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Local News Headlines – June 21, 2018

Meth Lab Bust

(Portage Lake) – Two Aroostook County residents face charges after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency broke up a meth lab.  The MDEA tells Star 97.7 they found a lot of evidence of a meth making operation after a search warrant at Cleveland Long and Amber Pulcifer’s home.  They’d been watching Long for a while for drug crimes and finally got enough evidence to search the house.  Police had Child Protective Services take custody of a child inside the home.   This is the 27th meth lab incident so far this year after a record number last year.


Double Suicide

(Kingman) – A mother and daughter took their own lives in the Town of Kingman outside of Millinocket.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7 28-year old Ashley Clark and her 57-year old mother Deborah Pecor had both been in failing health and left a suicide note dated last Friday.  Their landlord found their bodies earlier this week.


Bangor Explosives

(Bangor) – Police in Bangor have charged a 35-year old man with criminal use of explosives.  Police raided an Essex Street home on Tuesday, closing down the road late that afternoon to remove explosives from James Smith’s home.  He’s also charged with possessing firearms by a prohibited person.  Bangor Police Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 the investigation is ongoing.


Ranked Choice Results



(Augusta) – It’ll be Janet Mills against Shawn Moody and two independent candidates for Governor in Maine in November.   The first in the nation statewide ranked choice votes finally got tabulated yesterday, showing Mills had majority support in a 7-way race for the Democratic nomination more than a week ago.  She pulled 33-percent of the 1st choice votes.  Meanwhile, Jared Golden won the 3-way race for the 2nd Congressional District seat.


Eddington Fire

(Eddington) – A fire that shut down part of Route 9 in Eddington and left a family homeless is blamed on dryer lint.  WABI-TV reports firefighters responded to the house across the street from the elementary school at about 7-o’clock yesterday morning.  The fire started in the basement and caused heat and smoke damage to much of the house, leaving it unlivable for a while.   The family had left the home for the day.


Marlboro Beach Celebration


(Lamoine) – Lamoine residents will officially celebrate the town’s purchase of Marlboro Beach this weekend.  The sale closed last December, and a celebration is planned Saturday afternoon.  The Norris family had owned the beach for decades, and Jim Norris, who lives next to the beach says it’s used by a wide variety of people, both recreational and commercial shell-fishing.  The Frenchman Bay Conservancy helped raise funds to match town tax dollars to purchase the beach at about half its value.





City Budget

(Ellsworth) Property taxes will increase for Ellsworth residents. City councilors unanimously approved the city’s nearly $12-point-9-million-dollar budget Monday. Also voters last week approved the school department’s $11-point-4-million-dollar budget. If a property is valued at $250-thousand-dollars, that means the owner pays just over $45-hundred-dollars in property taxes next year, an increase of about $82 from this year. The Ellsworth American reports those taxes are due in 2 installments, the first this September and the second payment next March.



Great Race



(Seal Cove) Five Maine teams left from Buffalo New York yesterday on the first day of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race. Seal Cove Auto Museum executive director Raney Bench says the museum’s head mechanic is driving a 1930 Ford Model A. Bench explains the 10-day race is about precision, not speed.  The 128 teams are heading to the finish line in Halifax Nova Scotia. The Great Race reaches Mount Desert Island a week from today and stops at the Seal Cove Auto Museum for lunch.


Water Main Break

(SW Harbor) – Water service in Downtown Southwest Harbor is restored after a water main break caused traffic delays Wednesday. The Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District posted that the incident yesterday morning occurred at Main Street and Clark Point Road. Local homes and businesses experienced an interruption in water service while water company crews made repairs.


Town Office Closed

(Mt Desert) The town office in Mount Desert will be closed all day today. Mount Desert town staff are being trained to learn new software for tax collection, assessment and front office customer functions.


Robbery Arrest Details  


(Milford) – Police say the man arrested for robbing the County Road Store in Milford earlier this month may also be the same man who held up a bank branch in Orono.  Portland police arrested Richard Moloney of Old Town and shipped him to the Penobscot County jail where deputies charged him with the June 10th Milford Robbery.  The investigation continues into the Orono bank robbery.


Safe Sitter Class

(Bar Harbor) MDI Hospital is offering a class for students in grades 6 thru 8 that teaches a variety of safety skills intended to use when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or baby sitting. The Safe Sitter Class gives instructions on choking rescue and CPR, and how to respond to weather emergencies, power failures and preventing unsafe situations. The Safe Sitter Class is Monday July 9th at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. The cost is $40 and students should bring a lunch. Contact MDI Hospital to register.




  • Minnesota Twins 4  Boston Red Sox 1 (Rick Porcello is on the mound seeking his 9th win this afternoon against the Twins)
  • The Sea Dogs lost to the Reading Phillies 12 to 3 yesterday.  They’ll wrap up the series tonight in Portland.
  • The NBA draft begins today.   Phoenix has the top pick.  The Celtics pick 27th.