$10k Reward Offered for Information Surrounding Murder of Kimberly Neptune

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A reward of $10,000 is offered by the Pleasant Point Police Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of Kimberly Neptune, 43, of Perry, who was found dead in her home Thursday, April 21.

Police today named Neptune’s death a homicide. Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit North is investigating Neptune’s death with the assistance of the Pleasant Point Police Department.

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Maine’s Next Game Wardens Attend Training Downeast

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The road to becoming a Maine Game Warden drives new recruits through 14 weeks of training and into five regions of Maine, too, including Machias where last month trainees practiced crime scene management during a storm that dropped five inches of rain in a single day.

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Sense of Celebration at DCF Ribbon Cutting

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Spirits were high Friday, April 22, as local, county, and state officials joined members of the wider Washington County community to celebrate the reopening of the Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Bucks Harbor, Machiasport.

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At Weekend Rally, LePage Echoes Issues Shared at Last Fall’s Downeast Visit

 

Jayna Smith
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At a Republican convention in Augusta this past weekend, former Gov. Paul LePage told the crowd he would “fix the broken budget” if he wins the election in November.

LePage is rallying for his third term as governor.

If he does win the bid for governor, it would be the first time since 1966 that an incumbent governor was ousted.  

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Washington County Children’s Chorus to Resume Rehearsals

 

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Washington County Children’s Chorus will resume rehearsals from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.

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Machias, Jonesboro Triple Homicide Trial to Begin this Month in Belfast

Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Jury selection for the trial of Thomas Bonfanti of Northfield is set to begin May 23 in Belfast.

“We’re anticipating three to four days to pick a jury and up to two weeks for the trial,” said Bonfanti’s attorney Jeffry Toothaker, who was appointed to the case on April 8.

Bonfanti has entered a plea of not guilty, and earlier this year requested his trial be held in another county to avoid possible tainting of the jury pool by pre-trial publicity.

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Open Mic Offered May 14 in Eastport

 

EAC’s Open Mic series will conclude with an event from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, May 14. Spectators and performers of all ages are invited to the family-friendly event, which is held downstairs at EAC. All types of performances are welcome; the maximum time slot is 10 minutes, but shorter acts are also acceptable. EAC will provide a small sound system, and all interested in performing can sign up upon arrival at the event, or in advance by email.

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Pembroke Voters Pass the First Town Mining Ordinance Under 2017 Law

Editor’s note: The Friends of Cobscook Bay last week submitted the following press release. - SCD  Pembroke voters last week came out to pass a local metallic mining ordinance on May 4. Pembroke’s new ordinance is the first in Maine under the new state mining laws passed in 2017.

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Pembroke Maine Library Book Launch

 

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Woodland Teacher Named County Teacher of the Year

 

Sixteen Maine teachers were announced last week as 2022 County Teachers of the Year. Governor Janet Mills joined Education Commissioner Pender Makin, Educate Maine Executive Director Jason Judd, State Board of Education Chair Fern Desjardins, 2022 Maine Teacher of the Year Kelsey Stoyanova, and Maine County and State Teachers of the Year Association Co-President Shana Goodall to announce the new class of County Teachers of the Year.

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