first_imgOfficials are currently investigating a fire that occurred at the Casa del Monte Mobile Home Park, Saturday morning.The structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.Firefighters were able to contain the fire and are protecting nearby exposures.The area has reportedly been linked to gang violence in recent weeks.No other information is available at this time.last_img

first_imgThe launch of the Starliner capsule today could be the last major step toward once again launching humans into space.The Starliner capsule is scheduled to launch into space and dock with the International Space Station over the weekend, mimicking the flight path it will take when it flies its first manned mission next year. Liftoff is slated for 6:36 am ET.last_img

first_imgFive people were killed and at least another 60 were injured following a massive pileup early Sunday involving two tractor trailers, a tour bus and multiple cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The crash, which shut down all lanes of traffic on the highway for 86 miles, occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in Mount Pleasant Township, which is about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, according to the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFobo tweeted:Crews are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash with fatalities on @PA_Turnpike, milepost 86 westbound. Crash involves 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and passenger vehicles. Turnpike is closed in both directions from New Stanton (#75) to Breezewood (#161). A prolonged closure likely.— Carl DeFebo (@cdefebo) January 5, 2020 It was unclear if the weather was a factor in the crash. The National Weather Service forecast for Westmoreland County listed light unknown precipitation and an air temperature just below freezing before the accident.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending investigators to the crash scene.This is a developing story.last_img read more

first_imgThe Boynton Beach Police department has charged a 19-year-old woman with animal cruelty after they say her 9-month-old puppy was found starving death and laying in a pile of it’s on waste inside the woman’s room.Officials say they received a call from Animal Care & Control after the 19-year-old’s roommate discovered the dog’s condition and contacted them.At the time of the call, the roommate reported that he had not seen his roommate, Elizabeth Rebecca Ebben, in over 3 weeks and just found out that the dog had been in her room the whole time.The dog, a pit bull mix, was described as weighing only 14 pounds and being “skin and bones.”A veterinarian also discovered that the animal had hookworms, muscle loss, and was suffering from “starvation.”When investigators finally got in touch with Ebben, she told them that she acquired the dog from a Facebook post a few months ago, but after initially taking care of it, she began staying out with her friends a various locations and would only come back to the apartment every other day to take care of the dog.Ebben also told police that she is “ashamed and embarrassed” for her behavior.The animal was put in the custody of Animal Care & Control where he was nursed back to health. He was then placed with Peggy Adams Rescue League, and has since been adopted.Ebben is now facing charges of felony cruelty to animals and unlawful confinement of animals/animal abandonment.last_img read more

first_imgThere could be a break in the case of missing mom Leila Cavett.Officials with the U.S. Marshalls announced Sunday that they have arrested 38-year-old Shanon Ryan in connection with the woman’s disappearance on July 26. He was taken into custody on Saturday, and is facing a charge of lying to federal officers.Ryan is behind held without bond.The FBI recently obtained video footage of 21-year-old Cavett at a Vero Beach Cracker Barrel on July 24. She was with her 2-year-old son, Kamdyn, and they arrived in South Florida on July 25.Additional video, taken the following day at a Racetrack gas station in Hollywood, seems to show Cavett in a vehicle that is not hers.SAC Piro: We are investigating every possibility as to why Leila went missing. If you have any information as to the disappearance or whereabouts of Leila Cavett, please call FBI Miami at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to https://t.co/TWImx57Vov. pic.twitter.com/yAd3xwYhvP— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) August 13, 2020 The woman’s Chevy truck was found in Hollywood on July 28.Her son was found wandering around Miramar at that time. He remains in DCF custodyThis is a developing story.last_img read more

