Orland Fatal Fire (Orland) – A man is dead after fire tore through a home in a remote section of Orland last night.  The State Fire Marshal’s office tells Star 97.7 a team of investigators found the remains in the Winkumpaugh Road home that collapsed into the basement.  Two other adults and two children made […]

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Local News – February 5, 2019

Orland Fatal Fire

(Orland) – A man is dead after fire tore through a home in a remote section of Orland last night.  The State Fire Marshal’s office tells Star 97.7 a team of investigators found the remains in the Winkumpaugh Road home that collapsed into the basement.  Two other adults and two children made it out safely and said the man went back inside the burning house to get a dog.  The fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the single story home.  Firefighters from numerous communities responded to the 9-1-1 call at about 5:30 last evening.


RSU 24 Hacked

(Sullivan) – Current and former employees at RSU 24 have received notification that their personal information may be compromised after a ransom-ware attack at the school system headquartered in Sullivan.  The letter signed by Superintendent Michael Eastman reports that a hacker accessed computer systems on January 20th.  It says they have contacted an information technology computer forensics specialist to determine how it happened.  It said the hacker infected the computer systems with a virus and demanded a ransom be paid.  The letter advises employees contact credit reporting agencies and suggests a credit freeze.


Kilee Trip Postponed


(Lamoine) – A Lamoine girl’s make a wish trip to a Florida theme park has been postponed after she and her family contracted the flu.  Kilee Campbell’s parents say they hope to leave for Harry Potter World next week after everyone recovers.  The Make A Wish Foundation had planned to start the trip today for Kilee who is under treatment for leukemia. Area businesses had been asked to wish her a safe trip on their marquees.



Taking Care of Business

(Ellsworth) Drug use in the workplace – it can be a tricky subject with the legalization of recreational marijuana for adults in Maine. The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce’s next Taking Care of Business forum will discuss what the rights are for employers and employees. Executive director Gretchen Wilson says they’ve hosted a forum on this topic before, but it continues to be an issue for many area businesses. The free Taking Care of Business forum is Friday from 11:30 to 1 at the Moore Community Center. Contact the Ellsworth Chamber by tomorrow to register. Lunch is provided.



Project Hope

(Ellsworth) A program in Ellsworth aims to help folks suffering from addiction get the help they need without fear of being arrested. Project Hope is a law enforcement initiative that’s a collaborative effort with Healthy Acadia. Spokeswoman Denise Black says if you’re ready for a new beginning, Project Hope could be that right “first step”.  Project Hope is free and available to anyone at the Ellsworth police department.


Head-on Collision

(Ellsworth) Only minor injuries for one of the drivers in a head-on collision yesterday on upper Main Street in Ellsworth. Police tell the Ellsworth American that a pickup truck on Oak Street was turning right on to Main Street a little past Noon when it crossed the centerline and crashed into a logging truck headed east on Main Street. The driver of the logging truck was uninjured while the man operating the pickup truck suffered only minor injuries. Police are still trying to determine how or why the pick-up truck crossed the centerline.


Fire Victim ID’d

(Orrington) Investigators have released the name of the second person who died in an Orrington home fire last month. WABI-TV reports 51-year-old Burton Hagelin rented a room at the Brewer Lake Road home that was destroyed on January 19th. Previously reported, 55-year-old Shelly Murphy also died in the fire; three others escaped. The cause of that fire is unknown because of the extent of the damage.


Modular Home Building Fire

(Ellsworth) – Fire investigators have no official explanation for how a blaze at an Ellsworth modular home dealer started Sunday night during the Super Bowl.  Firefighters from four towns responded to Broughman Builders on Route 1 as flames shot from the model home.   It’s not believed there was any electricity hooked up to the model house.  The fire appears to have started on the first floor and traveled up to the 2nd story, burning out the South end of the building.  The investigation continues, but the cause remains undetermined.


Lunchbox Program

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth School Department has initiated a new program called the “ESD Lunch Box,” providing healthy meals to children who cannot afford breakfast and lunch at school yet do not meet the eligibility requirements for free or reduced school meals. Folks can donate funds to the ESD Lunch Box account to support students. The money is then distributed based on needs identified by school and food service administration. To make a donation, checks can be sent to the school and made out to the Ellsworth School Department Lunch Box.


Catering Finalist

(Bar Harbor) A local catering company is up for a prestigious award to be recognized as the best in the industry. Bar Harbor Catering Company is a finalist for the Catersource ACE Achievement Award – East Region. Bar Harbor Catering Company was launched in 2009 by lifelong Maine resident Mandy Fountaine. She, event planner Heather Anderson and kitchen manager Kristen Bradbury will attend the Catersource awards gala in New Orleans on February 25th.


Allagash Thriller

(Rumford)  A former Mainer is set to film his crime thriller “Allagash” in western Maine. The Portland Press Herald reports that filming for writer and director John Barr’s movie will take place in Rumford and Mexico, Maine and wooded areas near Bethel. Barr grew up in Cumberland and spent summers in exploring around the Allagash River.


From Patriots to Sox

BOSTON (AP) – On the same day the New England Patriots returned home from their sixth Super Bowl victory, the Boston Red Sox equipment truck departed for Florida for spring training. The truck left Fenway Park at about noon Monday for the 1,480-mile trip to the club’s spring training home on Fort Myers. The truck carried 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 200 batting helmets, 20 cases of bubble gum and 60 cases of sunflower seeds.



  • A parade kicks off this morning in Boston to honor the New England Patriots who won the Super Bowl Sunday.
  • The Equipment truck carrying bats, baseballs, helmets and bubble gum to the Red Sox Spring Training facility in Fort Myers Florida left Boston yesterday.
  • The Celtics play at Cleveland tonight
  • The Bruins are home against the Islanders

High School Basketball


DI/Stonington 55 Searsport 45

Machias 68 Stearns 51

Woodland 59 Jonesport Beals 47


MDI 47  Foxcroft 35

Hermon 51  Orono 26

Narraguagus 56  Washington Academy 41

DI/Stonington 58  Searsport 40

Stearns 71  Machias 13

Woodland 72  East Grand 36