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Local News – February 14, 2018

Ellsworth Fire


(Ellsworth) – Firefighters returned to the scene of a garage/apartment fire in Ellsworth early this morning to deal with some hot spot flareups.  Passing motorists on Christian Ridge Road reported the blaze shortly after 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  A person believed to be a tenant and a firefighter suffered minor injuries in the blaze that destroyed the building.  The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.  Firefighters from Hancock, Lamoine and Trenton assisted Ellsworth.


Tracy Obit

(Hermon) – A Lamoine World War Two veteran who was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 has died.  Sylvanus “Junior” Tracy passed away yesterday at the age of 91.  Tracy wrote a recap of Lamoine’s famed amateur baseball club team that dominated state baseball in the 1950s and 60s, and was one of the star players on the team.


Searsmont Fire Station

(Searsmont) – Firefighters in Searsmont will move into a new fire station in the next couple of years.  Construction starts on the new station in May following voter approval to borrow more than a million dollars for the new building.  The current fire station started as a potato processing building in the 1940s.  It has undergone renovations several times.


Jax Lab Update

(Ellsworth) The Jackson Laboratory construction project in Ellsworth is near wrapping up parts of phase one. Facilities director John Fitzpatrick tells Star 97-7 Jackson Lab on Kingsland Crossing has started up its utility plant.  Jackson Lab anticipates opening its mouse production facility later this summer. Phase two construction will not be complete at that time, but Fitzpatrick says construction will not interfere with production operations.


Shooting Events

(E. Machias) An East Machias man who lost an arm when a Marine Patrol Officer shot him, faces 11 criminal counts after a home invasion and car chase during a blizzard last December. A lawyer for Jason Jackson insists Jackson was unarmed when Marine Patrol Officer Matthew Carter shot Jackson and his ex-girlfriend inside her Machiasport duplex. Washington County district attorney Matt Foster disputes Jackson’s claim. The Bangor Daily News reports a condensed police report from Officer Carter claims Jackson became more agitated during the standoff and had his hand on his gun when Carter shot him. Foster hopes to present Jackson’s charges to a grand jury in May.


Kumiega for Senate

(Deer Isle) A local member of the Maine House of Representatives will run for the Maine Senate in District 7. The Ellsworth American reports Walter Kumiega hopes to replace Senator Brian Langley who’s term also expires this year. District 7 encompasses most of Hancock County. If elected to the Senate, Kumiega would continue to chair the Marine Resources Committee. He also wants to become the legislative commissioner for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.


Lobster Data

(Ellsworth) The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to require all Maine lobster fishermen to start reporting more specific data within the next five years. During that time Maine will work to improve the way it selects the 10-percent of harvesters who do report because the current process is random and can include part-time lobsterman. The Ellsworth American reports there was overwhelming opposition from the state’s lobster industry and objections from the Maine Department of Marine Resources to change the data reporting requirements.


Murder Indictment


(Aroostook Cty) An Easton man accused of shooting an elderly man to death has been indicted by a grand jury for murder. WABI-TV reports 37-year-old James Peaslee was arrested last month in connection with the death of 79-year-old Paul Hilenski. Police got a 9-1-1 call from Hilenski’s Bridgewater home and arrived to discover Hilenski’s body inside. Peaslee was located hours later in Easton and is still held in the Aroostook County Jail without bail.


Hoarder Arrested

(Belfast) Police have arrested a Belfast man accused of stockpiling stolen goods in his home. 46-year-old Peter McCaffrey allegedly hoarded $20-thousand-dollars worth of stolen items at his Lincolnville Avenue home like kayaks, blenders, bikes, chainsaws and more. The Bangor Daily News reports McCaffrey is not charged with stealing those items but he is a suspect in a string of 20 burglaries that led police to him.


Dr. Gronk

(Portland) New England Patriots tight-end Rob Gronkowski visited children in a Maine hospital. Gronkowski, his father and two brothers delivered a check for $25,000 to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, one of three children’s hospitals to benefit from raffles by Gronk Nation.


Mill Jobs

(Millinocket) A group from North Carolina says it will bring more than 100 jobs to Maine by developing part of a shuttered mill into the state’s first manufacturer of a type of composite wood. LignaCLT Maine LLC announced plans on Tuesday to open a facility at the former site of Great Northern Paper’s mill in Millinocket.


Customs Evasion

(Portland) An English luxury knitwear retailer accused of splitting up shipments to evade U.S. customs duties has agreed on a civil settlement. Pure Collection Ltd. and its CEO will pay $900,000 to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act. They’re accused of shipping from the United Kingdom to American customers, many of them located in Maine, as a way to improperly avoided U.S. customs duties on merchandise.



  • Boston Bruins 5  Calgary Flames 2
  • Celtics host the L-A Clippers tonight
  • Shaun White wins Olympic Gold for the half-pipe snowboarding event.
  • Bangor High School boy’s basketball coach Carl Parker has resigned after police charged him with OUI last weekend.

High School Basketball Playoffs

Class “AA”  Boys: Windham 78  Bangor 62

Class “AA” Girls: Portland 62  Bangor 39

Play-In Games:

Class “B”

Waterville 47  Ellsworth 34

Caribou 53  Oceanside 40

Winslow 48  Orono 37

Class “C”

Narraguagus 55  Penquis 36

Central 46  Penobscot Valley 23

Calais 54 Central Aroostook 42

Class “D” Jonesport Beals 49  Washburn 38


Today: Boy’s Play-In games, including

Orono at Ellsworth

Washington Academy hosting MCI

Belfast at Caribou

Bucksport vs. Piscataquis

Sumner at Mattanawcook

Deer Isle Stonington at Bangor Christian

Shead at Machias