(Augusta) – Five people who work at Veterans’ Administration treatment centers in Maine have tested positive for Coronavirus. Four of the workers were based at the Togus facility and the fifth in Bangor. No patients are believed to have had contact with the employees who are quarantining at home. WVII-TV reports it’s the first outbreak at the VA since the pandemic started.
Nordic Aquafarm Hearing
(Belfast) – November 4th could be decision day for a proposal salmon farm in Belfast. Village Soup dot-com reports the Board listened to testimony a week ago from about 7-people, most of them opposed to the proposed fresh-water salmon farm proposed by Nordic Aquafarms. The hearing seemed anti-climatic compared to the raucous public input for more than a year. The proposal has been on the table to more than a year awaiting state and local permits.
Sex Offender Sentenced
(Ellsworth) A Sedgwick man will serve 9 months and one day in prison for having sexual contact with a girl under age 14. The Ellsworth American reports 42-year-old Robert Ebert Junior was sentenced last week for 3 counts of unlawful sexual touching. District Attorney Matt Foster tells the newspaper that the victim is the daughter of someone Ebert knew and the infractions occurred in Blue Hill in the fall of 2018. As part of the plea negotiation, Ebert will not have to register with the Maine Sex Offender Registry when he’s released.
Bar Harbor-Pandemic Summer
(Bar Harbor) Figures may not be available until sometime next year to determine the full impact of the lack of cruise ships had on Bar Harbor’s economy this past summer. Chamber of Commerce executive director Alf Anderson says business survival greatly depends on the segment of the industry they’re in. Anderson says land-based visitors helped keep many businesses afloat this summer.
Fatal Fire ID
(Lebanon) Officials have identified the woman who died in a fire in Lebanon on Sunday. The Medical Examiner says 46-year-old April Patch died of smoke inhalation. Fire crews were called to Route 202 early Sunday evening to extinguish a fire in an apartment above a garage. That’s where rescuers found Patch unresponsive. The Fire Marshal’s Office has yet to release the cause of the fire.
(Hope) Police in Knox County are investigating a reported home invasion in Hope. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office tells WABI-TV the 9-1-1 call came in around 2:30 Monday morning with the caller reporting several men broke into their home and demanded money. Police believe it’s an isolated incident and say the public is not in danger.
(Mercer) A Mercer man has been missing for over a week and police are asking the public to keep an eye out for him or his truck. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office reports 41-year-old Kevin O’Meara was last known to be at an ATM in Farmington around Noon on October 5th, though family has not heard from him since the 4th. Police say O’Meara may be driving a green Toyota Tundra pickup truck with the license plate number 3 6 4 5 X W. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from anyone with information about O’Meara.
- The Patriots have activated quarterback Cam Newton and he’s expected to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Newton missed just one game with Coronavirus.
- LA Dodgers 15 Atlanta Braves 3 (Dodgers score 11 in the 1st inning, Braves lead NLCS 2-1)
- Houston Astros 4 Tampa Bay Rays 3 (Rays lead ALCS 3-to-1)