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Local News Headlines – July 4, 2018

Drug Bust

(Brewer)  – Two Washington County women face drug charges after police found them with heroin and Oxycodone in their vehicle in Newport.  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97.7 that they arrested 51-year old Holly Pellon of Machias and 38-year old Meredith Hinerman of Machiasport.  Pellon has a lengthy drug crime history.  Police stopped their vehicle early Saturday morning on Interstate 95 in Newport after getting information that drugs were headed Downeast.  Another un-related drug arrest also took cocaine and cash off the streets of Hancock and Washington County after police intercepted two Waterville men.  The Drug Enforcement Agency says they’d followed Kenneth Ortega and Wayne Sudborough and had state troopers stop them in Brewer.




Carillo – SCOTME

(Augusta) – Maine’s Highest Court says prosecutors can continue to work on the murder case against a Stockton Springs woman accused of helping to beat her 10-year old daughter to death.  Sharon Carillo’s defense attorney wanted two members of the Attorney General’s office removed from the case, saying they improperly subpoenaed the accused killer’s former employer and school.  A lower court sealed the records.  Carillo’s attorneys argued that the prosecutors would be able to cross examine her after seeing the confidential records.  Carillo and her husband are held without bail for allegedly beating Marissa Kennedy to death.



Harriman Acquitted


(Ellsworth) – Jurors have found two women accused of bilking an elderly Trenton man innocent of their alleged crimes.  Bar Harbor veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Prunier was cleared of several weeks ago after prosecutors alleged she purchased property from her neighbor for much less than its value.  Neighbors say Prunier and Richard Royal were good friends.  And a jury cleared 58-year old Lisa Harriman of Mariaville of theft charges after she allegedly wrote herself a check for $100-thousand dollars from Royal’s account.  Harriman provided care to Royal who was her uncle, before his death.


Hand Washing

(Everywhere) A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that consumers are failing to properly clean their hands before meals 97-percent of the time. Rushed hand washing can lead to cross-contamination of food, resulting in food-borne illness. The study showed participants spreading bacteria from raw poultry onto other surfaces and food items in the test kitchen – spice shakers used to prepare burgers contained bacteria 48-percent of the time, bacteria was spread to refrigerator door handles 11-percent of the time, and salads were tainted due to cross contamination 5-percent of the time. The USDA says always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw meat, poultry or eggs and dry your hands on a clean towel.


Pet Safety


(Local) The busiest day for animal shelters across the country each year is said to be July 5th. Peace Ridge Sanctuary director Daniella Tessier that’s because July 4th festivities like fireworks displays can send dogs and cats running for cover. Tessier tells Star 97.7 pet owners have ways to keep pets calm this evening.  Tessier says if your pet isn’t micro-chipped they should be wearing an ID tag just in case they escape.




  • Boston Red Sox 11  Washington Nationals 4 (JD Martinez, Eduardo Nunez and Xander Bogaerts with home runs).
  • The Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound against the Nationals this morning.
  • Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2  Portland Sea Dogs 1
  • Celtics first round draft pick Robert Williams got a lecture about personal responsibility after oversleeping and missing a press conference and then missing a flight for his first summer practice with the team.
  • The NFL has upheld Julian Edelman’s 4-game suspension to start the next season for a drug test violation.