first_imgBELFAST — Despite having preseason scrimmages with Brewer and John Bapst canceled the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans’ softball team is using the opportunities they have to hone their game by mixing it up and trying different tactics.The team did make the journey to Belfast on Saturday to play a doubleheader. One scrimmage was against Belfast High School, the other against Mount View high School.Trojans head coach Dennis Meehan is going deep on his bench to give all of his players and himself a sense of where they stand as the regular season approaches. The first game against Belfast was a good chance for MDI to experiment.The Trojans got settled in by the second game against the Mount View Mustangs, still rotating positions, but getting a better feel for the team dynamic.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe picture is becoming clearer for Coach Meehan as he assesses the lineup and how his players will stack up in various configurations. One of his main goals is to get younger players some turf time before the games start to count for real.Utilizing the heavy rotation as a learning tool, Coach Meehan wants his players to learn not by just seeing, but by doing, which he feel is working like a charm. “And they are doing too,” he said. “I saw a couple of sophomores make some great plays, which was kind of fun.”The last of the scrimmages are over and now things start to get down to the nitty gritty. The Trojans softball team won’t have it easy this season, but Coach Meehan likes they way they are shaping up for the season.“We have a tough schedule,” Coach Meehan said. “It is going to be competitive but I think we can compete.” For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admincenter_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

first_imgBANGOR — With one flick of the wrist, Jarrod Chase cemented his place in Maine high school basketball lore.Time was ticking away in a tie game in George Stevens Academy’s state championship showdown with Winthrop, and the Eagles had the ball with 18 seconds left and the game tied at 44. Just as any coach would, GSA head coach Dwayne Carter wanted the ball in the hands of one his best shooters, Chase or Taylor Schildroth.Out of the timeout, Schildroth drove down the court. He dribbled both ways, but Winthrop had defenders everywhere. Then, the junior guard looked toward the edge of the arc. Chase was there, and he had just enough space.Schildroth made the pass. A Winthrop defender flew to the 3-point line in an attempt to contest the shot, but Chase dribbled to the left and let it fly. From the moment the ball left the the senior sharpshooter’s hands, the trajectory was perfect.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSwish.Immediately, Chase’s teammates tackled him. Carter and assistant coach Matt Mattson beckoned for the players to get off the pile and play defense after the referees determined a bit of time had ticked off the clock after the shot went through the hoop, but there wasn’t enough of it left. The Gold Ball was going back to Blue Hill — again.Chase’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left gave the GSA boys’ basketball team a 47-44 win in the Class C championship Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center. The win marked the Eagles’ second consecutive state title and completed an undefeated season.“I can’t even describe what it feels like,” Chase said. “That’s something that happens in a movie.”George Stevens Academy head coach Dwayne Carter talks to his team during the final timeout of the Class C boys’ basketball championship game on March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP/REACH MAINE MARKETINGAs was the case in its Class C North title victory against Fort Fairfield last Saturday, GSA was forced to come through late in this encounter after entering the fourth quarter without the lead. The Eagles had a difficult time breaking down Winthrop’s defense and appeared to be in serious trouble when they trailed by six late in the game.Winthrop opened the scoring when it made a layup less than a minute into the first quarter, but a 3-pointer by Chase and two from Schildroth helped GSA (22-0) to a four-point lead minutes later. The Eagles would trail 13-11 near the end of the quarter after a brief scoring drought, but they regained the lead in wild fashion when Schildroth made an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.The Ramblers (21-1) followed a Schildroth layup with two baskets of their own to start the second quarter, but Schildroth quickly helped the Eagles retake the lead with another layup. After the two teams exchanged 3-pointers, Schildroth made two free throws before the Ramblers made one of their own. GSA went into halftime with a 23-21 lead after neither team scored in the last few minutes of the half.Unfortunately for GSA, the start of the second half was not its finest. After blocking a Beckett Slayton jumper to begin the third quarter, Winthrop went on a 6-0 run before Stefan Simmons scored GSA’s first basket of the half. With Max Mattson fouling out of the game and Schildroth scoring just two points in the quarter, the Eagles entered the final period trailing 33-30.