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Local News – January 4, 2019

Murder Arrest

(Rumford) – A man from the Western Maine town of Peru is charged with murdering two people on New Year’s Day.  49-year old Mark Penley reported discovering the bodies inside a South Paris apartment that evening.  State police questioned him at the Rumford police station last night and took him to the Oxford County Jail. Penley was the one who called 9-1-1 Tuesday evening to report finding Heather Bickford and Dana Hill dead.  He will appear in court sometime today, after which a police affidavit will likely be released.


Winthrop Fire

(Winthrop) – Fire destroyed a lakeside home in Winthrop and left the homeowner hospitalized with serious injuries.  State Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 67-year old Thomas Thompson suffered from smoke inhalation and burns in Wednesday night’s fire.  Investigators say Thompson’s wood stove ignited wood and other combustible stored near the wood burning appliance.


Furnishing Alcohol

(Bangor) – Six young men will pay fines ranging from $500-dollars to $17-hundred dollars for hosting under-aged drinking parties in Orono 11-months ago.  They’ll also have a criminal record.  One of the party goers, 19-year old Alexi Adams, died of acute alcohol and cocaine poisoning.  Her body turned up in a snow bank the day after the 3-parties. A judge imposed the fine after all six men pled guilty.


School Closure Reason

(Ellsworth) –It wasn’t the weather that closed school in Ellsworth yesterday. Superintendent Dan Higgins tells Star 97-7 that the decision to close was for the safety of staff and students after schools received violence threat Wednesday night. The Ellsworth Police Department began investigating that night and wrapped up Thursday afternoon. Police determined the threat was not credible.


Armed & Dangerous Suspect

(Skowhegan) Police in Central Maine are searching for the suspect involved in a New Year’s Day stabbing in Skowhegan. WABI-TV reports 32-year-old Christopher Monroe is a Rhode Island native whose last known address was in Waterville. He allegedly stabbed a 29-year-old man from Norridgewock numerous times. The victim underwent emergency surgery and is in stable condition according to authorities. Monroe was last seen leaving the Alder Street home with a female in a red Chrysler Town and Country van. He’s considered to be armed and dangerous.


Fatal Fire

(North Anson) The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the house fire in North Anson early yesterday claimed the life of the homeowner. Firefighters recovered the 63-year-old man’s body Thursday morning. Fire swept through the structure on North Main Street in the pre-dawn hours. A team of investigators is attempting to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.  They’re not released the man’s name yet.


Assault Arrest  

(Owls Head) An Owls Head man remained in the Knox County Jail after allegedly assaulting 2 people and damaging their home last month. The Pen Bay Pilot reports the Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in Owls Head on December 23rd where the victims said 21-year-old Andrew McClain hurt them, kicked and punched a wall, then broke a window and a closet door. McClain fled before police arrived but a state police K9 found him. He’s charged with 2 counts of Domestic Assault and Criminal Mischief. During McClain’s initial court appearance bail was set at $1-thousand-dollars.


DECH/MCMH New Year Baby

(Machias) Downeast Community Hospital welcomed its first baby of the New Year on January 1st. Ezra James Hall was born at 7:33AM to Matt and Molly Hall, who have 3 daughters. The Hall family says they overwhelmed by the generosity of the many area businesses who donated to the DECH New Year Baby Basket.   At Northern Light’s Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth the first baby of the year arrived January 2nd.  Barrett Plant is the son of Brad and Amber Plant of Ellsworth


Heart of Ellsworth Grant

(Ellsworth) An organization that promotes downtown Ellsworth has been awarded a grant to support revitalization efforts. Heart of Ellsworth will use the $10-thousand-dollars awarded by the Maine Community Foundation to explore ways to fill empty storefronts. The money will also help to purchase equipment and tools for the organization to evaluate its efficiency and ability to identify capacity building opportunities in the urban core.




  • Boston Bruins 6  Calgary Flames 4 (3rd straight win for Bruins)
  • The U-Conn women’s basketball team lost its first regular season game in more than 4-years, falling to Baylor last night 68-to-57. The Huskies had won 126-straight regular season games.
  • The Celtics are home tonight against the Dallas Mavericks

High School Basketball


Bucksport 54  Central 52

Woodland 48  Calais 34

Sumner 51  Searsport 40

Mattnawcook 41  Dexter 34

Hermon 59  Orono 41

Foxcroft 51  Old Town 49

Belfast 63  Mt. View 58

Penobscot Valley 80 Stearns 43

DI/Stonington 49  Bangor Christian 32


DI/Stonington 56  Bangor Christian 27