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Local News – January 7, 2019

Steuben Fatal


(Steuben) – A deadly crash in Steuben left one young man dead and two in the hospital.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that 20-year old Joshua Dube of Milbridge died at the scene on Dyer’s Bay Road Friday night.  Hospitalized in Ellsworth were 21-yer old Joshua Bradley and 20-year old James Jordan of Gouldsboro.  The crash was reported around quarter past 10 Friday night.  It remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.


Snowmobile Fatal


(Long Pond) – Maine’s first snowmobiling fatality of the season is reported in the Western Maine community of Long Pond.  The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 57-year old Bryan Sylvester of Long Pond died when he flew off his snowmobile when it hit a snow drift on a pond about a mile and a half from his home.   Wardens discovered his body less than two hours after receiving a report that he was missing on Saturday.  Sylvester was riding alone and did not wear a helmet.


Greenbush Fire

(Greenbush) – Fire destroyed a mobile home in Greenbush during the weekend.  WABI-TV reports the fire on the Main Road in Greenbush broke out at about 4-o’clock Saturday afternoon.  Both people living in the trailer got out, though one suffered minor injuries.  The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.


Bucksport Bust

(Bucksport) – Drug agents returned to a Central Street house in Bucksport during the weekend, but it’s not clear what took place.  WVII-TV reports a team of drug agents including at least one dressed in a haz mat suit worked the same scene where a bust took place in November.  None of the agents at the scene would comment on the activity.


Waldo County Treasurer

(Belfast) – The newly elected treasurer in Waldo County says he was surprised to see his position took a 75-percent pay cut when the new budget year began.  Village Soup dot-com reports County Commissioners in Waldo County approved a salary of $25-hundred dollars for the treasurer for this year.  Peter Sheff says the $75-hundred dollar pay cut looks to him like political retaliation.  County Commissioners say the Deputy Treasurer handles the finances for Waldo County, and the elected treasurer is a very part time advisory position.


Student Charged

(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth student is charged with filing a false report after accusing another student of threatening to shoot up one of the schools. The Bangor Daily News reports Superintendent Daniel Higgins did not release the name of the student who falsely accused another of making the threat last week, or identify which school where the violence was allegedly going to occur. The high school and elementary schools were closed last Thursday as a result of the threat reported the night before. School officials will determine consequences for the student who violated school policy.


DQ Ribbon Cutting

(Ellsworth) The new Dairy Queen on High Street in Ellsworth cut the ceremonial ribbon to celebrate its opening a week ago. Co-owner Chris Thorne and his father Tom also own the DQ locations in Brewer and 2 in Waterville. Thorne tells Star 97-7 that they’ve worked hard to bring a Dairy Queen to Ellsworth.  Thorne says they plan to double their staff by this summer. He says interested applicants should contact them on Facebook for details on how to apply.



Inmate Homicide  

(Warren) State officials say a 28-year-old inmate who died at the state prison in Warren last June was murdered. WABI-TV reports Dana Bartlett was serving a 16-month sentence for theft and operating after habitual revocation. He began serving his sentence last March at the Bolduc Correctional Facility. Bartlett’s death has been ruled a homicide, but no one is charged yet.


Teacher Nominations Sought

(Augusta) The Maine Department of Education is seeking nominations for the 2019 County Teachers of the Year and 2020 Teacher of the Year. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students. Nominations can be submitted by visiting the Maine Teacher of the Year website now through February 4th.




  • Philadelphia Eagles 16  Chicago Bears 15 (last second Bears field goal attempt hit the uprights twice and failed)
  • San Diego Chargers 23  Baltimore Ravens 17 (Patriots host the Chargers next weekend)
  • The Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
  • It’s Alabama and Clemson tonight for College Football’s national championship