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Local News – July 7, 2015

Franklin Fire
(Franklin) – Fire damaged a home on Route 182 in Franklin overnight. Dispatchers tell Star 97-7 they sent firefighters from Franklin, Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Eastbrook and Gouldsboro to the scene shortly after 1-o’clock this morning. No injuries are reported – neighbors say the house was undergoing renovations. The fire marshal’s office was on scene early this morning to look for a cause.


Ellsworth killer convicted

(Bangor) – An Ellsworth man faces a minimum of 25-years in prison after a judge found him guilty of killing his wife on Christmas Day 2013. Christopher Saenz will receive his sentence at a later date. Justice Ann Murray released her guilty finding yesterday, several weeks after the jury waived trial ended in late May. She rejected his defense that claimed a previous injury led to Hillary Saenz’s fatal seizure. Prosecutors say Mr. Saenz beat his wife repeatedly in the days before her death, accusing her of cheating on him.


Killer Spotted
(Guilford) – A summer camp owner told police he spotted accused killer Robert Burton peering through a window yesterday, and confronted him before Burton ran off and swiped a canoe, heading onto 2nd Davis pond. That prompted a large scale search for the Parkman man sought since he allegedly killed his girlfriend last month. Burton was reportedly still dressed in camouflage. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said troopers scaled back their search as darkness set in, but will continue the hunt for Burton.

Boothbay Harbor Killings
(Boothbay Harbor) – State Police say a Boothbay Harbor man killed his wife, drove over to his son’s house and fatally shot him, then returned home and killed himself. Investigators have determined the deaths of Svend, Carol and Eric Jorgenson were a double murder and suicide. All three victims died from a gunshot to the head. Spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 Svend Jorgenson left a note that gave financial details, but gave no clue about why he would shoot his wife and son and then himself. The killings likely took place around July 1st, but the bodies were found 3-days later after police got a call asking to check on the family’s well-being.

Medway Fire
(Medway) – Several antique cars went up in flames when a garage in Medway caught fire yesterday. WABI-TV reports Ronald Martin’s garage on Village Lane caught fire at about 1-o’clock in the afternoon. Residents could see the black smoke column for miles. Martin was reportedly working on one of his antique cars when the fire started. No injuries are reported – the fire marshal’s office was called to find out what caused the blaze.

Ellsworth Crash
(Ellsworth) A woman has been taken to the hospital after a three car crash on the Bucksport Road Monday morning. The Ellsworth American reports the injured woman drove a Kia Car. That car and an SUV were stopped for a flagger in construction past the Christen Ridge Road heading towards Bangor. A red pickup truck driver told police he turned his head to look off to the side and when he looked back he was unable to stop in time. All three cars were towed from the scene. Police haven’t released names in the crash.

Sullivan woman crashes her motorcycle
(Sullivan) A Sullivan woman crashed her motorcycle in Hancock early on the morning of July 4th, possibly breaking her pelvis. 40 year old Jennifer Worster traveled west on Route 1 at 4:05am when she failed to make a sharp right turn on her Suzuki bike and drove in to an embankment on the other side of the road. The bike was totaled.

Validation vote today
(Ellsworth) Voters in Ellsworth are headed back to the polls today to vote on a second draft of the school budget. The new budget has been reduced to 19.7 million dollars, down by more than $134-thousand from the proposal shot down a month ago. City Council Chair Bob Crosthwaite says regardless of how a voter feels, he urges them to get out and vote.Only 4.2 percent of Ellsworth’s registered voters turned out for the last validation vote. The polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

Busy fourth for Ellsworth area
(Ellsworth) Area business say their fourth of July weekend was very busy. Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Director Susan Farley tells Star 97.7, there is plenty of traffic already this summer.Farley says she thinks the strong summer so far can be attributed to lower gas prices a nasty winter that left folks ready for a break.

Fireworks Death
(Calais) A Calais man’s family says their son who died when a firework ignited on his head says the incident was an accident. 22 year old Devon Staples father, Russ, told the Bangor Daily News his son thought the firework mortar tube on his head was a dud. Staples says his son held the tube on his head as a joke and a spark ignited the explosive, killing him instantly. The family is raising funds for funeral expenses on give forward dot com and say they will donate any additional funds to more control on the sale of fireworks. Staples lived in Florida and once worked at Disney World in the role of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.

American Legion Baseball
RH Foster (Hampden) 8 Steamboat (Waldo) 2
Trenton 3 Penquis 1
Motor City 5 Midcoast 0