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Local News – February 25, 2019

Owl’s Head Murder

(Owl’s Head) – A South Thomaston woman with a long criminal history is charged with murdering an elderly Owl’s Head woman.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 37-year old Sarah Richards is accused of killing 83-year old Helen Carver.  Family members found her body inside her home on South Shore Drive Friday.  The medical examiner’s office says Carver died from blunt force trauma.  The victim had hired Richards to shovel her walkway during the winter.


Lounder Leaving

(Ellsworth) – The long time director of the Municipal Review Committee is stepping down after nearly 25-years directing a consortium of towns dealing with solid waste disposal.  Greg Lounder’s departure will come March 1st.  The MRC notes that Lounder’s resignation comes just as the Fiberight trash to bio-gas plant is about to come on line.  The facility which is still under construction in Hampden, will start accepting waste in April on a limited basis, recycling what it can and converting the remainder to a fuel.  The MRC is expected to accept Lounder’s resignation at its meeting on Wednesday.


China Crash


(China) – A 20-year old remained in critical condition after a weekend crash in Kennebec County.  State Police report to Star 97.7 that 20-year old Dominic Conlogue of Palermo was behind the wheel when the car went off Mann Road in China and slammed into trees.  The crash trapped Conlogue and 20-year old Austin Berry of Machias in the front seat.  A back seat passenger escaped and ran for help.  Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors.  Conlogue is listed in critical condition, Berry was treated and released.


Big Lake Fire


(Big Lake Twp.) – What every firefighter hates to see when pulling up to a scene in the early morning hours – flames shooting from a burning home.  It happened in Washington County yesterday morning as numerous departments responded to Big Lake Township.  The house on West Street was engulfed at 3:00 in the morning.  No one was living there – no injury reported.  The house is a total loss.  The fire marshal’s office will try to find the cause.


Hampden Fire

(Hampden) – No injuries, but a house in Hampden is destroyed after a weekend fire.  Departments from 7-towns responded to Main Road North in Hampden early Saturday morning.  All the people living there escaped without injury, but WVII-TV reports one firefighter suffered an injury during the fire.  The Hampden fire department has asked the fire marshal’s office to look for the cause.


Chamber Nominations

(Ellsworth) It’s the final week to submit nominations for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce annual awards. The Chamber is accepting nominations for their 3 business awards and the highly coveted Citizen of the Year Award. Executive Director Gretchen Wilson says nominees for Citizen of the Year must have a history exemplary community service.  Nominations must be submitted by this Friday.


Langley Leads Nonprofit

(Ellsworth) Bridge Academy Maine has chosen a former state senator and Ellsworth businessman to lead their nonprofit organization. The Ellsworth American reports Brian Langley will soon lead Bridge Academy as it works to prepare high school students for college and offering shortened paths toward a college degree. Langley is a longtime advocate for career and technical education programs. The statewide program offers options for students to complete an accelerated associate or bachelor’s degree, as well as earn credits through the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System.


Lobster Wait List

(Machias) The Marine Resources Committee voted unanimously last week to postpone work on a bill that would’ve allowed up to 300 people on Maine’s lobster fishing wait-list to begin fishing within the next 10 years. In a release from State representative Will Tuell he says the bill would have resulted in 50 new fishermen this year, even as interstate and federal regulators implement rules designed to protect the endangered right whale population. Tuell says by postponing this bill it gives the department, fishermen, and legislators a chance to fully develop other ideas around the fishery’s entry system as a whole.
Theft of Funds

(Lewiston) A Lewiston woman faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine for fraudulently receiving funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Maine-Care, and the Social Security Administration. 45-year-old Sherry Awadjie pled guilty Thursday in US District Court. Awadjie claimed to be disabled and received pubic assistance benefits from November 2015 through May 2017. Court documents say during that time Awadjie failed to disclose her employment or income. She also concealed her employment by arranging with her employer to be paid “under the table” and under the name of another person.


Drug Arrest

(York) A roadside investigation by Maine state troopers saw a Presque Isle man locked up on drug charges. Troopers and members of the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement Team pulled over a car on the Maine Turnpike in York early Friday. They say 20-year-old Michael Peavy-Wright was in possession of over 100 grams of fentanyl. Wright was taken to the York County Jail where bail was set at $10-thousand-dollars.




  • Boston Red Sox 8  Minnesota Twins 5 (Spring training, Sox face Pirates today)
  • Bruins and Celtics both off yesterday and today.

High School Basketball Tourney – Champions

Class “A” North – Lawrence Boys & Hampden Girls

Class “B” North – Caribou Boys and MDI Girls

Class “C” North – Houlton Boys and PVHS Girls

Class “D” North – Schenck Boys and Southern Aroostook Girls