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Local News – July 2, 2018

Drug Sentence


(Bangor) – A federal judge has sent a 31-year old Bangor man to prison for 8-years after he admitted to his role in a drug dealing operation.  Last year Syriane Baldwin, who went by the street name of Del, entered a guilty plea to conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and pills.  He was part of a ring that would bring in drugs from New York City and sell them in the Bangor area.  Another man, Mario Lee, is serving 18-years for his part in the operation.


Meth Lab

(Brewer) – Police in Brewer have shut down a methamphetamine making operation.  The Brewer police department reports to Star 97.7 that they executed a search warrant at 17-Spring Street late last week and arrested 35-year old Stanley Swallow for unlawful operation of a meth lab.  Local police worked with drug enforcement agents to shut down the lab.


Child Porn

(Bangor) – A Washington County man faces up to 20-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine for possessing child pornography.  The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 46-year old Ryan Mumme of Eastport pled guilty to possessing the pornography.  An examination of his computer revealed images of children under the age of 12 engaged in sexual conduct.  He will be sentenced later.


Howland Fatal


(Howland) – An early morning weekend crash on Interstate 95 in Howland has left a Levant man dead.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 22-year old Alex Malone flew out of his van when it hit the median.  He was not wearing a seat belt.  Investigators did not say what led to the crash.


Rock Thrower Arrested

(Scarborough) – Motorists on the Maine Turnpike in Scarborough held down a Lewiston man who was high on drugs and waited for police to arrive.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 42-year old David Mullen was throwing rocks at motor vehicles on the Turnpike yesterday.  Mullen told State Troopers that he had used a form of ecstasy.  Three cars sustained damage, and Mullen’s arrest tied up traffic on the turnpike for quite a while.


Dairy Queen

(Ellsworth) – Large excavators have returned to the construction site of the new Dairy Queen restaurant in Ellsworth.  Work on the project came to a halt several months ago.  The Ellsworth American reports environmental paperwork held up the project, and that’s now completed.  The developer says it’ll take about 4-more months to build the restaurant.


Rotary Volunteers

(Bar Harbor) The Bar Harbor-MDI Rotary Club is looking for volunteers for a couple hours on July 4th. Past president and current member Scott Hammond says more hands are needed during their annual Pancake Breakfast and Seafood Festival. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Rotary on Facebook or just show up at the big tent in the ball field near the MDI YMCA.


PEO Pie Sale

(Ellsworth) Tomorrow is the annual pie sale for the Philanthropic Education Organization. Members will be set up outside of Reny’s in Ellsworth selling custom ordered and gourmet pies from 9 AM ‘til 1 PM or while supplies last. Spokesperson Ann Dederer says through the years the pie sale has allowed the Local Chapter K to award more than $28-thousand-dollars to local women. You can order a custom pie by calling Ann Dederer at 266-5563.



Standoff Ends

(Dixmont) – Police critically wounded an armed man in Dixmont after a day-long standoff last week.  State Police tell Star 97.7 that 61-year old Michael Grendell barricaded himself inside his home on North Road and fired shots at the state police tactical team and a robot that the team deployed.  Officers fired back when Grendell came out of the house and reached for a gun.  Neighbors had called police earlier in the week complaining that Grendell was firing shots at them from his property.


Inmate Death

(Warren) A prisoner convicted of murder and gross sexual assault has died at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The Department of Corrections reports 70-year-old Ashton Moores has been in prison since 2009 serving multiple sentences including a life sentence. Moores was found dead last Thursday evening. State police and the Medical Examiner were notified.




(Brewer) Brewer High School’s baseball team won the Championship game against Wells High School on June 16th… less than 36 hours later Brewer’s center fielder was allegedly caught with cocaine in the school parking lot. The Bangor Daily News reports 18-year-old Benjamin Byorak is charged with Aggravated Furnishing of a Scheduled Drug. Shortly before police arrived, Byorak allegedly bought $100 worth of cocaine from a college student and shared it with 20-year-old Logan Rogerson. The officer who approached the car that night reported seeing a bottle of vodka on the rear floorboard and smelling marijuana inside the car. Byorak and Rogerson are due in court August 14th.


Fish Kill

(Ellsworth) The Downeast Salmon Federation says they’re monitoring a fish kill along the Union River below the Ellsworth Dam. A local fisherman tipped them off about river herring being killed or maimed as they swam downstream or over the Ellsworth Dam. The dam’s federal license is under review. Brookfield Renewable Energy has applied for a “status-quo” renewal, meaning no changes would be made to how they operate the dam if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves their license request. The Federation says fish kills at improperly operating fishways are illegal under Maine law.


Fentanyl Sentence

(Rangeley) A Rangeley man is sentenced to 2 years in prison for distribution of fentanyl. 25-year-old Steven Butler was arrested last year after selling fentanyl to a confidential informant 3 times between March and June. The case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.


Wolverine in ME

(Knox) A small-town restaurant in Waldo County got quite a surprise when a famous Hollywood actor strolled through the door. News-Center reports the Ridge Top restaurant in Knox was empty last Monday when movie star Hugh Jackman came in to order a ribeye and eggs. Jackman allegedly told the wait-staff he was in the area to check out Unity College, which is about 20 minutes from the restaurant.


Lobster Bake

(Mount Desert) The Community School of Mount Desert Island is holding a special dinner to raise money for scholarships. The Babson Creek Lobster Bake is a complete meal at the historic Babson schoolhouse on South Drive. The public is invited to enjoy a spectacular meal to celebrate community-based education. The Community School recently added 6th grade to their curriculum and plans to add 7th grade education this fall. The Lobster Bake is tomorrow (7/03), for details visit: The Community School dot M E.




  • NY Yankees 11 Boston Red Sox 1 (Aaron Hicks hit 3-home runs for the Yankees, David Price took the loss)
  • The Sox send Rick Porcello to the mound against the Washington Nationals tonight.
  • Lebron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for 4-years and $154-million dollars.
  • The Celtics will hang on to Aaron Baines who signed a 2-year contract.
  • Kyle Busch wins the NASCAR race in Chicago this weekend.