A Bucksport man who was the subject of a police standoff on Halloween last year has been sentenced to 7 months in jail and given credit for time served. When police arrived at William Benjamin's house, to do a well-being check, he threatened to set off an explosive.

The Ellsworth Police Department is holding sobriety checkpoints this weekend, with officers set up between 9:00 at night and 2:00 in the morning, at various locations around the city. Officials say they publicize their intent ahead of time so, if folks choose not to avoid the checkpoint, they have consented to the minimal intrusion of the procedure.

A business with stores in two communities is collecting new and gently used tents and sleeping bags that will be given to the Knox County Homeless Coalition, serving Knox, Waldo, and northern Lincoln counties. Donations can be dropped off at the Maine Sport Outfitters stores in Rockport and Camden.

Volunteers are needed for the American Folk Festival, in a variety of positions, from selling merchandise or working the information booth to collecting donations as part of the bucket brigade. Participants can pick their job and will get invited to a private party with the artists. Find more information on the American Folk Festival website.

A family dog is being credited with saving a six-year-old girl from a rabid fox, after it ran at her and her friend, biting at her clothing before sinking one tooth into her leg. Her friend’s dog named Socks grabbed the fox, took it outside, and killed it before it could do further harm to the girls. Luckily, Socks was up to date on his rabies vaccinations