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Local News – July 11, 2018

Lamoine Crash


(Lamoine) – Neighbors in Lamoine helped push a car upright while ambulances, firefighters and police rushed to the scene last evening.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department says the 27-year old man driving the vehicle was partially ejected when his car got onto the soft shoulder of Buttermilk Road, flipped over and broke a utility pole.  He suffered life-threatening injuries.  Deputies reconstructed the crash, firefighters shut down the residential road for about 3-hours last night.


East Machias Man Indicted


(Machias) – An East Machias man shot by police last December faces numerous crimes from incidents prior to the shooting.  WABI-TV reports a grand jury in Washington County indicted Jason Jackson for burglary, robbery and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.  Jackson allegedly broke into a woman’s home and threatened her, and later in the day he refused to drop a gun.  Police fired, hitting Jackson and his girlfriend.


Blood Donors

(Local) Busy summer schedules and vacations have contributed to an emergency blood shortage, prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for blood donors. Spokeswoman Mary Brant says a study by the Red Cross found among those surveyed, many times there’s a disconnect understanding blood donations and the needs of patients. Blood drives are happening this morning in Baileyville at the Oddfellows Frontier Lodge, this afternoon in Machias at the Maine Veterans’ Home, and this Friday in Castine there’s a blood drive at Emerson Hall.



Traffic Stop = Arrests

(Harrington) Maine state police conducting a traffic stop in Harrington wound-up arresting 3 people from Milbridge. A trooper on Saturday tried to stop a car on the Marshville Road. That’s when the driver, 51-year-old Richard Sprague pulled into a driveway and allegedly fled on foot. Richard surrendered before a police K9 was deployed. He’s charged with Operating After Revocation and Eluding an Officer. Both passengers were handcuffed too. 44-year-old Denise Beam is charged with Permitting Unlawful Use and 27-year-old Tamarac MacDonald was arrested for an outstanding warrant.


Main Grind Building

(Ellsworth) The Main Grind building in Ellsworth is for sale. The 1934 structure is four levels and houses several art galleries, studios, and FlexIt Café and Bakery. Bakery co-owner Paul Markosian tells the Ellsworth American he isn’t worried about the future of the building’s tenants. The listing with Sargent Real Estate is priced at $1-point-1-million-dollars.



Dilapidated Home

(Searsport) Searsport’s code enforcement officer is growing impatient with the owner of a dilapidated home who’s spent 2 summers taking apart the structure piece-by-piece. The Bangor Daily News reports the iconic 1860’s home on Route 1 has been empty for 20 years. Doug Brown of Belfast bought the home 13 years ago and is salvaging antiques and intricate pieces of woodwork. In 2016 code enforcement officer Randy Hall sent notices to owners of derelict properties saying they’d have to tear down their structures. Hall feels Brown has made little progress this year and says he may go to town officials this fall asking permission to demolish the old Victorian home.


Fire Injury

(Winthrop) A state representative from Winthrop was seriously burned attempting to light a brush pile fire at his home. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports Craig Hickman used gasoline to ignite the fire when gas vapors caught his clothing on fire around 9:30 Tuesday morning. A friend tried to drive Hickman to the Augusta hospital but decided to stop at the new Winthrop Fire State to call for help. An ambulance transported Hickman to a Lewiston hospital and he was later flown to Maine Medical in Portland. Hickman suffered burns to his legs and chest.



Fugitive Turns Self In

(Madawaska) A northern Maine man on the run since 2012 has turned himself in to police. The Fiddlehead Focus newspaper reports 63-year-old David Sirois’s trouble with the law began in 1996 when he was accused of unlawful sexual contact. Sirois fled to Canada, then returned to Maine in 2011 and was convicted of the charge. He served 9 months in jail and was then to serve 3-and-a-half-years probation but allegedly fled back to Canada. Sirois walked into the Madawaska Police Station on July 3rd and is now held without bail at the Aroostook County Jail.


Bank Robbery Arrest

(Waterville) – While a 38-year old Waterville man was allegedly robbing a bank a teller slipped a GPS tracking device into the stolen money yesterday morning.  Dispatchers were able to follow the device to an area of Lincoln Street in Waterville, and that’s where police from several agencies surrounded and arrested Kevin Barr.  He’s charged with robbing a key Bank branch on Kennedy Memorial Drive at mid-morning yesterday.  Police chief Joseph Massey tells Star 97.7 that officers from numerous agencies assisted in the capture.


Jail Funding

(Ellsworth) – Relief from county officials from across Maine as lawmakers approved state funding for jails. Hancock County Administrator Scott Adkins tells Star 97.7 tht the sate funding should minimize future impacts on property tax payers.  Adkins said County officials and lawmakers are still looking for long-term funding solutions for running county jails that will minimize impacts on local property tax payers.



  • Boston Red Sox 8  Texas Rangers 4 (Sox rallied for 5-runs in the 4th inning, Xander Bogaerts with a 2-run triple) (8th straight win for Boston).
  • The Sox send Chris Sale against Texas tonight.  Boston is 3-and-a-half games in front of the Yankees who lost to Baltimore last night.
  • Sox catcher Christian Vasquez had surgery on a broken pinkie finger – he’ll miss 6-to-8 weeks.
  • American Legion:  Bangor (Coffee News Comrades) 6  Trenton Acadians 5