Missing Toddler – Latest
(Maine) The mother of a toddler whose 2011 disappearance prompted the biggest criminal investigation in Maine history says she’s been unable to locate the child’s father. Trista Reynolds tells WGME-TV no one can find Justin DiPietro, who reported then-20-month-old Ayla Reynolds missing in Waterville more than 7 years ago. Court documents show DiPietro’s last known address was in California. Last year, Reynolds filed a wrongful death lawsuit against DiPietro but she says she’s out of time to serve DiPietro with legal papers. No one has ever been charged for the child’s death and her body was never found.
(Millinocket) A father and daughter were sentenced for a fatal home invasion in Millinocket. The pair pled guilty in January. WABI-TV reports 44-year-old Tony Locklear will spend life in prison for murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery. His daughter, 22-year-old Alexis Locklear was sentenced to a year for robbery and has already served that time. A murder charge was dropped against her in exchange for testimony during the trial of her boyfriend, 39-year-old Christopher Murray. He was convicted last month and will be sentenced later. In 2017 the trio broke into Wayne LaPeirre’s home and shot him and his wife. LaPeirre died of his injuries days later.
Dress Re-sale Benefit
(Ellsworth) Just in time for prom, a dress re-sale event is happening at The Grand theater in Ellsworth. The fundraiser benefits the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in downtown Ellsworth. Director MJ Boylan says this year’s annual event will have about 100 dresses up for sale. Boylan says she hopes ladies will say yes to the dress AND shoes. They even accessories like purses and jewelry. The re-sale event is Friday from 3 ‘til 6 at The Grand on Main Street.
(Sullivan) A Sullivan man led police on a high speed chase Monday night after they attempted to stop him for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle. Maine State Police report 30-year-old Maynard Hardison did not stop when they attempted to pull him over along Tunk Lake Road. He then led police on an 8-mile, high speed chase, eventually losing control and driving into a snowbank. Hardison fled on foot but was later located inside another vehicle on the Ashville Road. Trooper say Hardison was driving without a valid driver’s license and was suspected of being on drugs. He’s charged with aggravated criminal mischief and reckless conduct.
Climate Change Strike
(MDI) Youth from College of the Atlantic and Mount Desert High School will gather with community members Friday to speak about climate change and their demands for global, national and local climate action. It’s part of the global school climate strikes happening around the world that day. Local activists will gather on the Village Green at Noon.
(Augusta) Lawmakers have decided to keep Maine’s state flag despite a push to replace it. Maine Public reports that the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee decided to amend the bill to ask the secretary of state to come up with a design for the state’s bicentennial flag. Democratic Rep. Janice Cooper, of Yarmouth says she still believes there’s broad public support for the 1901 flag.
(Brewer) A Brewer man has been sentenced in connection with a police standoff last fall. WABI-TV reports 63-year-old Gary Green pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal threatening and terrorizing. Green was in the parking lot of the Village Green Motel in Brewer last October and appeared to be waving a weapon. The weapon later turned out to be fake. The incident shut down streets for several hours and some businesses and motel rooms were evacuated. Green will serve two months in jail, with credit for time served.
Orono Drug Bust
(Orono) A routine traffic stop in Orono Sunday led to a drug bust. Orono Police say when they stopped a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Darrel Ross of Old Town, they found heroin and crystal meth in the vehicle. Ross is charged with drug dealing and trafficking in prison contraband. He remains in jail under 10 thousand dollars bail.
(Waterville) A Waterville man was arrest in California for allegedly making threats against Google. WABI-TV reports 33-year-old Kyle Long was upset about his YouTube channel being shut down. After telling Waterville police he would get violent if his confrontation with Google didn’t go well, Long drove across the country to confront Google. Waterville police alerted authorities in California that Long was on his way there. Long was reportedly in possession of baseball bats during his arrest. He’s charged with suspicion of making criminal threats and is held on $25-thousand-dollars bail.
Special Election Results
(Bangor) Democrat Joe Perry won a house seat in yesterday’s special election in Bangor and Orono. Perry will fill a seat left vacant by Democrat Aaron Frey, who left in December to serve as Governor Janet Mills’s Attorney General. Perry won over Republican Thomas White to represent House District 124, which includes much of the east side of Bangor and part of Orono.
(Rockport) The future of scallop fishing in Maine continues to look bright. That’s the word from the Maine Fisherman’s Forum held this month. The Mount Desert Islander reports growing scallops in Maine is a relatively new undertaking, at least as the industry looks today. While growing scallops is both labor and capital intensive, chefs and consumers say they would pay a premium price for high-quality scallops that could come to market even when the Maine fishing season was closed. Scallop fishing in state waters is generally allowed from December to early April. Presenters at the March 2nd Maine Fisherman’s Forum said the market for scallops is a competitive one and that Maine scallop producers must battle for chefs’ attention against products such as bay scallops, Pacific coast scallops and imports.
(Washington County) If a group of school districts in coastal Washington County can’t agree on a new location for the vocational education center soon, they risk losing a $2-point-1-million-dollar grant from the state. The Bangor Daily News reports the districts are struggling to decide between a former car dealership in Machias and a former supermarket in Columbia. A discussion Monday evening at Harrington Elementary School was left open-ended. School and municipal officials will meet again on March 21st at Narragagus High School to try and reach a consensus by the end of the month.
(Ellsworth) Wednesday was the first day of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for 5th graders at Ellsworth Middle School, taught by Corporal Shawn Merchant of the Ellsworth Police Department. Merchant tells Star 97-7 that the local DARE program returned to EEMS just a couple years ago and is funded solely by donations. Merchant says donation checks can be mailed or brought to the Ellsworth Police Department with “DARE Program” written in the memo line.