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Local News – December 31, 2015

Lamoine Fire
(Lamoine) – Fire destroyed a home in Lamoine overnight, but the man who lived there and his two pets are unhurt. The home on Needles Eye Road was fully engulfed when fire trucks arrived shortly after 11-thirty last night. Fire Chief George Smith tells Star 97-7 there was no saving the home and a pickup truck parked in front of the building. Homeowner Jesse Stetler says he is insured. The Fire Marshal’s office was called, but is unlikely to find a cause because of the extensive damage.  Hancock, Trenton and Ellsworth firefighters also responded.

Escapee Pleads
(Bangor) – A Winterport man has admitted he escaped from federal custody a couple of months ago. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97-7, 24-year old Brandon Caparotta entered a guilty plea in federal court yesterday. He was arrested in November at a Griffin Road apartment in Bangor. He’s arrived at the Northern Maine Regional Re-Entry Center in September and got a work pass and failed to return. He’d been in prison on firearms offenses.

Alleged Killers Indicted
(Bangor) – Two men jailed for allegedly shooting a Bangor man to death the day after Thanksgiving will proceed to trial after grand jurors indicted them for murder. 27-year old Robert Hansley and 37-year old Robert Ferguson, who are both from New York, are charged with murdering 38-year old Robert Kennedy. The shooting took place on Center Street in Bangor, and another man whose has not yet been publicly identified, was wounded.

Sorrento man busted
(Bar Harbor) A Sorrento man who allegedly drove drunk, didn’t tell police he had a handgun in his pocket during a traffic stop. Police stopped 35 year old Bryan Campbell Route 3 a week ago. The Mount Desert Islander reports police arrested Campbell for OUI. While patting him down, police found the handgun. Those with permits do not have to disclose they are armed to police, but officers ask that they be informed of the weapons presence.

60 Minutes piece on El Faro
(Bangor) The first videos of the wreckage of El Faro will air on national TV Sunday. 60 Minutes will air a segment on the cargo ship’s sinking. The remains of the ship are 15 thousand feet under the Atlantic in the Bermuda Triangle. On board were five crew members who attended Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, including the boat’s captain. The boat’s wreckage was found on October 31. The National Transportation Safety Board allowed 60 Minutes to record while they investigate the wreckage. The show also spoke with family members of some of the crew lost at sea.

NY Man appears in court for murders

(Augusta) – No bail for a 29-year old Rochester New York man accused of gunning down two Augusta residents early Christmas morning. David Marble Jr. made his initial court appearance yesterday, one day after police arrested him during a traffic stop. We won’t know much about what led up to the deaths of Eric Williams and Bonnie Ryder for a while. A judge sealed the arrest warrant affidavit at the prosecutor’s request because the case remains as an active, open investigation.

Machias hosts first ever lobster drop
(Machias) Folks in Machias will celebrate the first annual Downeast lobster-drop tomorrow. Planner Bill Burke said he wanted to plan an event in Machias for New Year’s eve to involve families.  Burke says Washington Academy’s industrial arts department designed the fiberglass lobster and art students painted it. He says a number of events will lead up to the lobster drop with fireworks after.

Lebanon fire
(Lebanon) The State Fire Marshal’s Office say one man has died in a fire Wednesday morning in Lebanon. The fire destroyed the man’s home on Bakers Grant Road. A team of Fire Marshal investigators recovered the body and attempted to find the cause. The man’s name may be released later after relatives have been notified.

NBA: L-A Lakers 112 Boston Celtics 104
Dallas Mavericks 114 Golden State 91 (only 2nd loss of Season for Warriors)
Philadelphia 76ers 110 Sacramento Kings 105 (3rd win of season for Philly)
NHL: Bruins forward Brad Marchand will miss 3-games including tomorrow’s winter classic against Montreal after he was suspended for upending an Ottawa defenseman Tuesday night.
High School Boys Basketball
Ellsworth 50, Presque Isle 37
Caribou 60, Mount Desert Island 57
Brewer 54, Bangor 43
George Stevens 69, Searsport District 36
Washington Academy 71, Central 61
Old Town 63, John Bapst Memorial 31
Presque Isle 63, Ellsworth 38
Mount Desert Island 71, Caribou 50
Central 40, Washington Academy 31
Houlton 52, Hermon 31