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Local News 4-18-14

Stonington Boat fire

(Stonington) A lobster boat fire in Stonington Wednesday night, remains under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. Sgt. Ken Grimes tells WNSX, he will conduct additional interviews and possibly call in a Marine Surveyor to look at the fishing vessell Heritage, which was destroyed by the blaze. Stonington Fire Chief Ryan Hayward tells WNSX, the blaze was reported at around 8:30pm and a crew of four responded. Hayward says they doused the flames with seawater and the owner of the vessel indicated there was nothing flammable onboard. Grimes reports the boat is owned by James Eaton and was insured.

Coastal Farms Food Processing

(Belfast) – A company that provided storage and production space for several Belfast businesses is shutting down. WABI-TV reports Coastal Farms Food Processing has told its tenants to move out because they’re going out of business. President Jan Anderson said equipment failures in the blueberry processing part of the business for the past two years led to big losses and the decision to shut down. Tenants have spent this week removing their goods from the facility.

Norris Nickerson Obit

(Bangor) – Former Bangor High School principal Norris Nickerson has died at the age of 74. Nickerson spent 49-years in the education field, retiring 3-years ago. A friend told the Bangor Daily News the long-time principal and Football coach died of a blood disorder. Nickerson spent his entire career in the Bangor school system.

Woman to appear on Rachael Ray show to discuss weight loss ver 1

(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth woman will be featured on TV chef Rachel Ray’s talk show Monday, to discuss her weight loss success story and receive a make over. Elizabeth Faulkingham-Alteri tells WNSX, she lost 110 pounds in about a year’s time through determination, portion control, exercise, and Weightwatchers. Faulkingham-Alteri she sent in her story to Rachel Ray show and soon after producers contacted her, sent a crew to follow her around and flew her to New York for a taping. Not only did she tell her story, but she says she also received a new look.
Faulkingham-Alteri is now a Weightwatchers lifetime member and leader for others on their weight loss journey. 

New principal hired in Brooksville
(Brooksville) A new teaching principal for the Brooksville Elementary School was unanimously approved by school board members. The Weekly Packet reports Todd Nelson, the former principal of the Adams School in Castine, will start July 1st with a 2 year contract. The position pays 75 thousand dollars for the first year, with the second year up for negotiation.

Vinalhaven theft

(Vinalhaven) – Police say two Knox County men swiped more than $200-thousand dollars from a Vinalhaven fisherman’s home. Under arrest are 19-year old Jacob Mondello of South Thomaston and 19-year old Vincent Hilt of St. George. The Bangor Daily News reports the pair went on a shopping spree with the stolen money, and even bought a boat with the cash. Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said fishermen sometime keep large amounts of cash at their residences.

Bank Teller Sentenced

(Bangor) – A former bank teller from Searsport who stole money from customers will spend a month in jail, 7-months confined to home, and 5-years on supervised release. Brittany Mace admitted she stole $26-thousand dollars to feed a drug habit while she worked at Bangor Savings Bank. The Bangor Daily News reports Mace has received drug addiction treatment and will pay back the money to the bank which reimbursed its customers. Sentencing judge Brock Hornby told an apologetic Mace he hopes never to see her in a court room again.


Maine elver fishermen and dealers report small catches and reduced prices in the first week and half of the state's season for immature eels. The Portland Press Herald reports Thursday that the water that flows from Maine's rivers and streams is too cold to lure baby eels away from warmer saltwater. Many elver fishermen pulled gear from flooded waters this week. Dealers are paying $400 to $650 per pound for elvers, down from more than $1,800 last year. State officials and fishermen both said before the season they anticipated a slow start because of the harsh winter.

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