“They really owned that third quarter,” Schildroth said. “They played really good defense, and I didn’t shoot well. We knew we didn’t want them to have that momentum carry over, and it was up to us to put a stop to it.”Winthrop extended its lead to four points with a Cam Wood free throw to start the fourth quarter, but Chase then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put GSA ahead 36-34 with just under six minutes to play. The Ramblers then went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead before Schildroth hit a pair of deep 3-pointers to tie the game at 42 with just over a minute left.Following a layup by Winthrop, Percy Zentz missed two foul shots before getting his own rebound. The Ramblers then fouled him again, and the sophomore forward made amends by hitting both shots from the line. Winthrop called a timeout on the ensuing possession, but Schildroth got a steal off the inbound pass to give GSA an attempt at the last shot.As soon as Schildroth made the pass and Chase released the shot, Carter threw his arms up in the air.“When it left Jarrod’s hand, I knew it was going in,” Carter said. “I’ve seen [him do that] enough.”Chase wasn’t immediately aware that 1.2 seconds had been added back on. With the buzzer having sounded and his teammates on top of him, though, it was hard to blame him for thinking it was over.In essence, it was. When the players cleared the court to allow the game to resume, the Ramblers could barely get a handle on the ball and were forced to release a full-court shot that fell nearly 10 feet short of the basket. It was a shot that was doomed from the start, and it was a mere footnote to a game everyone in the Cross Center realized was over with Chase’s 3-pointer.Chase didn’t have to wait for that, either. When he turned to Schildroth after the ball sank through the nylon, reality set in.“I looked over to Taylor, and he had his arms up and was staring at me with a ghost-faced look,” Chase said. “That’s when I said to myself, ‘Wow, that really just happened to me.’”Schildroth led GSA with 23 points as Chase scored 16, Simmons added six and Slayton provided the remaining two. Senior Jacob Hickey had 13 points for Winthrop, and Wood and Garrett Tsouprake added 11 each.When the ladders came out and the team got ready to cut down the nets, Chase did the honors. He waved one in his right hand while holding up the No. 1 sign in his left. By the time the GSA fans made their way to the court to greet their champions, he had traded his prize to Simmons for the Gold Ball.The scene soon died down a bit, but Chase and his teammates were still there. Carter stood to the side in shock as the Eagles continued to celebrate. Over near the bench was Chase, who was taking photos with his friends and family as his shiny braces gleaned off his team’s newest trophy.“I got to finish my career here with this in my hands,” Chase said. “This is what every kid dreams about, and I got to live that dream.”The GSA bench celebrates after Percy Zentz ties the game at 44 with two free throws with 47 seconds left in the Class C boys’ basketball championship game on March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP/REACH MAINE MARKETING Bio Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. 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first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — Coming off the team’s best season in nearly a quarter-century, the atmosphere surrounding the Ellsworth baseball program is as electric as ever.A year ago, the Eagles combined a nine-member senior class full of contributors at the plate, in the field and on the basepaths with an unflappable pitching duo to capture lightning in a bottle. The result was a 17-2 season, one in which Ellsworth outscored opponents by eight runs per game, won the Penobscot Valley Conference regular season title and finished as Class B North runner-up.“Our main goal last year was to get Ellsworth baseball back on the map, and we did that,” senior Conner Wagstaff said Tuesday at the team’s second day of tryouts, which drew approximately 30 students. “You look around this gym right now, and you can see how many people are excited about this and want to be a part of it.”Conner Wagstaff throws a pitch during a 2018 game against Old Town at Ellsworth High School. With Wagstaff (6-0 with 65 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA last year) and Matt Burnett (7-0 with 60 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1.46 ERA) back on the mound, the Eagles will have one of the state’s top pitching duos this season. FILE PHOTOThis year, Ellsworth will look to build on that milestone season with a mixture of its star starting pitchers, a few dangerous threats at the plate and a group of potent newcomers. Replacing the acclaimed 2018 class won’t be easy, but if the Eagles can do it, they believe they can go a long way.