Bangor, Maine News Update: July 16, 2020
The Maine CDC reports 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the state and 17 more people who have recovered. Currently, there are 385 active cases statewide.
The decision about who has won the 2nd Congressional Republican primary continues, despite the fact that both Eric Brakey and Adrienne Bennett have conceded the race. Dale Crafts appeared to be the winner, but Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says since Crafts garnered less than 50% of the votes, by law, the winner must be decided through ranked choice tabulations.
A Bar Harbor man serving 58 years of raping and killing former classmate, 19-year-old Mikaela Conley, is appealing his conviction. Jalique Keene’s lawyer says the trial should have been moved out of the county and alleges that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict his client. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is now considering its decision.
Anyone driving on I-95 through Bangor next week will want to plan for some lane closures, while the Maine DOT installs beams as part of the Ohio Street Bridge replacement. Both northbound lanes will be closed to traffic from 11 pm. To 5 am on Sunday and Monday. Both southbound lanes will be closed to traffic during the same overnight hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Acadia National Park has now taken ownership of the Bass Harbor Head Light station. Constructed in 1858, the light station was gifted at no expense to the national park service by the U.S. Coast Guard. The often-photographed lighthouse joins the Baker Island and Bear Island lights under the Acadia National Park umbrella.
Bangor Police Lieutenant Tim Cotton now has a new title to add to his resume of police officer, keeper of the Bangor PD’s famous Facebook page, and overseer of the Duck of justice. Cotton is now a published author. His new book ‘The Detective in the Dooryard,’ features the same style of writing found in his social media posts.