No one was seriously injured when a small plane crashed during take-off from the Vinalhaven airport on Friday evening. The Cessna was transporting an emergency patient and an EMT to a local hospital. Several first responders who were at the scene, for a different call, offered assistance immediately which helped minimize injuries and damage.

A Portland man faces multiple charges after a standoff on Sunday that started when he was allegedly pointing a handgun at traffic. When police arrived, Carlos Dubon ran into an apartment house on State Street. No one was injured in the incident.

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Health authorities are cautioning residents that this is peak season for ticks, and that they’re seeing a record number of cases of babesiosis, as well the usual cases of Lyme Disease. Babesiosis is a parasite that can cause a potentially life-threatening blood disease. Find more information on the Maine CDC website.

Ellsworth City Hall will be closed until Monday, November 1st, due to an outbreak of COVID-19, but will reopen tomorrow morning. This will not affect the police and fire departments, or any city agencies not directly located inside the City Hall building.

The Maine Turnpike Authority is raising highway tolls next month, as the state looks to make up for revenue lost during the pandemic. The Sun Journal reports the state faces a $60 million financial shortfall caused by the pandemic’s reduced traffic. Officials estimate that about 71% of the higher tolls will be paid by people and companies from out of state.

Families are invited to a trunk or treat event at the Anah Shrine from noon to 2 on Halloween. People interested in entering a trunk will need to contact the Shrine. Find more information on the Facebook event page for the Anah Trunk or Treat.

Brewer High School’s Orange Chaos robotics team will host a craft fair this Saturday from 9 to 3. The fundraiser that will be held at the Brewer Community School is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year and helps send them to competitions. The organization uses robotics to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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