The medical examiner’s office says a Millinocket man died accidentally in a car crash over the weekend.State Police say 57-year old Mark Knopf was driving on Route 11, about two miles outside of Millinocket Saturday afternoon, when his car suddenly veered across the road and crashed into a tree.Police originally thought a medical issue might have been a factor, but the autopsy indicates Knopf died from blunt force trauma to the chest.
An Augusta firefighter has been taken to a hospital for heat exhaustion from battling a blaze on Middle Street.It happened Tuesday morning.Augusta’s fire chief tells TV 5 a neighbor saw flames and called the fire department.The chief believes the fire started in the kitchen and estimates $60,000 worth of damage to the house.
The Maine factory that held the nation’s last sardine cannery is expected to start a new life this week processing lobsters.The company Live Lobster is expected to begin processing frozen lobster tails and frozen and fresh lobster meat at the Gouldsboro plant once owned by Stinson Seafood.The lobster meat will be sold to restaurants, stores and distributors around the country.Live Lobster President Antonio Bussone tells the Bangor Daily News he expects to employ up to 50 people by the time operations begin.Earlier this year, Live Lobster acquired the former Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in the local village of Prospect Harbor earlier this year from Bumble Bee Foods, which had closed it in April 2010, eliminating 130 jobs.(The Associated Press)
Fire crews spent about two and a half hours battling a fire in Orland early Tuesday morning.The call to the single family home on Bald Mountain Road came in a little before two o’clock.The home owner noticed the lights flicker and smelled smoke, and checked out the basement and reportedly saw smoke coming out of the electrical box.When fire fighters arrived from Orland, Bucksport, and Dedham they could see smoke and flames in the basement.The fire was contained to just the one room and into the ceiling in the basement, but it’s located just under the kitchen.The house was saved but there is smoke and water damage.No one was injured, and fire fighters did save a couple of cats from the home.
A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a house fire in Searsmont.The call from Woodman’s Mill Road came in a little after Midnight Tuesday.Fire fighters from at least five towns were on the scene.Searsmont Fire Chief James Ames says the back end of the home was full of flames when they arrived.No one was living in the structure, it was being used for storage.Crews were on the scene for about four hours.Chief Ames says there is quite a bit of damage to the two story structure but he believes it can be rebuilt.
The war on bath salts was discussed in Bangor Monday.City Councilors want to come up with a plan to get the drug off the streets and inform citizens of the dangers of bath salts, which are known to cause hallucinations and bizarre behavior.On hand to provide their opinions on the matter were doctors, legislatures, and representatives from the Bangor Police Department.Last month, Governor Lepage signed a law calling for a 350-dollar fine for possession of the drug, but local police would like to see stricter laws.
Lots of music will be coming from the Bangor Public Library this month.Each Wednesday evening during August there will be a free concert.This week a trip back to the 90’s is on tap with Smells Like The Nineties at 6:30 Wednesday night.August 10th Amanda Gervasi will perform at 7pm.
Thursday night folks from the Ellsworth area and beyond will be getting together for a benefit spaghetti supper.It’s being put on to help the Hancock County Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to build the Gillespie family home.There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert for just $5.00 a plate.It starts at 5pm Thursday night at the VFW Hall on Eastern Road in Ellsworth.For more information you can visit their website Hancockcountyhabitat.org.
Due to the significant amount of damage to a Searsport home the State Fire Marshal’s office says they have been unable to determine the exact cause of the blaze.It happened on Route 1 last Thursday afternoon.The Red Cross was called in to help the tenant who lived above the garage, and the home owner is staying with relatives.