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Losing nine guys is hard, and we’re going to need some kids to step up,” senior Matt Burnett said. “At the same time, we’ve seen some kids coming through, and we’re pumped about that.”Burnett, the reigning PVC Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, overpowered opponents in 2018 as he went 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA, 60 strikeouts and just 11 walks in the regular season. His dominance on the mound has earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern Maine, where he will play for of the nation’s most prestigious Division III baseball programs.Yet Burnett isn’t the only college-bound pitcher for the Eagles, who have another in Wagstaff, a 2018 All-PVC selection and Southern New Hampshire commit. As a junior last year, Wagstaff posted a 6-0 record and 2.24 ERA in the regular season and led the conference in strikeouts with 65.At the plate, two of Ellsworth’s top hitters from last season are returning: Burnett, who posted a team-best .426 batting average a year ago, and Jackson Curtis, who earned an All-PVC honor of his own with a .393 average and team-high 22 hits. Elsewhere in the lineup, Devin Grindle and Tyler Mitchell are slated to return after making notable contributions last season.Ellsworth will also be adding several newcomers to fill the holes left by last year’s seniors. Younger players such as Hunter Curtis and Matt Reid will be among the players looking to make the final roster, which head coach Dan Curtis said will be adding some new wrinkles.“We didn’t play a lot of small ball last year, and we need to be prepared to do that this year,” Curtis said. “Being able to do the little things to get that run across is just going to be even more important.”Matt Burnett takes batting practice during the second day of varsity baseball tryouts March 26 at Ellsworth High School. Burnett, the Penobscot Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year last season, also finished as the team’s top batter with an average of .426. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLFortunately for the Eagles, they might not need very many of those runs to win games. With its star pitchers in command last season, Ellsworth posted eight shutouts and held opponents to three runs or fewer in 13 of its 19 games.“Having two great pitchers like we do is the perfect lead-in for a younger team,” Curtis said. “It that takes the pressure off those guys to not have to score seven or eight runs to win a game.”Ellsworth will still miss players such as Sam Horne, who led the team with 19 RBIs last year, Austin Baron, who batted .396 and stole a team-high 19 bases, and Brad Smith, Jack Lee and Jared Hamilton, whose speed and hitting prowess set the tone at the top of the order. Providing talent and experience individually and depth as a unit, those players were key to the Eagles’ resurgence in recent seasons.Despite those personnel losses, Wagstaff said the team’s goals haven’t changed. Ellsworth’s returnees now have the experience of playing for a Northern Maine championship under their belts, and although the Eagles’ defeat against Brewer in the regional final last season prevented them from going all the way, he doesn’t want this year’s team to settle for less.“Now that we have a taste of what that title game is, we want it even more,” Wagstaff said. “We want to go back and finish the job, but it starts with taking it one game at a time.”Ellsworth will begin its preseason slate when it hosts Oceanside at noon next Saturday, April 6. The team begins the regular season on the road against George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. April 18 before getting into the meat of its Class B North schedule with home games against Foxcroft, Old Town and a road contest against John Bapst.“In a sport like baseball, one hot pitcher can get you, and that will be a test for some of our younger guys early on,” Curtis said. “Hopefully, some of those younger guys rise up for us, and if they do, I think we’ll be pretty good.”center_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts AUGUSTA — Consider this comeback “Whit-nessed.”The Sumner cheer team won the state championship for the second time in program history Saturday afternoon with a first-place finish in the Class C championships at the Augusta Civic Center. The state title win was the Tigers’ first since they claimed the crown in 2010, Sumner graduate Whitney Doughty’s junior year. Doughty passed away in a tragic accident last spring.