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Local News – May 15, 2018

Medway Fire

(Medway) – The Fire Marshal’s office is investigating a Medway fire that destroyed a home and injured one of the three people living there.  WVII-TV reports the blaze started around 2-o’clock in the morning.   Several fire departments sent manpower and tankers to the scene to keep the fire from spreading.  The person injured reportedly suffered from minor burns.  No word yet on a cause.


Winterport Manager Retiring

(Winterport) – The town manager in Winterport will step down at the end of the year.  Phil Pitula says he plans to retire – again.  Village Soup dot-com reports Pitula has held the post for about 13-years after working as a facilities manager for MBNA.  During his tenure, the town has constructed a new town hall attached to the fire station.


Tent at DEF YMCA

(Ellsworth) If you’ve driven by the Downeast Family YMCA on State Street in Ellsworth this week you may wonder what’s up with the giant tent outside. It’s the sight of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards as the YMCA will receive the Chambers’ “Top Drawer Award.” The structure tent is being set up by Wallace Events. Owner Brian Spencer says the structure tent features metal framing and no center poles, adding a different ambiance to the evening.  Spencer says about a dozen employees put up two separate tents in the YMCA parking lot for Thursday’s event. Additional parking is available along the backside of the Mill Mall.



Boy’s Body Recovered

(Durham) Some closure for the family of the 5-year-old boy swept away by the Androscoggin River last month. A kayaker discovered Valerio McFarland’s body.  He was playing by the water with his older brother on April 24th. Both boys fell into the water but rescuers were only able to save the older brother. The younger McFarland was found in Durham about 5 miles downstream from where he fell in.



Man’s Body Found

(Waldoboro) State police confirm the body pulled from the banks of the Penobscot River in Searsport last week are the remains of a missing Waldoboro man. 64-year-old Steven Reed was last seen leaving Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor on November 4th after being discharged from the hospital. His body wasn’t discovered until last Tuesday. The Medical Examiner’s Office made the positive ID last week and Reed’s family was notified over the weekend.





(Local) If you thought your commute was long and tiring, it’s probably nothing compared to that of a hummingbird which may fly more than 13-hundred miles without a break during its yearly migration. Ruby throated hummingbirds are back in the Northeast. Birdsacre president Grayson Richmond says it’s possible that the little guy at the birdfeeder this year is the same one you fed last year or its young.  Richmond says you can make your own homemade sugar-water solution and it’s not necessary to use red dye. He recommends cleaning your feeder at least once a week, more frequently in the hot summer or especially when you notice the sugar-water is cloudy.


Gun Thefts [same story and audio cut, just a longer & shorter version]

(Milbridge) The Milbridge Police Department is investigating a burglary in which a variety of guns and ammunition were stolen. The theft occurred sometime between last November and mid-April this year while the homeowner was away. Police chief Lewis Pinkham tells Star 97-7 the burglary went undetected for a while because the suspects did a good job covering up their entry through a window. Pinkham says the weapons were locked up tight.  The owner is offering a thousand-dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest. Pinkham asks the public to let them know if you see any of the guns show up at area pawn shops or on social media buy-swap pages. A list of the stolen items is posted on the Milbridge police department’s Facebook page.



Fatal Police Shooting


(Wales) – A state trooper who shot a man to death in the Maine town of Wales is on paid administrative leave while the attorney general’s office investigates.  State Police tell Star 97.7 that trooper James McDonald is a member of the tactical team that had an armed confrontation with 54-year old William Derick on Route 132 early yesterday morning.  Derick died in the gunfire exchange.  The investigation is standard procedure for all police involved shootings.



Motorcycle Fatal


EMBDEN, Maine (AP) – Authorities say a Winslow woman has died after being thrown from a motorcycle and striking a fence in Embden. The Somerset County Sheriff’s office says the crash happened Sunday night on Route 201-A. The woman was a passenger on motorcycle that rolled over as it went around a corner.


Fatal Crash

(Bowdoinham) State police say a Richmond man was killed late Friday night when his pickup crashed into trees off Interstate 295. It happened off the north bound lane in Bowdoinham when 76-year-old Gary Hastings lost control of his pickup truck, drove into the median and struck a tree. Hastings was alone and died at the crash site. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factors.


Cocaine Arrest

(St Agatha) An Aroostook County man with previous drug convictions tried to escape police during a raid at his home Friday. 37-year-old Eric Blanchette wouldn’t open the door when police and drug agents arrived at his Saint Agatha home so they forced their way in. Authorities seized evidence and charged Blanchette with 3 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Cocaine. While in handcuffs in his driveway, Blanchette made a run for it but was quickly apprehended. He’s been released on $15-thousand-dollars bail and faces 4 to 30 years in prison if convicted.


Illegal Guns

(Gray) A Massachusetts man prohibited from possessing firearms gave himself away by uploading pictures on Snapchat of he and a friend doing target practice a shooting range in Gray. 26-year-old Dane Mitchell rented firearms, purchased ammunition and fired the weapons during the trip to Maine in April last year. Mitchell has 2016 felony convictions preventing him from being allowed to do all those activities. Mitchell was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison and 3 years supervised release.




  • Oakland A’s 6  Boston Red Sox 5 (Rick Porcello took his first loss of the season.  Oakland hit 3-solo home runs.  The Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez against the A’s tonight).
  • The Celtics play game 2 of their playoff with Cleveland tonight.  Boston won the 1st game handily.
  • NBA Western Conference Final game 1  Golden State 119  Houston 106

High School Baseball

Searsport 5  Sumner 2

George Stevens 9  Orono 3

Bucksport 12 Mattanawcook 8

Penobscot Valley 7 DI/Stonington 6

Jonesport Beals 21 Narraguagus 1

Hampden 10 Camden Hills 0

Hermon 4  Washington Academy 0

Belfast 5  Mt. View 0


Orono 15  George Stevens 4

Bucksport 2  Mattanawcook 0

Narraguagus 19 Jonesport Beals 4

Searsport 12  Sumner 9

Penobscot Valley 12  DI/Stonington 0

Hampden 13  Camden Hills 1

Belfast 22 Mt. View 3

Hermon 17  Washington Academy 1