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Local News – April 5, 2018

Cruise Ship Season

(Bar Harbor) – In two weeks Bar Harbor’s busiest cruise ship season ever will get under way, well before the summer’s high season.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports 174-cruise ship visits are scheduled for this summer, up three from last year. The season begins 4-days earlier than last year’s first visit and will end on November 7th.


Garcia Trial

(Ellsworth) – A Bangor man charged with manslaughter after a fatal crash in Bar Harbor in 2015 will go on trial later this month.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports attorneys picked jurors this week for 43-year old Miguel Garcia’s trail.  He’s charged with killing a North Carolina man when the commercial truck he was driving swerved onto the wrong side of Route 3 and hit the man in a scenic turnout.  Garcia’s attorney wants blood and urine tests thrown out, claiming the samples were not properly collected.



East Machias Stabbing


(East Machias) Police have arrested a man from Bronx New York following a stabbing in East Machias. Police responded to a home last Saturday afternoon and found the 22-year-old female victim with stab wounds on her right hand. After conducting interviews they arrested 28-year-old Darryl King for Aggravated Assault, Violation of Bail and for having an outstanding warrant. King appeared in court on Monday. The victim did not require medical attention.


Tieman Trial

(Skowhegan) – A Fairfield man on trial for shooting his wife to death and burying her body in his parents’ backyard allegedly started dating another woman around the time of the shooting two summers ago. Luc Tieman girlfriend took the stand in his murder trial yesterday, saying that Tieman and his late wife Valerie were heavy into drug use, and there was some sort of love triangle.  WABI-TV reports Tieman is expected to take the witness stand today.


Bangor Drug Bust

(Bangor) Bangor police have charged two people with drug crimes after a traffic stop that turned into a struggle.  Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that 32-year old Robert Arrington of Brooklyn New York allegedly put a package of drugs into his mouth and refused to spit it out. Three motorists observed Arrington struggling with Officer David Farrar Tuesday, and Arrington eventually spit out the plastic bag that had 19-grams of suspected crack and 5-grams of possible heroin. Officers transported him and 39-year old Heidi McComb of Bangor to the Penobscot County Jail.


Meth Lab Bust

(Verona Island) Drug agents shut down a meth lab on Verona Island, putting 3 people were put behind bars. Agents arrested 27-year-old Craig Kneeland for operating the meth making operation after learning his home on Bridges Road was the scene of an unreported fire. Agents caught Kneeland leaving a hardware store Tuesday after allegedly buying meth making ingredients. Agents followed him home and conducted a search and discovered evidence. Kneeland’s roommates, 28-year-old Jami Cass and 22-year-old Chandler Levesque are charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. DHHS initiated other living arrangements for the couple’s child.


Pedestrian Death


(Blue Hill) State police say there are no charges after a Blue Hill man died after he was accidentally dragged under a plow truck. The Ellsworth American reports an employee at Parker Ridge Retirement Center in Blue Hill was plowing the parking lot on March 15th. 80-year-old resident John Murphy walked behind the plow truck as it backed up and was dragged about 15 yards. Murphy was taken to the local hospital then transferred to EMMC in Bangor where he died a week later.


Heroin Arrests

(Augusta) A drug bust at an Augusta motel landed 4 Mainers in jail. Maine DEA agents got a tip about drug trafficking at a room at the Augusta Inn on Edison Drive. Agents entered the room late Monday evening and seized over 350 grams of heroin, a small amount of crack cocaine and cash believed to be drug proceeds. Alex Kanaris and Krystle Clark, both 27 of Sidney, 29-year-old Andrew Redman and 27-year-old Danielle Violette, both of Augusta all face Aggravated Drug Trafficking charges.


Hancock County Airport

(Trenton) Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton is not panicking over PenAir’s decision to end service at the airport on June 30th. Manager Brian Madiera tells Star 97-7 it’s all part of a normal 2 year cycle the airport experiences when the US Department of Transportation solicits proposals for a seasonal air carrier to serve the airport. Madiera says they’re optimistic that a new carrier will be in place on July 1st, making a smooth transition from one carrier to the next. PenAir is offering refunds to any customers who purchased tickets for after July 1st. Additionally, Cape Air continues to offer service to and from Boston.


RCV Ruling

(Augusta) – As things stand now, when you vote in the June primary election, you will rank your choices in elections with more than two candidates.  That’s the latest ruling from a judge who ordered the ranked choice system be used after voters passed it about a year and a half ago.  The State Senate, though, says the Secretary of State’s office has no money in its budget to implement the controversial and complex voting system.


Deer Baiting Penalties

(Augusta) The Maine Legislature is upholding a proposal to reduce the penalties for hunting deer over bait. Governor Paul LePage had vetoed the change to the state’s hunting laws. The bill is designed to reduce the penalty for a second-time offender to a two-year hunting license suspension. The Legislature had previously passed a change to increase the penalty to permanent ineligibility to obtain a license.




  • Toronto Raptors 96  Boston Celtics 78
  • The Red Sox open their home schedule today against the Tampa Bay Rays.  David Price will start for the 1st place Sox.
  • The Bruins will take on the Florida Panthers tonight.
  • The Masters opens today at Augusta Georgia.  Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among the field looking to win the tournament again.