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Local News – October 11, 2018

Twp 34 Fatal

(Twp 34) – A 53-year old man is dead after his truck rolled over and hit trees in a remote part of Hancock County.  State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Gary Haskell was speeding and likely drunk when his truck went off the Morrison Ridge Road in Township 34.  He died at the scene, his passenger, 47-year old Pamela Ireland was treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The accident yesterday morning brought state troopers, forest rangers, a game warden and several fire/rescue workers to the scene.


Plymouth Fatal

(Plymouth) – Authorities have identified the Brewer man killed in a crash on an Interstate 95 off ramp this week.  63-year old Michael Heath flew from the car which crashed at the mile 161 Southbound exit in Plymouth.  Heath did not wear a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle.  Police say speed was a factor.


Fire Prevention Month

(Ellsworth) October is Fire Prevention Month. The Ellsworth Fire Department is holding its annual Open House this Saturday from 10 ‘til 2 teaching kids the Do’s and Don’ts of fire prevention. Deputy fire chief Gary Saunders says having a fire escape plan for your family is one part of a two-part life-saving system that includes working smoke detectors.  Saunders says people should learn two ways out of every room and most importantly practice the fire escape plan.



Illegal Marijuana Grows

(Orono) Police in Orono say they’ve seen a spike in marijuana violations since the legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana in Maine. Police say the usual excuses given by offenders are: “I wasn’t aware that was a violation” and “I didn’t do anything wrong because I didn’t know.” The Orono police department reminds marijuana growers that compliance is always the individual’s responsibility to avoid criminal charges.


Terrorizing Charge

(Ellsworth) A student at Ellsworth High School is charged with terrorizing for allegedly making a threatening comment on Tuesday. A letter to parents from Superintendent Dan Higgins says that student would not be in class Wednesday. The letter stated a parent overheard the comment and reported it. Police investigated and determined the school shooting threat was not viable.


Toddler Recovers

(Bangor) The 2-year old boy severely injured when his mother intentionally walked in front of a tanker truck on Interstate-95 while holding him continues recovering at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical in Bangor. Heidi McGovern of Lee died instantly when she was struck last week, but she tossed her son Enoch from her arms at the last moment. The boy landed in the passing lane of the highway and sustained serious injures. Police found suicide notes at McGovern’s home following the tragedy. NewsCenter reports the family is focusing on Enoch’s recovery and has not decided if or when they’ll tell the boy and his younger brother about their mother’s death.


Apple Orchard Injury

(Livermore) State police say an elderly woman was run over and injured at an apple orchard in Livermore. 87-year-old Vivian Buotte of Mexico Maine was transported to a Lewiston hospital on Monday with non-life threatening hip injuries. Buotte was picking apples at Berry Fruit Farm with her family when she was struck by a car driven by her daughter. No charges are expected.


Shooting Injury

(Dixmont) Doctors treated then released a Dixmont woman from the hospital after someone accidentally shot her during a scuffle at her home. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97-7 that the victim was injured when an argument between two men escalated and involved a firearm at a residence on Moosehead Trail in Dixmont Tuesday afternoon. The incident remains under investigation and authorities have not yet charged anyone.


Crash Arrests

(Machias) A rollover crash in Machias on Tuesday saw 2 people land in the Washington County Jail. The Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97-7 that the RCC received a call about an accident on Route 1. Upon responding deputies found a car had left the roadway and rolled over, and both occupants were out of the vehicle and appeared uninjured. Deputies arrested the driver, 32-year-old Jason Carr of Machias for OUI and Operating After Suspension. The passenger was also arrested. 38-year-old Melissa Smith of Machias is charged with Allowing Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Disorderly Conduct.




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