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Local News – November 29, 2018

Old Town Road Closure


(Old Town) – Police closed down Stillwater Avenue in Old Town early this morning for what was described only as a police incident.  Sergeant Lee Miller reported to Star 97.7 that the section between College Avenue and Pembroke Drive was closed and would reopen when the situation was resolved.  He said the public was not in danger.


Liberty Fatal

(Liberty) – A Verona Island woman and a 9-year old from Hope are dead after a two vehicle crash in Liberty last evening.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7 that 64-year old Janice Minson was driving a car that crossed the center line on Route 3 around 5:30 yesterday evening.  She died as did 9-year old Colby Adams who was a passenger in the truck that Minson struck. Two others survived the crash, though another passenger in the truck was listed in serious condition at a Portland hospital.  The crash occurred just a quarter mile from another fatal crash near Lake St. George Park the day before.


Meth Lab Bust

(Bucksport) – A 49-year old Bucksport man on probation for a burglary charge will now face drug charges after a search at his home this week.  The Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97.7 that Adam Staples will face meth lab operation and other charges.  Bucksport police conducted a search at Staples’ home on Central Street looking for drugs and alcohol and found evidence he was making methamphetamine.  The MDEA completed the search yesterday, removing items used to make the drug.


Bar Harbor Road Project

(Bar Harbor) – Construction will come to a stop for the winter on the rebuild of Route 3 in Bar Harbor.  The Department of Transportation reports to Star 97.7 that work will end for the winter on November 30th and pick back up at the end of March.  The project, which has taken the better part of two years, should be complete by June 15th of next spring.


Planned Outage

(Bar Harbor) A power outage is planned for sections of Bar Harbor this morning. Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long tells Star 97-7 that crews will perform maintenance on the electrical system beginning at 10 AM and the work should take about 2 hours to complete. Affected areas include but are not limited to School Street, Wescott Avenue, Pleasant Street, Newton Way, Cedar Avenue, Davis Place, the YMCA on Park Street and portions of Ledgelawn Avenue. Customers can check Emera Maine dot Com for complete details.


Parade Traffic

(Ellsworth) Motorists in Ellsworth are reminded to be aware of the annual parade happening this Saturday. Parade participants begin lining up at Angelo’s Pizza on Main Street at 10 AM. The parade steps off at 11 and travels down Main Street then up State Street and ends at Knowlton Park. The theme of the 38th annual Heart of Ellsworth Christmas Parade is “Seasons Greetings.” The parade will last about an hour-and-a-half and traffic will be diverted during this time. Drivers are asked to plan their travel routes accordingly to avoid long delays.


Acadia Choral Society

(Bar Harbor) Members of the Acadia Choral Society are diligently preparing for this year’s holiday concert. Guest conductor Joan Kroehler says the group has put in many hours since practice began in September.  Concert dates are this Saturday night at 7 and Sunday afternoon at 2 at St. Savior’s Church in Bar Harbor. One performance is planned in Ellsworth on December 9th at St. Joseph Catholic Church.


Fornier Appeal

(Bangor) The man convicted of killing a teenager in East Millinocket nearly 40 years ago will appeal his conviction to the state’s highest court next month. WABI-TV reports 57-year-old Philip Fournier was sentenced in April to 45 years in prison for murdering 16-year-old Joyce McLain in 1980. McLain went out for a jog and never returned home. Her body was found days later behind Schenck High School. Fornier wasn’t arrested until 2016. His lawyer argues Fornier was wrongly convicted because his trial did not allow evidence for an alternate suspect.


Peaceful Protest-Court

(Ellsworth) Two men accused of kidnapping and murdering a family dog in Winter Harbor are due back in court next month. Nathan Burke and Justin Chipman face Aggravated Cruelty and other charges stemming from a string of events in late August at their former boss’s home. When the pair enters the court house in Ellsworth on December 13th they’ll have to pass by a group of peaceful protesters. A gathering outside the courthouse is being organized by a group called Justice for Franky to show support for the dog’s owner Phillip Torrey and all animals that have suffered or died from abuse.


Medicaid Expansion

(Augusta) Maine’s Republican governor is challenging the latest court ruling in his fight to block rolling out Medicaid expansion over his financial concerns. Gov. Paul LePage on Monday requested a stay of Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy’s Nov. 21 decision. Murphy said LePage’s administration has until Dec. 5 to adopt rules rolling out Medicaid expansion for eligible Mainers who applied starting July 2. Murphy also said Maine can use existing Medicaid funds for Maine’s share of expansion costs.



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