Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Altercation Leaves Alleged Assailant/Brewer Police Officer Injured (Brewer)  Police in Brewer reportedly received four calls in a 24-hour period earlier this week about 25 yo Kyler Peters, all regarding alleged crimes at a Brewer hotel.  WABI-TV reports authorities responded to a call Wednesday about a burglary in process, but when they arrived, Peters […]

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Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Altercation Leaves Alleged Assailant/Brewer Police Officer Injured

(Brewer)  Police in Brewer reportedly received four calls in a 24-hour period earlier this week about 25 yo Kyler Peters, all regarding alleged crimes at a Brewer hotel.  WABI-TV reports authorities responded to a call Wednesday about a burglary in process, but when they arrived, Peters fled.  Police gave chase, and an altercation occurred between Peters and a Brewer police officer that left both injured, although neither required hospital treatment.  Peters is charged with burglary, drug and other charges and is being held at Penobscot County Jail.

Amtrak Deaths Ruled Suicide

(Biddeford)  Authorities now say the deaths of two people who were hit by an Amtrak Downeaster Sunday morning was a suicide.  Biddeford Police say a video shows 24 yo Richard Martello and 23 yo Shawnia Maffiola lying on the train tracks.  As the train approached, the two sat up and hugged each other right before being hit by the train and killed.  The two were reportedly homeless and unemployed.

United Bikers of Maine Treated to Tea at Blaine House

(Augusta)  The Blaine House played host to United Bikers of Maine this week to highlight Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Members of United Bikers of Maine attended the annual tea, which is all about motorcycle safety.  Statistics show motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than occupants of passenger vehicles, and four times more likely to be injured.  Governor Janet Mills spoke at the event, and encouraged attendees to focus on the road when operating any type of vehicle.

MDOC Prisoner Who Died Had Been Assaulted

(AP/Windham)   The 30 yo Maine Department of Corrections prisoner who died Tuesday, just months into his incarceration, was reportedly assaulted in his cell four months earlier.  Prison officials report the assault resulted in Renaldo Jones being hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury.  The Portland Press Herald reports state officials have not released information about the cause or circumstances surrounding Jones’ death. The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating. A state police spokesperson said they cannot reveal details of an ongoing investigation but will release additional information as soon as it’s appropriate.

Construction Worker Rescues Cumberland County Sheriff

(Cumberland County)  First responders are always standing by in time of need; but on occasion, it’s the first responder who needs rescuing.  That was the case yesterday afternoon, as Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce was kayaking at Sebago Lake.  Joyce overturned his kayak and was suffering mild hypothermia when construction worker Tyler Leonard of Turner pulled him out of the water by canoe.  Once on shore, EMS workers treated Joyce and transported him to Maine Medical Center where he was later released.

Local Politics

Collins Responds to Senate Vote on Abortion

(Washington, DC)  Senator Susan Collins Wednesday says she supports codifying the abortion rights established by Roe vs. Wade, but says the Women’s Health Protection Act is different.  Collins said Republicans want to enshrine the legislations protections without undercutting statutes relied upon by healthcare providers who have religious or moral objections to performing abortions.  Collins and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation in February to address the issue.

Health

American Red Cross Supports Veterans

(Undated)  The American Red Cross supports the U.S. military community –  from taking their oath to navigating life as a veteran, and everything in between.  This month, the Red Cross invites Mainers to turn “thank you for your service” into action through volunteering and donating.  Like civilian families, military families experience emergencies and count on the support system provided by Red Cross volunteers and others.  Learn more at red cross blood dot org.

St. Mary’s in Lewiston to Close Maternity and Women’s Health Service

(Lewiston)  St. Mary’s in Lewiston has announced it will be closing the maternity and women’s health service line at the end of July.  The move was reportedly recommended by the boards of St. Mary’s and parent company Covenant Health because of ongoing declining birth rates.  Officials said at one time, the hospital regularly had over 1,000 births per year, but had just slightly more than 1,000 births total between the years 2017 and 2021.

Parady Wins NLEMMC Rookie Caring Spirit Award

(Bangor)  A big pat on the back to Cassidy Parady, a 2020 UMaine graduate who works at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.  Cassidy, a registered nurse, was awarded EMMC’s “Rookie Caring Spirit” Award for her helping hand, reassuring smile, and dedication to integrity, safety and respect in dealing with patients.  Exactly what you want in a medical professional.

Environment

Board of Environmental Protection to Consider NECEC Appeals

(Augusta)  The Board of Environmental Protection next week will meet to consider appeals of site permits issued to Central Maine Power and the New England Clean Energy Corridor project.   The Board will consider the appeals of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Next Era Energy, a group made up of Maine residents, small businesses and towns.  The May 17 and 18 meetings are not public hearings, but the public can watch the proceedings live.  Contact maine dot gov for a link.

