Crime/Public Safety/Drugs ANP Hit and Run Death (Winter Harbor)  A 35 yo woman is dead following a hit-and-run incident on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park near Winter Harbor.  Authorities say the crime occurred sometime between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning and claimed the […]

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Local News 06/21/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

ANP Hit and Run Death

(Winter Harbor)  A 35 yo woman is dead following a hit-and-run incident on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park near Winter Harbor.  Authorities say the crime occurred sometime between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning and claimed the life of Nicole Mokeme of South Portland.  Maine State Police are looking for a 2016 black BMW X3 registered to 35 yo Raymond Lester of Portland.  If you see the vehicle, authorities say do not approach but immediately call the State Police.

(Winter Harbor)  The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit is seeking a 2016 black BMW X3 they believe was involved in a hit-and-run this weekend that claimed the life of a South Portland woman.  The incident occurred on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center on Schoodic Point sometime between Saturday night and the early morning hours on Sunday.  35 yo Nicole Mokeme of South Portland was killed.  Police say the BMW they’re looking for is registered to 35 yo Raymond Lester of Portland.  We’ve posted registration information on our FB page.

(Winter Harbor)  A woman was killed in a hit and run on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center in Acadia National Park  this weekend, and Maine State Police are searching for the vehicle they suspect was involved.  The Education Center is located at Schoodic Point near Winter Harbor.  The incident, which authorities say happened late Saturday or early Sunday morning, killed 35 yo Nicole Mokeme of South Portland.  Investigators are looking for a 2016 black BMW X3 registered to 35 yo Raymond Lester of Portland.  They say it may have front end or undercarriage damage.   Investigators say if you see the vehicle, do not approach but immediately call State Police.

(AP/Winter Harbor)  Police are investigating the hit-and-run death of a Maine woman at Acadia National Park. Thirty-five-year-old Nicole Mokeme, of South Portland, was struck on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. State police are looking for a 2016, black BMW X3 SUV with Maine license plates.  They say the vehicle may have undercarriage or front end damage.

One Dead in Calais Home Fire

(Calais) A Calais woman is dead following a Sunday night fire at a home on Union Street in Calais.  Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, the deceased is believed to be the homeowner, 61 yo Ellen Gibson, who lived alone at the residence.  The fire broke out about 9:30 p.m Sunday.  An autopsy is expected today.  The fire is under investigation.

(Calais) A Sunday night fire at a home on Union Street in Calais is believed to have claimed the life of the homeowner.  Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, 61 yo Ellen Gibson lived alone at the residence.  Firefighters responded to the blaze about 9:30 Sunday evening.  An autopsy to confirm the identity of the deceased is expected today.  The fire remains under investigation.

Bangor Homes Vandalized

(Bangor)  Bangor Police say they received dozens of reports of homes, vehicles and businesses in the Hammond Street area being vandalized on Sunday.  Victims report paint was splattered, and WABI-TV reports residents believe they know the culprit.  Bangor Police are reportedly using home security footage to identify the vandal and say they expect charges to be filed in the near future.

Health

Maine’s Abortion Rate Up

(Maine)  Maine’s abortion rate was up 16% in 2020 compared to the three years prior – the biggest percentage-wise increase in New England during that time period, according to a report from the Guttmacher Institute.  The Bangor Daily News reports the increase is widely due to the Mills Administration’s expansion of the state’s abortion laws.  The report shows Maine’s abortion rate was still lower than the rest of the country.

Dog and Pony Tavern to Reopen After COVID Closure

(Bar Harbor)  COVID has reportedly been rampant around Bar Harbor the past few weeks – at least according to a post on the Dog and Pony Tavern’s FB page.  Because the popular watering hole had employees test every shift, they caught several cases in those who were asymptomatic.  They say if you were in the tavern the past two weeks, any employee with whom you had contact would have tested negative.  Still, enough employees were out that the tavern had to close temporarily.  They hope to reopen this Thursday.

Walking Your Way to Mindfulness at Beth C. Wright

(Ellsworth)  The Walking Your Way to Mindfulness Monthly Walking Group returns to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth this summer. Jen Harry leads the group in an outdoor experience as they explore a walking mindfulness practice.  There’s no cost to attend, and the class is open to all.  Contact Amy at Beth C. Wright to register.

