Route 3 Construction
(Bar Harbor) – The huge Route 3 construction project in Bar Harbor will take a break for the holiday weekend coming up. The Maine Department of Transportation reports to Star 97.7 that work will end tomorrow afternoon and resume on Tuesday following the Columbus Day, or alternatively named Indigenous Peoples Day weekend. When the work picks back up the project will see water and drainage lanes installed on Route 3 from the Acadia National Park entrance to the Bluffs along with milling and grading roads and curb installation. The more than 2-year project is expected to wrap up for good next spring.
Hit & Run
(Winterport) – Waldo County authorities are searching for a dark blue Honda Civic that is missing a passenger side mirror after a hit and run accident last night. The mishap took place in Winterport as 56-year old Georgina Wells was getting her mail. The Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 that her husband called 9-1-1 when he heard the commotion. She’s in serious condition at a Bangor hospital and police are asking anyone with information to call them.
(Augusta) – A robbery at an Augusta sandwich shop has police searching for a suspect. The Augusta police department reports to Star 97.7 the robber entered the Subway on Bangor Street in Augusta and fled with cash. They’re not saying how much money the robber took. Police say the robber fled in a dark colored SUV. They’ve posted a screenshot of the robber taken from the Subway security system.
(Bangor) – Two Levant residents face up to 5-years in federal prison and quarter million dollar fines for illegally buying a gun in Brewer. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 34-year old Zachary Morneault convinced Amy Bingaman, who is the same age, to buy a gun from a Brewer firearms dealer. Bingaman then sold the gun to Morneault, and drug agents seized it in a narcotics raid in Brewer. A third person was also involved.
Inmate – Suicide Attempt
(Ellsworth) – A Bucksport woman arrested for drug possession is hospitalized after she apparently tried to kill herself inside the Hancock County Jail. The Bangor Daily News reports Monica Johnson was not on suicide watch when she made the attempt. Johnson was one of five people arrested in a September 21st drug bust in Bucksport and Orland. She’s in intensive care.
Burglar – Plea Deal
(Ellsworth) – A 20-year old man from Hancock will spend 60-days in jail for a series of burglaries. When police went to search 20-year old Jacob Richardson’s home a year ago next month he got into an armed standoff that lasted for hours. Richardson was accused of burglarizing homes in Franklin, Eastbrook Waltham, Osborn and Township 22 as well as Hancock. In return for the plea agreement, prosecutors have dropped 30-charges against Richardson.
EAS & WEA Tests
(Statewide) Folks should expect to hear their cell phones make an unusual sound this afternoon and display a never before seen message. FEMA and the FCC are conducting the first-ever test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System. However if your cell phone doesn’t get the message, MEMA spokeswoman Susan Faloon says that could be due to a few different reasons. The WEA test will affect cell phones this afternoon at 2:18 Eastern Standard Time, followed by an Emergency Alert System Test on radios and TVs at 2:20.
Three Car Thefts
(Hampden) Authorities charged a transient in Hampden with allegedly stealing 3 vehicles and driving in reverse down a busy road. The Bangor Daily News reports 36-year-old Ira Perkins is charged with theft and violating release conditions. Perkins allegedly stole a Mazda from Bangor before 9 AM Saturday and drove to Hampden. There they say he hopped in a Jeep Liberty and took it for a wild ride down Main Road South. He ditched the Jeep and stole a 1980 Corvette and drove it in reverse when a relative of that car’s owner confronted him. Police say Perkins could face more charges.
(Ellsworth) The League of Women Voters of Maine-Downeast will host a candidate forum in Ellsworth. The public is invited to the Moore Community Center on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30pm. Candidates planning to participate are Democrat Nicole Grohoski and Republican Mark Remick who are running for Maine House District 132, and Democrat Louis Luchini and Republican Rich Malaby who are vying for Maine State Senate District 7.
(Ellsworth) Absentee ballots should be arriving at all Maine town offices this week. Ellsworth city clerk Heidi Grindle tells Star 97-7 that the city has received state of Maine candidate and referendum absentee ballots but has not yet received the municipal ballots. Grindle says the demand for absentee ballots has been steady and requests for the ballots have been consistent with previous years.
Coffee w/ a Cop
(Ellsworth) In observance of National “Coffee with a Cop Day” today, the Ellsworth PD invites the public to join them at Flexit Café and Bakery on Main Street in Ellsworth. Officers will be there from 9 to 11 AM this morning to answer questions and to let the community voice any concerns.
Credit Card Fraud
(Portland) A Florida woman is sentenced to 4 months in jail for using stolen credit cards which led to her arrest in Maine. 23-year-old Meylisi Rueda was also ordered by a judge Monday to pay $25-thousand-dollars in restitution. Court records show Rueda and others used stolen credit card numbers during a 7-month period to make purchases, including buying $400 worth of merchandise from a WalGreens in Portland in June 2016. Store employees called police and provided a license plate number. Police stopped the car and found stolen merchandise inside. Rueda’s three co-conspirators were all sentenced previously.
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