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Local News – July 1, 2015

Body Found
(Hancock) – Maine’s Marine Patrol recovered an Ellsworth man’s body from Taunton Bay more than a week after he disappeared. The Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy on 28 year old Matthew LaForest. He was last seen on June 18th taking pictures along the shore by the Sullivan/Hancock bridge. Game Wardens and Marine Patrol Officers conducted numerous searches for LaForest using boats, planes and search dogs.


(Augusta) – Lawmakers swiftly over rode Governor Paul LePage’s budget veto and a new state budget is in effect today. The $6-point-7 billion dollar spending plan cuts income taxes for some Mainers, funds more drug enforcement agents, and maintains assistance to towns and cities for the next two years. The Governor issued a scathing veto message on Monday. Lawmakers had previously overridden 64-line item vetos from LePage.

Bucksport Taxes
(Bucksport) – Property tax payers in Bucksport face a nearly 18-percent increase in property taxes, even though the municipal budget will drop. The reason – a significant drop in valuation of the former Verso Paper Mill. The Ellsworth American reports the property tax rate will likely increase to 17.10 because valuation of the mill property dropped from $418-million dollars to about $72-million. AIM Development plans to demolish the mill in the next year after buying the shuttered facility from Verso last winter.

Wright – Lincoln Trailer Park
(Lincoln) – An Ellsworth businessman has purchased a foreclosed trailer park in Lincoln. Wayne Wright who has numerous holdings in the Ellsworth area purchased the mobile home park on Grindle Street for $35-thousand dollars. That pays the back taxes and water bills to the Town of Lincoln. The Bangor Daily News reports tenants in the mobile home park faced water shutoff after the town foreclosed on former owner Warren Brasslett of Greenbush.

Lovell Inn Essay Contest lawful
(Lovell) State police say the former owners of the Center Lovell Inn did not violate state law when they ran an essay contest to give away the inn. State Police tell Star 97.7, their investigation found the Center Lovell Inn contest was a game of skill, not chance. State Police license games of chance, but there are no Maine laws that oversee essay contests. Inn owners Janice Sage and Prince Adams announced earlier in June that a couple from New York would receive the inn. More than 7 thousand people entered the contest.

Trescott fire cause unknown
(Trescott) Fire investigators can’t determine what caused a fire in Trescott Township that destroyed a home Saturday night. WABI-TV reports the home was in flames when fire crews arrived on  Dixie Road. No one was in the home at the time of the blaze.

Meth lab found due to chemical burns
(Ludlow) – Another meth lab bust in Maine. Drug Agents tell Star 97-7 they were tipped off about the operation in the Aroostook County town of Ludlow when 26-year old Kayla Nason south medical treatment for burns suffered while making methamphetamine. They charged 30-year old James Anthony of Ludlow with trafficking and seized a vehicle with the drug making materials inside.

Ellsworth 55+ housing survey
(Ellsworth) – Ellsworth city officials are surveying older residents to find out about housing needs. City Planner Michelle Gagnon tells Star 97-7 they hope to find out whether the City should develop housing options not currently available. The survey is in the mail in the Ellsworth area and geared toward folks more than 55-years old.

Drive In
(Hermon) – For the first time in 30-years folks in Eastern Maine can go to the drive-in to see a movie. The Bangor Drive-In opens to the public tonight. Carol Epstein tells Star 97-7 the drive-in closed in 1985 and the refurbished facility on Outer Hammond Street will feature two screens with digital projection and sound that comes over your car radio. The Epstein family has a long tradition in theaters and runs the Bangor Mall Cinemas.