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Local News Headlines – July 26, 2018

Red Light Tickets

(Ellsworth) – Police in Ellsworth wrote out a lot of traffic tickets yesterday as they posted officers on High Street at the Walgreens intersection.  The Department’s Facebook Page reports that officers were following up on reports of frequent red-light runners, and they issued 25-court summonses to the drivers they observed failing to stop for the red light.  The department says it intends to keep an eye on the intersection for violators.


Ellsworth / Ambulance

(Ellsworth) – The future of ambulance service in the Ellsworth area faces some uncertainty.  Ellsworth City Officials are exploring a partnership with a private ambulance service to store two rigs in the fire station along with staff.  County Ambulance which serves as the city’s emergency ambulance service, recently told Lamoine’s Selectmen that it would not renew a 3-year contract to provide emergency service, preferring to go on a month to month basis instead.  Maine EMS officials say that residents can be assured that if an ambulance is needed in an emergency, someone will respond.



Murder Indictment

(Bangor) – A grand jury in Penobscot County has returned a murder indictment against a Hampden man accused of gunning down his sister-in-law.  Police say 55-year old Phillip Clark shot Renee Clark to death at his home earlier this month.  Mrs. Clark had sought a protection order against her alleged killer, and she was in the process of divorcing his brother.  Mr. Clark told police he shot her, reloaded his gun, and fired more shots, then tried to clean up the murder scene.


Child’s Death

(Oakland) State police are reminding parents to keep guns unloaded and out of children’s reach after an accidental shooting death in Oakland. State police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97-7 that 8-year-old Parker Stevens was handling his father’s 12-gauge shotgun inside a closet of his parents’ second floor bedroom when he unintentionally shot himself in the head. The boy’s mother found him. She and his 3 other siblings were on the first floor and didn’t hear the shot.



Ellsworth American Sold


(Ellsworth) – A major media shakeup in Hancock County.  The longtime owner of the Ellsworth American and Mt. Desert Islander newspapers is selling the two publications to the owner of the Portland Press Herald and five other daily papers.  Reade Brower also owns 19-weekly newspapers, including the Village Soup papers in the mid-coast area.  Alan Baker had sought a buyer for at least the last 6-months.  He says the sale will close at the end of August.


Serious Crash

(Franklin) The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says speed and alcohol are likely factors in a crash that seriously injured a Florida man. First responders were called to Georges Pond Road Tuesday afternoon. Police say 29-year-old Adam Sosa failed to negotiate a curve and veered off the left side of the road, hitting trees after his truck rolled over. He was taken to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital with neck and head injuries, then later transported to EMMC in Bangor. Sosa was not wearing a seatbelt.


Drug House

(Hampden) A Hampden woman admits she allowed drug dealers to use her home as a place to sell crack and heroin in exchange for receiving drugs. The US Attorney’s Office reports 55-year-old Sherri Chen pleaded guilty Tuesday to maintaining a drug involved premises between January 2016 and February 2017. When she’s sentenced later Chen faces up to 20-years in prison, a half-million-dollar fine and 3 years of supervised release.



Stolen Guns

(Baldwin) A Baldwin man was sentenced Wednesday to 5-years in prison for possessing stolen firearms. In March 2016 Maine state police seized four guns that 35-year-old Aaron Dodd hid at relatives’ homes. The US District Court judge noted that the sentence was appropriate in light of Dodd’s extensive criminal history, which includes 7 burglary convictions.


LVFD Auction

(Lamoine) Lamoine’s Volunteer Fire Department is holding a fundraiser to purchase equipment for the department’s soon-to-be-acquired ladder truck. The annual action will be Friday, August 10th at the Lamoine Consolidated School gym. Auction items include donated estate furnishings, gift certificates for local goods and services, tools, jewelry and more. The department’s ladder truck should arrive before the fall.





  • The Red Sox and Orioles were rained out last night after the Sox had taken a 5-0 lead by hitting 3-home runs.  The Sox are 5-and-a-half games ahead of the Yankees who lost to Tampa Bay yesterday.
  • Boston is home against the Twins tonight.  Brian Johnson starts for Boston.
  • The Red Sox have obtained starter Nathan Eovaldi from Tampa Bay for a minor league pitcher.
  • Harrisburg Senators 8  Portland Sea Dogs 7