(Detroit) – A Detroit man says he’s lucky to be here after fire tore through his mobile home this weekend. Rick Kennedy said he woke up to a trailer filled with smoke early yesterday morning. Firefighters from Newport and Plymouth assisted the Detroit department at the scene. The fire chief says the fire likely started in the wood stove. Kennedy and his brother had recently finished refurbishing the home.
(Ellsworth) – An Ellsworth facility that helped new mothers with substance abuse problems that closed a few years ago is set to reopen in the next few weeks. The Hills House received a huge grant to install solar panels and a sprinkler system. The Ellsworth American reports the house can accommodate up to 8-women and because the building is up to code, it can bill insurance companies for treatment. The project expects it will cost a quarter million dollars to operate for the next year, and already has secured a matching grant of up to $125-thousand dollars.
(Sedgwick) – Hancock County deputies say they were glad to see a lot of designated drivers this weekend, and they didn’t have to arrest anyone for OUI when they set up a checkpoint in Sedgwick Saturday night. The Sheriff’s Department posts that it stopped 46 drivers at the checkpoint on Route 15. While some had minor violations like expired inspection stickers or registrations, none of the drivers was under the influence. Deputies say many cars had designated drivers operating, bring passengers who’d been partying with them.
Police academy graduation
(Vassalboro) 60 new police officers graduated Friday from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new officers, from local and county ranks, spent 18 weeks at the academy to study and train. Among them is Toni Ryan who joins the Ellsworth Police Department. Ryan studied crime scene processing, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, traffic and criminal law, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Officials say many of the new officers will begin patrol immediately.
Searsport man pleads not guilty
(Searsport) A Searsport man says he did NOT steal 50 thousand dollars worth antiques and a sports car. WABI-TV reports 22 year old William Burrow is charged with burglary and theft. Burrows allegedly broke in to a barn in Knox this summer. In the barn were antiques, household furnishings, and a 2000 Jaguar. Some of the antiques were recovered but the car has yet to be found. It was last seen on Maine toll booth video headed south and out of state.
Maine good at smoking prevention
(Augusta) Maine leads the nation in efforts to prevent young people from smoking. John Schachter, the director of Maine’s Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports the state gets 180 million dollars a year from a lawsuit settlement against big tobacco and tobacco product taxes. Schachter says Maine spends about 8 million dollars a year on prevention efforts.
Drug bust in Bangor
(Bangor) – An alleged crack dealer is the latest person arrested for dealing drugs from a Bangor apartment building. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency tells Star 97.7 they charged 36-year old David Kosta with selling crack cocaine at a Court Street apartment house near a public park. Agents say it’s the fourth time they’ve investigated drug dealing activity at the same apartment building.
Flat bed trailer needs to be moved
(Tremont) A flat bed trailer owner’s father has fired back at the town of Tremont over an assertion the trailer needs to be moved because it violates an ordinance. The Mount Desert Islander reports Bob Cousins wrote to the town saying the trailer is parked legally on the Flat Iron Road side and the town ” ignores the property rights conferred by selectmen.” The town had sent a letter to Jasper Cousins, the registered owner and Bob’s son, that the trailer needs to be moved immediately or it would be towed at his expense. Cousins also said that the town stores plowed snow on his property and offered to lease the property to the town.
Tan Turtle Tavern to reopen
(Mount Desert) A Northeast Harbor restaurant destroyed by fire in 2009 will reopen at the Kimball Terrace Inn. Tan Turtle Tavern owner Rob DeGennaro told the Mount Desert Islander insurance issues have slowed the reopening process. The new space can seat up to 250, more than double the amount at the original location. DeGennaro says they hope to open in May and will stay open through October. Local will be able to call ahead and book a table during the summer months.
NFL: New England Patriots 33 Tennessee Titans 16
NHL: Boston Bruins 2 New Jersey Devils 1 (shootout)
NBA: Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
High School Basketball – Boys (Saturday)
Ellsworth 103 Mattanawcook 46
Washington Academy 60 Foxcroft 52
George Stevens 69 Lee 47
Searsport 44 Penobscot Valley 35
Shead 92 Highview Christian 26
Old Town 61 Caribou 44
Orono 56 Dexter 36
MDI 47 Houlton 41
Foxcroft 30 Washington Academy 28
Caribou 55 Old Town 53
Shead 45 Highview Christian 27