News

Maine news from Ellsworth, Bucksport, Gouldsboro, Blue Hill, Sullivan, Surry, Hancock, Deer Isle, Stonington, Orland and throughout Hancock County.

  • Hancock couple arrested after $50K worth of heroin found

    Hancock couple arrested after $50K worth of heroin found

    ELLSWORTH — Two Hancock residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges after police found more than $50,000 worth of heroin in a vehicle and home. Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Downeast Task Force, assisted by Ellsworth Police, stopped a 2005 Mercedes on High Street. The owner of the vehicle,

  • Hancock County Jail log Feb. 1-10

    Hancock County Jail log Feb. 1-10

    The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between Feb. 1 and 10: Justin N. Kane, 23, Sullivan, assault, disorderly conduct. Roger W. Daigle, 47, Tremont, two counts dissemination of sexually explicit material and one count each possession of sexually explicit material and possession of sexually explicit material of a minor. Chad

  • Rural ambulance services in crisis

    Rural ambulance services in crisis

    ELLSWORTH — For more than 50 years, Americans have taken it as a given that when they call 911, an ambulance will come to the rescue. The ride may be expensive and the hospital far, but the expectation for the better part of a century has been that an ambulance will be there. In many

  • Man dies trying to save dog from Dedham fire

    Man dies trying to save dog from Dedham fire

    DEDHAM — For the second time this month, a Hancock County man has died trying to save his dog from a house fire. Fire swept through a log cabin home on Privet Road in Dedham Wednesday morning, according to State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland. Investigators said Jerry Bishop, 76, and his wife, 77-year-old Phyllis Bishop,

  • Herring quota slashed

    Herring quota slashed

    ELLSWORTH — Imagine running a trucking business and having your supply of diesel fuel cut by 70 percent. For all practical purposes, that’s what happened to the Maine lobster industry last week. Last Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it was cutting the 2019 herring quota by about 70 percent. That bodes ill

  • Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    Tony Sohns, bug-loving businessman, dies at 41

    ELLSWORTH — Tony Sohns, whose love of the natural world extended to the creepy and crawly and whose family-run Rock & Art shops enliven area downtowns, died Feb. 6 of a heart attack while on a business trip in Arizona. He was 41. To many, especially children who participated in his natural science workshops, Sohns

  • Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    Sex ed discussion draws parent complaints

    GOULDSBORO — What began as Friday science class at the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor resulted in a sex-ed discussion that many parents felt was inappropriate for their children. The class discussions Feb. 1 prompted numerous parents to contact the school with their concerns. The science teacher is no longer with the school. The Peninsula

  • Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    Opinions flow at water ordinance hearing

    ELLSWORTH — Nearly two dozen advocates and opponents — environmentalists, attorneys and unorganized territories camp owners among them — argued Feb. 7 over a proposed ordinance to protect water by prohibiting construction of an East-West highway in the unorganized territories. The venue was a special meeting of the Hancock County Commission. An East-West highway (one

  • Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    Trout Unlimited meeting scheduled in Ellsworth Feb. 20

    ELLSWORTH — Georges River Trout Unlimited will host a Downeast Chapter meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth. Jacob van de Sande, land protection project manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. titled “H2O – Headwaters to Ocean, Maine Coast Heritage Trust Rivers Initiative.” The talk