“We knew from the start that we wanted to make this a year we’d never forget,” said Sumner co-coach Monica Pettegrow, whose team dedicated the season to Doughty. “This was Whitney’s passion, and so many of those kids were her kids. They worked so hard to get here.”Sumner registered 80.1 points to emerge victorious in a four-way battle for first place. The Tigers beat out Lisbon (77.7 points), Monmouth Academy (75.1 points) and Central (75.0 points) for the title with a routine that included numerous references to Doughty in the team’s chants and audio voiceovers.Sumner cheerleaders and coaches and members of Whitney Doughty’s family pose for a photo during the team’s championship reception Feb. 8 in Sullivan. The Tigers swept every meet of championship season for the first time in school history. JESSICA SNOWDEAL PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe state title followed the Tigers’ first-place finishes in the Downeast Athletic Conference, Penobscot Valley Conference and Class C North championships. Such a run of dominance can be remarkably difficult in a sport that can see a team’s chances collapse with just a single fall or wrong move, but a Sumner team competing in Doughty’s memory didn’t want to settle for anything less.“Our goal was to not only capture the state title but to sweep all four of our competitions,” co-coach Jessica Snowdeal said. “[That’s] something Sumner cheering has never done.”As was the case ahead of the Jan. 11 DAC championships in Baileyville, icy weather in the area threw a wrench into Sumner’s state championship meet preparation late in the week. Knowing ahead of time that the impending storm posed a significant threat to their Thursday and Friday practices, though, the Tigers spent Wednesday afternoon perfecting the most important aspects of their routine.“We knew that could be our last practice before Saturday, so we wanted to really put that extra focus into the change in our pyramid,” Pettegrow said. “It wasn’t ideal, but we knew that was going to be what made us most comfortable going into Saturday.”Although the Class B and Class C teams began competing at 2 p.m., the Tigers were last on the list with a scheduled start time of 4:18. Waiting more than two hours to perform wasn’t optimal, but it didn’t stop Sumner from executing what Pettegrow called a “flawless routine.”“It’s a long time to be sitting around and getting antsy, but that was the time they gave us,” Pettegrow said. “It was a chance for us to give the last impression, and they went out and did that.”Pettegrow said Sumner had well over 100 fans cheering the team on from the Civic Center stands. Yet the team’s arrival back home was just as special as students, faculty members and community members arrived at the high school to greet a joyful team bus guided home via a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office motorcade.Members of the Ellsworth cheer team pose for a photo with their state runner-up plaque following the Class B championships Feb. 8 in Augusta. The Eagles earned 86.2 points as they performed what co-coach Kat Dickens called “one of their most difficult routines yet.” ELLSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO“We always strive to create a cheer family vs. just a cheer team,” Snowdeal said. “Our kids love each other, and it makes all the difference; our fans light our kids up when they perform and are such a big part of our success.”Doughty, whose presence Sumner cheerleaders and coaches said they felt all season long, would have been proud of her alma mater’s season no matter what. Yet by claiming the ultimate prize for the school’s trophy case, this year-long tribute has now become everything the community could have ever wanted — if not much more.“This truly was the perfect ending,” Pettegrow said. “So much of what those kids did on those mats was instilled in them by Whitney and who she was. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”Eagles take 2nd in Class B; Golden Bucks win Good Sportsmanship AwardEllsworth matched its best finish in school history Saturday with a second-place finish in the Class B competition.The Eagles finished with 86.2 points, just 0.8 shy of state champion Hermon. Entering the competition looking to nail a challenging routine, Ellsworth put forth an effort that thrilled its coaches.“The team worked hard to compete with one of their most difficult routines yet,” Ellsworth co-coach Kat Dickens said. “Our goal for states was to have our best performances of the season, and they surely did.”Back in Class C, Bucksport finished with 58.9 points to finish ahead of Wells, Sacopee Valley, Dexter, Mountain Valley and Madison/Carrabec. Yet the Golden Bucks earned a prize of their own on the day as the team was awarded Class C’s Good Sportsmanship Award. 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first_imgBeijing: Ten-time winners China overwhelmed Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final on Saturday. China will play the final on Sunday against the winner between Japan and Indonesia who will vie for the other spot later in the day. The men’s doubles turned out to be a lopsided match as world’s No. 3 Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-17, helping China secure the final berth. En route to the final, China only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in group stage, both at 5-0, and beating Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more