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Local News – March 5, 2018

Augusta Drug Bust

(Augusta) – Police in Augusta have charged two men with drug trafficking after catching them with 35-grams of cocaine and cash near Cony High School. Sgt. Jason Mills reports to Star 97.7 that 26-year old Dylan Hendsbee and 23-year old Steve Madsden, both of West Gardiner, face aggravated trafficking charges after they caught the pair on the Nature Center trails near the high school.


Marrissa Vigils

(Stockton Springs) – Several hundred people gathered in the parking lot behind the Stockton Springs town hall in a vigil in memory of a 10-year old girl who died a week earlier.  Photos of Marrissa Kennedy were on display inside the basement meeting room while the crowd outside listened to speakers and music.  Kennedy’s alleged killers, her mother and step father, remain in jail on a half million dollars bail. They told state police interrogators that they beat the youngster with a belt and mop handle and locked her in a closet for punishment.  Another vigil is planned tonight in Bangor as mourners wonder how the Child Welfare system failed to protect Kennedy.


Storm – Maine

(Bangor) – Maine fared very well as a major storm blew by to the south during the weekend.  Only 35-power outages are reported this morning, all in extreme Southern Maine.  There were some coastal flooding and erosion issues at the height of the storm as heavy surf and high tides pounded the coast – nothing, though like Massachusetts.  Winds are still fairly brisk this morning and are expected to become calmer.


Woman – Trunk

(Pittsfield) – Detectives with the State Police say there are no outward signs of foul play in the death of a 30-year old Pittsfield woman whose body turned up in the trunk of her locked car.  Relatives had reported Jenna French missing on Thursday – she was last seen on Tuesday.  They found her car at the Palmyra Wal-Mart and had it towed to a dealership in Pittsfield where a mechanic found her body in the trunk.  The medical examiner’s office is trying to determine how she died.


Gouldsboro Manager

(Gouldsboro) – Plenty of applicants for the town manager’s job in Gouldsboro.  The Ellsworth American reports 22-people applied for the post that opened up after Bryan Kaenrath resigned to take a job in New Hampshire.  Kaenrath is helping in the initial round of interviews.  His new job begins next week.


School Safety Forum

(Ellsworth) – School officials in Ellsworth plan a forum on school safety this week.  Superintendent of Schools Dan Higgins says the forum starts at 6:30 Wednesday evening at the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School.  The forum comes 3-weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17-students and faculty dead.  The following week Ellsworth police arrested a 19-year old for making threats to become the most notorious school shooter in history.


Body Search

(Bangor) – Searchers will look for a 22-year old man from Bangor who disappeared during a police foot chase.  Peter Manuel was last seen in the Kenduskeag Stream Friday.  Police repeatedly threw a line to him but he refused help.  Officers had chased Manuel after a report of an early morning disturbance last Friday.  The search for Manuel’s body resumes today.


Stabbing Arrest

(Lebanon) A Lebanon woman is charged for allegedly stabbing her ex-boyfriend in the hand with a cordless screw driver. State police went to a home on Richardson Drive last Thursday for the report of a domestic disturbance. There they found the male victim with substantial lacerations to his hand. 32-year-old Didi Fall was arrested for Aggravated Assault, Violating Release Conditions, and she also had an outstanding warrant for Failing to Appear in court. She’s held without bail and made her first court appearance Friday.


Greenhouse Gases

(Augusta) Maine is now committed to making even deeper cuts in carbon pollution from power plants. Legislation went into effect last week, reauthorizing the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The Acadia Center spokeswoman Kathleen Meil says the 9 states involved agreed last fall to new, tighter pollution limits for 2021 to 2030.  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or “REGGIE”, caps carbon emissions from electricity producers.


Drug Arrest

(Topsham) A Massachusetts woman is charged for selling fentanyl and crack cocaine to an undercover agent in Maine. Thursday night 39-year-old Jacqueline Moreno was arrested without incident in the parking lot of the Topsham Fair Mall. She was delivering 100 grams of fentanyl and 70 grams of crack cocaine. Moreno was taken to the jail in Wiscasset.


Another Drug Arrest

(Augusta) A narcotics K9 with the Maine state police tipped off troopers about drugs inside a car pulled over in Augusta. Last week officers found 9.5 grams of heroin, 3 suboxone strips and other drug paraphernalia in the car stopped on Stone Street. 23-year-old Benjamin York of Lewiston is charged with Aggravated Drug Trafficking, Violating Release Conditions, and Possession of a Scheduled Drug.


Sex Crimes Arrest

(Union) A 39-year-old man from Union turned himself in to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department last week for sex crimes against a victim under the age of 14. The investigation began in late December. Randall Lind is charged with 3 counts of Gross Sexual Assault and 12 counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact. Police say Lind and the victim knew each other.


Cruise Ship Ban Vote

(SW Harbor) Southwest Harbor voters will soon decide whether to ban cruise ships and large vessels docking or tendering passengers ashore. The Mt Desert Islander reports a vote during Southwest Harbor’s annual town meeting in May could make the current moratorium in place into a permanent cruise ship ban.


LL Bean – Gun Restrictions

(Maine) Retailer L.L. Bean will no longer sell rifles to anyone under 21. The company joined retail-giants Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods in changing policies in the wake of the Florida school massacre. L.L. Bean released a statement saying that it will no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.


2017 Fishing Stats

(Augusta) The lobster fishing industry took a financial hit last year, pulling in $100-milllion-dollars less than in 2016. The Department of Marine Resources released those figures on Friday. But despite the 16-percent decline from the previous year, harvesters surpassed the $5-hundred-million-dollar mark for a 6th time. The 2017 catch volume total of nearly 111-million-pounds is 20 million pounds less than the 2016 harvest total.




  • Spring Training:  Baltimore Orioles 10  Boston Red Sox 8
  • Celtics at Chicago tonight
  • Runner Roger Bannister, the first man to break the 4-minute mile, has died at 88.
  • U-Maine women advance to the America East final with a 64-48 win over New Hampshire.  Maine will take on Hartford in the conference final.

High School Finals

Class “B” – Winslow 43  Lake Region 29 (Girls)

Hermon 55  Wells 34 (Boys)

Class “C”  – Monmouth 56  Houlton 50 (Girls)

George Stevens 64  Hall-Dale 59 (Boys)

Class “D” – Southern Aroostook 54  Vinalhaven 37 (Girls)

Greenville 47  Woodland 46 (Boys)