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Local News 7-29-14

(Ellsworth) The State Fire Marshal's Office says the investigation into a March fire at local non profit Birdsacre has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office. Sgt. Tim York tells WNSX, the case has been submitted to Carletta "Dee" Bassano's office for review. York has said the March 2 fire at the Stanwood Homestead Museum was intentionally set. The interior of the building is still in a state of disarray with fire damage, pieces of the collection destroyed, and items in storage waiting to be restored. A benefit raffle for the restoration project fund is planned for this weekend in conjunction with "Cordie Day" events, a day named in honor of Cordelia Stanwood. Birdsacre was built to honor Stanwood's work and research.

(Penobscot Bay) The US Coast Guard needs help finding the source of a distress call made yesterday in Penobscot Bay. In the call, a man says "Help, Coast Guard, I need some help, I'm going underwater." NECN.com reports the caller's location was pinpointed to Eggemoggin Reach. Anyone with information about the MayDay is asked to contact the Coast Guard.

(Ellsworth) - Area businesses have gotten calls claiming to be from the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. The Ellsworth Police Department posted on their Facebook page these calls are fake. The caller says that they are updating their records and asks a series of generic questions. Chamber executive director Susan Farley wants local business to know that they are NOT placing these calls. The chamber also recommends that if you get a call and have any doubts, hang up and call the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce directly.

(Undated) This quadruple homicide suicide in Saco is an example of one of Maine’s worst cases of domestic violence in the state’s history. The Next Step Domestic Violence Project Executive Director Rebecca Hobbs tells WNSX, Mainers should call for help, for themselves or others, if they think they are a victim of domestic abuse.  Hobbs says if you’re on the fence about whether to speak up, call their hot line at 800.315.5579.

(Milbridge) Jasper Wyman and Son signed an agreement to acquire 8 thousand acres in Canada for low bush blueberries. They will also spend 20 million dollars to expand a processing plant on Prince Edward Island .  The company hopes the piece of land in New Brunswick will yield 5 thousand acres of blueberry cropland. Wyman's says the expansion will aid in fast production in Maine; blueberries from Canada had to be sent to the Cherryfield plant which slowed down operations.

(Portland) A former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact with a young relative, cannot visit his grandchildren. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge ruled yesterday that 74 year old Andrew Demers could not see his grandchildren, even under supervision. The judge told Demers attorney that because the victim in the case was a family member, what he was asking for was "difficult and dangerous." Demer has plead not guilty to the charges. He was State Police Chief for six years and retired in 1993.

(Orono) An Orono man remains unsentenced after he plead guilty to charges of 120 sex crimes against children. WABI-TV reports 40 year old Wyatt Higgins-Tripp allegedly had more than a thousand instances of sexual contact with young boys in his home. The judge said he needs more time to go over the case. Some of the victims were in court and read statements to the judge. The defense says Tripp would be better off getting treatment, then serving jail time. A date for sentencing has not been set.

(Bangor) Maine State Police wrote 25 tickets, which produced 10 thousand dollars in fines, in 2 hours time Thursday in a construction zone on I95 in Bangor. Police set the speed trap after a construction worker was almost hit last Wednesday by a speeding driver as he moved a barrel last Wednesday. Fines are doubled in work zones and State Police ask that people slow down and take extra precautions when they enter construction.

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Elementary/ Middle School will be the site of a major flower show this weekend. The St. Croix District of the Garden Club Federation of Maine will present this event that they say it will appeal to young people as well as adults. Organizer Mary Blackstone tells WNSX, The show will offer a large display of horticulture as well as a display of 2-D and 3-D creative works that have drawn inspiration from Alice in Wonderland. For more details, Go to WNSX Radio dot com and click on Events.

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