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Local News – January 8, 2018

Mt. Desert Fatal


(Mt. Desert) – Icy roads likely led to a fatal crash in the Town of Mt. Desert yesterday.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports 28-year old Christopher Colman of Saco died when his vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a truck that a Southwest Harbor man drove.  Rescue crews called in the Lifeflight helicopter and closed off the road, but Colman died at the scene.  Police shut down the road for several hours to reconstruct the crash.


Millinocket Murder

(Millinocket) – A man wanted for shooting a Millinocket man to death and wounding his wife in what is likely a drug related crime is now wanted for another murder in North Carolina.  The Bangor Daily News reports 43-year old Tony Locklear is wanted for a December 4th killing in Maxton North Carolina.  Locklear is accused of killing Wayne Lapierre in his home in Millinocket on December 19th.  Police have also charged 38-year old Christopher Murray of North Carolina in connection with Lapierre’s death.  Locklear is formerly from East Millinocket.


Dinghy Owner Found

(Rockland) – An intense search in Rockland after an abandoned dinghy washed ashore, but the owner is safe.  Village Soup dot-com reports the Coast Guard announced that Florida resident Wesley Crandall was found around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  The dinghy that was tied to Crandall’s boat Ad Air, turned up against an ice field in Rockland Harbor about 3-quarters of a mile off shore.


Belmont Stabbing

(Belmont) – A Belmont man is recovering from stab wounds after a woman found him injured late last week.  Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton reports to Star 97.7 the assault took place at the victim’s residence sometime last Thursday night  A woman called 9-1-1 after she found her friend at his home and it appeared he was stabbed several times.  No arrests yet and Sheriff Trafton said the injuries do not appear to be life threatening.


Missing Dover-Foxcroft Man

(Dover-Foxcroft) – A 62-year old Dover-Foxcroft man who suffers from dementia remains missing after police went to his home to check on him Saturday.  WABI-TV reports someone may have picked up John Ferguson.  He was last seen before Saturday.  Authorities say his car was snowed in, but Ferguson was not home when they checked on a medical emergency call.


School Buses

(Ellsworth) After enjoying a couple of snow days, it’s back to school today for area children. Ellsworth school department transportation director Don Saunders says he understands why kids don’t want to stand around outside and wait for the bus in cold weather, but it’s helpful when parents have their children ready to board the bus. The Ellsworth school department has used 3 of the 4 storm days built into the 2017-2018 school calendar. In the event there are no additional storm days used, the last day of school will be June 19th.


Missing Clam Digger  


(St. George) – The Marine Patrol used an airplane to search for a missing Thomaston man who vanished during last Thursday’s blizzard.  35-year old Paul Brenner’s father called 9-1-1 to report his son had failed to return home from a clam digging trip, and authorities found his abandoned boat in Long Cove in St. George.  The Coast Guard joined the search last Friday, but suspended its search after less than a day.  The Marine Patrol and others continued to look for Brenner’s body for the rest of the weekend.


Intimidating Call

(Bar Harbor) A Bar Harbor resident says he received “an intimidating phone call” from the town council chair on Christmas Eve. The Mt Desert Islander reports resident Gary Conrad spoke at last week’s town council meeting about the phone call he received from Chair, Paul Paradis regarding a proposal for a berthing pier. Councilor Matt Hochman (HAWK-man) told the newspaper he also got a call from Paradis and the conversation was centered on the council’s decision to accept the ferry terminal property advisory committee’s report in November, but he did not feel intimidated. Paradis suggested Conrad file a formal complaint of the alleged violation under the town’s ethics ordinance.


Plumber-Frozen Pipes

(Bar Harbor) Plumbers are in high demand to deal with frozen pipes have during the recent cold temperatures. Harding and Sons Plumbing and Heating owner Owen Harding told Star 97-7 he spent the Friday afternoon cleaning up a mess at the old Masonic Lodge on High Street in Bar Harbor. The Bar Harbor building was built around 1900 and served as the Bar Harbor High School before being purchased  by the Freemasons in 1921. It’s since been converted into rental condos.



Sex Crime Sentence

(Lincoln) A judge has sentenced a Lincoln man who barricaded himself inside his home and created a 22-hour police standoff last summer for having sex with 2 teenage girls. WABI-TV reports 56-year-old William Bradbury is charged with 3 counts of exploitation of a minor and sexual assault. Bradbury changed his plea to guilty just before his jury trial was to start. He’ll serve 3 years in prison and must register as a sex offender for life.


Theft Arrest

(Hartland) A Hartland man was arrested on several counts of theft stemming from numerous complaints in December. Maine State Troopers from Troop C in Somerset County along with detectives and a warden unit executed a search warrant on Thursday at a home on Brown Road. 23-year-old Cody Gould was taken into custody.



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