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Local News – July 23, 2015

Ellsworth Drowning
(Ellsworth) – The Maine Warden Service and Ellsworth Police are investigating a possible drowning on Green Lake in Ellsworth yesterday. Emergency workers were called to the scene off the Gary Moore Road shortly after 3-o’clock yesterday afternoon. Sources tell Star 97-7 bystanders were performing CPR on a 53-year old man who did not survive. The Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy. Authorities are expected to release the man’s name later this morning.

Belfast man found
(Belfast) The Warden Service found an elderly Belfast man early Wednesday morning after he got lost in the woods overnight. 89 year old Ulmer Russ took his ATV for a ride at about 6:30pm Tuesday night near his Shepard Road home and didn’t return. Family searched behind the residence and found the ATV but not Russ. Just before 4-o’clock yesterday morning a game warden found Russ, who got lost after he left the ATV to inspect a logging operations. He was cold but in good health and taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

No bomb, chemicals at Winterport home
(Winterport) Fire investigators say they found no explosive device at a foreclosed property in Winterport. A bank asked police to investigate a criminal trespass complaint at a Meadow Road property and deputies saw a suspicious device. Fire Marshal’s Office Sergeant Ken Grimes tells Star 97.7 that device was harmless. Grimes says the Department of Environmental Protection disposed of some unlabeled chemicals. He says there was no threat to the public or neighbors

Irish speaks out, blames police

(Benedicta) – A 21-year old woman kidnapped and wounded last week in a crime spree that left her boyfriend and one other man dead says State Police bear some blame. Brittany Irish says she was sexually assaulted and grazed by a bullet when 35-year old Anthony Lord came to her home after allegedly setting to her family’s barn in Benedicta hours earlier. Irish said she had requested protection from state police. State Police chief Robert Williams said the police response is under review. Lord is charged with killing two others, wounding three and kidnapping Irish among other crimes.

Crime Rate

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Department of Public Safety says crime dropped nearly 15 percent last year, the largest drop in the four decades that the state has kept detailed records.  Commissioner John Morris said Wednesday every crime category tabulated by the state’s Uniform Crime Reporting division went down in 2014, a year after similar decreases were recorded in most categories. One exception: There were more drug arrests. Morris said the decreasing crime numbers are encouraging “but also tempered with the growing drug abuse issue.” He said drugs are still driving most crime in Maine. Among the categories, the biggest drop in 2014 was for burglaries. Other crimes that saw declines: Aggravated assaults, motor vehicle thefts, homicides, domestic violence assault, rape and arson.

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