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Local News – May 16, 2018

Lobster Buying Case

(Ellsworth) – A Mt. Desert Island man accused of failing to keep records of lobsters he purchased from local fishermen won’t get a chance to tell a jury his story.  The Ellsworth American reports prosecutors decided to drop charges against Donald Crabtree.  Marine Patrol officers cited Crabtree on failure to report lobster landing charges which carries a minimum  $100-dollar fine.  He disputed the charges and said he’d run up extensive legal fees in more than a dozen court appearances.  A jury trial was scheduled last week when the district attorney’s office dropped the case.


Carillo Appeal

(Augusta) – Maine’s highest court will decide whether the current prosecution team can continue in a child murder case out of Stockton Springs.  Sharon and Julio Carillo are charged with abusing their 10-year old daughter to death.  Her attorney accused the Attorney General’s office with filing subpoenas to obtain confidential records.  The Bangor Daily News reports the state supreme court will hear arguments on whether the prosecution team should be replaced on June 12th.


Race Assault

(Biddeford) – Two men accused of beating up a man in Biddeford face both criminal and civil charges.  The Attorney General’s office reports to Star 97.7 that they’ve charged Dusty Leo and Maurice Duggins with violating the Maine Human Rights Act for what prosecutors say is a race based assault.  The two allegedly beat up the victim whom they didn’t know, as he entered a convenience store last month.


Ranked Choice – Clerks



(Ellsworth) – Maine’s first venture into ranked choice voting comes in less than a month, and town offices across the state are preparing for a lot of questions they really can’t answer.  Clerks may only read a ballot and instructions to voters – they’re not able to provide interpretation of how ranked choice counting works.  Ellsworth City Clerk Heidi Grindle tells Star 97.7 the ballots look different from traditional ballots. Grindle says if no one in the Republic and Democrat governors’ primaries gets a majority of the vote, towns will send computer drives to Augusta for further ranking and recounting.


Chamber Meeting & Awards



(Ellsworth) Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members will gather to recognize outstanding businesses in the community during the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards. One of tomorrow evening’s big honors is Citizen of the Year, which will be awarded to Natalie Knox. Chamber executive director Gretchen Wilson says the citizen of the year is nominated by business members.  The Chamber’s annual meeting and awards will be held in the event tents in the parking lot at Downeast Family YMCA beginning at 5 tomorrow evening.


Lyme Disease

(Local) Lyme disease is becoming more common as the number of deer ticks increases gradually in Maine. Blue Hill Memorial Hospital senior physician executive Dr Mike Murnik says if you find a tick embedded on your body, use tweezers or a tick spoon to pull it off without squeezing it. Occasionally the tick’s head will remain underneath the skin but Dr Murnik says that’s not something most people need to worry about. To prevent tick bites Dr Murnick suggests using a repellent, wearing long socks and pants when you go in the woods, and always conduct a tick check when you get home.


Stolen Cruiser Follow-up


(Bangor) The man accused of stealing a Dexter police cruiser and later crashing in a different stolen car has traded his hospital gown for an orange jumpsuit. 22-year-old Tyler Tibbetts of Lagrange was discharged from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor Monday and immediately transported to the Penobscot County Jail. State police have charged Tibbetts with Motor Vehicle Theft for allegedly stealing a police cruiser Friday morning. Dover-Foxcroft police have charged him for the high speed chase through town that afternoon. And he also faces probation violations.



Bald Eagle Survey

(Augusta) Maine wildlife officials are conducting the largest statewide survey of bald eagles in the Pine Tree State in several years. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and game wardens pilots are conducting the survey, which is the largest of its kind since 2013. Biologists started counting nesting eagle pairs from a plane in March.




  • Boston Celtics 107  Cleveland Cavaliers 94  (Celtics lead Eastern Conference final 2-0, Lebron James had 42-points for Cleveland)
  • Oakland A’s 5  Boston Red Sox 3.   Chris Sale will start against the A’s tonight.
  • Sox pitcher Carson Smith is on the disabled list – suffering a shoulder injury after he violently threw his glove after giving up a game losing home run Monday.

High School Baseball

Foxcroft 4  John Bapst 3 (8-innings)