1 man arrested, another sought following Maine shooting 

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they’ve arrested one of two men in connection with a shooting that critically injured a man. 

The shooting happened early Monday in Presque Isle. Many schools and businesses closed for the day. The school district said Tuesday it was open as scheduled for the day, and that additional safety measures were in place. 

Police on Tuesday say they arrested 31-year-old Jomo White, of Atlanta, at a local residence without incident. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer. They are still looking for 44-year-old Jason Alexander, of Blaine, Maine. 

Police are considering what happened to be an “isolated incident” and believe the victim and the men knew one another.  Police said the victim called 911 reporting he had been shot on Northern Road.  


Mainer to be sentenced for raping, killing former classmate 

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of raping and killing a former high school classmate is due to be sentenced. 

Jalique Keene was captured on surveillance video carrying the woman over his shoulder as she kicked her legs and later carrying her lifeless body to the woods where her body was found. The 22-year-old was convicted of murder and gross sexual assault in May. 

The sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday in Superior Court in Ellsworth. 

Keene and 19-year-old Mikaela Conley knew each other from Mount Desert Island High School. She was killed after giving him a right from Boston Logan International Airport on May 31, 2018. 

Keene testified there was a fight after he and Conley had consensual sex. But he couldn’t recall the events depicted on the video.  


East Coast haul of red hake to be cut back until April 2020 

BOSTON (AP) — Federal regulators are cutting back the amount that fishermen can harvest an economically important fish species on the East Coast. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it’s cutting commercial fishermen’s possession limit of northern red hake from 3,000 to 400 pounds per day. Those rules will be in effect until April 30, 2020. 

NOAA says the new limits are needed because the northern red hake fishery is projected to reach or exceed a quota limit this month. 

Fishermen bring hundreds of thousands of pounds of red hake to the docks on the East Coast every year. Most of the fish come to land in Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. They are used as food. 


Program would reward developers who plan for sea-level rise 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland city planners are proposing new zoning rules that would encourage developers to consider sea-level rise when building in flood-prone areas. 

The proposal would let developers build taller buildings if they can prove the additional height is being used to prepare for water-level changes associated with climate change. 

The Portland Press Herald reports the city’s Planning Board is expected to review the proposed Coastal Resiliency Overlay Zone on Tuesday night. The City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee will review the proposal Sept. 18. 

The overlay zone’s exact boundaries have not yet been determined, but city planners plan to work off the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s estimates of a 10-foot sea level rise. 

According to the department, those numbers could become a reality as soon as 2100. 


Maine DOT to explore summer I-95 exit 1 shutdown in Kittery 

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The chief engineer for Maine’s Department of Transportation says the department may explore shutting down Exit 1 on Interstate 95 when traffic is “really bad” in the summer, so drivers can’t get off and clog local roads. 

Seacoastonline.com reports Joyce Taylor told the Kittery Town Council on Monday the proposal would require further exploration. She and other DOT officials and Maine Turnpike Authority representatives met with the Town Council to discuss current construction and long-term transportation planning. 

Earlier this year, town officials were fearful the Piscataqua River Bridge rehabilitation project, which began in June, would exacerbate Kittery’s epidemic of I-95 drivers diverting off the highway and clogging town roadways attempting to avoid traffic. Taylor said so far, the project has been going well. 

The bridge connects Maine and New Hampshire. 

 

 

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