Environment

Blue Hill Resident Gets Birding Festival Honor

(Rangely)  Leslie Clapp of Blue Hill took home the honors at the Fourth Annual Rangeley Birding Festival this year.  Clapp, President of the Downeast Chapter of Maine Audubon, garnered the John Bicknell Award for Birding Conservation.  The Ellsworth American reports one of the Chapter’s most significant conservation efforts is the Bluebird Trail, which was started 15 years ago with just 20 houses in two locations.  Under Clapp’s direction, it currently has over 400 houses in 117 areas.

DSF Trail Maintenance

(Cherryfield)  The Downeast Salmon Federation could use your help with trail maintenance!  Their first summer Trail Work Day is July 9th at Sprague Falls Preserve in Cherryfield.  Work with the Land Trust Team and volunteer to help keep the trail in its best shape.  If you’d like to help out, you’re asked to register through DSF.  Bring work gloves, sun block, bug spray, lots of water, and a packed lunch.  Work will happen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break for lunch.

MCCF Launches Interpretive Display in Stonington

(Stonington)  A new interpretive display in Stonington highlights the village’s waterfront history.  The four part display is one of 45 stops along the Downeast Fisheries Trail, which connects historic and active fisheries sites illustrating the region’s maritime heritage.  The newest exhibit at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Discovery Wharf on Atlantic Avenue highlights the commercial fish pier, local granite history, the lobster fishery, and more..

Infrastructure

MRC Buys Shuttered Trash Plant

(AP/Hampden)  Coastal Resources of Maine, the shuttered trash plant that closed due to financial problems, will soon be owned by the Municipal Review Committee.  The MRC is made up of the more than 100 communities that depended on the trash plant while it was in operation.  The MRC set a June 30th deadline for bidders, none of whom so far have shown they’re qualified to purchase the facility.  The MRC will pay just over a million dollars, a loss to investors and a fraction of the cost needed to restart the plant.

Business/Economy

Foreclosures – a Good Buy?

(Maine)  Foreclosures are on the rise across the state, creating bargains for some – but before you take the jump, the Bangor Daily News says, “Do your homework.”  Make sure you know the difference between a short sale, a pre-foreclosure and whether or not the property is bank owned.  If the previous owner fell on hard times, there may be maintenance issues. And be aware, foreclosed homes can be riskier to buy, with additional paperwork, longer times to close, and sales often being “as is”, signaling potentially costly repairs.

Shellfish Boom

(AP/Brunswick)  Maine is producing more oysters than ever due to a growing number of shellfish farms that have launched off  the coast in recent years. The state’s haul of oysters, the vast majority of which are from farms, grew by more than 50% last year to more than 6 million pounds. Maine’s growing oyster business has made the state a bigger player in the national industry that grows the valuable shellfish.  Oysters  were valued at more than $187 million in 2020.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Loaves and Fishes Matching Grant

(Ellsworth)  The Loaves and Fishes Matching Gift Challenge continues for just a few more days.  The hope is to retire the loan on the new building before the facility opens this fall.  Two generous, anonymous donors will match up to $50,000 through the end of June, and no donation is too small.  Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry has been feeding the hungry in Hancock County for 40-plus years, and the new facility will provide more room, resources, and dignity, with a community garden, food storage, and a full-on grocery where clients can shop as often as needed, vs. one visit a month.  Donate at loaves and fishes ellsworth dot org, forward slash donate building campaign.

Cherryfield Days

(Cherryfield)  This weekend is Cherryfield Days, with the Grand Parade, Children’s Parade, Fireworks, Live Music, Car and Dog Shows, Salmon and Lawnmower races and more.  There will also be lots of vendors with crafts, food, and games for everyone, and Drive-In Movie Night for the kids.  Visit the Cherryfield Days page on FB for a complete schedule.

Shell Employee Owes $20K After Setting Prices at $.69 Per Gallon

(California)  You think gas is costing YOU a pretty sum…a former Shell station manager in California is working to pay back his employer more than $20,000 after he mistakenly set a gas price at 69 cents per gallon instead of $6.99.  John Szcecina told the Insider even though it cost him his job, it was fine because – he says – “It’s my fault.”  His sister set up a GoFund me page that raised the amount due in losses to his former employer.  Jackson reportedly was not required to pay back the money, but his sister said it shows his character, honesty, and sense of responsibility.

World Swimming Bans Transgender Women from Women’s Events

(Budapest, Hungary)  World Swimming’s governing body yesterday effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events.  FINA (FEE-na) members adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” that only permits swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events.  The organization also proposed an “open competition” category.

Sports

The Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.  Teams at bat again tonight at Fenway.