A dramatic accident in Bangor closed the intersection between State, Harlow, and Exchange Streets late yesterday afternoon. Witnesses say they believe the driver experienced a medical episode before speeding down Hammond Street, onto the sidewalk by the Hammond Street Senior Center, and finally hitting a utility pole in the busy intersection, knocking it to the ground. Several vehicles were hit during the incident but only the driver suffered any injuries, although witnesses said he climbed out of the car on his own

Waterfront Concert promoter Alex Gray’s misdemeanor domestic assault case is due to be in court today in Portland. Witnesses have said they heard yelling but didn’t see what happened when the woman claimed Gray knocked her to the ground after a night of drinking and then slammed her head into the floor. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail.

Fire officials say a garage fire in Orland is a good reminder of the importance of having working smoke detectors. The family that lived there heard the detectors go off, saw the fire, and had time to get their pets out before calling 911. A quick response from the fire department helped contain the flames in the garage but it was the smoke detectors that possibly saved the lives of the family.

There will be lots of family fun on the Blue Hill Peninsula this weekend, as three popular festivals all happen on Saturday. The 3rd Annual Harvest Festival, featuring live music, competitions, and refreshments, will coincide with the Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s Family Day event, and the Bay School’s Apple Fest. Folks are encouraged to park on South Street and all three of the events will be in walking distance.