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Local News – September 5, 2018

Hancock Forest Fire

(Hancock) – A lightning strike that may have occurred several days ago is blamed for a woods fire in Hancock.  Firefighters from that town, Sullivan, Sorrento and Franklin responded to the blaze near Jellison Cove Road yesterday afternoon.  It took a couple of hours to get the fire out.  Forest Rangers tell Star 97.7 the cause appears to be lightning.  No buildings were damaged and the fire was contained to about a half acre.



Greenbush Search

(Greenbush) – There’s still no sign of a Greenbush man who vanished more than a year and a half ago.  State police homicide investigators brought in heavy equipment to search Guy Carmel’s property on Tower Road.  He was reported missing a year ago this month, but no one had seen Carmel for about 6-months before that.  WABI-TV reports investigators have wrapped up the property search.


Ride For Life

(Surry) The Beth C Wright Cancer Resource Center’s 14th annual Ride for Life is this Saturday. Executive director Michael Reisman says the journey begins at Surry Elementary School. Pledges collected by the bicyclists help support the many programs and services offered by the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Downeast Maine.


Animal Cruelty ARRESTS



(Ellsworth) – The two fishermen accused of stealing their boss’s dog and brutally killing it, turned themselves in to the Hancock County jail yesterday.  District Attorney Matthew Foster tells Star 97.7 that 37-year old Nathan Burke of Hancock and 22-year old Justin Chipman of Steuben face aggravated animal cruelty, burglary and other charges.  They allegedly broke into Phillip Torrey’s home while he was attending a concert in New Hampshire.  Burke and Chipman were sternmen on Torrey’s lobster boat.


Speed Enforcement Detail

(Ellsworth) Labor Day weekend in Ellsworth kicked off with a speed enforcement detail on Route 1A. Last Friday the Ellsworth police department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office picked off speeders as they cruised the Bangor Road. The Sheriff’s Office reports issued a criminal speed summons to one man. 28-year-old Aaron Dallman of Glenburn was allegedly clocked driving 90 miles per hour in the 55 mile per hour zone. Dallman was released from the traffic stop and has a court date of October 2nd.


China Burglary Arrests

(China, ME) Three people from Massachusetts are charged in connection for a number of car burglaries off the Neck Road in China. State police spokesman Steve McCausland reports that thieves swiped items like credit cards, cash and sunglasses from 6 unlocked vehicles during Labor Day weekend. The Massachusetts trio was said to be in the area visiting a friend. Troopers arrested them Sunday for burglary, forgery and theft.



Lyman Fatal Crash

(Lyman) A 2-car crash in Lyman on Monday killed a 29-year-old man from Hollis. State police report that Alexander McInnis was traveling on Route 35 in Lyman when he crossed into on-coming traffic and struck a vehicle driven by 46-year-old Rachel Thurston of Lovell. McInnis died at the scene. Thurston was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are still investigating what caused McInnis to cross into the opposite lane.


Chowder Fest Names

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce has selected 3 local celebrities to judge the annual Autumn Gold Chowder Fest. Star 97-7’s morning news anchor Stu Marckoon, Superintendent of Acadia National Park Kevin Schneider, and the Chamber’s Top Drawer recipient this year Down East Family YMCA director Peter Farragher will dish out the Judges Choice award. Autumn Gold Chowderfest is September 22nd at Harbor Park featuring 9 local businesses competing in the Clam and Open Chowder divisions.


(Ellsworth) Nine local businesses and chefs have been selected to participate in this year’s Autumn Gold Chowder Fest. The two categories are Clam Chowder and Open Chowder. Participants will be Airline Brewing Company, Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor Catering Company, Big Cat’s Catering, Flexit Café, Governor’s Restaurant, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Seaport Village Health Care, and Union River Lobster Pot. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. Pre-sale tickets are discounted. Contact the Ellsworth Chamber for details.


Plover Birds

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) – Maine officials say the effort to protect a rare bird species has met success with a record number of piping plover hatchlings. Maine Audubon says beaches across the state saw 128 piping plover fledglings, a record number since monitoring began in 1981. The Portland Press Herald reports Ogunquit Beach ended up seeing the most fledglings, with 24 produced by 11 nesting pairs.


House Fire

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) – Maine fire officials say a homeowner accidentally torched her house while attempting to burn away weeds with a torch. The Brunswick Fire Department says the woman contacted them Monday morning after the side of her house caught fire. The Portland Press Herald reports the homeowner and multiple pets made it out of the home without injury.




  • Boston Red Sox 5  Atlanta Braves 1 (Rick Porcello got the win and scored the first run for the Sox)
  • This afternoon, the Red Sox start Hector Velasquez against Atlanta
  • The Patriots have added incentives to Rob Gronkowski’s contract making him potentially the highest paid tight end in football

High School Sports

Boys Soccer

Belfast 2  Ellsworth 0

Washington Acad 1  MDI 0

Hampden 5 Skowhegan 1

(Tie) Hermon 1 Old Town 1

Girls Soccer

Camden Hills 6   Bangor 4

(Tie) Hampden 2  Skowhegan 2

(Tie) GSA 2 Bucksport 2

Searsport 3  DI/Stonington 1


GSA 3  Sumner 0

Brewer 3 MDI 0

Woodland 3  Lee 0