Theft Arrest (Ellsworth) – Police in Ellsworth had a pretty good idea who stole a safe from a social service agency the night after a big fund raising auction last October. They’ve arrested 22-year old James Day Jr. of Lamoine. The safe had more than $10-thousand dollars in checks, credit card receipts and cash when […]

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Local News – January 25, 2017

Theft Arrest
(Ellsworth) – Police in Ellsworth had a pretty good idea who stole a safe from a social service agency the night after a big fund raising auction last October. They’ve arrested 22-year old James Day Jr. of Lamoine. The safe had more than $10-thousand dollars in checks, credit card receipts and cash when it vanished hours after the auction. Day worked as a janitor at the Moore Community Center where Friends in Action is housed. In addition that that theft, Ellsworth police also arrested day on several other theft warrants.

Standish Deaths
(Standish) – Police do not consider the deaths of two people found inside their Standish home as suspicious. State police say a relative discovered the bodies of Donald and Sandra Lee Cragin when they went to check on them. He was 65-years old, she was 55. The Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.

Cornville Fire

(Cornville) – A fire that destroyed a barn at the Spurwink School in Cornville Monday night was no accident. Investigators say a 14-year old girl who lives in the residential house next to the barn set the fire. Fire departments responded at about 5-o’clock Monday night and spent several hours at the scene. No one was hurt. The teen is held at the juvenile detention center in Charleston.

Jewelry Theft
(Ellsworth) Police in Ellsworth are after a man who stole more than 5-thousand dollars worth of jewelry from a local store. Lt Harold Page tells Star 97-7 on Friday the man brought some pieces to Striking Gold Jewelers on High Street and said he wanted them worked on. When the employees were distracted the man removed several pieces of jewelry from display cases. Because of the value of the stolen items Page says the crime is considered a felony.

Dam Meeting
(Waltham) The Downeast Salmon Federation continues its quest for licensing changes for the two hydropower dams affecting the Upper Union River in Ellsworth. Fisheries biologist Brett Ciccotelli says neither dam on Leonard Lake and Graham Lake was designed to safely allow native fish to pass through. The Federation hosts a meeting tonight at 6 at the Waltham Town Office.


Drug Arrest
(Bangor) Drug agents arrested a Brooklyn New York man as he got off a bus on Union Street in Bangor Monday night. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports they’d been investigating the importation and distribution of crack cocaine in the Bangor area. They got a tip that 21-year-old Tylee Felder would arrive at the bus station. When agents approached and introduced themselves to Felder, he ran down Union Street and threw something. Bangor officers caught him and also recovered the baggie he’d thrown on the street containing 2-ounces of cocaine. Felder’s bail is set at 15-thousand-dollars and he’s charged with aggravated drug trafficking.

Horse – Crash – OUI
(St Agatha) An Aroostook County man who struck and killed a horse will face a judge on OUI charges. The Bangor Daily News reports 56-year-old Tommy Collins was driving south on Route 162 in St. Agatha when 2 horses entered the roadway. Police say the horses broke through a barn door and escaped. Collins collided with one of the horses around 6:30 Sunday evening – the horse died instantly and Collins’ car is a total loss. He’ll be in court March 6th for Operating Under the Influence.

Robbery Arrest
(Biddeford) – Police say two Lewiston women who allegedly robbed a Biddeford convenience store, left a 6-year old in their car while they pulled off the heist. Police arrested 20-year old Kaylee Bernier and 23-year old Monica Durgin of Lewiston. They allegedly pulled a gun on the clerk at the 7-B Corner Store in Biddeford and demanded money. The 6-year old was OK.

Heroin Charges
(Auburn) Three Auburn residents face charges after agents allegedly caught them with a slew of drugs. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says Monday afternoon agents assisted police and a probation officer in locating 28-year-old Mandy Chouinard who recently escaped probation. She and her 5-year-old daughter were at a friend’s home on Hotel Road in Auburn, which police got a search warrant for and seized 60 grams of heroin, 6 grams of cocaine, electronic scales and a gun. Chouinard was arrested along with 29-year-old Joshua Stevens and 39-year-old Steven Webster. The Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing care of the little girl.

Make A Wish
(Steuben) The Make A Wish Foundation is granting a request from a young boy in Steuben to take a Disney Cruise. This Saturday morning Ryker Chase and his family will travel by limo through Ellsworth on their way to the airport in Bangor. The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce encourages local businesses and organizations along Route 1A to post a send-off greeting on their signs to wish Ryker and his family well as they embark on Ryker’s dream vacation.

Public Forum
(Ellsworth) Heart of Ellsworth says they have exciting changes planned for the downtown area this year. The group formerly known as Downtown Ellsworth Association will host a public forum tonight at 6 at the Ellsworth Public Library to share their vision for 2017.The public is invited to the free forum to hear how Heart of Ellsworth is working to boost Main Street and the downtown area through community initiatives and events.

Jesup Library Update
(Bar Harbor) The Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor remains closed this week because of an exterior renovation project causing dust within the building. Library officials say on Monday they will announce what date they plan to reopen. Library activities have either been moved, canceled, or postponed. For an updated list log on to: Jesup Library dot Org.

All high school basketball last night was postponed due to weather.

Washington Wizards 123 Boston Celtics 108 – Celtics host the Houston Rockets tonight
Boston Bruins 4 Detroit Red Wings 3 (Overtime)

The U-Conn women’s basketball team won its 94th straight game, beating East Carolina 91-44

Defending men’s college basketball champ Villanova lost for the 1st time this season. Marquette beat them 74-72.

And Steelers quarterback Ben Rothliesberger says he’s giving thought to retiring.