Bangor, Maine News Update: September 2, 2020
Ellsworth Police Chief Glenn Mosier has been named interim town manager until the council selects a permanent replacement. Chief Mosier will begin the interim duties on September 8th, and will work with David Cole, who will vacate the position on September 21st.
The Maine CDC reports 22 new cases of COVID 19 statewide and 22 more people who have recovered. Health officials continue to investigate an outbreak that’s been traced to an August 7th wedding in Millinocket that now has 134 cases, including subsequent outbreaks. It’s believed, at this point, that the virus originated in Penobscot County and then traveled to York County via wedding attendees.
A Chelsea man is charged with filing a false report after telling officials that he had been shot in the leg by someone in the woods. Police searched the area around Wellman Road and interviewed neighbors who said they didn’t hear a gunshot. Investigators later determined that Dean Ouellette’s injury had been self-inflicted.
Maine’s DHHS and Department of education have expressed concerns to the Maine Principal’s Association about the timetable for resuming fall sports. A letter sent on Tuesday doesn’t call for the cancellation of fall sports but urged the MPA to extend the delayed start to address concerns. Officials say it would allow schools to concentrate on their reopening before accommodating safety protocols for athletics.
Bangor Police are reminding drivers to be watching out for children, as schools begin to reopen. School buses are also on the roads, so drivers traveling in both directions should be prepared to stop then the flashing lights are turned on. Most buses are equipped with cameras to record offenders who refuse to stop and police say they will be cited.
The Waterville Elks Lodge gave out 300 backpacks for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, each one stuffed with appropriate school supplies. Students and parents were able to drive through a parking lot and choose their backpacks, which were donated or purchased through fundraising.
If you see a man in Ronald McDonald knee socks walking down the road, his name is Dwight Barnes, and he’s walking a thousand miles to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities.The former franchise owner from Massachusetts is walking through several states in his quest, including a stop this morning at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor. Get more information on social media at #Jointhejourneyhomermcne.