(Corinna, Holden) – Another deadly weekend on Maine’s snowmobile trails. The Assistant Fire Chief of Sangerville died when his snow machine crashed into a tree in Corinna. Maine Warden Service Lieutenant Dan Scott tells Star 97-7 that Jeffrey Wiley was returning from a 300-mile trip when he crashed. In Holden, 25-year old William Johnson suffered injuries when his snowmobile crashed on the shoreline of Brewer Lake. Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors in that crash.
Rockland – Barricaded Man
(Rockland) – A nearly 5-hour standoff at a Rockland hotel ended with a 61-year old Bangor man’s arrest yesterday afternoon. The Rockland Police Department tells Star 97.7 they got called to the Tradewinds hotel to remove Timothy St. Thomas after management said he was disorderly. St. Thomas allegedly swung a walking stick at officers and barricaded himself inside a room. Rockland police called in the State Police tactical and negotiation teams and eventually arrested St. Thomas yesterday afternoon.
Tremont Town Manager
(Tremont) The new town manager in Tremont has spent his first few weeks on the job learning to balance using tax payer dollars wisely while keeping roads passable. Christopher Saunders took over as Tremont’s town manager on January 17th replacing retired Dana Reed. Saunders moved to Mt Desert Island last fall from Arizona and says the weather here is quite a bit different. Saunders signed a 2-year contract that runs through January 2020.
(Augusta) – The Maine Attorney General’s Office says the Governor does not have the power to scrap the Downeast Correctional Facility. Friday, armed state troopers guarded the Machiasport prison while the Department of Corrections bussed inmates to the minimum security prison in Charleston. In a letter sent to State Senator Joyce Maker, Chief Deputy Attorney General Linda Pistner says the Governor cannot unilaterally amend state statutes without Legislative approval. The Governor’s office says the move came in an effort to save $5-million dollars a year.
Jury Duty Failures
(Knox County) Knox County summonsed 150 residents to report for jury duty last week, but when less than 40 people appeared at the court house several trials were forced to be scrapped from the docket. Village Soup-dot Com reports 90 of those summonsed were excused for a variety of reasons, leaving 60 in the jury pool but only about 20 of those 60 people showed up. Justice Bruce Mallonee sent letters to those who failed to appear saying they’ll receive another summons to appear for jury duty in the future.
(Mexico, ME) State police have arrested a man from Mexico Maine for threatening to kill the incoming Sheriff of Oxford County. Police say 56-year-old Joseph Salatka called the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Augusta and made threats against James Theriault. Governor LePage appointed Theriault last week to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of former sheriff Wayne Gallant. When police arrested Salatka he was armed with an air pistol.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Fire Department has selected its 2017 Firefighter of the Year. The announcement was made last week at the annual dinner that brings together past and current members of the department. Captain Bobby Dorr was bestowed the honor for the third time. Dorr has been with the Ellsworth Fire Department for nearly a decade.
(Portland) Maine’s first state-funded halfway house for young men is scheduled to open in March. The building in Portland will house up to 6 men, ages 18 to 21, who are leaving the state’s juvenile jail in South Portland. The nonprofit Opportunity Alliance will run the program, which is funded by the Department of Corrections.
LL Bean Policy Change
(Freeport) L.L. Bean says too many people are abusing its generous return policy, so it is imposing a one-year limit on most returns. Under the new policy announced Friday, the company will accept returns for one year with a proof of purchase and will continue to replace products for manufacturing defects beyond that. The news drew a mixed reaction on social media, with some excoriating the retailer and others saying the change is justified.
- Cleveland Cavaliers 121 Boston Celtics 99
- The Celtics retired Paul Pierce’s number 34 prior to the Cleveland game
- Boston Bruins 5 New Jersey Devils 3
State Cheering Champions
Class “A” Bangor
Class “B” Hermon (Ellsworth 2nd)
Class “C” Central
Class “D” Central Aroostook