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Local News – March 20, 2017

Mill Fire

(Bucksport) – They’re going to tear down one of the big buildings at the former paper mill in Bucksport, but firefighters had to put out a blaze there this past weekend. The calls to the former Verso sight came in Saturday morning. Fire officials say a crew cutting the sheet metal outside the building ignited an inside wall causing flames to shoot up about 2-stories. Firefighters from Orrington, Orland and Ellsworth joined Bucksport at the scene.

Overnight Dispatch
(Ellsworth) – City councilors in Ellsworth will formalize an arrangement with the Hancock County Regional Communications Center to provide overnight and weekend emergency dispatching services. The RCC has provided dispatch for a few months now after the city had trouble attracting overnight dispatchers. Ellsworth will pay the county $23-thousand dollars for the rest of 2017, considerably less than it would cost to hire a full time dispatcher and provide benefits and pay overtime. The county dispatch will also provide dispatch to Trenton’s fire department during weekends and overnights.

Sanctuary Towns
(Mt. Desert) – Voters in Mt. Desert and Bar Harbor may vote on becoming sanctuary towns. The Mt. Desert Islander reports citizen petitions requesting an article on the next town meeting warrants have asked for the sanctuary status. The resolves will make no difference to local police who are sworn to uphold the law. The petitions ask that police not be allowed to inquire about a person’s right to be in the country. Supporters say many foreign workers fear reporting crime to local police because of their immigration status.

Fatal Accident Charges
(Belfast) – Grand jurors in Belfast say there is enough evidence to take a 32-year old Winterport man to trial after a fatal accident last September. Adam Littlefield is charged with two counts of manslaughter, OUI, driving after revocation and being a habitual offender. Police say Littlefield was drunk and driving a pickup on the North Searsport Road when it hit a utility pole. All three men few out of the cab – only Littlefield survived.

Stockton Springs Fire
(Stockton Springs) – Firefighters from Stockton Springs responded to a house fire early this morning. WABI-TV reports the call to Baycrest Lane came in around 2:30 this morning. There’s no immediate word on how bad the damage is or if anyone is injured.

Radio Legend Dies
(Maine) Long-time radio legend Don Brown has passed away. Brown began his radio career in 1957 at WIDE in Biddeford. He served in local radio for decades and is most well known for his time spent at WABK. Brown’s last radio job was in Waterville until he retired a few years ago. Brown died Thursday night at the age of 77.

Heroin Arrest
(Vassalboro) A Portland woman out on bail on a previous heroin charge is behind bars again for the same offense. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says a trooper pulled over a car last Thursday on the Bog Road in Vassalboro because of an expired inspection sticker. 36-year-old Amy Santiago was a passenger. The trooper found needles, cotton ball filters, plastic bags and Narcan in Santiago’s purse. One of the needles tested positive for heroin. Santiago is at the Kennebec County Jail for drug possession and violating conditions of release.

Hiker Dead
(Rome) Searchers looking for a lost hiker in Rome Maine found the man’s body along a trail the same night he went missing. Rome firefighters, state police, and Belgrade Rescue had been searching trails off the Watson Pond Road looking for a 57-year-old man from Mount Vernon. Searchers found his body around 9 Thursday night. Warden service spokesman John McDonald reports to Star 97-7 Bruce Peters likely died from a medical event.

Cooking Classes
(Bucksport) Healthy Acadia’s next series of cooking classes begin today in Bucksport. Nutrition Education Coordinator Nikki Fox will teach the class called Eating Better on a Budget. Classes are Mondays at 5pm for four weeks at the Bucksport High School. Contact RSU 25 Adult Ed to sign up for the free class.

JCPenney-Close
(Rockland) The JC Penney store in Rockland is the only location in Maine on the closure list. The announcement Friday means about 25 people will be out of work at the Rockland Plaza Shopping Center, according to Village Soup-dot-Com. One-hundred-38 stores will be closed nationwide in 41 states. JC Penney anticipates the closures to be completed by June.
Sports
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney Upsets:
Michigan beats #2 Louisville
South Carolina beats # 2 Duke
Wisconsin upsets #1 & Defending champ Villanova

Philadelphia 76ers 105 Boston Celtics 99 (Celtics host the Washington Wizards tonight)
Bruins at Toronto tonight.

Spring Training: Minnesota Twins 13 Red Sox 8 (Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles today)

Great Harbor Shootout Winners
Boys High School: Hermon beats MDI
Girls High School: Lawrence beats MDI
Boys Jr. High: MDI beats Brewer
Girls Jr. High: Dexter beats Old Town/Orono

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