Verona Fatal (Verona Island) – A 26-year old Verona Island man died in a crash on the island last evening.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to WABI-TV that Justin Gray was driving a truck that went off the West Side Drive in his hometown and slammed into trees.  The crash happened around 7-o’clock last […]

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Local News – November 24, 2020

Verona Fatal

(Verona Island) – A 26-year old Verona Island man died in a crash on the island last evening.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to WABI-TV that Justin Gray was driving a truck that went off the West Side Drive in his hometown and slammed into trees.  The crash happened around 7-o’clock last evening.   Gray was the only person in the truck.

 

Dog Cruelty

(Ellsworth) – A Winter Harbor man convicted of shooting his boss’s dog in 2018 will have to serve a year in prison.  The Ellsworth American reports a judge upheld the aggravated animal cruelty verdict against 25-year old Justin Chipman in the much publicized case.  The pug’s carcass washed up on the shore of property owned by District Attorney Matthew Foster.  Another man, Nathan Burke, is still waiting to go to trial in the case – that trial is held up due to Coronavirus.

 

Families First

 

(Ellsworth)  This holiday season, up to six Ellsworth area families may find themselves in a warm, secure home, complete with support to help break the cycle of generational poverty.  Families First Community Center founding member Alice Grindle tells Star 97.7 a dream that began five years ago will soon become a reality.  Grindle says without support, these families often end up back in a shelter or even worse conditions.  FFCC will provide a structured, supervised environment to assist homeless families with minor children gain self-esteem and learn the skills necessary to become self-sufficient.

 

CDC Monday/Tuesday

 

(Augusta)  The Maine CDC has made two major changes related to the rise in cases of COVID-19 in the state.  The CDC will contact people who have tested positive, but there will be less follow-up contact.  They will also enroll perform contract tracing based on how many days are left in their quarantine period.  Director Dr. Nirav Shah says, in addition, the Maine CDC is constantly adding new staff and support. Shah said the CDC is continually looking for more people to add to the effort.

 

Coast Guard Search

 

(Provincetown, MA)  A Portland-based fishing boat sank off the coast of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Coast Guard is searching for the 4-men on board. An Emergency Positioning Beacon activated around 1-o’clock yesterday morning the Portland-based Emmy Rose.  Coast Guard crews discovered an oil slick, debris and an empty life raft at the vessel’s last known position, approximately 20 miles northeast of Provincetown.

 

New Details Emerge in February Murders

(Machias)  New details have emerged in the case of a Washington County man who allegedly killed three people and injured a fourth in February of this year.  A police affidavit, newly unsealed at the request of the Bangor Daily News, shows 64-year-old Thomas Bonfanti walked into an American Legion Hall in Machias and laid cash on the bar for his cremation, saying “I just killed a bunch of people.”  Bonafonti was arrested February 3rd at the hall less than an hour after the shootings in Jonesboro and Machias. Bonfanti is held without bail at the Washington County Jail.

 

 

COA Ends Year with No COVID Cases

(Bar Harbor)  College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has completed their 10-week fall trimester with zero active cases of COVID-19 reported on campus throughout the entire term.  The school facilitated testing this fall with the 400-plus in-person population of students, staff, and faculty tested twice during week one of the term, followed by weekly surveillance testing of some 20 percent of community members.  The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members was founded in 1969 and offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Philosophy degrees.

  

SPCA Black Friday Auction

(Trenton)  The SPCA of Hancock County in Trenton is holding their Black Friday Online Auction November 27th through December 11th.   Bid on hundreds of unique and handmade items that have all been donated by generous supporters and volunteers.  For savvy bidders, there will be a “Buy It Now” option as well.  The goal is to raise $1,000, which will be dedicated to a shelter winterization project.  Check out the shelter’s Facebook page for a link to register for the online auction.

 

Marijuana Sales

(Augusta)  The state’s marijuana sales are smoking since Maine’s adult-use market launched on October 9th.  According to preliminary sales data from regulators at the State of Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy indicate the state’s marijuana retailers grossed about $1.4 million and made just over 21 thousand transactions during the first month of retail sales.  Smokable marijuana made up 76 percent of sales, while concentrates and infused products accounted for 14 and 10 percent, respectively.

 

Park Loop Road Closing  

(ANP)  The Park Loop Road at Acadia National Park will close to motor vehicles for the season on Tuesday, December 1st.   This includes all sections of the road except the two miles from the Sand Beach Entrance Station to Otter Cliff Road and access to the Jordan Pond area.  Snowmobiles are permitted on the closed sections; although in the event of inclement weather, all sections of the Park Loop Road may be closed.

 

Sports

 

  • The MPA says there will be no high school basketball tournament in 2021 due to Coronavirus. If the season even starts in January, no fans will be allowed in gym, and players will have to wear masks.
  • Monday Night Football:  L-A Rams 27  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
  • The Celtics have signed Jayson Tatum to a 5-year contract extension worth $195-million dollars