It’s lightning to blame for a fire that destroyed a house on Great Wass Island Thursday morning.The call to Carver Industry Road came in around 5 a.m..Firefighters say lightning struck a tree, traveled through the roots and sparked the house fire.
As of 7 o’clock Thursday morning crews were on the scene of a house fire on Beals Island.The call to Carver Industry Road came in around 5 am.Fire fighters from at least three towns were on the scene at last report.Crews are using a water truck from the Coast Guard station at Jonesport to fight the blaze.We do have a crew on the scene and will bring you more information during the tv 5 news at noon.
A federal judge is due to hear arguments in a lawsuit asking a federal judge to intervene to ensure redistricting is completed in time for next year’s congressional elections in Maine.The Maine attorney general’s office is siding with the plaintiffs who contend there’s no reason to delay redistricting until the 2014 elections.
Belfast, Augusta and Canton are getting federal clean-up funds.It’s money from the environmental protection agency for so-called brownfield sites, which are polluted areas that can be cleaned up for development.Augusta and Belfast will get $400,000 each and Canton will get $200,000.
The state senate killed a bill that would have restricted transgender people from using restrooms of the sex with which they identify.It was defeated in a 23 to 11 vote.Representative Ken Fredette of Newport sponsored the bill which was inspired in part by a case in Orono in which a boy who self-identifies as being a girl wasn’t allowed to use the girls’ restroom in school.
Testimony continued today in the trial of a convicted sex offender, accused of rape.Bradley Lemay, 45, is charged with gross sexual assault, tampering with a victim after the crime and trying to escape the Knox County Jail.Wednesday, the jury heard testimony from a Camden police officer who responded to the call on the night of the alleged crime.Lemay is accused of coming into a woman’s home in rockport last June, threatening her with a knife and raping her.His attorney says the woman let Lemay inside and the sex was consensual.