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Local News – September 14, 2018

Prison Escape

(Charleston) – Authorities say convicted killer Arnold Nash is likely still in the Charleston area after he escaped from prison last night.  The 65-year old career criminal was serving a 45-year sentence for killing a man during a robbery in North Sullivan in 1991.  He’s spent much of his adult life in prison.  The Department of Corrections reports to Star 97.7 that they last saw Nash around 8:20 last evening.  Authorities say if anyone sees Nash, they should not approach him, but instead call 9-1-1.  Nash has led police on chases before.  In the early 1980s former Game Warden and Waldo County Sheriff John Ford captured Nash after he and another man broke out of prison which is chronicled in one of Ford’s books.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department spent days looking for Nash in the 1980s, scouring the Hog Bay area of Franklin and Sullivan.



Standoff Arrest

(Bangor) – A 25-year old Bangor man involved in a police standoff faces numerous charges after his arrest.  WABI-TV reports police responded to Birch Hill Estates on Wednesday to an altercation involving Benjamin McGary.  He went inside the house and refused to come out, threatening violence.  Police eventually ended the standoff and arrested McGary for violating a protection order and on outstanding domestic violence warrants.  Officers recovered a gun from inside the home.


Autumn Gold Decorating

(Ellsworth) Online voting begins today for the Ellsworth Chamber’s Autumn Gold Decorating Contest. Participating businesses will be judged in 2 categories – window decorating and store-front decorating. Executive Director Gretchen Wilson says unlike previous years where a panel does the judging, this year it’s up to the public. Voting ends at Noon on September 20th. The winners will be announced that evening at the Chamber’s After Hours event.


BHHT Happenings

(Blue Hill) Imaginations will come alive at the 2nd annual Fairy House Festival. Blue Hill Heritage Trust outreach director Chrissy Allen invites folks to join them at their office located off the Hinckley Ridge Road in Blue Hill. The Fairy House Festival is tomorrow afternoon from 2 ‘til 3:30.

Fatal Roof Collapse

(Knox) – A Belfast construction worker is dead after a barn roof collapsed as the company he worked for was tearing down the building. Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton reports to Star 97.7 that debris trapped and killed 55-year old William Viles while he and three others from Suydam and Sons tore down the barn in Knox.  Two others suffered minor injuries.  OSHA is investigating.



Fatal Crash Arrest

(Madison) Winslow police have made an arrest in a fatal crash that occurred a month ago. 52-year-old Gabriel Stuart of Waterville was killed when his car veered off the Augusta Road in Winslow and struck several trees. Following behind him that night in a separate car was Nicholas Smith of Madison. An investigation revealed speed was the primary cause of the accident. Smith is charged with Causing Death While his License Was Suspended and filing a False Report.


LaGrange Fatal

(LaGrange) The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who died in a single vehicle accident in LaGrange Wednesday night. Police say a vehicle went off the road at the intersection of Route 16 and Country Lane. 20-year-old Zachary Coffey of Milo was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene when the car landed on top of him. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.



School Groundbreaking

(Camden) Faculty, students and the Camden community celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the new and long-awaited Camden Rockport Middle School. The Pen Bay Pilot reports the project has been in the works since 2013. It failed a bond vote in 2015. The following year the school organized community feedback sessions, held public forums, and formed a Building Visions Committee. The bond vote finally passed in June of 2017. The original building cost was over $26-million-dollars, but construction bids came in about $5-million-dollars higher.


Bar Harbor Pharmacy Closing

(Bar Harbor) One of the last drug store lunch counters left in Maine is closing as the owners of Bar Harbor’s West End Drug store retire. The Bangor Daily News reports that Mike Gilfillan, owner since taking over from his parents, will close the pharmacy after 100 years of family ownership. The Gilfillans sold their pharmacy business to Hannaford, and the Bar Harbor’s Hannaford Supermarket pharmacy will begin serving West End’s pharmacy customers starting Sept. 29th. The rest of the store will close once its inventory is sold.


Charette Retiring

(Windham) A Maine children’s music icon plans to retire. The Portland Press Herald reports that Rick Charette has decided to retire. Charette, who is from Windham, announced the retirement on his official Facebook page last month. Charette says he plans to spend more time with his family and friends. He plans to stop doing school performances in the fall, but plans to continue to play concerts with the Bubblegum Band through the rest 2018.




  • Boston Red Sox 4  Toronto Blue Jays 3 (Magic number for Red Sox to clinch the American League East is 6.  Xander Bogaerts scored the game winning run on an error in the 8th inning.)
  • The Red Sox face the New York Mets tonight at Fenway Park.  Hector Velasquez will start for Boston.
  • The Patriots take on the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.  It’s a rematch of the AFC Championship game from last season.
  • Cincinnati Bengals 34  Baltimore Ravens 23

High School Sports

Boys Soccer

Sumner 8 Machias 3

Girls Soccer

(tie) Bangor 2 Brunswick 2

Ellsworth 7 Washington Academy 1

MDI 2 George Stevens 0

(Tie) Old Town 1 Orono 1

Dexter 8 Bucksport 0


Brewer 3 Bucksport 0