Gouldsboro Planning Board Drafts Aquaculture Ordinance

(Gouldsboro)  The Gouldsboro Planning Board is drafting an aquaculture ordinance to regulate only large-scale Atlantic salmon and other finfish-farming development on land.  The Ellsworth American reports the move comes after the Maine Department of Marine Resources charged the town had overstepped its authority in a prior draft regulating all forms of aquaculture on land and in the ocean.  Local seaweed and oyster farmers had also voiced concerns.  The ordinance process was begun in response to American Aquafarms’ plan to create a 120-acre salmon farm in Frenchman Bay.  That project’s application was denied recently due to a technicality.

Dry Weather Leads to Multiple Wildfires

(Maine)  While few of us are complaining about the stretch of dry, sunny weather, officials warn most of Maine is listed at high or very high wildfire risk.  Areas of neighboring New Hampshire were put under red flag warnings Tuesday as wind gusts increased that risk.  Crews from Maine are helping to battle a large fire burning in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Conditions are likely to continue through the weekend and beyond before showers arrive early next week.

Infrastructure

Solar Array Ribbon Cutting in Ellsworth

(Mariaville)  The sun was shining on a ribbon cutting for the Mariaville Road solar array this week.  The Ellsworth American reports Versant turned the system online on May 6th, converting DC power to AC power.  Together with another solar array site just up the road, the system uses nearly 12,000 panels to distribute electricity throughout the larger grid, crediting the Ellsworth school and municipal accounts for the next 20 years.  Ellsworth City Manager Glenn Moshier attended the ribbon cutting, with the honors being done by Ellsworth Representative Nicole Grohoski.

Funds for Year Round Hazardous Waste Facility Requested

(MDI)  Acadia Disposal District is asking for at least $350,000 in federal funds to build a facility for collecting and managing household hazardous waste and universal waste for the Mount Desert Island region.  The ADD includes the towns of Mount Desert, Tremont, Trenton, Cranberry Isles and Frenchboro.  Residents of Bar Harbor, Lamoine, and three other area towns typically participate in the annual collection.  The Mount Desert Islander reports Acadia National Park officials have indicated the park would use a local collection facility as well.

Business/Economy

Marijuana Rules Clarified to Aid Medical Users

(AP/Augusta)  Maine has clarified some of its marijuana rulemaking procedures, in a move supporters say will protect medical users and growers. The bill to clarify new rulemaking parameters for the State Office of Marijuana Policy went into effect late last month as an emergency measure. Supporters of the proposal said this week changes to the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act make it easier to understand. The Maine Legislature approved the bill unanimously.

Heart of Ellsworth Welcomes Two New Board Members

(Ellsworth)  The Downtown Ellsworth community revitalization group recently nominated two new members to join the Heart of Ellsworth Board of Directors.  Maggie Iannuzzi is co-owner of Precipice Coffee on Deane Street and brings years of experience in the hospitality field.  Timothy Tunney is a commercial loan officer for Franklin Savings Bank who has worked in finance focused in Hancock County since 2005.

More Affordable Rental Housing Coming to Rural Maine

(Augusta)  Governor Janet Mills and MaineHousing this week announced the $20 million dollar Rural Affordable Housing Rental Program, designed to bring more affordable rental housing to rural Maine.  WABI-TV reports projects of between five and 18 units can be new construction, rehabilitation of existing housing, or a re-use of existing buildings into rental housing.  Units will be maintained as affordable, based on area median income, and will offer zero percent interest and forgivable loans.

Pretty Marsh Sale Believed to be Largest in 25 Years

(Mount Desert)  The sale of 228 acres of woodland in Pretty Marsh is believed to be Mount Desert Island’s largest land sale in a quarter century.  The Mount Desert Islander reports the property off Indian Point Road was sold in March for $855,000 dollars.  The property encompasses a vast swath of pristine forest, meandering streams, lowland, upland and many environs in between, according to sales material.  The land was owned by the Estate of Susan B. Roberts and purchased by an LLC formed in California in 2016 by Paul Freeland.

Maine 8th Best Travel Spot in the World

(Maine)  They don’t call us Vacationland for nothing.  Lodging site AirBnB said Wednesday Maine was ranked eighth on a list of the top summer destinations worldwide.  The Bangor Daily News reports the designation was based on searches from the first quarter of 2022.  Maine was the only American location on the list.  Turkey’s port city of Bodrum was number one.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Cars and Coffee Returns to Seal Cove Auto Museum

(Seal Cove)  Come sip and survey some very cool antique vehicles …  Cars and Coffee is back at the Seal Cove Auto Museum for 2022.  Bring your special vehicle this Saturday, May 14th, from 10 until 1 and help kick off the season that promises an expanded calendar with more events and a new time!  Stay updated on museum happenings through their FB page.

Sports

The Bruins face the Hurricanes tonight in Round One, Game Six of the NHL playoffs.   Carolina leads the series 3 and 2.

The Red Sox wrapped up a two-game run in Atlanta against the Braves with a 3-5 loss.

Red Sox take on the Rangers in Texas for a three-game run this weekend.

In Round Two, Game Five of the NBA playoffs last night, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Celtics 110-107.  Bucks lead the series 3 games to two.    Game Six is set for Friday in Milwaukee.