Snowstorm   (Undated) – Parents of young school children have yet another day to scramble to find day care as a lot of schools have canceled classes for another day this winter.  The storm which is in full swing this morning will likely dump up to 11-inches of snow in Downeast Maine before it tapers […]

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Local News Headlines – March 4, 2019



(Undated) – Parents of young school children have yet another day to scramble to find day care as a lot of schools have canceled classes for another day this winter.  The storm which is in full swing this morning will likely dump up to 11-inches of snow in Downeast Maine before it tapers off this afternoon.  Plow trucks hit the roads in the wee hours of the morning, and police reported very little traffic on the roads early on.  Government offices will not open until several hours later today, and several banks have delayed opening.


Firefighter Death


(Berwick) – By all accounts a fire captain from Berwick died a hero, protecting a fellow firefighter as flames quickly consumed the room they were in Friday morning.   32-year old Joel Barnes body has been accompanied and guarded by firefighters constantly and an escort to an Old Orchard Beach funeral home yesterday saw hundreds salute as the hearse passed by.  A family funeral is planned this week, and the fire service plans a funeral a few days later.


Firefighter Training

(Trenton) Fire departments respond to emergencies constantly, but they also need to have a plan in place for when emergencies turn into major disasters for their personnel.  Fire commanders declared a MayDay last Friday in Berwick as a flash over trapped 5-firefighters, leaving one dead. Pine Point Fire Training owner Roger Audette will instruct a course entitled “Managing a Mayday” at the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department. Audette says he hosts a lot of training sessions in Hancock County, and the fire departments are on top of their game.”Managing a Mayday” is Monday, March 18th at 6 PM.


Basketball Spectator Arrested

(Orono) – A spectator at a Middle School basketball tournament in Orono faces several charges after a confrontation with officials at a fund raising basketball game.  WABI-TV reports 52-year old James Parsons Jr. is charged with assault, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.  Officials ordered Parsons removed from the gym yesterday morning but he refused.  Parents restrained him until police took him out and to the Penobscot County jail. Minor injuries are reported.


Addison Rescue

(Addison) – Firefighters from Washington County rescued a woman who ventured onto the Pleasant River in Addison to try to rescue her dog.  WVII-TV reports the woman took a kayak out to attempt to get the dog in from the ice when she fell into the river.  Rescuers wearing special ice rescue suits were able to get the woman out of the water.  No word on the condition of the dog.


Snowmobile Death

(Wayne) – For a 9th time this year a snowmobile rider has died in a Maine crash.  The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 56-year old Martha Carroll of Brighton, Massachusetts died Saturday night on Wilson Pond in Wayne.  Investigators say her sled crashed into trees at a high rate of speed.  In addition to speed, alcohol was a factor in the crash.


Arson Arrest

(Millinocket) Fire investigators have made an arrest for a church fire in Millinocket last June. 21-year-old Adam Turner of Millinocket was arrested Thursday following his indictment by a Penobscot County grand jury on burglary and arson charges. Investigators say Turner set 3 separate fires to the inside of the Church of the Nazarene on Forest Ave last June, causing $60-thousand-dollars worth of damage. Investigators say DNA evidence at the crime scene led them to Turner, who has no affiliation with the church.


Felony Terrorizing

(Hollis) An inmate at the Cumberland County Jail is charged with felony Terrorizing for sending a threatening letter to one of his prior domestic violence victims. An investigation by Maine State Police led to an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Shaun Webster. Previously Webster was incarcerated at the Windham State Prison but was transferred to the Cumberland County Jail after allegedly assaulting a corrections officer. Bail is set at $10-thousand-dollars.


Wrongful Death Lawsuit

(Vassalboro) The mother of an Oakland teenager who was shot to death by police 2 years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 3 police officers who were involved. WVII-TV reports in February 2017 police were investigating a burglary in Vassalboro when they stopped a vehicle in which 18-year-old Amber Fagre was a passenger. The situation escalated and police shot at the vehicle killing Fagre and the 25-year-old male driver. The lawsuit claims Fagre was an innocent bystander. The Attorney General’s Office investigated the police shooting and deemed the use of force was legally justified.


Lobster Stats

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) – Maine officials say lobstermen brought more than 119 million pounds of the state’s signature seafood ashore last year, an increase from the previous year. The state is by far the biggest lobster  producer in the United States, and the industry is in the midst of a multiyear boom in catch. However, the catch and its value have fluctuated wildly in recent years. Officials said Friday that the value of the 2018 lobster catch was more than $484 million.



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High School Basketball State Champions

Class Boys Girls
AA Bangor Oxford Hills
A Greeley Greeley
B Caribou (2OT) Gray-New Gloucester (beat MDI)
C Winthrop Boothbay
D Forest Hills Southern Aroostook