State fire investigators say there is too much damage to determine the cause of a fire in Etna early this morning.Neighbors reported seeing flames coming from Watson’s Custom Butchering Shop on Carter Road just after 2 a.m.The shop was surrounded with flames by the time crews arrived on scene.The fire was knocked down quickly.
The Republican caucuses don’t start in Maine for another week, but GOP candidate Ron Paul is already visiting.His first stop, Bangor.Paul says he wants to know why it is that radicals are now in charge of our government?”Because we want changes they want to make it sound terrible, but what’s wrong with balancing budget?
The Director of Maine Emergency Services says the state agency has launched its own investigation into the response to a fatal skiing accident at Sugarloaf Resort.41-year-old David Morse was skiing with his wife and two children last week when the accident happened.He died in an ambulance en route to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.The hospital investigated after Morse’s wife complained about the treatment he received from the ambulance crew.
A Vermont man has died as the result of a car crash on the interstate in Hampden.Troopers tell us an elderly couple from Vermont was heading north to Brewer about 4:30 Thursday afternoon.70 year old Douglas Dapice was driving when the vehicle ran off the road, struck a tree and landed in a ditch.Rescue crews removed the couple from the car.Both were taken to the hospital, where the Dapice passed away.
A company that wants to bring a propane gas tank to Searsport answered questions about the project Thursday.Colorado based DCP Midstream wants to put the tank at Mack Point.Some residents are concerned about issues like safety, truck traffic, and how the size of the tank might change the look and feel of Searsport.But other residents say the tank will only bring good things to the community.In March, the town will vote on a moratorium that would give the community more time to do studies and review town ordinances, but DCP Midstream wants town members to vote no, so the project can move forward.
Waterville city officials are the latest to speak out against some of the governor’s proposed cuts to the DHHS budget.Waterville Mayor Karen Heck and AOS Superintendent Eric Haley are mostly concerned about cuts to the early childhood development fund and the effects those cuts would have Waterville kids.They said cuts to programs like Head Start would be devastating and could send kids down the wrong path.
State Police are trying to figure out what caused a driver to lose control of his car on the highway in Hampden and hit a tree.Troopers tell us an elderly couple from vermont was heading north on the interstate to Brewer about 4:30 Thursday afternoon.We’re told the driver ran off the road, hit a tree and landed in a ditch.Rescue crews were able to remove the couple from the car.The trooper tells us the driver had some broken bones, while the passenger had what appeared to be minor cuts and bleeding.
Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross came under fire last week for tipping off Reverend Robert Carlson about a state police investigation involving Carlson.Washington County Sheriff, Donnie Smith, called for Ross to resign as president of the Maine Sheriffs’ Association, but in a statement released by that group Thursday, officials said Ross isn’t going anywhere.The organization conducted an internal review of what happened, and found that Ross committed no ethical breach of conduct when he told Carlson a letter accusing him of sexual abuse had been sent to police.As a result, Ross remains president of the Sheriffs’ Association.