A dispute over lobster fishing has led to shooting charges against a 77-year-old man from Matinicus Island.State Police say 38-year-old Chris Young of Matinicus was shot in the neck Monday morning on an island pier.A LifeFlight helicopter had to be called in to transport Young to a hospital on the mainland.Later in the day police arrested Vance Bunkter in connection with the shooting.Young is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.He underwent surgery, and was listed in stable condition at last report.Bunkter is charged with elevated aggravated assault. He’s being housed at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.State Police say the shooting happened in front of a Marine Patrol officer, who was investigating a dispute between the two men over lobster fishing.He immediately put Bunker in custody and called for back up.Bunker will make his first court appearance on Wednesday at 1 pm at the Knox County Superior Court.
One man is recovering from injuries after crashing on his motorcycle Monday afternoon. Police say a car was heading west on Route 9 and 202 in Hampden just after 4:00 PM. The driver was trying to turn into the Hampden Country Club but didn’t see a couple of bikes heading in the opposite direction. One of the bikes was able to swerve and avoid the car, but the motorcycle driven by Trevor Shultz clipped the vehicle and crashed.Hampden Police Officer, Ben Eyles says he was not wearing a helmet. “It’s a hot day which adds to people not wanting to wear a helmet, but it only takes a second for someone to cut you off and have an accident.”Schultz was taken to the hospital. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Police are investigating.
Maine’s heritage on the coast has deep roots in fishing, whether it’s for lobsters, or digging for clams, or ground fishing.But during the last fifteen years off shore fishing stocks have been depleted.So some stopped fishing and their licenses with the federal government to fish have expired and not been renewed.Monday there were steps taken to get Maine fishermen back on the water, and that is thing of joy for Dick Bridges.” This is the happiest day for me that I’ve had in 15 years because knowing that we’ve got a start here and knowing that the younger fishermen can go fishing and we’ve been all trying to do that and now it’s happening at a small scale and it’s gonna take a lot of time and a lot of money”Only two dozen permits are in the hands of Maine fisherman, and now one of those has been purchased by the group Penobscot East Resource Center.That was a 44 day fishing license that Vic Levesque of Franklin sold. The goal is get fishermen on the water next year with researchers and scientists to find out how many Cod, Haddock and Flounder are off the coast.” They need to start studying them to figure out where they’re coming back, where they can fish so this is important for research, it’s symbolically important but we need to purchase a lot more permits to make it a viable industry again in Eastern Maine,” said Maine Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree.This may not solve all the problems, but it is a start and it does get Mainers diversified in their fishing so it’s not all dependant upon lobster.Representative Pingree grew up not far from these waters and she sees the future in diversity for the fishermen. ” This means that there is some chance that we can get back in these communities that are entirely reliant on lobstering they could have some future with another kind of fishery so I think it means there’s hope.”” What we have to understand is that we must have access to this fishery, we have a natural resource based economy that’s now changing some in the state of Maine,” said Senator Dennis Damon. “Farming, Fishing, and Forestry was a part of our state seal and we must continue to maintain that and this allows people to get back into the fishing aspect of it.”And that is fine with Deer Isle’s Dick Bridges ” That’s a very good start because then we can find out what’s out there, how many fish are left in our area, because if we can find enough to work on then the fishermen are going to go to work.”” For me the goal is that these communities survive” said Representative Pingree. “And we sill do everything we can to make them economically viable and we think ground fishing is economically viable for other parts of Maine and Southern New England and we need to have a piece of that.”Bridges used to fish the waters off the Maine coast and he knows that mistakes were made, and he doesn’t want those errors of the past to be repeated. ” We over fished it and we know that today. And when we go back out there we’re gonna be catching so many fish and we’re hoping to get so much money for those fish, so we can take very little fish and still get the money for them or more.”The program is operated by Penobscot East in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy.
A lobsterman was shot Monday morning on a dock on Matinicus Island. Which is located about twenty miles off the coast from Rockland.State Police say a 38-year-old man was shot in the neck. He was flown to a hospital on the mainland.The victim’s name and the extent of his injuries haven’t been released.State Police and Knox County Detectives are investigating.
