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Local News – June 14, 2018

Ranked Choice – Recount



(Augusta) – Teams of analysts will have to review hand counted ballots and computer memory sticks pretty much one vote at a time to reallocate votes from Tuesday’s Democratic Gubernatorial and 2nd Congressional District primaries to determine who the winners will be.  It’s the first test of statewide ranked-choice voting in Maine, and it’s likely to take several days to recount and rank the votes.  None of the 7-candidates for governor came close to a majority in the Democratic primary.  Today, couriers start to collect ballot counting machine memory sticks and hand counted ballots from town offices across Maine.


Otis Store Fire


(Otis) – Folks who live in the tiny Hancock County town of Otis are reeling after the town’s general store burned yesterday.  It’s still standing, but it’ll take a while to fix the damage to an ell that houses refrigeration compressors, one side of the exterior and part of the attic.  Firefighters from 8-communities responded to yesterday’s call that came in at about 12:15.  Flames were shooting out of the roof when they arrived.  A firefighter tells Star 97.7 the fire appears to have started in the compressor room.  The store had just finished renovations and is insured.  The fire marshal’s office will try to pinpoint the cause.


SW Harbor Chief resigns

(SW Harbor) – Southwest Harbor will search for a new fire chief following this week’s resignation of Jack Martel.  The long-time firefighter submitted his resignation to the Board of Selectmen effective immediately.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Martel has been in the fire service for 42-years, joining as a volunteer in Southwest Harbor in 1976.  Deputy Chief Tom Chisholm will serve as the chief until a replacement is appointed.


Tremont Fire

(Tremont) – Firefighters in Tremont kept a blaze from spreading beyond a home’s kitchen yesterday.  The fire department posts on its Facebook page that they found flames shooting out of the kitchen and other windows when they arrived yesterday afternoon.  It took two hours to get the blaze under control.  No injuries are reported, and no word on what started the fire.  Help came from Mt. Desert and Southwest Harbor.



Pug Mixes

(Thomaston) About a dozen pug-mix dogs go up for adoption soon in Knox County. Pope Memorial Humane Society manager Theresa Gargan says the dogs came from a home in Aroostook County where the number of dogs became too much for the owner.  The dogs range in age from 7 months to 2-years old. Each will be fully vetted and micro-chipped. Applications can be filled out on their website but Gargan says it’s best to come see the dogs at Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston.


Sex Offender

(Bowdoin) A Bowdoin man heads back to jail for failing to register as a sex offender. On Wednesday 40-year-old David Noel was sentenced to 2-years in prison followed by 5-years supervised release. Noel is required to register as a sex offender because of a conviction in Massachusetts in 2010. He moved to Maine in 2016 but didn’t notify authorities. He pleaded guilty last June.




  • Boston Red Sox 5  Baltimore Orioles 1 (Chris Sale got the win, Mookie Betts and JD Martinez homered).
  • Red Sox are in Seattle tonight, David Price starts for Boston.

High School Baseball – N ME Championships

Class “B” Brewer 4  Ellsworth 2

Class “D” Fort Fairfield 4  Bangor Christian 3


Class “B” Brewer 6  Oceanside 2

Class “D” Penobscot Valley 7  S. Aroostook 2 (10 innings)