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Local News – March 7, 2018


(Undated) – The bare ground conditions along the Downeast coast will come to an end late today.  The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 6-O’clock tonight with up to a foot and a half of snow predicted.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Hayes says it’ll be a widespread two day event over the northeastern US. In our area 9 inches of snow should fall overnight with another 7-inches likely tomorrow.


Gouldsboro Arrests


(Gouldsboro) – Two alleged heroin dealers from Gouldsboro face trafficking charges after a raid this week recovered $13-thousand dollars worth of the drugs from their home.  State public safety department spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97-7 that drug agents found the drugs in a Main Street home occupied by 46-year old Chad Thibeault and 40-year old Roxie Albee.  An 11-year old child was present during the search, and the Department of Health and Human Services was notified.


Knox Drug Arrests

(Warren) – A family business in Knox County is closed – shut down by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.  Police raided two homes in Warren and Friendship, arresting Stephen and Michelle Libby of Friendship, and their daughter and son in law, Amanda and Joey Thurston of Warren, and son-in law Ryan Carballo all on drug trafficking charges.  Spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7 the Thurstons and Libbys were allegedly dealing in Fentanyl.  More arrests are expected.


Unity Meth Lab

(Unity) – A meth lab in Waldo County is out of operation after a raid by drug agents.  Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 that 35-year old Thomas Haeberlin is free on $100-cash bail after agents followed him home after he allegedly purchased meth making supplies.  Inside the home they found a hidden room used to cook meth.


Lamoine Election

(Lamoine) – Town officials in Lamoine say the annual town meeting will go on, despite the weather forecast.  The meeting begins at 6:00 this evening, just as a winter storm warning goes into effect.  Just prior to the meeting, Selectmen will honor the town’s citizen of the year.  Yesterday, voters returned incumbent Selectmen Jo Cooper and Gary McFarland to office in a 3-way race for the two seats.


Searsport Election

(Searsport) – The lone incumbent seeking re-election in Searsport has returned to office.  Voters elected Doug Norman and Linda Payson to the board in a 4-way race.  Norman was the top vote getter.


School Safety Forum

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth school system and the local police department will host a public forum on school safety. Superintendent Dan Higgins says the forum is from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight in the cafeteria at the Elementary-Middle school. Higgins says school officials are monitoring the weather and will determine later today whether to postpone the event.


Age-Friendly Meeting

(Sullivan) The next Age-Friendly Sullivan meeting is today from 10 ’til Noon at the town office. Friends in Action director Jo Cooper is the guest speaker, and town manager Rob Eaton will provide a community update during the potluck lunch that follows. Age-Friendly Sullivan is one of 48 Maine communities developing strategies to make the town great for people of all ages, with an intense focus on building a safe and secure community for older residents.


Flood Meeting

(Augusta) The River Flow Advisory Commission was to meet this week to discuss flooding potential as the spring thaw approaches, but the impending storm may delay that meeting. Maine Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Susan Faloon tells Star 97.7 that Thursday’s meeting could get pushed into next week. Faloon says there are no major flooding issues at this point that they’re keeping an eye on.


Drug Arrests

(Augusta) Augusta police and drug agents nabbed 3 people Monday evening for allegedly trafficking in scheduled drugs. Local police and a state police K9 unit searched a residence on Crosby Street Place, seizing several grams of cocaine. 24-year-old Jaci Beane is charged with 8 counts of trafficking. 28-year-old Tabitha Luczkowski [lucks-COW-skee] of Windsor and 45-year-old Jon Brotherton of Augusta each face 1 trafficking charge.


Smurfing Campaign

(Augusta) Pharmacies and retail stores will soon display posters and signage about the illegal practice of “smurfing”. Smurfing is when a person is hired to buy pseudoephedrine products at a pharmacy for someone else. The ingredients in Sudafed, Claritin, Mucinex and several other cold medicines can be used to make methamphetamine. A national database used across 34 states tracks who’s buying these medications. WABI-TV reports in 2017 the tracking system blocked over 6,000 sales in Maine, potentially preventing the manufacturing of more meth.


Tech Coordinator

(Hancock Cty) Hancock County officials have filled the newly created position of Technology Coordinator. The Ellsworth American reports 21-year-old Chris Grindle will work part-time managing the Spillman law enforcement database for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, as well as handling tech work for county commissioners, the administrator, treasurer and others. Grindle has been the town of Bucksport’s technology director since Jr High and he has a degree from Maine Maritime Academy.


ANP Happenings

(Bar Harbor) The Acadia National Park Advisory Commission will meet next week to learn the status of the Transportation Plan and get an update on the National Park Service leasing of Blue Duck Building. The public is invited and will have an opportunity to comment. The meeting is Monday afternoon from 1 to 3 at Acadia National Park’s headquarters on McFarland Hill Drive.

Carriage Roads

(Bar Harbor)  Acadia National Park officials say the carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage caused by walking, biking or horseback riding. While the carriage roads are closed, the National Park Service encourages visitors to enjoy Acadia’s hiking trails and Park Loop Road, which is closed to motor vehicles until April 15th. The carriage roads will be opened once they’ve dried out and firmed up.






  • Boston Bruins 6  Detroit Red Wings 5 (Brad Marchand – hat trick for Boston)
  • The NBA has fined Marcus Smart of the Celtics $15-thousand dollars for criticism of officials after last weekend’s loss to Houston.
  • Red Sox 9  Tampa Bay 1 (Spring Training, Sox play Phillies and Twins today)