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Local News – March 9, 2018

Fraud Sentence

(Belfast) – A 64-year old swindler who worked the mid-coast area will spend 6-years in prison and will have to pay back his victims.  The Bangor Daily News reports a judge ordered Robert Howarth to prison in Waldo County.  He defrauded at least 17-victims in the Belfast area, and entered a guilty plea in December.  Howarth used several fake names and promised high rates of return for investors in a designer clothing scam.  He’ll have to pay back about $575-thousand dollars.


Snow – Clean Up


(Cranberry Isles) – Folks on several Hancock County offshore islands are operating on generator power this morning as linemen try to fix power outages.  Emera Maine reported just under a thousand outages early this morning, the bulk of them on Cranberry Isles, Swan’s Island and Frenchboro, along with the Tremont area.  The cleanup from yesterday’s nor’easter continues, while businesses and government offices reopen today.  The storm shut down all state offices and most town offices yesterday.  Police responded to numerous reports of vehicles sliding off the road – many of them snow plows.


Sheriff’s Cup

(Ellsworth) A little snow won’t stop the Sheriff’s Cup Basketball Tournament from happening in Ellsworth this weekend. Hancock County sheriff Scott Kane tells Star 97-7 that 6th, 7th and 8th graders from all over Maine will participate in the 3-day event. The games are held at 3 different sites – the Ellsworth High School, Middle School, and the YMCA on State Street. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s charities.


Stolen Truck

(Rockland) A commercial truck stolen from a Rockland business earlier this week was found abandoned in Tremont. The Rockland police department reports they got a call from Prock Marine about a truck stolen Monday evening. The vehicle was recovered on Tuesday in Tremont, but police aren’t sure who drove it there or why. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Rockland police department.


Fournier Court Date

(Bangor) – A judge will sentence the man convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl in East Millinocket 37 years next month. Phillip Scott Fournier will learn his fate on April 27th at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Fournier faces between 25 years to life in prison for the 1980 beating death of Joyce McLain. The murder went unsolved until Fournier’s arrest in 2016. Two weeks ago superior court justice Anne Murray found Fournier guilty.


Criminal Sentenced

(Blue Hill) A judge sentenced a Blue Hill man already in prison to 10-more years in prison for a string of other charges. 50-year-old Anthony Yurchick pleaded guilty last month to crimes in Blue Hill, Brooklin and Brooksville dating back to 2016. WABI-TV reports in December Yurchick pleaded guilty to robbing the Brewer Motor Inn last year and is serving a 13-year sentence for that. He’ll now to serve both sentences at the same time.


Murder Plea

(Bangor) A Boston man held without bail at the Penobscot County Jail says he did not kill a Bangor man. 29-year-old F Daly was arrested in January for the shooting death of 51-year-old Israel Lewis. Police discovered Lewis’s body in a Second Street apartment with 2 gunshot wounds. WABI-TV reports Daly was indicted by a grand jury last week and pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday in Bangor.


Fire Death

(Gorham) The fire marshal’s office says an 82-year-old man cooking at his stove has died in a kitchen fire. Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the man died at his mobile home in Gorham on Wednesday evening. McCausland says it appears the man was cooking something on the stove when it caught fire and spread. Gorham firefighters found the man’s body in the bathroom. He’s identified as Gary Marshall.


Working Women

(Local) A federal grant will help train women in Hancock and Washington Counties for high-wage careers in non-traditional occupations. Aroostook County Action Program received funding from the US Department of Labor to help women in 3 Maine counties. Women are now being recruited for classes in Bucksport starting March 12th. Businesses who hire a participant may be eligible to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Contact ACAP in Hancock or Washington County for details.




  • Boston Celtics 117  Minnesota Timberwolves 109 (Kyrie Ivring, 23-points, Jaylen Brown injured when he fell on his back and head after a slam dunk)
  • Boston Bruins 3  Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Brad Marchand scored the game winner, 5th straight win for B’s)
  • Red Sox & Tampa Bay played to a 6-6 tie.  Eduardo Nunez will likely start the season at 2nd base in the place of Dustin Pedroia is recovering from knee surgery.
  • The U-Maine women’s basketball team plays Hartford at 4:00 this afternoon at the Cross Center for the America East championship.