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Local News – December 4, 2018

Crack House Sentence

(Bangor) – A 55-year old Hampden woman will spend a year and a half in prison and 3-years on supervised release for allowing her property to become a crack house.  The US Attorney’s Office tells Star 97.7 that a federal judge sentenced Sherri Chen Monday.  Judge John Woodcock called Chen’s actions deplorable.  She allowed drug dealers from Connecticut to use her residence on Maine Road in Hampden for more than a year.  In exchange she would receive drugs.


Recount Starts

(Augusta) – Election workers in Augusta today will start twisting off seals and unlocking blue and green containers with ballots cast in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.  Republican Incumbent Bruce Poliquin has requested the recount in the race that he initially won by having more votes than his Democratic opponent, but lost on ranked choice voting. While Poliquin has requested the recount, he’s also sued the state for using the ranked choice system approved by voters in two statewide referendum votes.  Democrat Jared Golden holds a lead of a few thousand votes over Poliquin after the ranked choice count.


Jail Guard Investigated

(Bangor) – A former corporal at the Penobscot County Jail is under investigation for making numerous lewd advances to inmates and women who worked with him.  The Bangor Daily News uncovered the allegations against Steven Buzzell who resigned abruptly last summer after running several programs for inmates.  The paper spoke with former inmates and co-workers and found a pattern that Buzzell would send lewd pictures over his cell phone.  The Sheriff’s Department is investigating Buzzell who has not yet been charged with any crimes.


Orrington Public Safety Building

(Orrington) – Voters in Orrington have rejected a plan to build a very expensive public safety building.  WABI-TV reports voters rejected the building proposal by 25-votes out of more than 500-cast last evening.  Voters packed the gym before declining the 3-and-a-half million dollar building for police, fire and ambulance crews.  The town manager says the town still needs to do something to address deficient building issues.



Confession Tossed

(Bangor) – A judge has thrown out a confession from the man who allegedly set fire to a truck in Bangor last spring, killing two homeless people.  WVII-TV reports 25-year old John De St. Croix told police he didn’t want to talk any more after they read him his Miranda rights, but they kept asking questions.  A judge yesterday threw out the confession.  Police still have plenty of evidence against De St. Croix who is charged with murder for the deaths of 43-year old Michael Bridges and 36-year old Desiree York who burned to death in a box truck behind the Penobscot Plaza.


Drug Arrests


(Tremont) A Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling late Saturday evening interrupted a couple allegedly ingesting drugs. The deputy watched a truck pull into an empty parking lot in Tremont and sit idle with the engine running. After a period of time the deputy approached the driver to find out what was going on and arrested of 44-year-old Shawn Scott and 43-year-old Jennifer Hunt both of Southwest Harbor, for possession of cocaine and heroin. Scott is also charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs. The pair was taken to the Hancock County Jail and due to appear in Ellsworth District Court.


WAA in Normandy

(Columbia Falls) Wreaths Across America made a historic trip beyond the United States to honor fallen American heroes on foreign soil. On Saturday, balsam wreaths were placed at Normandy France. Founder Morrill Worcestor donated the wreaths.


NLMCHospital’s Annual Meeting

(Ellsworth) Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital’s annual meeting is this evening at 5:30 at Big Cat’s Catering. Hospital president John Ronan tells Star 97-7 that the format of this year’s annual meeting has changed a bit from years past.


Noel Paul Stookey


(Ellsworth) A Hancock County resident who’s best known for being a member of Peter, Paul and Mary has released a new album. “Somethin’ Special – a Noel Paul Stookey holiday recollection” is available now in stores and online. Stookey tells Star 97-7 that he embraces the advancement of technology with digital music, but there’s something special about buying a physical copy.


Vaccine Exemptions

(Augusta) A Maine Democratic lawmaker and other health officials are hoping to introduce a bill that would eliminate the state’s non-medical exemption for vaccinations. The Bangor Daily News reports 5-percent of Maine parents with children in public and private schools decided against immunization last year. Maine, with its relatively high vaccine opt-out numbers, also has one of the nation’s highest rates of pertussis – better known as whooping cough.


Open House & Wreath Auction

(Bar Harbor) Maine Seacoast Mission’s Open House and Silent Wreath Auction gets underway this Friday. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and music at the Mission’s historic Colket Center on West Street in Bar Harbor. The fundraiser helps the Mission’s Christmas Program, which provides gifts for island and coastal children and the elderly. For event details visit: Seacoast Mission dot Org.



  • Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles 28  Washington Redskins 13 (Skins quarterback Colt McCoy broke a leg during the loss)
  • The Red Sox have accepted an invitation from the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.
  • The Bruins are in Florida against the Panthers tonight.
  • The U-Maine women’s basketball team takes on Harvard tonight in Massachusetts.  The Men are home against Fordham