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Local News – May 7, 2018

Police-Involved Shooting  

(Bangor) – An Aroostook County man shot by police last Friday outside a convenience store has died from his wounds.  State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Sergeant Chad Fuller shot 54-year old John Corneil outside the store in Oakfield.  Troopers had gone to the store to try to arrest Corneil and the incident escalated outside the store.  Sergeant Fuller is now on paid administrative leave while the Attorney General’s Office investigates.


Hudson Fatal

(Hudson) – Deputies in Penobscot County are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash in Hudson.  It happened on Route 221 last evening.  Officers report one man died, two other people went to the hospital in very serious condition, while a fourth briefly fled from the scene.  Initial indications are the vehicle rolled over several times, and was the only car involved in the crash.

Power Restored

(Bangor) – The electric utility serving Eastern and Northern Maine says pretty much everyone has power following a powerful wind storm early Saturday morning.  At the height of the storm, Emera Maine and Central Maine Power reported tens of thousands of outages. Similar problems occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire.  As of early this morning only 9-outages remained in the Emera area – all of them in Cherryfield.


Unfit for Trial

(Belfast) – A Belmont man who stabbed the man who owned the property where he lived will not stand trial.  Village Soup dot-com reports that a judge ordered 25-year old Jetton Whiting be held at a psychiatric hospital because he is not mentally competent to stand trial.  Whiting stabbed the 64 year old man who had invited Whiting to come into the home during harsh winter conditions, and Whiting attacked the man when he asked him to change clothes because he smelled bad.


Ticks & stuff

(Local) Now that spring has sprung the buzz word is “ticks”. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. University of Maine Cooperative Extension tick identification coordinator, Griffin Dill says of the 15 known tick species in Maine there are just a few that people need to watch out for, especially deer ticks. The Powassan virus is rare but serious. Dill says there is no single strategy to eradicate ticks from your property, but he recommends using Permethrin  keeping your lawn mowed, and hauling away brush and leaves.


(Local) May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease can be transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick, and can cause migraines, joint pain and neurological issues. University of Maine Cooperative Extension tick expert, Griffin Dill says there are measures you can take to try to reduce the presence of ticks on your property:

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When venturing outdoors Dill suggest tucking pant-legs into your socks, tucking in shirts, using a repellent like Deet, and most importantly performing a tick-check each time you’re done with outdoor activities.


New Air Service

(Trenton) Silver Airways will serve as the seasonal carrier at the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport beginning July 1st. Airport manager Brad Madeira reports a 34-passenger twin engine turbo prop plane will provide service from Trenton to Logan International Airport in Boston. Pen Air will finish out its contract and resume service May 25th through June 30th, just prior to Silver Airways taking over.


Walk-in Clinic

(Ellsworth) With a growing population and the addition of the new Jackson Laboratory facility in Ellsworth, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital has identified the need for a walk-in clinic. The hospital says it will establish a summer Walk-In Care clinic at their Resort Way facility which is open everyday. The clinic is intended for patients with non-emergency conditions like allergies, cuts, colds, earaches, rashes and fevers. No appointment will be needed.



(Stow) Game Wardens continue to search for a bobcat that attacked a 17-year-old boy and his father last week. The Plowden family first encountered the animal last Wednesday night in their backyard in Stow. Carolynn Plowden tells the Sun-Journal that the large cat showed no fear and was acting strangely by walking all around the yard and rolling around before the attack.


UMO & Penobscot Nation

(Orono) The University of Maine will sign a memorandum of understanding with Penobscot Nation to help steward the tribe’s heritage and history. The agreement, to be signed May 10th, will impact several facets of how the university handles tribal resources. The university’s anthropology department, for example, holds collections of Penobscot archaeological artifacts. UMaine says it will begin a collaborative cataloging process with the tribe.




  • Tampa Bay Lightning 3  Boston Bruins 1 (Tampa Bay wins playoff series 4-1, Bruins eliminated)
  • Boston Red Sox 6  Texas Rangers 1 (Chris Sale struck out 12, JD Martinez homered.  Sox are off today, they face the 2nd place Yankees starting tomorrow).
  • The Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers in game 4 of their playoff tonight.  Boston has won the first three games and could advance to the conference finals tonight.
  • Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR race at Dover yesterday.

High School Baseball

Ellsworth sweeps Presque Isle

MDI 5 Foxcroft 4

Old Town 13  Washington Academy 2

Searsport 10  Stearns 4


Presque Isle & Ellsworth split

Foxcroft 8 MDI 4

Stearns 13  Searsport 3