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Local News – December 1, 2015

Milford Fire
(Milford) – Fire destroyed a home in Milford last night. WABI-TV reports firefighters from several communities responded to the Call Road just before 11-o’clock last night. The family living in the house escaped without injury and the Red Cross is helping them with temporary shelter and clothing. No word yet on a cause.

 

Ellsworth “Fires”
(Ellsworth) – A pair of fire calls in Ellsworth yesterday brought mutual aid companies scrambling from several communities, but damage was minimal. A call to the Bucksport Road yesterday afternoon turned out to be a cooking error that filled a house with smoke. Last evening firefighters from Hancock, Lamoine and Trenton rushed to assist Ellsworth for a fire call on the Nicolin Road that turned out to be chimney smoke that was hanging low in the cold air. No damage is reported.

Cell Service
(Ellsworth) – Cell phone service along the Downeast coast has improved dramatically for one carrier as Verizon Wireless has added antennas to 32-towers. The Ellsworth American reports the company has installed 4G services on a string of towers from Hancock to Whiting. The company says it added equipment to 19 existing towers and built another 13-towers. It says it plans next to improve service from Eastport to Calais, and then out Route 9 from Calais toward Aurora. That project will require electrical service along a stretch of the airline that has now power lines.

Mill Demolition Begins
(Bucksport) – An excavator with a big claw started tearing into a building at the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport, marking the end of an era in the Hancock County mill town. American Iron and Metal will spend the next year dismantling the huge mill, hauling away the twisted metal, concrete and brick for recycling. The company purchased the mill after Verso shut it down last winter. The company has not said what it will do with the property once the mill structures are gone.

Bangor Shooting Victim ID’d
(Bangor) – Police in Bangor have released the name of a man killed in a shooting incident early Friday morning. He was 38-year old Robert Kennedy whose most recent address was on Center Street in Bangor. The two men accused of killing him, 37-year old Thomas Ferguson and 27-year old Robert Hansley both of Brooklyn New York are due to make a court appearance this morning. The Bangor Daily News reports the two suspects have a criminal history that included drugs and violent crime, and the victim also had prior drug arrests. Police have not yet released the name of another man who was wounded in the shooting.

MDI Lawsuit
(Bar Harbor) – One wealthy property owner on Mt. Desert Island is suing his neighbors for allegedly cutting down trees on his property without permission. The Bangor Daily News reports equity fund manager Reeve Waud of Chicago is suing William and Nancy Kale for cutting the trees to improve their ocean view. Waud owns about 3-miles of shorefront property in the town of Mt. Desert. The Kales own abutting property in Bar Harbor. The paper reports Waud specifically forbade his neighbors from cutting down the trees on his land.

Lamoine assault
(Lamoine) A Lamoine man is charged with domestic violence assault after he allegedly hit his son with a piece of wood. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports they were called to the Needles Eye Road in Lamoine last week after they got a 9-1-1 call about a fight between 47 year old James Day and his son. People at the scene were able to control Day until deputies arrived and took him into custody. Day received treatment at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. Police took him to the Hancock County Jail after that.

Prison showroom burglary
(Thomaston) The Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston had to shut down Monday after it was burglarized Sunday night. The Bangor Daily News reports thousands of dollars in cash was stolen from the Route 1 showroom. Thomaston police are investigating the theft.

Belfast reconstruction
(Belfast) – The Belfast waterfront will get a major makeover. Front Street will get rebuilt, including new storm drains, sewer and water pipes and culverts. The $3-point-8 million dollar project will also address parking and pedestrian access. City officials say increased traffic has made the process necessary. They hope to be done by next fall.

Scallop season starts
(Undated) Today starts scallop fishing season in Maine and the Department of Marine Resources says they don’t expect the season to run long. Spokesman Jeff Nichols tells Star 97.7, the department will make emergency closures to prevent overfishing. Washington and Hancock County, zones 2 and 3, are limited to 70 and 50 landing days.

Blue Hill Lighting
(Undated) The holiday season gets into full swing on the Blue Hill peninsula with a tree lighting later this week. The annual event, co-hosted by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust features live music, free snacks, and Santa. Chrissy Allen of Blue Hill Heritage Trust tells Star 97.7, many area merchants, businesses, and restaurants are participating.  The tree lighting occurs Thursday at 4pm.

Sports

NBA: Boston Celtics 105 Miami Heat 95
Golden State 106 Utah 103 (19th straight win for Warriors to start season)
NFL: Baltimore Ravens 33 Cleveland Browns 27 (Baltimore returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown as time expired)
MLB: Detroit Tigers sign pitcher Jordan Zimmerman for $110-million dollars. Pitcher Johnny Queto has turned down a $120-million dollar, 6-year deal with Arizona. Queto is reportedly interested in pitching for the Red Sox. The Sox reportedly are talking with pitcher David Price.

High School Basketball’s regular season starts Friday.

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