Johnston Death (Auburn) – A well known TV Meteorologist based in Southern Maine took his own life. Authorities, including the Maine Warden Service, found 46-year old Tom Johnston’s body in Auburn last evening. Police had searched for Johnston after his companion filed a missing person’s report earlier this week. He was last seen at the […]

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Local News – April 7, 2017

Johnston Death

(Auburn) – A well known TV Meteorologist based in Southern Maine took his own life. Authorities, including the Maine Warden Service, found 46-year old Tom Johnston’s body in Auburn last evening. Police had searched for Johnston after his companion filed a missing person’s report earlier this week. He was last seen at the Sunday River Ski Resort emceeing an event Saturday. When he failed to return home to Old Orchard Beach, police issued a flyer asking for the public’s health finding him. Johnston who went by the nickname TJ Thunder started his TV career in Florida covering hurricanes.

Hilltop Fire
(Ellsworth) – There was too much damage to the former Hilltop House in Ellsworth for investigators to determine how the fire started earlier this week. That’s the conclusion of the fire marshal’s office. The Ellsworth American reports a 3-person team of investigators looked over the rubble and came up with an undetermined cause for the huge blaze that brought nearly 4-dozen firefighters to the scene Tuesday night. The restaurant was undergoing renovations with plans to open in a few weeks as the China Hill restaurant. Demolition will come as soon as the insurance carrier gives the green light and they’ll start anew rebuilding the restaurant.

Acadia Gateway
(Trenton) – The bus garage at the Acadia Gateway Center opened nearly 6-years ago, but since then the plans for the visitor center in Trenton designed to get cars off the roads of Acadia National Park have fizzled. The federal government plans to slash parks funding by 12-percent this year, and the prospects for completing a fancy visitors center are dim at best. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the feds have turned down a Maine Department of Transportation grant request to complete the center which was expected to cost about $20-million dollars.

(Augusta) – Maine’s highest court has upheld a drug dealing killer’s conviction. In a 20-page decision, the state Supreme Court said the state had plenty of evidence that Nicholas Sexton played a part in murdering three drug users and setting the rented car they were in on fire in Bangor. Sexton claimed he was under duress because the man who shot the three victims threatened to shoot Sexton and his family. Randall Daluz was also convicted in the same trial.

Principal Retiring
(Ellsworth) One of the 3 principals at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School is retiring at the end of this school year. Amy-Peterson Roper has been principal of the younger grades for 12 years and says she believes the school system is strong and successful because of the quality of the faculty. Peterson-Roper says a search committee is being formed to hire a new principal that will oversee grades K thru 4.


(Bangor) A Massachusetts man who goes by the name Pacman pleaded guilty to selling crack in Bangor. 36-year-old Adam Williams faced a US District Court judge in Bangor Wednesday for the April 2015 incident. Court documents say an undercover agent bought $200 worth of crack from Williams, who now faces up to 20-years in prison and a million-dollar fine.

Firearm Sentence
(Portland) A Scarborough man will spend more than 2-and-a-half years in prison for having a gun against court order. Scarborough police were called to a home in May 2016 where the ex-girlfriend of Primo Tosi says he threatened her with a gun. Police seized Tosi’s gun and ammunition, which he was prohibited from having because of a protection from abuse order issued earlier that year. The judge says the stiff sentence was due to Tosi’s prior criminal history that included four convictions for misdemeanor crimes involving domestic violence against 3 different women.

Nana Tricker
(Camden) A Camden man who stole money from his grandmother will sit behind bars for 6 months. Rockport police charged 28-year-old Zachary Carleton in July last year following an investigation. Village Soup dot Com reports Carleton stole his grandmother’s ATM card and withdrew more than 72-hundred dollars. Carleton pleaded guilty in December. Once jail time is served he’ll be on probation for 2 years.

Fatal Crash Sentence
(Belfast) A woman who drove double the speed limit through Belfast and caused a fatal accident pleaded no contest last month to manslaughter, aggravated OUI, and driving to endanger. WABI-TV reports 20-year-old Chelsea Larrabee of Belfast was sentenced to 3 years in prison for the crash that killed one of her passengers last May. Police say Larrabee was driving 80 miles per hour on Lincolnville Avenue when her car went off the road and rolled several times, killing 19-year-old Christopher Wiley of Searsport. Larrabee must also serve 100 hours of community service.

Assault Follow-up
(Waldoboro) The last two men involved in a Waldoboro home invasion on March 17th have been arrested. Police went to a home on Friendship Road for an assault in progress. The victim says an unknown man came to his home alone 30 minutes earlier and asked to come in but the homeowner refused. When the suspect returned he had two other men with him and the trio forced their way in and began beating up the homeowner. 45-year-old Virgil Cray was arrested on the scene that night. 41-year-old Damian Benner turned himself in a week later and police then tracked down the third suspect 45-year-old Keith Shaw. Benner and Shaw are both charged with burglary and aggravated assault.

Trooper Graduation
(Vassalboro) Eight new Maine State Troopers will be ready for action following a graduation ceremony Friday. These troopers have completed 10 weeks of specialized state police training in addition to the 18 weeks of training required by all Maine police officers. The troopers will be sworn in Friday afternoon at 1 at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

Firearms Sentence
(Bangor) – A federal judge has sentenced a convicted felon to 2-and-a-half years in prison for having a firearm. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 52-year old Walter Botelho will spend 3-years on supervised release. Last May police searched Botelho’s home and found guns. He had previous felony convictions in New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including a manslaughter conviction in New York. Judge John Woodcock noted that Botelho has a problem beating up women.


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