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Local News – May 15, 2017

Speed Detail


(Ellsworth) – Hancock County Deputies and Ellsworth City Police lined Route 1-A in Ellsworth this weekend, radar guns at the ready.  What they caught was astounding.  In the 55-miles an hour zone, officers stopped 81-vehicles doing in excess of 70-miles an hour.  A post by the Sheriff’s Department said they were not after a quota on speeding tickets – it was a federally funded speed detail designed to slow traffic down to the legal limit and help motorists get home safely and soberly.

Man Found in LaGrange

(LaGrange) – Forest rangers using a helicopter found a pickup truck mired in the mud in LaGrange yesterday. A neighbor who’d heard a car horn had alerted authorities who called in the chopper.  The pilot was able to guide searchers to the scene, and they found 82-year old Frederick Taylor of York.  The day before Taylor had left a home in Hudson to head to a store, and he never returned.  They mounted a massive search for the man.

Boy Found

(Acton) – Game Wardens using a search dog located a 5-year old New Jersey boy after he got lost in the woods of Acton.  The Warden Service posts overnight that the boy’s family searched for him for several hours after they got separated in the woods while out hiking yesterday.  Wardens say the dog picked up the boy’s scent and they found him safely at about 2-o’clock this morning.  He was about a half mile from where he’d last been seen.


Smithfield Standoff

(Smithfield) – Police got into a Central Maine home and captured a 62-year old man who had threatened to shoot them and burn down a house after attacking a relative.  WVII-TV reports Ronald Lane faces numerous domestic violence related charges.  Lane allegedly pointed a gun at state troopers when they came to his home Saturday evening following the reports of an attack.  They got a search warrant and in the wee hours of Sunday got inside his home and arrested him.  No serious injuries reported.


Road Paint


(Downeast) The Maine Department of Transportation uses 225-thousand-gallons of paint on Maine’s roads each year. Traffic Operations Manager Chip Kelley says motorists in Downeast Maine should be on the lookout for DOT trucks painting lines this week. Kelley says Maine DOT delays painting roads if it’s raining.


Crack Arrests

(Biddeford) Maine drug agents arrested four people in Biddeford Thursday for selling crack cocaine. Police with a K-9 searched an apartment on Wentworth Street seizing 23 grams of crack and other evidence. Charged with Aggravated Trafficking are Shanna Pepin and Kelvin Rodgers of Biddeford, Richardo Middleton of Kennebunk, and a Massachusetts man.


Crack Sentence

(Portland) A New York man arrested at a hotel in Brunswick Maine last year for selling drugs will spend 2-and-a-half years in prison. Following his jail term 27-year-old Charles Flores will be on 3 years of supervised release for the March 2016 incident. Federal agents learned of Flores’ activities and found heroin, crack, and cash when they searched his hotel room.

Manslaughter Indictments

(Belfast) – Grand jurors in Waldo County say there is enough evidence to take two women to trial in separate deaths.  State police tell Star 97-7 they arrested 24-year old Victoria Scott of Rockport for the February 8th death of Edwin Littlefield in Waldo. She’s charged with manslaughter.  And, 36-year old Tara Shibles of Thorndike faces manslaughter charges after 72-year old Joyce Woods of Burnham died after Shibles allegedly broke into Woods home.  Woods died from a medical condition in a car outside before help could arrive.


Drug Death Connection

(West Bath) A West Bath man who sold fentanyl-laced heroin to a woman who later suffered a fatal overdose has been indicted by a federal grand jury. 34-year-old Mickey Gilley faces up to 20-years in prison and a $1-Million-dollar fine for the Class C felony. The Bangor Daily News reports Gilley sold the drug to a woman September 20th last year and she died that night of an overdose.

Grubs & Beetles

(Ellsworth) White grubs have torn apart a lot of lawns in Downeast Maine over the winter. If not treated they grow into mature beetles that then eat your plants. Maine Cooperative Extension insect diagnostician Clay Kirby says there’s only so much you can do to make your property bug free. Kirby says landowners can bring him 5 white grubs in a pill bottle with rubbing alcohol to University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office on Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth. He’ll evaluate them and suggest a remedy.



Education Bill

(Augusta) Senator Brian Langley proposes altering the career and technical education laws to offer programs to students in grades 6 thru 8. Langley, who chairs the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, presented the committee with the bill Thursday.


  • NBA Playoffs Tonight:  Game 7 between the Boston Celtics & Washington Wizards in Boston.
  • Golden State Warriors 113  San Antonio Spurs 111 (Game 1)
  • Tampa Bay Rays 11  Boston Red Sox 2  (Drew Pomeranz injured in the 3rd inning, Sox off today, take on St. Louis tomorrow)


High School Baseball

Brewer 9 Cony 0

MDI beats Presque Isle twice

Old Town beats Caribou twice

Katahdin beats DI/Stonington twice


Cony 7 Brewer 5

MDI & Presque Isle Split

Old Town beats Caribou twice

Katahdin beats DI/Stonington twice