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Local News – October 5, 2017

Burton Trial

(Bangor) – Did Robert Burton shoot his former girlfriend in a jealous rage or in self defense.  That’s what jurors have to decide as they resume deliberations today in Bangor.  Prosecutors say Burton was upset when Stephanie Ginn Gebo broke up with him and flew into deadly rage, breaking into her home and shooting her three times, then hiding from police for 68-days.  Burton tells it differently, saying Gebo shot him, and he grabbed the gun from her and it went off.  Deliberations began late yesterday and resume this morning.


Truck-Pole Crash

(Ellsworth) – For hours a pole holding up traffic lights near First National Bank in Ellsworth leaned precariously over busy High Street.  Overnight a crew removed the damaged pole and up a temporary traffic signal.  A crash yesterday afternoon damaged the light pole.  Police tell Star 97-7 that 80-year old William Estes of Otis suffered a medical emergency and drove his pickup truck into the pole around 3-o’clock yesterday afternoon.  The crash closed the intersection in front of the Maine Coast Mall.


Oxycodone Sentence

(Bangor) – A 54-year old Palmyra man will spend the next 10-years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone.  The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97-7 that Warren Laprell pled guilty last January and received a sentence yesterday.  Between 2013 and 2015 Laprell and others obtained 15-thousand oxycodone pills and distributed them throughout central Maine.  Drug raids carried out in April 2015 seized large amounts of pills, paraphernalia and guns from Laprell’s residence and another co-conspirator who also pled guilty.


Missing Man Found


(Hope) – Out of state police have found a Knox County man reported missing last weekend, and he’s OK.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Department says 23-year old Avery Smith is reunited with his family.  Smith’s family said he was despondent when he vanished last weekend.  His car turned up in Cape Elizabeth and police issued an appeal to the public to help find Smith.


SW Harbor Week

(Southwest Harbor) Southwest Harbor will offer tours, concerts, tastings, talks and demonstrations to entice visitors to the quiet side of Acadia. Acadia Chamber board president Alan Feuer says Southwest Harbor week begins this Friday and runs through Sunday October 15th. All the events can be found online at: Acadia Chamber dot Com.


Chelsea Fatal

(Chelsea) State police say a man from Washington Maine died of his injuries after a single vehicle accident early Monday morning. The family of 39-year-old Craig MacMunn say they believe he fell asleep driving home. Troopers say MacMunn’s SUV struck a utility pole and rock embankment at the intersection of Route 17 and Windsor Road in Chelsea. The crash was reported around 2AM Monday. MacMunn died later that evening at Maine Medical Center in Portland.



Washington County Schools

(Machias) – There is school today in the central coastal area of Washington County.  AOS 96 posts on its web page that the source of a threat that closed school Tuesday in Machias and in the entire district yesterday was found and the threat is no longer an issue. School and police officials have not clarified what exactly the threat was, but sources say the threat had become more credible yesterday and the closure expanded to the entire district. State Police, Machias Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department investigated.


Fatal ATV Crash

(Coplin Plantation) A 25-year-old woman is dead following an ATV crash Tuesday evening in the town of Coplin Plantation near Eustis. The Maine Warden Service reports Krystle Lincoln of Eustis died when the ATV she was operating apparently rolled on top of her. She had been riding alone and was found later by friends when she did not return. Lincoln was wearing a helmet.


Pumpkin Train

(Ellsworth) Families will load the Downeast Scenic Railroad trains next weekend for a special trip to a pumpkin patch. The harvest season will be celebrated with the annual Pumpkin Train on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th in Ellsworth. The train stops at the Downeast Scenic Railroad’s special pumpkin patch where kids can pick out a pumpkin and decorate it with stickers during the excursion out to Washington Junction. For tickets and info log on to: Downeast Scenic Rail dot Org.


Volunteer Opportunities

(Local) About 20 people took part in Healthy Acadia’s Recovery Coach Training in Ellsworth last week. Spokeswoman Denise Black says the thorough 4-day program is designed to teach attendees how they can best serve their communities. The next Recovery Coach Training is in Machias from October 23rd through the 26th in the community room at Machias Savings Bank.


Insurance Returns

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company returned $21 million to Maine employers insured by the workers compensation provider. About 18,000 employers in the state will see insurance returns from the Portland-based insurer. MEMIC president Michael Bourque attributes the lower costs to better workplace safety. Bourque says fewer injuries keep costs down.


Witness Hounded

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Prosecutors say a witness recanted her testimony about a decades-old fatal stabbing because she was being hounded by the defense team. WGME-TV reports that court documents reveal Hope Cady told police she felt threatened and harassed by Tony Sanborn’s defense team before she changed her testimony. Sanborn was freed in April after she recanted her story, and the case is getting a new look.


Bird Debate

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says a migratory songbird that summers in the northeastern United States does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. The service was considering the possibility of a listing for the Bicknell’s thrush, which also lives in southeastern Canada. The service says on Wednesday a review completed during the summer suggests populations of the thrush are likely to “persist for the foreseeable future.”



  • The Red Sox open their playoff series with Houston this afternoon at 4:00.  Chris Sale starts for Boston, Justin Verlander for the Astros.
  • NL Wild Card game:  Arizona Diamondbacks 11  Colorado Rockies 8
  • The Yankees open their series against Cleveland tonight.
  • The Patriots play at Tampa Bay tonight.

Boys Soccer

George Stevens 3  MDI 0

Sumner 4 DI/Stonington 0

Woodland 7 Narraguagus 0

Girls Soccer

Narraguagus 2 Shead 1


Jonesport Beals 3 Bucksport 1

Woodland 3  Narraguagus 1

Ellsworth def. Nokomis (Exhibition)

Washington Academy & MDI ppd to today