(Machiasport) – A batch of heroin most likely laced with fentanyl has led to 9-overdoses and three arrests during the weekend. The overdoses started in Washington and Hancock Counties on Friday and prompted a warning from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department via Facebook. Drug agents arrested 50-year old Jon Wright of Machiasport after seizing crack cocaine and heroin from a home on the Cutler Road. They also arrested 20-year old Leanza Boney of New York, and 38-year old Jesse Michaud of Machias on other charges.
(Warren) – The State Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy on the body of a 57-year old State Prison inmate found dead yesterday morning. State prison officials tell Star 97.7 that Gregory Leeman died in his cell. He was serving a 3-year prison sentence for assaulting a guard at the facility while he was serving a 10-year sentence for gross sexual assault. Authorities found his body early yesterday morning.
(Belfast) – School board members in the Belfast area will start looking for a new Superintendent of Schools. Village Soup dot-com reports that Paul Knowles surprised the board last week announcing that he is stepping down at the end of the school year. The RSU 71 board had just renewed his contract. Knowles came to the RSU when it formed in 2015, serving the Gardiner area school district before that. He did not say what his plans were after he steps down.
Hancock County Airport
(Trenton) – Commercial Passenger air service to Hancock County should continue this summer with a new carrier. Hancock County Commissioners will decide this week which of the two air carriers to endorse for the service. Silver airways and Boutique Air both submitted proposals to replace Pen Air which is pulling out of the Trenton airport on June 30th. The Federal Department of Transportation will have the final decision.
(Patten) A Patten man faces a slew of charges after leading police on a chase through several rural towns in two counties. A Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling Route 11 in Patten tried to pull over a car for several violations. The vehicle accelerated to criminal speeds and continued through many towns until the car spun out trying to turn onto a road in Island Falls. 58-year-old Stephen Tremblay was arrested without incident; no injuries or damage reported. Tremblay faces 7 charges including Eluding an Officer and Operating Under the Influence.
(Skowhegan) – Closing arguments are likely today in the murder trial of a Veteran accused of shooting his wife and burying her body in his parents back yard. Luc Tieman took the stand last week after testimony showed cell phone records that murder victim Valerie Tieman called her husband 31-times the evening before she died in August of 2016. Prosecutors say Tieman shot his wife to death. He initially told police that she disappeared from a Wal-Mart store in Skowhegan, then changed his story several times, claiming she died of a drug overdose. Tieman faces up to life in prison if convicted.
(Portland) As Central Maine Power faces scrutiny for unusually high power bills they say that a state audit will determine whether its systems are producing accurate bills. About 15-hundred Central Maine Power customers have contacted the Maine Public Utilities Commission about high winter power bills. The commission made a decision earlier this week that power customers disputing their bills must still pay a portion of the invoice.
(Portland) Commercial fishermen and environmental groups agree a longstanding dispute over the future of at-sea monitoring is far from over despite recent funding help from Congress. Monitors are on-board workers who collect data to help inform fishing regulations. The federal government moved the cost of paying for them to fishermen in some Northeast fisheries in 2016.
(Pittsfield) State police say the woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car in March died from a drug overdose. The state medical examiner says 30-year-old Jenna French of Pittsfield had drugs in her system and ruled the death a suicide. French’s car was found in the WalMart parking lot in Palmyra on March 2nd. Her family had it towed to a dealership in Pittsfield because they didn’t have a key to drive it. French’s body was found when the trunk was opened at the dealership. Investigators say she crawled into the trunk from the backseat and a bottle of pills was found next to her.
(Stow) The State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested an Oxford County woman for allegedly setting her house ablaze. Investigators say just after midnight on March 11th, 46-year-old Sara Neddenriep of Stow intentionally set her home on fire. She and her 16-year-old daughter escaped unharmed, but the Stow Road home was destroyed. Neddenriep then moved in with a friend in Fryeburg. That’s where police arrested her Thursday. She’s charged with 2 counts of arson and is held on $50-thousand-dollars cash bail.
- The Red Sox scored 6-runs in the 8th inning to come from behind and beat Tampa Bay 8-to-7 yesterday. The first place Sox are off today and open a series with the Yankees tomorrow at Fenway Park.
- Florida Panthers 4 Boston Bruins 2 (regular season finale, Bruins fail to clinch the top spot in the Eastern Conference)
- Atlanta Hawks, 112 Boston Celtics 106 (Celtics have clinched 2nd place in the Eastern Conference)
- Patrick Reed wins the Master’s Championship, knocking in a par putt to beat Rickie Fowler by 1-stroke.
- Kyle Busch wins the NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway yesterday.