Maine: Reports of unleashed dogs biting visitors cause concern in Acadia

On Tuesday, August 13, Acadia National Park officials said there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

After multiple reports of visitors getting bitten by dogs, rangers at Acadia National Park are reminding the public about certain regulations that accompany bringing a furry friend to the area.

RELATED: What to do before and during a dog attack, according to trainers

According to a tweet sent out by the park on Tuesday, August 13, there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

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Rangers report there were three instances of visitors being bitten by dogs running off leash in Acadia this week alone. Regulations require all pets to be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m). More at 

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As a result, rangers are reminding visitors that all pets that come to the park must be on a leash no longer than six feet. They also should not be left unattended, since hot summer sun can threaten the safety of animals — especially in cars. 

RELATED: 3 dogs found dead inside hot car in Jamestown, Rhode Island

As is typical with most public spots, pet owners must remove any waste from campground and picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed places.

Acadia has designated pet-friendly areas, which include:

  • 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads
  • Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds
  • Isle au Haut (for day hiking)

Officials say most lakes in the park are public water supplies, so pets and people may not swim in them.

Also off-limits are:

  • Sand Beach and Echo Lake
  • public buildings
  • ranger-led programs
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia
  • Duck Harbor Campground

Service Animals are allowed to accompany their owners to all park locations.

To read a complete list of park trails that are closed to pets or that are not recommended for pets, click here.

Maine: police ask for help solving the 1992 murder of Susan Hannah

Susan Hannah was 22 when she was last seen at a bar in Old Orchard Beach.

SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The Maine State Police are letting the public know the agency is continuing to investigate a case in which a woman’s body was discovered off a logging road nearly 26 years ago.

Susan Hannah’s body was found in Limington in November 1993, more than a year and a half after her mother reported her missing. Hannah was 22 when she was last seen at a bar in Old Orchard Beach.

The Portland Press Herald reports Hannah was living with her mother in Scarborough after having separated from her husband. The Maine State Police alerted the public of its continuing investigation with a Facebook post on April 20. The agency sometimes uses Facebook to notify the public about cold cases.

The agency asks anyone with information call 207-657-3030.

Conditions hamper Saturday search for David Henry Dietrich, Wisconsin man who fell in Kennebec River on Thursday

Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches.


BATH, Maine — Maine Marine Patrol is still searching for a Wisconsin man who fell into the Kennebec River Thursday night.

Weather and river conditions on Saturday made searching difficult. Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches, and that the current was very swift. He also said the water was very high.

RELATED: Wis. man who fell into Kennebec River ID’d; search continues

David Henry Dieterich of Racine, Wisconsin, was in Bath on a work assignment with his company Marshall Erecting, police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at about noon Friday.

Dieterich, a Bath Iron Works sub-contractor, was part of a small group of coworkers gathered on a floating dock by the north parking lot at Kennebec Tavern that had been roped off at the time of the fall, police said.

So far, they have not found anything.

Tomorrow, they plan to search the area near the dock where the man reportedly fell in.

Maine: Police investigating human remains found in Augusta

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully says a person walking on the north end of Washington Street on Sunday afternoon saw the bones.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Human remains have been found in a wooded area in Maine.

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully says a person walking on the north end of Washington Street on Sunday afternoon saw the bones. The area is just north of Mill Park.

The Kennebec Journal reports that officers stayed at the scene until about 8 p.m.

Lully says that identifying the remains could take time.

Augusta city police have contacted Gardiner police and the state police Major Crimes Unit regarding the case.

Officials from Gardiner Police Department were not immediately available for comment.

Maine: Woman (no name given) dies in Sabattus house fire

Crews from Sabattus, Wales, and other local towns responded to a fire on Wales Road, or Route 132, around 3 p.m. Friday, April 12.
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Crews from Sabattus, Wales, and other local towns responded to a fire on Wales Road, or Route 132, around 3 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Sabattus Fire Chief Marc A. Veilleux told NEWS CENTER Maine that a woman on the second floor of the building died in the fire.

Veilleux said there was a lot of debris in the home, which made it difficult for firefighters to reach the woman.

There was no electricity or utilities in the building, including no working smoke detectors, according to Veilleux.

The road, also known as Route 132, was closed down between Sabattus Road and Center Road, according to the Sabattus Fire Department. It reopened around 8 p.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s office has investigators on scene. A cause for the fire has not yet been determined.

Veilleux said no one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Maine: 13-year-old boy among the 3 arrested in connection to Donald Giusti beating death

Police searched Lewiston Thursday morning for three suspects – two teens and one adult – in the 2018 beating death of Donald Giusti near Kennedy Park.
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LEWISTON, Maine — Police arrested two teens and an adult Thursday morning for the beating death of Donald Giusti in 2018 near Kennedy Park, according to a press release from the spokesperson for Maine Public Safety.

RELATED: Recent violence in Lewiston and the role of racial tension

Giusti, 38, died June 15, 2018, at Central Maine Medical Center, three days after he was beaten on Knox Street.

A 17-year-old Lewiston male was arrested Thursday in Limestone on manslaughter charges and taken to South Portland’s Long Creek Correctional Facility.

Twenty-three-year-old Pierre Mousafiri of Lewiston was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

Additionally, a 13-year-old Lewiston boy was arrested and also charged with misdemeanor assault and taken to South Portland’s Long Creek Correctional Facility.

RELATED: ‘We all want justice’: Family of man who died after Lewiston fight demands answers

Maine State Police has been heading the investigation, which has continued for almost a year.

