Bangor Hydro has scheduled maintenance early tomorrow morning that will cut power for a few hours downeast.The upgrades to the electrical system are scheduled to begin at 2 o’clock in the morning.The areas affected are Somesville, Hall Quarry, Southwest Harbor, Tremont, Cranberry Island, Islesford and Swan’s Island.The raindate is scheduled for Monday, September 10th at the same time.If you have questions about the upgrade you can call 947-2414.
Swimmers were barred from the waters of a Maine beach for about 30 minutes this week when someone saw what they thought were shark fins sticking out of the surf.It turns out the fins seen in the waters off Wells belonged to the massive, but harmless, ocean sunfish.Officials say three fins appeared 30 to 50 yards off shore about 11 a.m. Monday.Lifeguards ordered everyone out of the water until it was determined the fish posed no threat to humans.Ocean sunfish are the heaviest bony fish in the world, growing to as much as to 2,200 pounds, up to 6-feet in length and 8 feet from top to bottom.Fire Chief Dan Moore, who oversees the town’s lifeguards, tells The Portland Press Herald, lifeguards used proper caution.
A Massachusetts woman prosecutors say preyed on drugs addicts and used threats and violence to make them work for her as prostitutes in Maine has been sentenced to five years in prison. Tiana Clark of Medford, Mass., pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court to aggravated assault, witness tampering, trafficking in cocaine base, and promotion of prostitution. Under a plea agreement, the 29-year-old Clark received concurrent penalties that amount to a 10-year sentence, with five years suspended, and three years of probation. Prosecutors say it was unclear how many people worked for Clark as prostitutes, but called her offenses “a horrific form of sex trafficking.” The Portland Press Herald, reports that Clark’s attorney disputed the use of force and said the case was more about drug addiction.
Authorities say one person was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Bridgton and it appears excessive speed may have been a factor. Police say the crash on Kansas Road was reported at about 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The victim was the only occupant of the vehicle. Chief Kevin Scholfield said the victim’s name would not be made public until their family has been notified. The crash remains under investigation, but preliminary indications are that the vehicle was speeding.
A Fryeburg man has pleaded not guilty to molesting two infants and possessing child pornography. Twenty-two-year-old Luke Edmunds was arraigned Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court on charges of possession of sexually explicit materials and unlawful sexual contact. The Sun Journal, reports that a Maine State Police investigator says Edmunds was living in Fryeburg with a family member when police traced an Internet address sharing child pornography on file-sharing networks. Police subpoenaed FairPoint Communications and found the Internet account registered to Edmunds’ grandfather. That man didn’t know how to use the Internet. But police say Edmunds admitted to sharing the files. Police were later told by two people that Edmunds had sexually touched two infants. Edmunds is being held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland on $500 cash bail.
The Saco City Council has reached a compromise in the controversy over dogs on city beaches. The council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to allow dogs on city beaches leashes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August only if they are leashed. Dogs had previously been allowed on the beaches unleashed, prompting complaints from some people about aggressive dogs and too much waste left behind. The Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association that said Saco has become a “mecca” for dog owners across southern Maine because most other towns bar dogs from their beaches during the summer months. Dog owners disputed those claims. Baywood resident Sally Sea called the ordinance a fair compromise.
Churches, museums and schools are taking part in a bell-ringing in New Hampshire to mark the 107th anniversary of the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt invited envoys of Russia and Japan to the United States to negotiate an end to the war. The peace conference was held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in nearby Kittery, Maine, that summer. The Treaty of Portsmouth was signed at 3:47 p.m. on Sept. 5. Roosevelt won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. The anniversary is being noted at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday by the simultaneous bell-ringing in Portsmouth. A talk is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Portsmouth’s cherry trees – a gift from Japan.
The nation’s top transit official is in Maine to announce funding for the expansion of express commuter bus service at Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and New Hampshire’s Pease International Tradeport. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff will join U.S. Navy and local officials Wednesday to announce the service expansion aimed at making it easier for civilian and military personnel to get to work at the shipyard, located in Kittery, and the Pease business and aviation industrial complex in Portsmouth. Rogoff will be announcing funding for the expanded service.
A 13-year-old Maine boy has been charged with arson, accusing him of starting a fire that gutted the back of a Bath home. Maine State Fire Marshal’s investigators say the boy started the fire on Thursday night. Sgt. Joel Davis of the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office told the Bangor Daily News, that he thinks the teen acted alone. He would not comment on the motive for the alleged crime. The fire destroyed the rear of the building, which is owned by a woman who lives there with her 16-year-old son.
