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New scam tactic pops up in Ellsworth


ELLSWORTH, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- A new scam has popped up in the city of Ellsworth looking for people to pay for overdue loans and other payments.

Detectives at the Ellsworth Police Department say these types of scams have been reported before, but now, scammers are going door-to-door impersonating officers for the attorney general's office.

One Ellsworth woman gave her credit card information to this person to keep her son from being arrested -- or so she was told.

Detective Dotty Small says people can be put in a tough situation when they see what they think is a police officer-- as this scammer is still out there.

One person is dead after a head-on crash in Dexter.


DEXTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- UPDATE – Dexter Police Chief Kevin Wintle says a 19 year old male was killed Saturday night when his dirt bike struck a Dodge Neon head on.

Wintle says the male was operating his 2007 Honda CR250R on RT 23 towards Ripley when he crossed into the path of the Dodge.

Chief Wintle says his department received reports of the accident at approximately 10 Saturday night. Witle says when his officers arrived they found the 19 year old male already deceased. Wintle says there were 3 occupants of the Dodge. 2 female passengers were transported, treated and released from Mayo Hospital.

Wintle says one contributing factor of the accident was the motorbike did not have a headlight. Wintle did say the operator of the motorbike was wearing a helmet.

Wintle said he is holding off releasing the name of the deceased until family can be fully notified.

Truck crash highlights the demand of getting bees to Maine


DEBLOIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Millions of honey bees headed for Maine were left in a state of flux this week after a tractor trailer carrying them crashed on I-95 just south of Wilmington, Delaware.

While the bees did swarm, handlers were called in quickly to help contain them.

The insects were valuable cargo for many farmers in Maine as the honey bee is used pollinate several of the state's crops, including Maine blueberries. Yet bee experts say in recent years it has become more costly for growers to bring them in.

According to federal studies, for another straight year the number of honey bees in the U.S. is in decline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this past winter alone honey bee colonies dropped about 23 percent across the country. That fell on the heels of even more declines that have spanned most of the last decade.

Bar Harbor interim town manager could be named this week.


BAR HARBOR, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) -- It's been exactly two weeks since one of Maine's longest standing town managers stepped down from the position. Dana Reed served as Bar Harbor's Town Manager for 27 years.That spot remains open inside the town office,but that may not be the case for much longer.

They've brought in Eaton Peabody Consulting Group out of Augusta to search for an interim, and an eventual full-time, Town Manager.

On Thursday at 6:00 PM, the consulting group is bringing in the candidate for the interim position for a meet-and-greet which will give the public their chance to weigh in on the situation.

Vice chair Gary Friedmann tells NEWS CENTER that everyone is anxious to get the new interim Town Manager in action as soon as possible.

Food sovereignty fight makes its way to Maine's highest court.


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fight over local control and food sovereignty that began in the fields of Blue Hill more than two and a half years ago, spilled over into the state's highest court on Tuesday.

Justices with the Maine Judicial Supreme Court heard arguments from lawyers representing Dan Brown, a small farmer fighting against sanctions imposed by the Maine Department of Agriculture that stem from his sale of raw milk on his farm without a license.

"I can't give my neighbor a half gallon of milk. This is crazy talk," exclaimed Brown as he stood outside the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Brown says it was about ten years ago when he and his wife, Judy, decided to start a small farm operation on their land at their home in Blue Hill. They had a handful of chickens and added a couple of cows.

Acadia National Park prepares for tourist season


MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Early visitors to Acadia National Park might not be able to dine or buy souvenirs inside the park.

For the first time in 80 years, a concessioner other than Acadia Corporation will be operating Acadia National Park's three gift shops and the restaurant at the Jordan Pond House.

Acadia Corporation had an unsuccessful attempt at contesting the National Park Service's decision to go with Dawnland, LLC, a new Maine business founded by a New Mexico based company.

That hold up has created a delayed opening to the concessions inside the park, which are usually set to open up around mid-May.

On Thursday, transitional construction continued at the Jordan Pond House on a design that will be maintained by Dawnland, LLC, until 2024. They signed a 10-year contract just about a month ago.

Bar Harbor Town Manager stepping down


BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of Maine's longest serving town managers is being let go. Bar Harbor Town Manager Dana Reed and the town council have reached a separation agreement after a 6-1 vote during Tuesday's council meeting.

Reed had one year left on his contract.

Reed entered the spotlight of controversy in recent months after placing former Police Chief Nate Young on paid leave after allegedly driving while intoxicated. Reed ultimately fired young from his police chief position. Young has since filed suit against the town.

During his personal statement, Reed said that the political climate has degenerated to the point that his presence was preventing meaningful progress and that he was stepping down to overcome the dysfunctional, divisive and destructive attitudes of late.

Dana reed will officially step down on Thursday. The agreement breaks down this way...