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Local News – November 8, 2018

Body Found

(Blue Hill) – Months after a 37-year old Blue Hill woman vanished, there may be some answers.  A hunter discovered a body in the woods not far from Jessica Grindle’s home yesterday.  State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that detectives sent the body to the medical examiner’s office for identification and to try to find the cause of death.  Grindle was last seen in late July.  Several formal searches failed to find her.


Cathance Fatal


(Cathance) – A fiery crash involving a school bus and a motorcycle has left a 34-year old Baileyville man dead.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Office tells Star 97.7 that no children were aboard the school bus when Nicholas Pallandino’s bike crashed into it on Route 191 in Cathance Township yesterday afternoon.  The bus caught fire.  Pallandino died.  EMTs took the bus driver, 72-year old Wayne Seeley of Edmunds Township to the hospital in Calais as a precaution.


Fired Worker Reinstated

(Ellsworth) – The hospital in Ellsworth will have to hire back a worker fired about a year ago after she wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper.  The Ellsworth American reports a judge ruled the hospital violated constitutionally protected free speech when it fired Karen Jo Young.  The hospital had a policy about media relations which is used to justify the firing.  Young said she’d never seen the policy, and even the president at Maine Coast Memorial admitted he hadn’t known about the policy until he used it to justify Young’s firing.


County Election

(Ellsworth) – The Hancock County Commissioner’s race in the western district of the county is over and the incumbent is out.  Challenger John Wombacher of Bucksport outpolled Percy Brown of Deer Isle who has served as the county commissioner for about 20-years.  Still undecided is the County Treasurer’s race between current staffer Pamela Linscott and part-time corrections worker Michael Boucher.  Both ran write-in campaigns in Tuesday’s balloting.


Heroin Bust

(Dexter) Maine drug agents took $15-thousand-dollars worth of heroin off the streets after a month-long investigation wrapped up with a Dexter man behind bars. Agents and Dexter police searched the Main Street home of 30-year-old Herbert Simonds Junior on Monday. They allegedly found more than 80 grams of suspected heroin and$26-hundred dollars cash believed to be drug profits. Simonds is charged with Aggravated Trafficking.


Waldo County Sheriff’s Race

(Belfast) For the first time in decades the race for Waldo County sheriff was contested this election. Ultimately voters chose to stick with Sheriff Jeff Trafton. The incumbent was challenged by John Gibbs, a sergeant with the Belfast Police Department. The Bangor Daily News reports Gibbs conceded Wednesday morning sending the newspaper a message from a tree stand in Monroe while he was deer hunting.


MDI Hospital SVP & COO

(Bar Harbor) MDI Hospital has a new Chief Operating Officer. Christina Maguire has served in several capacities at the hospital since 2011. In her new role Maguire will handle operational duties while continuing as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Before joining MDI Hospital, Maguire worked as Controller at the Jackson Lab and Maine Coast Regional Healthcare facilities.


Fort Knox Results

(Prospect) Friends of Fort Knox is reporting record turn-out for last month’s Fright at the Fort. This year’s theme featured all things Steve King and the Maine author’s reputation for horror is likely the reason for such a huge draw. Past attendance numbers were a little over 10-thousand. Officials say this year over the 5-day period the scare-filled event drew a total of 15-thousand-50 visitors. Fright at the Fort is held each October put on by Friends of Fort Knox and many volunteers.


Plastic Bag Ban

(Damariscotta) Residents in Damariscotta voted to ban plastic bags. The ordinance passed with 692 voters in favor of stopping the distribution of single use plastic bags in an effort to protect the environment and local fishing industries. The Bangor Daily News reports Damariscotta voters also “opted in” to recreational and medical marijuana for adults.


Vet’s Free Lunch

(Blue Hill/Ellsworth) Veterans are invited to enjoy a free meal at a couple of local hospitals. Northern Light health in Blue Hill and Ellsworth, formerly BHMH and MCMH respectively, are offering free lunch in their cafeterias on Veterans Day from 11am ‘til 1pm.


Food Drive

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Rotary Club is holding its annual food drive to support Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. Shoppers at Hannaford in Ellsworth will see Rotary Club members set up outside on Saturday collecting non-perishable food items from 9 ‘til 3. For details check the Ellsworth Rotary Club’s Facebook page.


Domestic Violence & Kidnapping

(Orland) A 55-year-old Bar Harbor man faces numerous charges for an alleged incident at an Orland home. A woman went to the Bucksport Police Department Tuesday reporting she’d been assaulted, threatened with a gun, and held against her will. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Alley on Kidnapping and domestic violence charges. The Bucksport Fire Department evaluated the alleged victim who refused transportation to the hospital. Bucksport PD and police in Bar Harbor assisted in the investigation.



  • The Celtics are on the road tonight in Phoenix to take on the Suns
  • The Bruins are on home ice tonight against Vancouver
  • Thursday Night Football:  Carolina (Panthers) at Pittsburgh (Steelers)
  • The Patriots are gearing up for their meeting against Tennessee.  Former Patriot Malcolm Butler plays for the Titans, but has struggled in the secondary this season.
  • The U-Maine men’s basketball team plays in Utah tonight.