Surry Fire (Surry) – An elderly Surry man died when his farmhouse caught fire early yesterday morning.  Firefighters from eight communities responded to Howard Young’s home around 5-o’clock in the morning.  Surry fire chief Richard Black tells Star 97.7 there was no chance to rescue Young. The Fire Marshal’s office sent a team of […]

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Local News – May 29, 2017

 

Surry Fire

(Surry) – An elderly Surry man died when his farmhouse caught fire early yesterday morning.  Firefighters from eight communities responded to Howard Young’s home around 5-o’clock in the morning.  Surry fire chief Richard Black tells Star 97.7 there was no chance to rescue Young. The Fire Marshal’s office sent a team of investigators to search for the cause.

 

Police Confrontation/Death

(Belfast) – A 72-year old Belfast man has died after a police confrontation during the weekend.  WVII-TV reports Dennis Ward allegedly fired shots and neighbors called 9-1-1 Saturday evening.  When police arrived, Ward fired into the ground and then raised his weapon toward officers.  One officer fired a taser and subdued Ward, while another fired a handgun, but missed.  Ward died at Waldo County General Hospital due to medical complications.

Bank Robbery

(Bangor) – A bank robbery in Bangor remains under investigation.  Police tell Star 97.7 a man entered the TD Bank on Stillwater Avenue at 12:45 yesterday afternoon and demanded cash from a teller.  He fled toward Wal-Mart in a gray hatchback style car.  Police released a picture of the suspect, but did not say how much money he took.

 

ATV Fatal

(Lowell) – A weekend accident in Penobscot County left a woman dead.  The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 the incident took place in Lowell.  Investigators say the woman, whose name they did not release, was a passenger on a UTV that 19-year old Parker Gardner of Lincoln was operating.  He executed a power turn on the Warp Road in Lowell and the machine flipped over.  The woman died at the scene.

Downeast Prison

(Machiasport) – Downeast Correctional facility in Machiasport should stay open until at least next February.   Earlier this month the 46-people who work at the prison got pink slips and told the Buck’s Harbor prison would close in June.  The Maine Senate voted 30-3 last Wednesday to fund the prison for 2 more years. State Representative Joyce Maker says Governor Paul LePage has had a change of heart and plans to keep the prison open for at least 9 more months.

 

Gun-Criminal Threatening

(Ellsworth) A Lamoine man is free on bail after police arrested him for flashing a gun outside an Ellsworth bar and threatening to kill a patron. Ellsworth police sergeant Chad Wilmot says Shain Cook got kicked out of the bar after an altercation last Thursday.  Officers charged Cook with Criminal Threatening with a Dangerous Weapon. His arraignment date has not been set yet.

 

Memorial Day Parade

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth VFW hosts this morning’s Memorial Day Parade in Ellsworth. Line-up begins at 9:30 at the Bryant E Moore Center on State Street. Event coordinator Dan Sullivan says the parade steps off at 10 o’clock. Sullivan says the parade happens rain or shine.

 

BHHT Speaker Series

(Blue Hill) You can learn how local conservation groups create trails in preserved areas when you attend the latest presentation hosted by Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Outreach director Chrissy Allen says 3 experts in the field will lead the discussion. The free event is 6:30 tomorrow night at Blue Hill Public Library.

 

Downeast Scenic Railroad

(Ellsworth) If you have friends or relatives visiting for the holiday weekend, Downeast Scenic Railroad in Ellsworth is open for the season. President Tom Testa says “C’mon down and ride the train!”. Ticket information available at: Downeast Scenic Rail dot Org.

 

Sports

  • Takuma Sato wins the Indianapolis 500
  • Austin Dillon wins the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race
  • Seattle Mariners 5  Boston Red Sox 0 (win snaps 6-game win streak for Boston, this afternoon David Price will start for the Red Sox against the Chicago White Sox
  • U-Maine baseball team falls to UMBC in the America East title game.

High School Baseball

MDI Sweeps Caribou

Ellsworth 8 Foxcroft 1

Hermon sweeps Presque Isle

Houlton 23 Calais 0

DI/Stonington 8  Jonesport Beals 1

Oxford Hills 5  Bangor 2

Softball

MDI splits with Caribou

Foxcroft 9 Ellsworth 0

Hermon sweeps Presque Isle

Houlton 7 Calais 3

Washington Academy 13  Sumner 1

DI/Stonington 12  Jonesport Beals 5