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Local News – October 2, 2018

Bangor Drug Bust

(Bangor) – Police in Bangor had a pretty easy time finding the first bag of drugs during a traffic stop.  A spokesman tells Star 97.7 it fell to the ground when 35-year old Jerry Pierre-Francois took off his baseball cap.  He denied the bag of cocaine was his – claiming someone else threw it to the ground.  More searching turned up $15-hundred dollars in cash and more bags of cocaine.  The suspect is now in jail, held on $20-thousand dollars bail.


Auburn Arson

(Auburn) – Investigators say a 33-year old Auburn man set fire to a historic home and tried to burn up a pair of parked cars this weekend in his home town.  Public safety department spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 that Justin Knight is charged with arson.  Auburn police had arrested Knight on Sunday evening for an unrelated domestic violence charge.  McCausland said Knight lives near the house that burned, but had no connection to the building.


Prison Death

(Warren) – A 51-year old man serving time for shooting his mother to death has died in prison.  The Department of Corrections reports to Star 97.7 that Andrew Leighton died yesterday morning at the State Prison in Warren.  Back in 2013 Leighton shot his mother to death while she and his father were trying to get Leighton to a mental health hospital in Southern Maine.  Police arrested the younger Leighton after a 5-hour standoff.  He began serving a 27-year prison term in 2015.


Missing Woman Search

(Blue Hill) – A pair of searches will begin Friday in Blue Hill for a woman missing since July.  Jessica Grindle’s friends and family are organizing the searches as well as a vigil a week from tomorrow which would have been her 38th birthday.  State police say no one has seen Grindle since July 23rd.  Investigators have searched ponds in the Blue Hill and Sedgwick area without success.


Hospitals Rebrand Names

(Ellsworth) The hospitals in Ellsworth and Blue Hill have changed their names. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital President John Ronan tells Star 97-7 that Northern Light Health, formerly known as Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, is internally funding the cost of the name changes. Northern Light Health is renaming all of its 9 Maine hospitals to reflect a statewide brand. Ronan says the Ellsworth hospital is in the first wave of sign replacements, though it will be a slow process. The hospital in Blue Hill is in the second wave which will take up to 2 years.



Skydiver’s Body Recovered

(Lebanon) Game wardens have found a New Hampshire skydiving instructor’s body in western Maine. During a jump last Thursday 41-year-old Brett Bickford was attached to the same parachute as a student; somehow Bickford became detached and plummeted to the ground. Game wardens, state troopers and members of a search team located Bickford’s body about 750 feet southwest of the Lebanon Airport runway the following evening. The investigation continues to determine what caused this fatal skydiving incident.


Real ID Waiver

(Augusta) The federal government has issued the state of Maine its final waiver for the Real ID Act compliance. The new waiver is now valid through Oct. 1st of next year, but the Department of Homeland Security will not enforce REAL ID requirements until Oct. 1st, 2020. The Maine BMV is implementing the necessary procedures to issue Real ID licenses and IDs beginning July 1st next year. At that time, Mainers will be able to obtain a Real ID license or ID at their local BMV office, which will allow Mainers to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircraft.


Accidental Pot Ingestion Warning

(Augusta) The Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Maine adults to keep their marijuana edibles out of the reach of children. The marijuana products come in a variety of forms like candy, brownies, other baked goods and sweets, which may be enticing to children. Edibles often have high amounts of THC but the effects may not be felt until hours after consumption. Experts say marijuana should be stored in a locked area and out of sight and reach of children and pets, and how you store marijuana should change as your children get older.



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High School

Boy’s Soccer

George Stevens 3  Ellsworth 0

Old Town 1 Orono 0

(tie) John Bapst 1 Brewer 1

Central 5 Lee 0

Jonesport Beals 9 Machias 0

Girl’s Soccer

Washington Academy 3 Narraguagus 1


Jonesport Beals 3  Machias 1