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Local News – May 12, 2017

Port Authority Bill

(Augusta) – A bill that would let voters in Bar Harbor decide whether a local port authority is formed will have to wait until next year.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports lawmakers decided to carry over the controversial bill.  If the measure goes to voters and gets approved, the port authority would purchase the former Bluenose Ferry Terminal and could build long piers to accommodate large cruise ships.

 

Milbridge Boat Fire

(Milbridge) – Fire damaged a boat outside a marine store in Milbridge yesterday.  WABI-TV reports firefighters quickly put it out, and workers moved other boats stored nearby to keep the flames from spreading.  They think an electrical problem sparked the blaze.

Lincoln – Water Plant

(Lincoln) – A town that lost a paper mill could become home to a major water bottling plant.  The Bangor Daily News reports Poland Spring Water plans to build a $50-million dollar plant in Lincoln.  The operation could create about 40-jobs that pay $20-dollars an hour.  The bottling plant would likely use 175-million gallons of water, about the same as the now closed Lincoln Pulp and Paper mill.

Power Outage – Ellsworth

(Ellsworth) – About 600-homes will lose power this morning in Ellsworth.  Emera Maine spokesman Bob Potts reports to Star 97.7 that the utility will shut down the juice in the Grant Street area at about 9:30 this morning.  The power should return about 2-hours later, and the outage affects the Ellsworth Water District.  The utility said the shutdown is necessary for emergency repairs.

 

Pillsbury Conviction Upheld

 

(Augusta) – An Augusta man serving 50-years for stabbing his girlfriend to death won’t get out of prison any time soon.  Maine’s Supreme Court upheld Justin Pillsbury’s conviction yesterday.  In 2013 Pillsbury stabbed Jillian Jones to death in a dispute over a cell phone.  He claimed self-defense.  Prosecutors say Pillsbury acted in a jealous rage.

Mt Desert Fire

(Mt Desert) – A Mt. Desert art studio is a total loss after an early morning fire.  Fire Chief Mike Bender tells Star 97-7 a fisherman out early called in the blaze a little after 5:30 yesterday morning.   Bender says the art studio owners from New York recently insured the building. They’re not sure what caused the blaze.

 

Moose Lottery

(Maine) The deadline to enter Maine’s Moose Permit Lottery online is Monday by Noon. The online application process is fast, easy, and you receive instant confirmation that you’ve successfully entered the lottery. The moose permit drawing is on June 17th at Caribou Parks and Recreation. To apply log on to: M E Fish Wildlife dot Com.

 

EPD Openings

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth police chief Glenn Mosier says hiring new police officers has become more of a challenge than in the past. Moshier says there are 2 openings for police officers in Ellsworth. Former State Trooper Jon Mahon recently filled another vacancy, coming back to law enforcement after retiring in the high ranks of the state police force.

 

Card Brook Cleanup

(Ellsworth) The annual Card Brook Cleanup in Ellsworth postponed from last weekend is rescheduled for tomorrow (5/13). The City of Ellsworth and Frenchmen Bay Conservancy need volunteers to pick up litter. Participants should bring gloves and sturdy footwear, and will meet in the parking lot on the right side of Hannaford in Ellsworth to receive further instructions. Those volunteering will be entered in numerous raffle drawings. Card Brook Cleanup is from 9:30AM ’til Noon tomorrow.

 

Teacher Awards

(Local) – Sixteen teachers, one from each county, have won teacher of the year awards. The honor in Washington County goes to Rhonda Stevens from Beatrice Rafferty School. In Hancock County – Marielle Edgecomb of the Peninsula School. And in Waldo County – Christi Goosman from Searsport District High school. Educate Maine says the Teacher of the Year program is meant to celebrate the thousands of outstanding professional educators in Maine schools, not to single out any individual as the best teacher in Maine.

Dunlap-Commission

(Augusta) Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is not aware of any evidence that calls into question the integrity of the nation’s voting process, but he’s nonetheless open to serving on President Trump’s commission to review alleged voter fraud. White House officials said Thursday that Trump is expected to sign an executive order creating a panel led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Immigrant Deported

(Naples, ME) A Naples Maine woman says her husband was deported to Guatemala on Thursday after an arrest last month by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. WABI-TV reports Sandra Merlim’s husband was held in Louisiana and his arrest order stemmed from a felony “use of fraudulent documents” conviction in 2013. Merlim says she’s looking for a lawyer but cost is a concern.

Sports

The Celtics can wrap up their NBA playoff series with Washington tonight in DC.  Boston leads it 3-2.

San Antonio advances to the NBA’s Western Conference final after a 39-point win over Houston.

Boston Red Sox 4  Milwaukee Brewers 1 (Mookie Betts 3-run homer in 9th inning wins it) – Sox take on Tampa Bay tonight, Rick Porcello starts for Boston.

High School Baseball

Foxcroft 6  MDI 4

Hampden 10 Mt. Blue 1

Softball

Hampden 5  Mt. Blue 4

Foxcroft 6 MDI 1

 

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