Thousands of Mainers may be eligible for MaineCare, DirigoChoice, and Maine’s perscription drug plans, and just not know it.Consumers for Affordable Health Care, a non-profit organization, is holding workshops to educate folks on their healthcare options.To get more information or register for the workshops you can call 622-7083.Workshop Sites and DatesBangor, July 21, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeCalais, August 13, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, FreeLewiston, September 17, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeSanford, October 15, 12:30pm – 3:30pm, FreeAugusta, November 19, 9:00am – 4:00pm, $30 FeeEllsworth, December 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Free
A Bucksport man is likely facing numerous charges after a motorcycle accident on Route 15 sunday night.Bucksport Police say 33-year-old Martin Larsen of Bucksport crashed a 1995 Harley Davidson after he lost control going around a sharp curve.Larsen was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was also operating on a suspended Maine drivers license, and did not have a motorcycle endorsement on the license. The motorcycle was unregistered.Bucksport police also said speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.Larsen was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with multiple injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
Back to back sunny days have been a precious commodity this summer, especially for kids trying to enjoy what’s left of their summer vacations. so what was going through their minds when they awoke to sunshine again? “Well i just think that I get to ride my bike today and possibly I get to go to the lake,” said Gabrielle Mayo of Newburgh. 10-year-old Marissa Sutherland had similar thoughts, “I was thinking about going to the pool cause it’s sunny and warm.”That seemed to be the thoughts on a lot of young minds monday afternoon as dozens of kids lined up to get into the Pancoe Aquatic Center on 13th street here in Bangor.With temperatures topping out in the 80’s for the second consecutive day the aquatic center has certainly seen a rise in visitors. “We’ve been packed,” said Khara Bennett, pool supervisor at the Aquatic Center, “it’s been really busy here the past couple of days but it’s nice, it’s good to have people here at the pool and be able to do our job so.”Thanks to the sunshine, the parents are starting to see the difference of their kids demeanor, “Just their overall mood, we’re all having a great time,” says Tricia Drake of Orrington, with her two children, 8-year-old Jacob, and 6-year-old Jenna. “It’s nice to outside finally, I’m glad we came here today, it’s perfect.” The Drake’s are hopeful the weather stays nice for a few more weeks, just long enough for Jenna’s 7th birthday. Of course everyone here, including the staff at the Aquatic Center, is starting to get back into the groove of their normal summer vacation. “Well we actually get to wear tank tops,” says Bennett, “it’s not freezing or shaking cold, and it’s really fun to see the kids run around and have a good time and go down the slide and have all the families come out.”If the weather continues to get back to normal, the kids around here know, there is still a whole lot of summer left to enjoy.”We’ll probably go back to Bar Harbor,” says Drake, “Bar Harbor was just great yesterday, and we’ll spend as much time as we can outside.”
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps. Some of those kids are right here in Maine enjoying everything the pine tree state has to offer. There are 48 children staying with host families in the Auburn, Augusta and Waterville areas in either one or two week programs. If you’re interested in learning more about the fresh air fund you can log onto www.freshair.org
Forty years ago to the day, men walked on the moon for the first time. They inspired a generation of scientists and engineers to follow in their footsteps.Today we talked to a professor at the University of Maine about what those next steps could be.”Three…two…one….””Everybody on the planet came together and were cheering for the success of those three men.”In 1969, Neil Comins was a first-year college student in engineering.”Then the moon landing occurred and the realization of opening the universe,” he says.The landing drew Comins look skyward. Forty years later, he’s an astrophysicist and professor at UMaine, asking the big “What if?” questions about our solar system.”We’ve been sidetracked by so many other things in real life, here on Earth, that it’s only now that people are again focusing on the moon and beyond,” he says.We stopped going to the moon in 1972 primarily because it was expensive, he says. But there’s still much to explore there, like alternative fuel sources.”The reason for us to go to space today, to explore space, is to understand what’s out there for us to use that would justify the economics of it.”Comins says the next step for human spaceflight is Mars and the question of life there.”And finding that there had been, or maybe still is, underground in liquid water oceans under the surface. If there was or is life on Mars that’s something that’s going to change our perception of ourselves and our relationship to the universe.”He says it’s infinitely harder to get people to Mars than to the moon. While the technology is in reach, the cost, he estimates, is tens or hundreds of billions of dollars.”Going into space right now, in these economic times, is entirely debatable. It’s a very expensive proposition and we need that money here,” he says. “However, if we lose the momentum we have in the space program, that would be bad too.”
