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Local News – October 4, 2017

Soccer Threat

(Bangor) – A 40-year old Bangor man is charged with terrorizing after displaying a weapon at a youth soccer practice yesterday.  Police tell Star 97.7 they arrested Stephen Butler at the Union Street Athletic Fields who allegedly showed the weapon just as the Bangor High School soccer club was starting practice last evening.  The incident remains under investigation.


Body ID’d

(Augusta) – Authorities have confirmed a body found in Northern Hancock County last weekend was that of missing pastor from Caribou.  Clement Thibodeau disappeared in July.  A man clearing trails near Upper Pistol Lake found Thibodeau’s SUV and game wardens discovered the body nearby.  The warden service reports to Star 97.7 the medical examiner’s office determined that it was Thibodeau and said the death was not suspicious.


Woman wounded

(T15 R9) – A 67-year old Rangeley woman is recovering from birdshot wounds after her husband shot at a partridge and the pellets hit her.  The warden service reports to Star 97-7 that Geraldine Botka and her 72-year old husband Richard were hunting in Aroostook County when he fired at a partridge with a 12-gauge shotgun.  He hit her in the leg, and drove her to a hospital where doctors treated her for non-life threatening wounds.   Wardens continue to investigate.


Vet Cleared

(Ellsworth) – A veterinarian from Bar Harbor did not steal land from an elderly Trenton man.  That’s the ruling from a judge yesterday in Ellsworth.  WABI-TV reports Dr. Kathleen Prunier purchased land from the late Richard Royal in 2014.  She said he tried to give her the land, but she insisted on paying $5-thousand dollars.  Appraisers valued the land at nearly $40-thousand dollars.  His family charged her with elder theft but a judge said there was no criminal wrongdoing.  The family says it plans to file a civil suit.


Courthouse Construction

(Belfast) – An excavator knocked down the walls of a former auto service garage in Belfast, then picked up the splintered remains and put them in a dump truck to make way for a new courthouse in the Waldo County seat.  The former Duval Garage sat at the corner of Church and Market Streets.  A new $17-million dollar brick courthouse will take its place.


Walk to School Day

(Ellsworth) Today’s the 20th annual National Walk to School Day. Ellsworth Middle School principal Jim Newett says his school is participating this morning. Newett thanked the Ellsworth police department for manning crosswalks and ensuring students, staff and volunteers are safe.


Elver Guilty Plea

(Woolwich) The man noted as founding Maine’s elver fishing industry will plead guilty to illegally trafficking poached baby eels. The Bangor Daily News reports Bill Sheldon of Woolwich reached an agreement with federal prosecutors on Sunday and has waived his right to appeal any sentence that includes 30-months or less in prison. Prosecutors say between 2011 and 2014 Sheldon bought elver that he knew had been caught in New Jersey and Virginia, two states that ban the fishery. Court documents say Sheldon bought and sold 281 pounds of poached elvers worth more than a half-million-dollars. He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon to formally enter his guilty plea.


Crash Victim ID’d

(Belmont) Police have identified the woman who died in Saturday’s crash near the Belmont town line. WABI-TV reports 26-year-old Ashley Hall of Belfast died when the pickup truck she was driving collided with another truck on Route 3. One person was flown to EMMC with serious injuries while two others were taken to Waldo County General Hospital.


Moose Killers Sought

(Lang Township) Maine game wardens in Franklin County are looking for whoever is responsible for dumping a moose’s corpse off a bridge in Lang Township. An investigation determined the moose was struck by a full-size pickup truck or SUV on the Kennebago Road south of Eustis and dragged more than two miles before being dumped off the bridge. Wardens say be on the lookout for a vehicle with sever front-end damage and call Augusta Public Safety if you have any information.


Shooters Identified

(Gorham) Game wardens now believe they’ve identified the two men involved in Monday’s hunting incident in Gorham. Corporal John MacDonald reports both men are cooperating, and game wardens are working with the Cumberland County district attorney’s office on the case. The names of the two men involved are not being released at this time.


Campus Suspect

(Orono) University of Maine police are looking for a man accused of touching someone inappropriately in a men’s restroom on campus. The Bangor Daily News reports the UMaine police department received the unlawful sexual contact complaint Sunday night. They’re now looking for 55-year-old Mark Tenneson of Livermore Falls, who’s not allowed on campus anymore.


Burton Trial

(Bangor) – Closing arguments are set for this morning in an Abbot man’s murder trial.  Robert Burton testified yesterday that he shot his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ginn Gebo in self-defense after she shot him in the shoulder.  Prosecutors asked why he didn’t call for help after the shooting, and instead spent 68-days on the run in the longest manhunt in Maine history.  Jurors should start deliberating this afternoon.



UNDATED (AP) – Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she’ll decide soon whether she will stay in Washington DC or return to Maine to run for governor. Her office says an announcement is expected during the Columbus Day break next week. Collins says it comes down to where she feels she can make the biggest difference for Maine, either in the Senate or as governor.



  • American League wild-card playoff:  NY Yankees 8  Minnesota Twins 4.
  • NL wild card is tonight – Colorado at Arizona.
  • The Red Sox open their series with Houston tomorrow.  Chris Sale starts for Boston.
  • Celtics forward Marcus Morris was cleared of aggravated assault charges along with his brother.

Boys Soccer

Bangor 4  Mt. Blue 2

(tie) John Bapst 1 Brewer 1

Hampden 10 Nokomis 1

Shead 4 Narraguagus 2

Girls Soccer

(Tie) – Ellsworth 1 George Stevens 1

Mt. View 6 MDI 1

John Bapst 2  Brewer 1

Central 4 Bucksport 0

Hampden 3 Nokomis 0

Bangor 4 Mt. Blue 1


Lee Academy 3  George Stevens 0