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Local News - October 30, 2014
(Fort Kent) - Nurse Kaci Hickox emerged briefly from her home in Fort Kent last night, saying she does not plan to stay under quarantine for 21-days. A state trooper stationed outside the house watched as Hickox held a brief press conference. Speaking on NBC's Today show yesterday, Hickox said the quarantine policy is wrong.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, speaking last night, says the quarantine is a public safety measure.
(Ellsworth) - An Ellsworth landmark for 117-years will close its doors tomorrow. Mike's Country Store on Water Street opened in 1897, but current proprietor Jody Colson says she can't keep it running any more. The Ellsworth American reports the store went on the market earlier this year, but so far there are no takers. Colson is the stepdaughter of the late Eddie Povich whose family opened the small convenience store.
(Dedham) - A 19-year old woman is recovering from injuries after she tried to cross Route 1-A in Dedham and a vehicle struck her. WABI-TV reports Alyssa Libby of Dedham was running across the road late yesterday afternoon when the car hit her. Police say the other driver was not speeding. Libby suffered head and back injuries.
CT Man sentenced to 10 years for coke delivery
(Augusta) A Connecticut man will spend 10 years in prison, as well as forfeit his car and cash after he delivered cocaine in Bangor. The US Attorney reports to Star 97.7, Richard Kincaid III of Waterbury, CT was sentenced Tuesday in US District Court. Court records indicate Kincaid drove a Chevy Impala from his home state to Bangor in March of this year to deliver about 7 ounces of coke. He also collected money from drug customers at the residence. He was arrested a week later when he returned to Bangor. Kincaid will forfeit the Impala as well over 3 thousand dollars.
Cutler staying in the race
(Augusta) Independent Candidate Eliot Cutler says he's not dropping out of the gubernatorial election. Cutler called a press conference Wednesday morning at campaign headquarters in Portland, with social media and critics speculating he'd drop out of the race. He told a room full of reporters that he's not standing down, but wants voters to "vote their conscience." Supporters of Democrat Mike Michaud had hoped Cutler would drop out because they fear that he will only help re-elect current Governor Paul LePage if he continues the three way race.
Probate judge in Hancock County
(Undated) One race on Hancock County voter's ballots that hasn't gotten much attention is the vote for probate judge. Probate court deals with matters of probate and administration of estates. Attorney and Penobscot County Probate Judge candidate Amy Faircloth it's important to pick a qualified candidate for judge. Faircloth says the judge should also understand the dynamics of different families and relationships and how the past affects how someone might proceed in the future. Running in Hancock County are Valerie Chiasson and William Blaisdell the 4th.
(Trenton) - When neighbors spotted a pair of 3-year old girls walking down Oak Point Road in Trenton without adult supervision, they called 9-1-1. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department found out where they lived and arrested their mother, 32-year old Amanda O'Rourke. She's got some prior drug convictions and police charged her with violating conditions of release. They also referred the case to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Planned power outage
(Mount Desert) If you lose power in Mount Desert today, it's not by accident. Emera Maine reports crews will shut off the power to perform maintenance on the electrical system. Areas affected are Hall Quarry Road, Easy Street, Merchant Way, and Vacation Lane. The work is expected occur from 9am to noon time. They say the work is necessary to make upgrades in the area.
Fire works from car arrest
(Castine) A woman in Castine reported to police a vehicle passed her while firing off firework projectiles on Monday night. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office reports as a result of an investigation 22 year old Paul McFarland IV of Rockport and 22 year old Logan Fogg of Lincolnville are charged with disorderly conduct.
Theft/damage at Belfast auto shop
(Belfast) Police are looking for two men who allegedly damaged vehicles and stole parts from a Belfast car repair shop last weekend. The Bangor Daily News reports security cameras recorded the men smashing windows out of vehicles at Gibbs Auto and Muffler on the Back Belmont Road. The men were in a Chevy blazer and allegedly stole two tires and rims off a Chevy S10 pickup truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Belfast Police.
Bear Hunting Question
(Undated) Question 1 on Maine's ballot asks Mainer's if they want to ban the use of bait, dogs, or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety or for research. Maine Wildlife Biologist Jennifer Vachon says folks should vote "No" on the citizen's initiative because the bear population will grow rapidly. Wildlife Advocate Jennifer Skiff tells Star 97.7, that baiting bears conditions them to like human food and using traps and dogs on bears is inhumane.
RSU 24 building construction delayed by asbestos
(Sullivan) Construction on a new space for RSU 24 in Sullivan has been slowed by the discovery of asbestos in floor tiles. Barbee Construction Owner Kevin Barbee told the Ellsworth American tests conducted before demolition of the former Scores restaurant and bar revealed asbestos under five layers of floor tiles in the oldest part of the building. Instead of burning the building, it had to be demolished carefully and the floor tiles disposed of as a hazardous construction material. The process adds about 10 grand to construction costs, along with demo and disposal costs. Barbee says he'll try to make up lost time and have the building enclosed by winter.
Scientists are recommending a second straight shutdown of the northern shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine amid concerns of warming ocean temperatures. A technical committee that advises federal regulators strongly recommends extending a moratorium that began in 2014. A draft of the committee's report says "long-term trends in environmental conditions" are unfavorable for the shrimp. The report pins the decline of the cold-water shrimp on rising ocean temperatures. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission closed the shrimp season for 2014 for the first time in more than 30 years and is set to vote on next year's season on Nov. 5. Kimberly Grindle, Star 97.7 News
High School Sports
Girls Soccer Quarterfinals
Class "B" Camden Hills 1 MDI 0
Class "C" Orono 5 Bucksport 0
Volleyball State Semi Finals
Class "A" Falmouth 3 MDI 1
Class "B" Machias 3 Washington Academy 0
Class "B" Yarmouth 3 Woodland 0
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