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Local News – August 9, 2017

Jonesboro Crash

(Jonesboro) – A wild ride for an Eastport woman and her elderly father.  WABI TV reports the woman was driving and fell asleep at the wheel and went off Route 1 in Jonesboro, winding up about 50-feet down an embankment.  Neither person was badly hurt, but the crash totaled the car.

 

 

Tornadoes

(Sherman) – The National Weather Service has confirmed a pair of tornadoes touched down in the Millinocket area last weekend.  The storms ripped a roof off a barn in the town of Sherman and damaged other buildings before dissipating.  Another tornado churned in Grindstone, knocking down trees.  Both storms registered as F1, the smallest tornado category.

 

Whale Freed

(Frenchman Bay) – A Minke whale is swimming free outside Frenchman Bay after a Maine Patrol team freed it from lobstering ropes. The Mt. Desert Islander reports a Bar Harbor Whale Watch vessel spotted the whale in trouble last week at the entrance to the bay.  Officers have special training on how to safely free specific whale species and determined it was safe to deal with the Minke.  A Right whale thumped a rescuer in Canada a few weeks ago and killed the man.

 

Forest Dedication

(Surry) A ceremony will dedicate the Surry Forest to the public. Blue Hill Heritage Trust outreach director Chrissy Allen tells Star 97.7 the Surry Forest dedication and official grand opening is 5:30 Friday afternoon off of the Toddy Pond Road on Chestnut Lane.

 

Park Entrance Pass

(Acadia Nat’l Park) The National Park Service says they’re cracking down on visitors to Acadia National Park without a valid entrance pass, but in a more gentle way. Park rangers will issue a fee-compliance notice for vehicles not displaying a valid entrance pass while parked in any location in Acadia National Park. Superintendent Kevin Schneider says operators are given a second chance to avoid the $130 fine by obtaining an entrance pass or showing proof of having had the entrance pass that was not displayed within 24 hours at one of the fee collecting locations. Funds collected through the sale of entrance passes go directly to benefit visitors to Acadia National Park.

Tip a Cop Results

(Ellsworth) – Diners in Ellsworth proved generous as police waited tables at Pat’s Pizza.  Ellsworth officer Bart Tokas tells Star 97-7 they raised more than $35-hundred dollars in the annual Tip A Cop night.  The money will go to Special Olympics.  Tokas says other donations continue to trickle in.

 

Town Manager Search

(Sullivan) – A Sullivan Selectman says they will take their time hiring the municipality’s first town manager.  Rusty Gordon tells Star 97.7 they’ve had a few people respond to ads for the job that started last week.  Voters approved creating the position at the last annual town meeting.  Gordon said they’ll wait until the right candidate comes along.  He said the Selectmen have made the management decisions for years, but the job has become too complex for the elected board.

 

Troubled Man

(Exeter) An Exeter man will be in court today to answer to his bizarre actions. WABI-TV reports 28-year-old Jason Robinson broke in to a girl’s home, stole her underwear, and left adult pornographic photos in her toy box and dresser drawers. Robinson’s charged with burglary, two counts of sexual misconduct, and theft by unauthorized taking. Maine state police and the Penobscot County sheriff’s office are investigating. It’s unknown if Robinson knew the victim.

 

Inmate Death

(Warren) The Department of Corrections says an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren has died. 74-year-old Henry Bishop was doing time for sexual abuse of a minor. Bishop was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Central Maine Medical Center. He had served less than one year of his 3-year sentence.

 

Cop Charged

(Maine) A former corrections officer who prosecutors say shot and wounded another corrections officer in June is facing felony charges and a civil claim from the shooting victim. 24-year-old Matthew Benger was in court Monday for an initial appearance of charges of reckless conduct with a firearm. It happened in the parking lot of the Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. 33-year-old Matthew Morrison suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

Stabbing Suspect

(Lyman) State police used a taser to subdue a Lyman man they confronted in the middle of a street after he allegedly stabbed a woman. State police responded to a home on Country Way in Lyman Monday night. The victim escapee and called 9-1-1. Police have not released a motive for why 25-year-old Jacob Poirier attacked the woman, but he’s in the York County Jail on an Elevated Aggravated Assault charge. The victim was treated at the hospital for significant stab wounds to her arms.

Sports

Red Sox 2  Tampa Bay 0 (Chris Sale allowed just 2-hits and struck out 13 over 8-innings).  Tonight the Sox send Rick Porcello against the Rays.  Boston now has a 4-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East.

Former New England Patriots coach Dick McPherson has died.  Before coaching New England, McPherson was the head football coach at Syracuse.  The Old Town Native was 86.

Portland Sea Dogs 5  Richmond Flying Squirrels 0