Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Juveniles Committing Murder Rare in Maine (Mt. Vernon)  The recent death of a 14 yo Mt. Vernon girl, allegedly at the hands of her 15 yo boyfriend, is rare, in that juvenile murders don’t happen often in Maine.  The Bangor Daily News reports Aiden Grant is only the ninth juvenile since 1995 to […]

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Local News 07/27/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Juveniles Committing Murder Rare in Maine

(Mt. Vernon)  The recent death of a 14 yo Mt. Vernon girl, allegedly at the hands of her 15 yo boyfriend, is rare, in that juvenile murders don’t happen often in Maine.  The Bangor Daily News reports Aiden Grant is only the ninth juvenile since 1995 to be charged in a homicide case in Maine.  The most recent child killing happened 10 years ago when a 10 yo Fairfield girl was charged with manslaughter in the death of a 3 month old.  Grant is accused of murdering Brooke McLaughlin, whose body was found in her Mt. Vernon home on July 18th.

(Mt. Vernon)  The death on July 18th of a 14 yo Mt. Vernon girl is the state’s 18th homicide this year.  But the case of 14 yo Brooke McLaughlin, who allegedly lost her life at the hands of her 15 yo boyfriend, Aiden Grant, is only the ninth homicide by a juvenile since 1995.  The Bangor Daily News reports the Maine Attorney General’s office has asked a judge to treat Grant as an adult, due to the serious nature of the alleged crime.

Brewer Police Officer Injured

(Brewer)  A Brewer police officer suffered a head injury Tuesday while attempting to subdue a person thought to be in crisis.  WABI-TV reports the scuffle occurred around 8:30 yesterday morning behind the WalMart off Wilson Street.  Police were still putting together a report on the incident, so further details weren’t readily available.

Local Politics

Mills Extends Fundraising Advantage

(Augusta)  Democratic Governor Janet Mills extended a fundraising advantage over former Republican Governor Paul LePage in filings for June and July on Tuesday.  Mills’ fundraising exceeded the former Governor’s by more than $2 million dollars, according to the Bangor Daily News.  While Mills will have more cash available, the BDN notes LePage won elections in 2010 and 2014 despite opponents raising more.


Finn’s Closes

(Ellsworth)  Thirteen turns out to be an unlucky number for patrons of Finn’s Irish Pub in downtown Ellsworth.  Although the popular venue regularly hosted standing room only crowds for food, drink, and entertainment, it became increasingly tough to staff the restaurant.  And with needed repairs, the owners posted on their FB page yesterday they’ve decided to close the restaurant permanently after 13 years.  The owners thanked the community for their support and helping them through difficult times.  They will no doubt be missed.

(Ellsworth)  A popular downtown Ellsworth restaurant and gathering place has closed its doors for good.  The owners of Finn’s Irish Pub posted the decision on their FB page on Tuesday.  Although no specific reason was given, it’s no secret staffing, supply chain issues, and needed repairs, coupled with inflation and the busy summer tourism season have all hit the restaurant industry hard.  Under its current ownership, Finn’s was a staple in downtown Ellsworth for 13 years.

(Ellsworth)  A sign on the door of Finn’s Irish Pub in downtown Ellsworth says they’re closed today.  But owners Paul Markosian and Lorena Stearns Tuesday posted on their FB page the closure is a permanent one.  No reason was given, but restaurants overall have struggled since the pandemic.  Staffing, supply chain, and personnel issues, along with needed repairs and rising costs have hit the industry especially hard.  Finn’s has been a downtown staple in Ellsworth for 13 years and will leave a hole in the stomachs and hearts of its patrons.

MCCF Lunch and Learn Focuses on Challenges Facing the Lobster Industry

(Deer Isle/Stonington)  Today’s lobster fishermen and women face serious challenges – federal regulations and offshore energy projects that threaten the future of Maine’s lobstering heritage.  This Friday, Patrice McCarron, Executive Director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, will address those and other issues facing the industry.  The one hour presentation will include commercial fishermen and others. Register through MCCF.

American Aquafarms Drops Lawsuit

(Gouldsboro)  American Aquafarms has dropped it lawsuit against the Department of Marine Resources.  The company filed the suit in May after DMR rejected its application based on the lack of a state-approved source for its salmon eggs.  The company says it will continue to pursue its plan to grow millions of pounds of Atlantic salmon in Frenchman Bay near Gouldsboro, despite opposition from lobstermen, residents, and nearby Acadia National Park.

Elder Insecurity

(Undated)  The Elder Index, developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, shows nearly 5 million older women living alone, 2 million older men living alone, and more than 2 million older couples have incomes that make them economically insecure.  Reporting in Kaiser Health News, the article shows many seniors are unable to afford basic necessities, an issue exacerbated by recent inflation.