They couldn’t have asked for better weather sunday in Stonington for the 20th annual Fisherman’s Day celebration an annual celebration of commercial fishermen and their families. The day also sent the message that the fishing industry is alive and kicking here in Stonington.All the proceeds for the day went to help the Island Fishermen’s Wives Association, an organization that raises money for a variety of needs all over their community. “We give out scholarships for the kids every year going into the fishing community and kids going on to college,” says Manda Boycs, Co-President of the Islan Fishermen’s Wives Association, “we provide safety training for the coast guard and all of our fishermen at no expense, we do CPR training, hypothermia training, and we give out money to fishermen who’s boats have sunk, or who have been injured on or off the boat and to their families if a fishermen has lost his life.”People of all ages packed the commercial pier in Stonington and found no shortage of activities to keep them busy.”There is a lot going on here today,” said Boyce, “tee-shirts for sale, a bounce house for the kids, we got tons and tons of kids games, lots of food, and the coast guard boat is here giving tours and and there’s going to be whacky row boat races and a cod fish relay.”Some of the booths were geared towards teaching people about the fishing industry. Phil Averil is the owner of Ocean Adventure and he wanted to educate maine’s future generation about commercial fishing. “It’s great to know that the town cares enough to celebrate the fishing industry and keep it going,” says Averill, “and them having some hard times now as we all are, and there is a great turnout here and good food and fun stuff to do and things to learn it’s just a great operation.”For most of the kids here the day was most certainly a success. Some of them came to Stonington from all over the country. “Exciting, exciting and fun,” says Austin Manuel with a big smile on hi face, “I thought it was going to be boring when I first got here but it wasn’t.”
A woman and a five-year-old Island Falls boy were hospitalized Sunday night, after the ATV they were on crashed in a township near Sherman.The call for help came in around 6:45 pm.Game wardens say 27-year-old Janelle Grant and her young passenger were on one machine…riding with a group of ATVers that included other children.Grant’s machine hit a wash out on an old logging road in Township 3 Range 4 and roller over..The 5-year-old suffered head injuries: Grant broke her arm.Both were taken by helicopter to a Bangor hospital with what’s being described as serious injuries.A spokeswoman for the warden service tells TV 5 that they are not releasing the name of the young boy because the incident is under investigation.
Here’s a kiss you won’t forget. An adorable pooch puckered up to help raise money for other pets in need. The 13 and 1/2 year old wanted to set the world record for dog kisses.It was all part of the Hancock County SPCA pet show & fair Sunday afternoon at the Mount Desert Elementary school ball field in Northeast Harbor.For a $1 donation, folks could give Couscous a smooch and help her collect the final 100-thousand dollars to finish building the new SPCA facility in Trenton. We’re told Couscous kissed 515 people, establishing a new record, according to her owner.
Call it the luck of the irish.Sunny skies helped lured crowds to Belfast this weekend for the 3rd annual Maine Celtic Celebration.The three day event featured all kinds of celtic fun and games, including a Kilted Run and Row, Cod Toss Relay, Mud Flats Tug O War and the famous National Cheese Roll competition, which organizers say drew a crowd of about two thousand.The waterfront festival also included Irish music and dancing, as well as storytelling.Belfast, Maine is named after Belfast, Ireland, and a number of Celtic descendants live in and around the area.Sunday morning featured a true Celtic tradition- the Highland Heavy games.13 people participated in the games, including one woman as well as a 17-year old.Most were from Maine.
A woman from Stueben is in the hospital, after a rescue at Baxter State Park that lasted two days and involved multiple agencies.Rangers say 22-year old Ashley Dewitt fell while coming down Hamlin peak Friday afternoon or early evening.She broke her leg and couldn’t go on.Rangers spent a rainy Friday night on the ridge with Dewitt, camping out in tents they carried up, while an evacuation team was put into place.As a steady rain fell Saturday morning, the crew began carrying Dewitt down.They reached the Chimney Pond Ranger station at nightfall.At 8:30 Sunday morning, a helicopter from the 126th Army National Guard Medivac unit flew Dewitt to Millinocket Regional hospital.In addition to rangers from baxter, workers from Acadia National park, the Maine Forest Service, the State Fisheries and Wildlife Department and volunteers helped with the rescue effort.