Giusti’s family has been hoping for any new developments in the case and they’re asking for help.

RELATED: Family of man who died after Lewiston fight wants peace

Lewiston Mayor Kristen Cloutier released the following statement regarding the investigation into Giusti’s death:

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Lewiston Police Department, the Maine State Police, and the State Attorney General’s Office for conducting a thorough investigation into the events that resulted in the death of Donald Giusti.  This has been a long and complicated investigation, and it is my sincere hope that its conclusion will help bring closure to the members of the Giusti family and allow our Lewiston community to begin the process of healing and reconciliation.

“As the Mayor of Lewiston, I hope that we will come together as a community to grieve and process our losses, but also to get to know our neighbors, whether long-time residents or newcomers, and build relationships that will strengthen our community’s bonds and prevent tragic events like this from happening in the future.

“We must be vigilant in denouncing violence and retaliation and encourage peaceful solutions to the complicated issues we face, both here in Lewiston and throughout our country.  We cannot be complacent in the face of intolerance, regardless of its source.  We must make a concerted effort every day to relate to each other with civility and understanding and to reject that which would divide us.

“This will be hard and sometimes uncomfortable work, but I know we have the strength to confront it.  The safety and future of our community depend on it.”

Maine: Drunk driver Christian Bessatt, 35, pushes second vehicle into store in Casco

Christian Bessatt, 35, was driving under the influence when his car hit a second vehicle. The second vehicle hit Webb Mills Variety store on Route 11 in the impact.

CASCO, Maine — A drunk driver in Casco ran a stop sign at the intersection of Route 85 and Route 11 and crashed into another vehicle. The second vehicle was pushed into the Webb Mills Variety store on Route 11 from the impact late Friday evening.

The man charged with an OUI and for running a stop sign was identified by Cumberland County police as 35-year-old Christian Bessatt.

The driver of the second vehicle that struck the Webb Mills Variety store was identified as 27-year-old Bryanna DiFrancesco.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Political Brew: Thousands of bills; and the 2020 race is on and Susan Collins relys on out-of-State funding.

As the legislative session ramps up, some surprising proposals bubble up. But should they all be taken seriously? And Sen. Susan Collins’ fundraising shows the campaign season never ends.

Phil Harriman and John Richardson are skeptical about a bill proposed last week that would force a consumer takeover of Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, two companies with a combined worth estimated at $4 billion.

Former Speaker of the House John Richardson acknowledges that “CMP has some serious customer relations problems, and that in my opinion is what’s driving this bill. Does this bill have a reasonable chance of getting through? Of course not.”

Phil Harriman, a former state senator, feels “This is not this is not the direction the Maine Legislature should be going, which says to private business, ‘we don’t like the way you’re  doing business, so we are going to take over your business.’ I don’t think that’s going to work.”

They also discuss a proposal that was floated and quickly withdrawn that would have required Mainers to buy snow tires for their vehicles. Our analysts believe this sort of bill points out a chronic problem for the Maine Legislature. A couple of thousand bills are introduced at the start of each session.

Says Harriman, “Every legislator has the right during ‘open season’ to put in any bill of any type that they want. And this is why you see bills like this being introduced. They’re not going anywhere, and it makes fodder for those who want to criticize the way government operates.”

And Richardson says “When these kinds of bills come forward it makes a mockery of the legislature. What happens unfortunately, is that everybody is tainted with ‘what are you trying to do? Force us to buy snow tires?'”

Campaign finance reports this past week revealed that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)  brought in $1.8 million in the last quarter of 2018, following her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

John Richardson says that controversial vote was good politics for Collins, at least outside of Maine. “I think that’s where she’s gaining and will gain most of the money she raises for the next election. She could raise more than $10 million for the 2020 race.”

Harriman says this is a sign that “This is what politics has become today. Campaigns never end. We don’t put our party affiliation aside and operate as Americans or Mainers anymore, it’s all about the election.”

Political Brew airs Sundays on The Morning Report

Maine: Is there an obituary for Clifford Brown?

Clifford was found dead outside his home and initially police were not able to locate his family

Brown was an Army veteran in the late 50s, early 60s.

The VA cannot release any information about next of kin but they were willing to generate a ‘next of kin’ letter that will likely be going out in 10 days, Chief Ryan Reardon said in a statement.

We received more views on Clifford’s situation than we have for any other story featured on the chalkboard.  Clifford seemed to have lived an interesting life, and we’d love to post his obituary here.  If anyone knows of one, please let us know.  If there isn’t one and you’d like to contribute any information you think is relevant, then we can create one for him here.

Post your suggestions here, or mail them to us via

“And when I reach the other side
I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I’ll be back again, and again and again and again and again.”

– “the Highway Man”

Be well!


Maine: Double-digit snow totals for Sunday

Sunday’s snow storm will start around midnight in southern Maine, but before sunrise pretty much everywhere. Some of us could see around 2 feet of snow, sleet possible closer to the coast

It will be heavy through the morning.

As we get closer to the afternoon, sleet will likely start to mix in along the coast.

Snow and sleet will continue through the evening.

Snowfall rates will be more than an inch an hour at times. 2-3 inches an hour rates are possible at times. Travel will be extremely difficult. Snow will get a bit lighter late Sunday, but snow showers will continues into Monday morning. High temperatures on Sunday will stay in the teen and might make it into the low 20s at the coast. Snowfall totals will be HUGE. 10-18″ at the coast and 18-24″ inland.

Jess Conley