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Local News – September 6, 2018

Credit Card Sentence

(Portland) – Three people from Florida will spend a year or less in prison after stealing credit card numbers from Mainers and purchasing all sorts of goods.  The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that 46-year old Alejandro Caal of Tampa, Adrian Teruel of Orlando and 52-year old Olga Valido all received their sentences yesterday.  A 4th person caught in the spree will be sentenced in December.  The group stole credit card numbers and used them to make purchases between October 2016 and March 2017.


Hermon Fire

(Hermon) – Blaring smoke detectors awoke a Hermon family early yesterday morning and they escaped from their burning home without injury.  The fire, though, destroyed the house on Swan Road.  Firefighters from several communities responded to the blaze at about 4-o’clock yesterday morning.  The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.


Dog Killers-Court

(Ellsworth) –  A judge set bail at $1-thousand dollars each for two men accused of killing their boss’s dog late last month.  22-year old Justin Chipman, though, remains in jail for violating conditions of release on a previous terrorizing charge.  He and 37-year old Nathan Burke made their first court appearance yesterday after turning themselves in Tuesday.  They face numerous charges but deny killing the pug named Franky.  Police say the dog was shot to death then placed in a bag and tossed to sea.  That bag washed up on the shore where District Attorney Matt Foster’s family found the remains.


Animal Abuse & Violence Linked

(Portland) The Humane Society of the United States branch in Maine has been following the story about Franky the pug. Maine Senior State Director Katie Hansberry is alarmed by the crime because in many cases, she says, animal cruelty is often connected with domestic violence, child abuse, and even mass murders. If people want harsher punishments in animal cruelty cases Hansberry says change is possible but those people must remain vigilant in contacting lawmakers to be heard.


Murder – Court

(Ellsworth) – A 21-year old Bar Harbor man entered not guilty pleas to rape and murder charges in court yesterday.  Jalique Keene remains jailed without bail for allegedly killing 19-year old Mikaela Conley in June.  Searchers found her body near the Connors Emerson school complex a day after her family reported her missing.  Keene’s attorney says they’ve only received about half the evidence state police gathered while investigating the case, which could go to trial next spring.



Meth Bust

(Sherman Mills) A traffic stop in Aroostook County prompted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s 40th meth-related response this year. Last weekend a state trooper pulled over 26-year-old Jordan Pelkey of Staceyville and the trooper allegedly found crystal meth and items believed to be used for making the drug. Drug agents seized the vehicle and towed to the impound lot.  They arrested Pelkey and charged him with drug possession.



Hiker’s Condition

(Bangor) A professional adventure sportswoman hit by a falling rock in Acadia National Park has undergone a second operation at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. The Labor Day incident on Dorr Mountain shattered 53-year-old Serenity Coyne’s left leg. Coyne’s husband Michael tells the Bangor Daily News that his wife may lose her left leg because of the extent of the injuries. In her hiking career Coyne has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.


Real ID Licenses

(Augusta) Maine is requesting another extension to the Real ID requirement because the latest waiver is due to expire in little more than a month. Without another waiver, Maine driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted to board aircraft or access federal facilities after October 11th. The state is in the process of doing the work to comply with the federal law adopted a decade ago.




  • Boston Red Sox 9  Atlanta Braves 8  (Brandon Phillips hit a 2-run homer in the 9th inning after the Sox scored 7-runs in the 8th to tie up the game)
  • Red Sox off today
  • The NFL Season kicks off tonight – Philadelphia against Atlanta

High School Sports

Boys Soccer

George Stevens 9 Bucksport 1

Jonesport Beals 4 Narraguagus 2

Searsport 16  DI/Stonington 0

Girls Soccer

Ellsworth 5  Belfast 1

MDI 6 Washington Academy 0


Bucksport 3 George Stevens 2

Narraguagus 3 Jonesport Beals 1