A man was seriously injured in Bucksport Sunday afternoon, after his motorcycle crashed on Route 15.Police were called to the River Road around 4:30 pm.When they arrived, they found the bike about 12 feet off the road, in some grass.Bucksport Police Officer Ryan Knight says the driver was heading south at a high rate of speed.Officer Knight says the driver wasn’t able to make the corner, and his bike went off the road.The man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center with what police are calling severe but not life threatening injuries.
Hundreds of people gathered on the banks of the Penobscot River in Bangor Saturday to celebrate its continued return to a healthy body of water. The Penobscot River Revival – now in its second year – is designed to mark the progress that’s been made in the river and focus on what the future holds for it, too. Years of work has helped restored the river to a place for people to fish, recreate and enjoy its beauty. The festival, put on by the Lower Penobscot Watershed Coalition, included a number of exhibitors, artists and researchers tied to the Penobscot.Gayle Zydlewski of the Lower Penobscot River Coalition says “The river is really the centerpiece of many of the communities around here. And its also our lives depend on the river and the water that’s associated with it and other things that come from it. So people that are here with their displays have different values associated with the river and the idea is to try to connect all of those things together for everyone.”As part of the festivities Saturday, folks had a chance to take a ride on the river and learn about fish and wildlife restoration efforts. More than 500 people turned out to take part in it all.
FairPoint Communications faces more criticism for its service in Northern New England, this time in New Hampshire.The consumer advocate is asking the state’s Public Utilities Commission to open a new investigation into the company’s problems. Last year FairPoint took over Verizon’s landline phone and Internet operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Since then, it’s been plagued by customer service, billing and operational issues. A FairPoint spokeswoman says the company agrees more needs to be done in New Hampshire, but doesn’t think an investigation is warranted.
Hundreds of Mainers hit the streets today in what they called the biggest rally for healthcare reform in the state’s history. In Portland, they carried signs, and chanted: “The time is now for legislation that would provide access for all Americans”.The message of health care reform now is contrary to what Maine’s two senators say. Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins called this week for the President to back off from his end-of-the-month deadline for passage of health care reform legislation in the House and Senate.About three dozen people held a counter-rally in opposition to the government-backed health care plan.Terren Bradgon with the Maine Heritage Policy Center says, “We don’t want politicians playing doctor, taking away the patient-physician relationship and government getting in between that. We think that people need more choices when it come to private health insurance, but we don’t need big government taking away our options.”Democratic Representative Hannah Pingree, the Maine House Speaker, says, “For the farmers, for the mill workers, for the accountants and architects we all get sick, we all deserve some kind of peace of mind knowing we can get better without bankrupting our families.”Pingree says delaying adopting health care reform until after the legislative recess in August recess will give lobbyists from the powerful pharmaceutical industry too much time to confuse the public.
Hundreds and hundreds of folks are in Lincoln celebrate the town’s 180th birthday. This weekend also marks the 62nd annual Riverdriver’s Homecoming Festival. As many as 10-thousand people are expected over the course of the four-day event, with some coming from across the country for it. Organizers say the weekend gets bigger and bigger each year. One of the most popular draws on Saturday – the Homecoming Grand parade through downtown. Shelly Crosby, the community events coordinator, says the festival gives everyone a chance to reconnect.”It ties the community together, it gives our merchants the opportunity to bring their clients in. It allows families to have their extended families living away come home. It’s also a great weekend for a lot of alumni to match up.”A fireworks show put a cap on Saturday’s activities. A 5K road race, a golf tournament, a basketball tournament and gospel concert will round out the weekend Sunday.
They’re going hog wild this weekend in Millinocket.Hundreds of Harley-Davidson riders are in town for the Maine State HOG rally. It’s the first big event to allow riders to take a trip on the Golden Road, a privately owned logging road that goes deep in the Maine woods.Almost 750 people registered for the rally, which started on Thursday. Organizers say most of the riders are from Maine, they also represent almost two dozen other states. This is the first time Millinocket has hosted the HOG rally. Maine State Rally Coordinator Linda Billings say the event is expected to bring a nice economic boost with it.”When a motorcyclist comes to town, they bring in an average of $263 per person, per day. So if you’ve got 700 people registered, you’ve got quite a bit of money coming into town.”Besides the Golden Road ride, bikers also took part in a parade, a poker run and a number of skills games. The weekend wrapped up Saturday night with a bonfire and entertainment. This it the 14th year for the rally.