(Ellsworth) – Deputies have rounded up four alleged burglars they say stole goods from numerous camps late last fall. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 grand jurors returned theft and burglary indictments against 20-year old Jacob Richardson, 21-year old Gary Goodrich and their girlfriends. Deputies were involved in a standoff during a search of Richardson’s residence last November where they recovered a stolen gun. Deputies ask anyone who received property from the four to contact them, and some stolen property recovered still has not been claimed.
(Bangor) – A child pornographer from Bangor will spend 40-years in prison and the rest of his life on supervised release. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that a federal judge imposed the sentence on 38-year old Jeffrey Swimm yesterday. Swimm admitted that he produced pornographic videos involving children, some under 12-years old, between 2012 and 2017.
(Bangor) – A Mount Desert Island woman faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine for obtaining a fraudulent passport. The US Attorney’s Office says 43-year old Emelita Arindela went by several aliases and used her sisters name and birth date in 2000 to marry a US Citizen. She applied for a passport in 2010 using a new name and sister’s date of birth. Arindela entered a guilty plea yesterday and will be sentenced later.
(Gouldsboro) – A lot of people reported seeing multiple police cars speed down Route 1 and into Gouldsboro yesterday morning, lights and sirens going and wondering what was going on. The answer was – nothing, but at the time they were responding to a possible threat at the Peninsula School. RSU 24 officials posted on their website that the threat was not credible and no students were in any real danger.
(Belfast) – The defense attorney for one of two people accused of killing a 10-year old Stockton Springs girl wants the entire attorney general’s office removed from the criminal case. The Bangor Daily News reports defense attorney Christopher MacLean has accused prosecutors of violating evidence rules and things got testy inside a Belfast courtroom yesterday. MacLean represents Sharon Carillo and made numerous accusations against the prosecution team. Justice Robert Murray will decide whether the AG’s office can continue to handle the case.
Bar Harbor Detour
(Bar Harbor) Drivers will see signs and message boards beginning today in Bar Harbor where the Maine DOT is setting up a construction detour. The section of Eden Street between West Street and Mount Desert Street will be closed through April 22nd with traffic being detoured to adjacent streets. All businesses and private driveways will be accessible during that time. The Maine DOT encourages motorists to plan for extra commute time and to avoid driving distracted.
Bank Robber Arrest
(Ellsworth) – Police think they’ve finally solved the only bank robbery in Ellsworth’s history. A grand jury has indicted 29-year old Matthew Lemery for the 2014 hold up at Key Bank on High Street. Lt. Harold Page says Lemery was working construction in the area at the time and has spent the last few years following up several leads that led to Lemery. Police arrested him at his home in Kennebunk this week. He allegedly presented a green bag to a bank teller and told her to give him all the money in February 2014, then fled in a pickup truck.
Autism Awareness Month
(Ellsworth) Brightly colored ribbons are proudly displayed around the nation in support of Autism Awareness Month. Special Children’s Friends behavioral health professional Danielle Williams is the mother of two autistic boys. As part of Autism Awareness Month, Williams is asking for a little kindness and compassion when you see a parent interacting with a distraught child in public. Special Children’s Friends on Union Street in Ellsworth serves young children in Hancock County with learning and behavioral disabilities.
Ranked Choice Voting
(Augusta) – Ballots for the June Primary are supposed to be to the printer today, but the Secretary of State’s office is waiting for the State Supreme Court to decide once and for all whether ranked choice voting will be used. The justices heard arguments yesterday from attorneys. The State Senate says the Secretary of State’s office has no authority to spend money on ranked choice voting needs because they’ve not approved a budget for it. Voters passed the complex voting system in 2016, but lawmakers delayed implementation until the constitution changes. A petition to overturn that delay will also be decided in June, prompting the initial plan to used ranked choice.
Ag Development Grants
(Washington Cty) The Agricultural Development grant program awarded 5 grants Thursday to support producers and processors of Maine wild blueberries, value-added vegetable products and organic poultry processing. More than $187-thousand-dollars will be distributed among Tide Mill Organics in Washington County, Blue Sky Produce in Scarborough, LaJoie Growers in Van Buren, the University of Maine and the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.
(Freeport) State police say commuters involved in a 5-vehicle accident on Interstate 295 yesterday morning escaped serious injury. The chain-reaction crash happened in the southbound lanes between the 2 Freeport exits. A trooper had someone pulled over in the breakdown lane and the cruiser’s flashing lights caused drivers to slow suddenly and rear-end one another. In all, two SUV’s, 2 cars and a tractor trailer were damaged, shutting down the southbound lanes for an hour. No one was cited.
Bones being ID’d
(Falmouth) State police and the state medical examiner’s office continue working to identify skeletal remains discovered earlier this week. So far they’ve determined the remains are of an adult male and detectives are following leads from missing persons reports. The state police DNA lab is also working on possible DNA comparisons. The body was found by a couple walking in the woods off Route 100 near the Portland city line last Sunday.
LL Bean Suit
CHICAGO (AP) – L.L. Bean says an Illinois man who sued over the retailer’s new return policy has never tried to return any products. The lawsuit in federal court accuses L.L. Bean of breach of warranty over changes to its unlimited “satisfaction” guarantee. L.L. Bean is seeking dismissal of the lawsuit partly because there’s no evidence that the plaintiff, Victor Bondi, has ever tried to return anything, so “there’s no controversy for this court to resolve.”
(WOBURN, MA) The lawyer for a Rockport man charged with the beating deaths of his mother, his grandparents and his grandparents’ caretaker in Massachusetts last September says he will likely pursue an insanity defense. Orion Krause was held without bail at a mental health facility after pleading not guilty Wednesday to four counts of murder. He’s been ruled competent for trial.
Acadia Nat’l Park
(Bar Harbor) In an effort to protect some delicate roads at Acadia National Park, park rangers set up barricades Thursday at parking lots associated with carriage roads. The roads are closed until further notice until they dry out and firm up to prevent damage. Hiking trails and unpaved roads are open to foot traffic but will remain closed to vehicles until May 15th.
- Boston Red Sox 6 NY Yankees 3 (Rick Porcello pitched 7-scoreless innings)
- Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles tonight. Eduardo Rodriguez starts for Boston.
- Boston Bruins 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (Bruins lead playoff 1-0)
- Major League Baseball has suspended Red Sox reliever Joe Kelley for 6-games and Yankees hitter Tyler Austin 5-games for their brawl the night before last.
- The Celtics face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs beginning Sunday afternoon.