation announced Tuesday they’re investing $500-million-dollars into Maine’s future to grow the state’s economy, bolster education offerings, and support healthcare. The other recipients are the University of Maine System, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, the University of New England, Thomas College, Focus-Maine, Colby College, and Waterville Creates. Jackson Lab is set to announce Thursday what they plan to do with their grant money.
Hunting Incident [
(Deveraux TWP) Wardens say a 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after being hit by buckshot from a hunter over the weekend in Washington County. WABI-TV reports that the boy’s father was shooting at a grouse and some of the shotgun pellets hit his son. The boy was transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The Maine Warden Service declined to release identities and the shooting remains under investigation.
Masks in Jail
(Alfred) An email points to an outright ban on masks in housing units in a jail dealing with a coronavirus outbreak. The York County Jail became a hotspot for coronavirus infections after an employee who attended a wedding in the Katahdin region spread the virus. The jail could’ve made things worse with its policies. The email said inmates were not permitted to bring masks into any housing unit. After the first cases at the jail, the Maine Department of Corrections reviewed 14 other jails in the state and found that four did not require inmates to wear face masks. Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty said deficiencies are being addressed.
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