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Local News – January 10, 2019

Hancock Fatal

(Hancock) – A Lamoine man died last evening when a pickup truck hit him as he walked on Mud Creek Road in Hancock wearing dark clothing.  State Police were trying to find relatives to notify before publicly releasing the man’s name.  Local motorists have complained for years about the victim walking in the middle of the road, often carrying items that others had discarded at the Lamoine transfer station.  The mishap closed the busy road that cuts between Routes 1 and 3 for several hours while police reconstructed the crash.


Dickson Obituary

(Hancock) – A former chief deputy in the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has died at his winter home in Florida.  Richard Dickson served as chief deputy for many years for former Sheriff William Clark.  He also served as a Selectman in the Town of Hancock.  Dickson was 75-years old.


Wood Cutting Accident

(Washington) – A wood cutting accident in Knox County has left a man dead.  Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll reports to Star 97.7 that 47-year old Shannon Condon was cutting a tree on his property on the Razorville Road in Washington when it fell on him.  A passing motorist discovered Condon’s body laying beside the tree and called 9-1-1.


Aurora Fire


(Aurora) – Fire left a home in Northern Hancock County unlivable last evening.  Firefighters from Aurora to Eastbrook responded to the Giles Pond Road in Aurora for a chimney fire at about 5:30 last evening.  Roads were extremely slippery, making response time very slow.  By the time firefighters arrived, the chimney fire had spread to the house, causing significant damage inside.  The home’s occupant made it out without injury.


New Trial Sought

(Ellsworth) – A former coach and teacher from Tremont is looking for a new trial after his conviction several years ago on sex assault charges.  WABI-TV reports Benjamin Hodgdon’s attorney met with a judge in Ellsworth yesterday, claiming a juror was tampered with during his trial nearly 5-years ago.  The State Supreme Court upheld Hodgdon’s conviction a few years ago.


Captain Acquitted

(Camden) A federal judge has acquitted a Maine charter boat captain of seaman’s manslaughter in connection with the death of a crew member. Judge Curtis Gomez of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands granted the acquittal to Rick Smith on Wednesday. Smith is a 65-year-old charter captain from Camden who had been charged with negligence contributing to the death of 54-year-old crewman David Pontious. Pontious was aboard Smith’s boat in October 2015 when it was sailing from Maine to the Virgin Islands. The Portland Press Herald reports Pontious became seasick and started acting erratically, and had a standoff with Smith in which Pontious attempted to choke Smith before jumping over the side of boat. Pontious never resurfaced, and an investigation revealed Smith didn’t search for him. Smith wasn’t charged until 2 1/2 years later.


Abbe Museum Indian Market

(Bar Harbor) The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor has received a $10-thousand-dollar grant to expand the reach of its Indian Market. Museum president Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko tells Star 97-7 that last year’s inaugural Indian Market was so successful that they’re pleased to bring it back for a second time. The Abbe Museum is closed this month but Catlin-Legutko reminds locals that it’s free admission when the reopen in February until the beginning of May.


(Bar Harbor) While the Abbe Museum is closed this month they’re gearing up for a new exhibition to unveil in March. Museum president Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko tells Star 97-7 the theme of the upcoming show focuses on oceans and the plight of the “right whale”. The new exhibition opens March 21st and runs all year long.


Hostage-Assault Arrest

(Ellsworth) A New York man was arrested in Ellsworth on Tuesday for allegedly holding a wheelchair-bound woman hostage inside a room at Acadia Village Resort. The Ellsworth American reports 63-year-old Michael Palmatier is charged with Assault, Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Gross Sexual Assault, Obstruction, Criminal Threatening and Violating a Protection Order. The 64-year-old female victim, also from New York, recently underwent surgery for cancer. It’s unknown how long the 2 have been in Ellsworth. But the victim had a protection order against Palmatier in New York for similar behavior according to police.


Fugitive Sentenced

(Ellsworth) The Hancock County man who fled to Hawaii after getting in a roadside scuffle with Maine state police 5-years ago is sentenced to two years in prison. The Bangor Daily News reports 38-year-old Joey Ouellette was on probation in 2013 when he was pulled over for speeding in Steuben and escaped the traffic stop by using a state trooper’s pepper spray against him. Ouellette evaded police until they located him last year in Hawaii and extradited him back to Maine. He still faces charges in Washington County for the 2013 incident. Ouellette’s lawyer says his client admits he wrestled the pepper spray away from the officer but did not discharge it at him. Ouellette is due in Machias court on January 22nd on the Washington County charges.


Cop Back to Work

(Old Town) An Old Town police officer involved in a shooting that left a New Hampshire man dead has returned to work while the public still waits to hear details of the shooting. On November 29th officer Joseph Decoteau was involved in an incident that left 37-year-old Adrian Bunker dead. The Bangor Daily News reports police have still not released many details about the shooting, and authorities have not specified if Decoteau shot Bunker. The shooting remains under investigation by the Maine Office of the Attorney General and the Old Town Police Department. Decoteau was on paid administrative leave for about a month after the shooting.


Art Thief

(Sedgwick) State police have arrested the Bangor man wanted in connection with the theft of $100-thousand-dollars worth of artwork from a Sedgwick home. The Ellsworth American reports on January 3rd troopers arrested 19-year-old David Conway for burglary and violating release conditions. State police worked to recover the property from area pawn shops.


Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

(Local) Some local folks took the time to show their admiration for the men and women who serve our communities on this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Employees at the Washington County RCC were treated to lunch today by Machias Savings Bank. And FA Peabody Insurance Company delivered a box of donuts to the Baileyville Police Department.


Daughter Beats Father

(Whitefield) An intoxicated woman who beat her father with firewood and a fire poker at his home in Randolph is finished serving her sentence. WABI-TV reports 21-year-old Briana Rideout of Whitefield was arrested in March 2017. Police say the pair argued about money before the fight. Rideout initially pled guilty to a felony assault charge and was ordered to serve 150 days in jail with conditions. By meeting those conditions, she was allowed to return to court to enter a plea on the lesser crime. Rideout was back in court Tuesday and pled guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge after a year-and-a-half deferred sentence.




  • Boston Celtics 135  Indiana Pacers 108
  • Celtics are in Miami for a game with the Heat tonight
  • The Bruins host the Washington Capitals tonight.

High School Basketball


Narraguagus 80  George Stevens 41

Woodland 50  Jonesport Beals 36

U-Maine Basketball

Women – Maine 63  Vermont 51

Men – Vermont 73  Maine 49