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Local News – July 10, 2015

Killer Sentenced
(Bangor) – A Bangor man who pled guilty to manslaughter will spend 17-years in prison. The Bangor Daily News reports 27-year old Samuel Moore entered the plea agreement in the death of 5-month old Korbyn Antworth and for assaulting his older brother. Moore was babysitting the two children in March 2014 when the infant died. Prosecutors dropped a murder charge in exchange for the manslaughter plea. Moore claimed he dropped the baby by accident after the older child hit him in the groin. He said he choked the older boy in anger.

ANP bus system could break records
(ANP) Acadia National Park’s bus system could be set to break ridership records again. The Mount Desert Islander reports over 503 thousand passengers rode on the bus system last summer and fall, an 18 percent increase from 2013. Officials for Downeast Transportation report in the first two weeks of operation this year they’ve seen a 6 percent increase.

Gravel Pit Rescue
(Hancock) – Firefighters helped an 11-year old boy make his way out of a gravel pit in Hancock after he fell down a steep embankment and struck his head. Fire Chief Chris Holmes says the fire department got help from civilians and an ambulance crew on scene. The youngster suffered cuts from prickly bushes in the pit, and was released from the hospital the same day. Holmes said firefighters tied a rope around the boy and helped him walk back up the pit’s slope.

Bald Eagle Death
(Milbridge) – A Maine game warden investigating a bald eagle death in Milbridge called it one of the more bizarre cases he’s ever seen. The eagle was electrocuted when the eel it was carrying contacted a power line which electrocuted the bird. Warden Scott Osgood told the Bangor Daily News eagle deaths are fairly common, but this was the first electrocution he’d seen with an eel. The eagle was also very old – biologists put a band on it when it was a chick 31-years ago on Mt. Desert Island.


Daluz denied new trial
(Bangor) – Convicted triple killer Randall Daluz will not get a new trial. A judge disagreed that co-defendant Nicholas Sexton made unfair comments during closing arguments which influenced the jury’s decision. Sexton and Daluz are serving time for killing three people in August 2014 in what prosecutors called a drug deal gone bad. After shooting them, they set the car the three were in on fire at a Bangor industrial park.

Clerical error blamed for false manslaughter indictment
(Auburn) – Prosecutors say a clerical error led to reports that a grand jury indicted a farm worker for manslaughter in connection with a fatal hay ride last fall. The Androscoggin County District Attorney’s office says David Brown was actually charged with reckless conduct and NOT manslaughter. A Messalonskee high school student died and 20-others suffered injuries when a mechanical malfunction on a jeep hauling the hay wagon caused it to go out of control.

Rockland police looking for confederate flag thief
(Rockland) Rockland Police are looking for a woman who ripped down a Confederate battle flag from the back of a truck. Rockland Police reports the truck was parked in Rockland Harbor Park and the woman was caught on video ripping the flag from the truck’s bed. The incident happened between 6:30 and 7pm Tuesday night at the park’s seawall. Police say if the woman could face theft charges. We’ve posted the video on Star 97.7’s Facebook page.

H.C.C. to reorganize financial affairs
(Ellsworth) – The organizational chart in Hancock County’s Government will change to reflect that the elected county treasurer is not inferior to the County Commissioners’ chief financial officer. A state audit of county government criticized commissioners for obstructing the treasurer’s duties and the will of voters when they hired the chief financial officer and cut the treasurer’s hours to 5-a week. Commissioners rejected a move to eliminate the chief finance officer position this week. Philip Roy who serves in that capacity is on paid administrative leave.

NY man hits moose on Bucksport road
(Ellsworth) – A New York man received treatment for head pain after he struck a moose in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth American reports the crash Wednesday night occurred on the Bangor Road. 20-year old driver Kevin Thompson told police the moose ran out in front of his vehicle as he drove southbound. No word on what happened to the moose.

Chief Astronaut

YORK, Maine (AP) – An astronaut and former Navy SEAL from Maine has been appointed chief of the astronaut office. NASA officials on Thursday announced the appointment of Navy Capt. Chris Cassidy, who has spent 182 days in space and conducted six spacewalks during his career as an astronaut. He replaces Air Force Col. Robert Behnken. In his new role, Cassidy will oversee the office and will help develop astronaut flight crew operation concepts and crew assignments for future spaceflight missions. Cassidy, who’s 45, considers York, Maine, to be his hometown.