(Gardiner) – The fire marshal’s office is looking for the cause of a major blaze in Downtown Gardiner. The fire broke out in a 3rd floor apartment on Water Street and quickly spread to three other buildings. Four people suffered injuries, including three firefighters hit by falling bricks when a roof collapsed. Their injuries are not life-threatening. The fire broke out shortly after 4-o’clock yesterday afternoon.
ANP – Drones
(Acadia Ntl Park) – Unless one has permission, it is not legal to operate an unmanned aircraft in Acadia National Park. The Mt. Desert Islander reports park rangers have encountered drones on several occasions this summer. A 19-year old from Gray got a ticket charging him with illegal aircraft operation when park rangers spotted the drone flying over the summit of Cadillac Mountain in the past week. Another man got a warning for flying a camera carrying aircraft over Echo Lake.
Buttermilk Road Paving
(Lamoine) – Folks headed between Ellsworth and Lamoine today may wish to avoid the Buttermilk Road. Paving is planned on the busy road, starting at the Ellsworth line and headed toward Lamoine. There are a couple of serious bumps in the road this morning created by culvert replacements just before the paving project. The paving should be complete by the end of the day.
Former Sheriff’s Trial
(Washington County) Washington County’s former sheriff will go on trial in another county so an unbiased jury is picked. Smith faces assault charge in connection with a driving incident in January in Lubec. The trial is likely this fall in Penobscot County. Smith is also charged with misappropriating $11-thousand dollars from an inmate benefit account, and that trial site could move as well.
Ellsworth Heroin Overdoses
(Ellsworth) – A pair of heroin overdoses in Ellsworth this week has led to charges against a Harrington couple and charges pending against others. The Ellsworth American reports police arrested Bruce and Danielle Dawes of Harrington, charged with furnishing the drugs to a man who overdosed in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday night. About an hour and a half after that incident a man overdozed at his home near the intersection of Main and Union Streets. No charges yet in that case.
NE Harbor tenant asked to take down confederate flag
(Mt. Desert) – A renter in Northeast Harbor has filed complaints with numerous agencies after his landlord asked that a confederate flag be removed from an apartment door. The Mt. Desert Islander reports tenant Gordon Schoen is claiming his free speech rights were violated. Shoen said the executive director of the MDI Housing Authority was infuriated when he told him he wouldn’t take down the flag from his door which also sports an American Flag. Executive Director Terry Kelley says that’s not accurate.
Medical marijuana grower charged
(Warren) – Drug agents have charged a 56-year old medical marijuana grower with selling dope to non-patients. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency charged Kenneth Gray with unlawful marijuana tracking. He’ll appear in court next month in Lincoln County. Drug agents seized more than 200-plants and 8-pounds of processed marijuana from the property. Gray has a court date in mid-September.
Bush – Neck
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -The office of former President George H.W. Bush says he won’t need surgery to repair a broken bone in his neck he suffered after a fall in Maine. The 91-year-old Bush, the oldest living former president, remains hospitalized in fair condition a day after he injured himself in a fall at his summer home in Kennebunkport. His office says the facture to his C2 vertebrae didn’t impinge on his spine or cause neurological problems, and that it’s expected to heal on its own. In a statement, his office says a “prolonged recovery period” at the hospital isn’t anticipated. Kimberly Grindle, Star 97.7 News