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Local News – September 12, 2018

Robbery Arrest


(Augusta) – A 25-year old transient in Augusta faces robbery charges after Sunday’s holdup at the Walgreen Pharmacy on Memorial Circle.  Police report to Star 97.7 they picked up Dylan Karczewski yesterday on a probation revocation and later charged him with the drug robbery.  Karczewski allegedly handed a note demanding drugs to the pharmacy Sunday morning and escaped on foot.  He never showed a weapon.


Mt. Desert Project

(Northeast Harbor) – Town officials in Mt. Desert are trying to figure out how to proceed with an upgrade project in Northeast Harbor.  Voters met this week to consider a petition aimed at slowing down the Main Street rebuild which includes burying utility lines under the road.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports petitioners feared the project would hurt businesses.  Work had been slated to begin on October 15th.


Washington County Indictments

(Machias) – Two Washington County men face formal charges following a grand jury session.  WABI-TV reports 36-year old Jason Smith of East Machias faces numerous sex crime charges.  And, 42-year old Luis Westen of Machias is charged with raping a woman at knife point. He’s held on $50-thousand dollars bail.


Otis Fire House Approved

(Otis) – Voters in Otis have approved spending $375-thousand dollars for a new fire station.  WVII-TV reports the special town meeting last evening packed the room, and voters easily passed the funding plan.  The new fire station will be shared with the Town of Mariaville which will vote next week on its share of the new $750-thousand dollar fire station.  The current station is 40-years old, and the fire trucks don’t fit inside the building and there is no running water.



Former Crowe Rope Building Burns

(Warren) – A huge building in the mid-coast Town of Warren went up in flames overnight.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports an explosion at the former Crowe Rope building rocked the neighborhood at around midnight.  The building was on a site of an unpermitted junkyard and reportedly a marijuana growing operation took place on the 3rd story.  No injuries are reported.  A half dozen fire department responded to the scene.  The fire marshal’s office will try to find a cause, but little is left of the building.


Eagle Scout Project

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Boy Scout who’s working to earn his Eagle Scout badge is in need of volunteers to complete his community service project. Will Hutchins from Troop 86 is recruiting folks to help build two baseball dugouts at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. Volunteers are needed at the school early Saturday morning on September 22nd. The rain date is Sunday the 23rd. Food and drinks will be provided. People are asked to bring their own hammers and tools.


Political Signs

(Maine) Political signs are slowly popping up but the laws that govern temporary signs have changed since the primary elections. Lawmakers this year voted to extend the length of time that a temporary sign is allowed in the public right-of-way. Maine DOT’s manager of Legislative Constituent Services Meghan Russo says the laws had to change because of a Supreme Court ruling. Russo says the temporary sign laws also apply to farmers who post signs advertising their fresh produce stands.



National Preparedness Month

(Augusta) September is National Preparedness Month, the perfect time to get your household ready for emergencies. The Maine Region of the American Red Cross urges everyone to prepare for a variety of disasters and not to wait until an emergency occurs. MEMA spokeswoman Susan Faloon says this week’s focus is learning life-saving strategies.  Faloon says September 15th is National Preparathon Day of Action, an opportunity to hold a family meeting and discuss your emergency preparedness plans.


Restaurant Fire

(East Machias) A restaurant in East Machias went up in flames early Tuesday morning. Fire crews rushed to Main Street to put out the blaze at the new Stone Soup Café and Market, formerly Joyce’s Lobster House. No one was inside the building when the fire started. Owner Nicole Look posts on her Facebook page quote “we will rise again.”


Rental House Fire

(Mount Desert) A group of tourists vacationing on Mount Desert escaped an early morning fire with only their keys and cell phones. The Mt Desert Islander reports the 9-1-1 call to Easy Street in the village of Hall Quarry came in a little after 1AM Tuesday. Two couples were renting the 2-bedroom home and lost everything they brought on vacation. The fire marshal’s office ruled the fire accidental and the cause is unknown. The home was owned by Robert Del Papa of Eastport.


Citizens Police Academy

(Bangor) The Bangor Police Department is accepting applications for their next Citizens Police Academy. Instructors will teach participants about criminal investigations, drug enforcement, bomb squad, and conduct a K9 demonstration. The program is each Wednesday evening at 6 for ten weeks beginning October 10th. Contact the Bangor Police Department’s community relations officer for details. Applicants will be screened with a background check to qualify for the program.




  • Boston Red Sox 7  Toronto Blue Jays 2 (Chris Sale pitched a scoreless 1st inning.  Red Sox become 1st team to clinch a playoff spot.  Brock Holt with a 3-run home put the Sox ahead for good)
  • David Price will start against the Blue Jays tonight.
  • High School Volleyball:  Washington Academy 3  Calais 0