Spiking Clam Prices

(Maine)  Demand is driving clam prices upward, and The Working Waterfront reports hundreds of Maine clammers are working to meet that demand while the market is hot.  One Machiasport clammer says he makes up to 80% of his yearly income between June and October.  By value, softshell clams are Maine’s second largest fishery, behind lobster.  In spite of that success, time was, Maine’s clammers brought in even more than they do today.  The decline is blamed on warming water as a result of higher summer temperatures and milder winters, which experts say could one day spell disaster for clam populations.

National Parks a Vital Part of the Economy

(ANP)  When you think of Acadia and America’s other National Parks, you likely think of hiking and other outdoor recreational activities.  But a new National Park Service report shows visitors to national parks are a vital part of the nation’s economy.  The report shows in Maine alone, visitors spent nearly $500 million dollars in 2021, supported more than 7,000 jobs, and had a cumulative economic output of $770 million dollars.


Testing for PFAS Could Bring More “Do Not Eat” Advisories

(Fairfield)  A “do not eat” advisory is in effect for deer harvested in Fairfield.  New wildlife testing could expand that warning.  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says it will test deer, turkey, squirrels, and other animals in the area for PFAS, and that could lead to further warnings about what is not safe for consumption.  MDIFW officials report wildlife in up to 20 more locations will be tested before the year’s end.

Foster Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

(Ellsworth)  District Attorney Matt Foster this week revealed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Foster, a Republican who is seeking a third term, said he felt the disclosure was necessary as a public figure.  Foster said he is currently undergoing treatment and that the 10 year survival rate is greater than 98 percent.


Free Community College Tips

(Undated)  Don’t miss out on further education and huge college savings.  Maine’s Free College Scholarship program provides 2020-2023 high school graduates with up to two years of tuition and fees after federal and state grants have been applied. The scholarships also apply to those who earn the equivalent, such as a GED.   If grants exceed tuition and mandatory fees, funds can be used for books, supplies, travel, and living expenses.  FAME Education reports students need simply apply for admission to one of Maine’s seven community colleges and file the free FAFSA app at FAFSA dot gov.  If you need help, contact the Finance Authority of Maine by phone or online.


Ruling Could Complicate Lithium Mining in Newry

(AP/Newry)  A decision by state regulators could make it difficult for the owners of a potentially rich lithium deposit in western Maine to extract the metal. The owners of the Newry property asked the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to review the possibility of quarrying at the site, which contains possibly the country’s richest lithium deposit. Maine mining coordinator Michael Clark says regulators decided earlier this month the site would be viewed as a metallic mineral mine and not a quarry operation.


Ellsworth Boil Water Order Lifted

(Ellsworth)  Ellsworth officials have lifted a boil water order for residents on part of State Street.  The order was issued Monday, following a Sunday evening water main break.  Officials said the water is now safe for consumption and customers in the area need no longer boil before using.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Ellsworth Wraps Up Toy Drive

(Ellsworth)  It’s the last week in July, and that means there are just a few days left in Ellsworth’s Christmas in July Toy Drive.  Of course, you can still drop off those donations anytime.  Why July?  The City says officials found last year many shelves were empty closer to the holidays when they went to shop.  In order to ensure every child in Ellsworth has a gift of two, they started this year’s toy drive early.  Monetary donations and gifts can be dropped off at City Hall.  You’ll find more information on the City of Ellsworth FB page.

Stevie Nicks Coming to Bangor

(Bangor)  Stevie Nicks is coming to Bangor, along with Vanessa Carlton.  Nicks this week added 12 additional dates to her 2022 tour, including September 22nd at the Maine Savings Amphitheater.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m..  Star 97.7 has tickets to give away, so be sure and keep listening.

Maine Seacoast Mission Hosts Welcome Resource Fair

(Cherryfield)  Maine Seacoast Mission is holding a Welcome Resource Fair for Guest Workers and the Downeast Community today and Friday.  The fair for seasonal blueberry workers as well as year-round residents was planned and organized by Mano e Mano and will offer access to the Mission’s food pantry, COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, advocate services, and legal counseling.  More information at seacoast mission dot org.

Grill Tips

(Undated)  It’s grilling weather, and the Better Business Bureau has some tips for buying that new grill you’ve had your eye on.  They say gas grills are most convenient – start ‘em up with the push of a button.  Charcoal grills give greater control over cooking temperature, and wood pellet grills make food taste like it was cooked over a wood fire.  Experts say it’s important to set a budget, choose a grill size that’s right for your needs; if you’re new to grilling, start simple, and always check the warranty.


Cleveland Guardians 8, Boston Red Sox 3.  Teams on the mound again tonight and Thursday at Fenway.  Rumors are flying that with Boston’s dismal showing against division-rival Toronto, designated hitter JD Martinez could be out on the trade market.  Experts say the soon to be 35 yo would be one of the best bets on the market if the Sox do intend to trade him within the next week.