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Local News – June 6, 2018

Bar Harbor Murder



(Bar Harbor) – A 21-year old Bar Harbor man charged with murdering a former fellow MDI high school student is scheduled to appear in court briefly today.  A judge will likely deny bail for Jalique Keene.  State police arrested him Monday evening, charging him with killing 19-year old Mikaela Conley of Bar Harbor.  A search dog led officers to her body near the Connors Emerson school complex Saturday.   Police have not said how she died or anything about how they came to suspect Keene in her death.  More information may come out after his court appearance if an arrest affidavit is released.


Standoff Sentence


(Ellsworth)  –  A Seal Harbor man involved in a police standoff last summer will spend another 6-months in jail.  A year ago police in Gouldsboro found 33-year old Alan Walton armed and inside a home after a day long search in connection with burglaries on Mt. Desert Island.  He entered a guilty plea to a dozen crimes in exchange for the 18-month sentence while more serious charges were dropped.  He’s been in jail since his arrest, and gets credit for that year in a plea agreement.


Voter Turnout Outlook 



(Augusta) – Maine’ major party voters give ranked choice voting its first test ride next Tuesday in the statewide primary election.  All voters will decide whether the system should continue, but turnout is expected to be relatively low. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap tells Star 97.7 he doesn’t believe ranked choice voting is necessarily attracting or discouraging people from voting on Tuesday.  Thursday at 5 PM is the deadline for “no excuse absentee balloting.” Dunlap says if an emergency occurs between then and election day, you must fill out an affidavit explaining why you need an absentee ballot.



Digging for clues

(Skowhegan) Heavy equipment dug up a property in Skowhegan yesterday where investigators again searched for clues about a woman who disappeared last summer. Police scoured a property on Route 150 where 40-year-old Tina Stadig was known to occasionally stay with a friend. The Morning Sentinel reports its the same location where authorities searched last December. Stadig has not been seen since May last year and that’s the last known place that police could confirm she was seen.


June Bugs



(Local) They’re brown, shiny, and makes a loud “bang” when they fly into your screen door. June bugs are here! University of Maine Cooperative Extension insect diagnostician Clay Kirby says June bugs will stick around until mid-July and its lifecycle varies depending on its species. Kirby says a June bugs only real purpose is to be a food source for certain animals.


Moose Lottery Drawing

(Skowhegan) Saturday can’t come fast enough for the 54-thousand people who entered Maine’s moose lottery permit. Only 25-hundred names will be chosen at the moose permit lottery drawing at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. The drawing happens during Skowhegan’s weekend-long Moose Festival. It’s free to attend at 2 o’clock this Saturday afternoon. For prospective moose hunters who can’t make it to the lottery drawing, the names of permit winners will be posted on the Department’s website starting at 6 Friday night, at: M E Fish Wildlife dot Com.


Heroin & DVD’s

(Rockland) – A Veazie man caught with heroin after he stole DVDs from a Rockland store earlier this spring will spend 16-months in prison.  35-year old Brian Caggiano entered a guilty plea to drug trafficking, theft, and failure to stop for an officer last month and received the sentence for heroin trafficking.  Police gave chase to Caggiano after he swiped the DVDs and discovered the heroin.


Salmon Farm Moves Forward

(Belfast) A yet-to-be-built land-based salmon farm in Belfast has hired its first US employees. The Mt Desert Islander reports Nordic Aquafarms of Norway has hired Carter Cyr as the first aquaculture employee. Cyr will spend most of his summer in Norway getting familiar with the company’s operations before setting up an office in downtown Belfast. Marianne Naess has been hired as director of operations in North America. Another public information meeting about the salmon farm is planned for June 12th at the Hutchinson Center.


Narcan in Jails

(Portland) Several Maine jails have used naloxone at least half a dozen times to reverse drug overdoses. A 2017 state law now allows Maine corrections officers to administer naloxone. Previously only police officers could use the drug-overdosing medication. Advocates praised the law for addressing the reality of a lack of 24-hour medical staffing in county jails.


Man Jailed Again

(Augusta) A Maine man who served time in prison for vehicular manslaughter is heading back to prison for using heroin. The Kennebec Journal reports 50-year-old Roger Linton II of Augusta pleaded guilty Monday in Augusta to violating probation. Linton pleaded guilty in 2009 to manslaughter and aggravated operating under the influence.


Pardon Opinions

(Portland) Maine senators are cautioning President Trump against using his executive power to pardon himself. President Trump, a Republican, said Monday he has “the absolute right” to pardon himself, but says he’s done nothing wrong in the Russia probe. Maine Public reports GOP U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said if Trump pardoned himself he would risk a firestorm and action taken against him. Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said the idea of a president self-pardoning seems inconsistent with the Constitution.




  • Boston Red Sox 6  Detroit Tigers 0 (JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts homered, Steven Wright picked up the win.  Tonight, Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Sox).
  • Game 3 between Golden State and Cleveland in the NBA Finals, the Warriors lead 2-0.

High School Baseball Prelims

Class B -#8 Nokomis 5  #9 Waterville 4

#6 Gardiner 2  #11 Belfast 1

#5 Hermon 9  #12 MCI 5

Class C – #8  Orono 14  #9 Central 8

Class “D” #9 Stearns 13  #9 Jonesport Beals 8

#3 Woodland 14  #14 S. Aroostook 4


Softball Prelims

Class “B” #7 Winslow 7  #10 Nokomis 5

Class “D” # 7 Stearns 12  #10 DI/Stonington 6

#5 Woodland 23  #12 Jonesport Beals 11