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Local News March 12, 2018


Oceanside Threat

(Rockland) – Police in Rockland have charged a man with terrorizing for making some sort of threat against Oceanside High School. Village Soup dot-com reports 20-year old Thomas Sawyer is free on unsecured bail.   Extra police presence is planned at the high school today, but officials say they don’t believe there is any danger to the school.


nor’easter coming (again)


(Undated) – The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather warning beginning early tomorrow and lasting into Wednesday.  A storm forming off the east coast will move up the coast and when it’s over, up to 16 inches of snow will blanket Downeast Maine.  Last week a similar nor’easter shut down pretty much the entire state for the day on Thursday.


Nat’l Park Upkeep

(Maine) National parks in Maine and other states would get some much-needed upkeep under a new bill in Congress. The National Park Restoration Act would help address the national parks maintenance backlog of more than $11-billion dollars, through money raised from energy production on federal lands. State Senator Brian Langley, who also owns an Ellsworth restaurant, says national parks fuel local economies. The National Park Restoration Act is co-sponsored by Maine’s own Senator Angus King.


Workforce Housing

(Ellsworth) Construction is well underway on the workforce housing units behind Reny’s on Washington Street in Ellsworth. Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative tells Star 97-7 the project got a later start than planned because of a sharp rise in construction costs last summer combined with a sharp fall in the value of tax credits. The 50 units will offer 1 to 3 bedrooms, ranging from $600 to $800 per month. Bunker says the first units will be ready for occupancy in October and the whole project should be completed in about a year.


DHHS Says Bring It On

(Augusta) A legislative watchdog will investigate Maine’s child welfare system following the brutal beating of a 10-year-old girl whose mother and stepfather are charged in her death. The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Friday to launch an investigation into Kennedy’s death on February 25th in Stockton Springs, along with a separate case of a 4-year-old girl who died in December in Wiscasset. Kennedy was laid to rest on Saturday in Newburgh, New York.


Imported Drugs

(Madawaska) A Madawaska man admits he ordered Ritalin and Xanax online from the Philippines and had it shipped to his local post office. 39-year-old Tristan Nelson pleaded guilty last week to illegally importing the drugs. Court records say in February last year Nelson picked up a package at the post office containing 950 Ritalin pills and 450 Xanax. When agents caught up with Nelson he confessed that he intended to sell the pills. Nelson will be sentenced later.




  • Indiana Pacers 99  Boston Celtics 97
  • Chicago Blackhawks 3  Boston Bruins 1
  • Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier have been given the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament by the selection committee.
  • Spring Training:  Baltimore Orioles 7  Boston Red Sox 3 (Sox take on the Blue Jays today)
  • The boys team from the Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth and the girls “A” team from MDI win the Sheriff’s cup basketball tournament during the weekend.