The Senate Labor Committee voted 10-0 today to recommend the governor’s appointment of Jeanne Shorey Paquette as Maine Labor Commissioner. She currently serves as Deputy Commissioner.Several of the governor’s nominees for new terms on Maine’s court benches also won committee support.The Judiciary Committee endorsed the renomination of Justices Jeffrey Hjelm of Rockland, Thomas Humphrey of Portland and Thomas Warren of Portland to the Superior Court Bench.The full senate still must confirm all the nominations. Those votes are scheduled for Thursday.
The state of Maine is suing the federal government for failing to act on its waiver request seeking to eliminate Medicaid coverage for more than 20,000 residents.The centers for Medicare and Medicaid services told the state last week more time was needed to review the request.Medicaid serves 361 thousand Maine residents.The governor says Medicaid has grown faster than the state’s ability to pay for it.The Republican-controlled legislature reduced coverage during the last session.
For the fourth time in less than two months, an inmate has escaped from state custody.Justin Ross was reported missing from his work release site in Leeds last night.The 35 year-old was being held at the Central Maine Pre-Release Center in Hallowell.Ross is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.He’s originally from Farmington and was serving a sentence for a domestic violence assualt.He was due to be released in October.
Lobster prices are inching up in Maine.Lobstermen have been hauling in fewer lobsters the past couple of weeks as compared to the previous several months.Marine resources lobster biologist Carl Wilson says the lull in the harvest is coming a few weeks ahead of usual, but he says that’s not surprising given that the lobster catch was higher than usual beginning in the spring.
Governor Lepage is leading a Maine delegation on a trade mission to China.Business professionals, school recruiters and government officials are part of the group.The eight day, mostly privately funded trip includes stops in Hong Kong and Shanghai.The goal is to boost Maine’s businesses overseas.
Firefighters from several towns battled an early-morning fire at a home in Durham.The call for help came in early Monday Morning.Two people inside the home and their dog got out safely.Flames damaged the home and destroyed a nearby barn, according to fire fighters on the scene.The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to the scene to investigate a cause.
An early morning fire in a residence hall at the University of Southern Maine in gorham was intentionally set, that’s according to school officials.The fire was reported around 2:30 Monday morning, when a sprinkler system went off inside a recycling closet in Upton-Hastings Hall.The 200 students were evacuated from the hall for about three hours.Authorities say, the fire was contained to the closet.The State Fire Marshal’s Office and USM police are investigating.
Police believe speed and alcohol may have been factors in a crash in New Portland that killed a man from Embden and injured two others.It happened on Wire Bridge Road around 9:30 Friday night.Authorities say 24 year-old Ryan Nile was driving and lost control of the car, hitting a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.20 year-old Nichole Nichols and 27 year-old Christopher Woodward, also from Embden, were hurt.
Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a worker at Range Ponds State Park in Poland, Maine. The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department says a woman was working the booth at the main gate when she said a motorist attempted to pull her into his van before driving away. The employee described the van as a rust-colored 1980s van with square headlights and no rear license plate. Police say the event was reported Saturday afternoon.
A judicial appointment for a top aide to Gov. Paul LePage is among more than 70 nominations by the governor that lawmakers are set to take up this week. Daniel Billings is a longtime Republican activist and chief legal counsel to LePage. He faces a review by the Judiciary Committee and a confirmation vote by the Senate to be a District Court judge. Committees will review 72 nominees for judicial appointments and reappointments and other state boards, commissions and executive posts on Tuesday and Wednesday before making recommendations to the Senate, which will hold confirmation votes Thursday. Also among the nominees are Col. James Campbell as defense, veterans and emergency management commissioner, and former Conservation Commissioner William Beardsley to the Board of Education.
Ski resort operators in northern New England are looking past their zip lines and water parks to the winter ahead and like what they see: The pent-up demand for skiing after last year’s snow drought is producing brisk sales of early-bird season passes. New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain reports sales up 20 percent over last year. Maine’s Sunday River reports season pass sales are up 10 percent from last year. Vermont’s Magic Mountain in the month of April sold half of last year’s total season pass sales. But winter revenues are no longer the make-it-or-break-it barometer for New England resorts, which pioneered summer attractions like zip lines, water parks and mountain coasters. Moose tours at Maine ski areas are in the mix as well.