Alleged Burglars Indicted (Bangor) – Grand jurors in Penobscot County agree there is enough evidence to bring a father and his two sons to trial for copper thefts. Last December a game camera recorded the three men stealing copper from a vacant home in Eddington. Police asked for help identifying them, and they got plenty. […]

Star 97.7 - Smooth Rock n' Roll Local News - March 2, 2017 - Star 97.7
409 High Street - P.O. Box 1171 - Ellsworth, ME 04605 - Phone: 207-667-0002 Fax: 207-667-0627

Local News – March 2, 2017

Alleged Burglars Indicted
(Bangor) – Grand jurors in Penobscot County agree there is enough evidence to bring a father and his two sons to trial for copper thefts. Last December a game camera recorded the three men stealing copper from a vacant home in Eddington. Police asked for help identifying them, and they got plenty. Officially indicted for burglary and theft on numerous counts are John Oliva Jr., his son John the 3rd, and other son James.

Jumper
(Bangor) – Bangor police continue to investigate an incident that closed down part of Interstate 95 yesterday. A man either jumped and fell from an overpass onto the 4-lane highway. It happened around 10-o’clock in the morning. The man reportedly broke both of his legs in the fall. Police say they’ve not determined whether the fall was accidental or intentional.

Police Dog Bite
(Bangor) – A police dog in training is quarantined after he bit a Fairfield police officer’s infant child. The German Shepherd named Rex had gone home with officer Jordan Brooks when it injured the baby. The child has non-life threatening puncture wounds and was undergoing treatment at a Bangor hospital. Rex was due to start the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s K-9 training program this spring.

Syrup Workshop
(Blue Hill) Blue Hill Heritage Trust is hosting a maple syrup workshop this Saturday. Development and Outreach Director Chrissy Allen says it’s free to learn how to make your own maple syrup.You don’t need to bring any equipment, just dress warmly. Register by calling Blue Hill Heritage Trust.

 

Chamber Nominations
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members have until Friday to submit award nomination papers to the Chamber office. Executive Director Gretchen Wilson says your input helps determine who’s the Best of the Best in our area. Awards will be handed out May 18th during the Annual Meeting at the Acadia Events Center in Trenton.

LePage at White House
(Augusta) The LePage administration is keeping tight-lipped about rumors speculating Governor Paul LePage may be considering a job with the Trump administration. WABI-TV reports the governor attended the Republican Governors Association meeting in Washington DC last week as well as a ball for governors at the White House. Communications director Peter Steele said in a statement that the Trump administration is impressed with the significant accomplishments Governor LePage has made over the last 6 years. He said if there are any developments between Governor LePage and the Trump administration, the Maine media will be the last to know. If LePage leaves before the end of his term, Senate President Mike Thibodeau would become Maine’s Governor.

King-Gorsuch
(Washington DC) U.S. Senator Angus King says he had a “productive meeting” with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee but he wants to see what Mainers think. King said he’s going to continue to evaluate the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch after their face-to-face meeting on Wednesday. King will host a listening session on Sunday to hear from Mainers at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The listening session will feature two experts, along with questions from the public. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Age Discrimination
(Bangor) Maine Senator Susan Collins is among a group of senators that wants older workers to have more options in battling discrimination at work. Collins is helping introduce the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The senators say the proposal would give older workers the ability to take legal action if age discrimination affects their professional opportunities.

PO Fire Conclusion
(Winthrop) Federal fire investigators say they believe the fire that destroyed the Winthrop Post Office last week was caused by a mechanical or electrical malfunction in the ceiling, and they won’t be able to pinpoint the cause because of the extensive damage. WABI-TV reports the post office is still working to recover mail that remains in the building. Postal officials have been clearing debris in anticipation of demolishing the structure.

Sports
Boston Celtics 103 Cleveland Cavaliers 99

College Basketball Playoffs (Men’s): Vermont 86 Maine 41

The Boston Bruins have traded a draft pick to Winnipeg for winger Drew Stafford. The Bruins host the New York Rangers tonight.