(Bucksport) – When state troopers knocked on a Bucksport motel room door last evening, they had an arrest warrant in hand, and handcuffed a 21-year old woman for her trip to jail. Savannah Smith is charged with murdering a 2-year old girl in 2017 in Bucksport. Little Kloe Hawksley was the daughter of Smith’s boyfriend. A 9-1-1 call led ambulance workers and police to the toddler’s body in October 2017. Authorities have yet to say how she died. A grand jury indicted Smith yesterday.
Blue Hill Voting
(Blue Hill) – Blue Hill’s town government could take on a more professional structure after voting today. On the ballot is a question to appropriate $60-thousand dollars to hire a town administrator. Currently the elected Selectmen run the town government, with outgoing Selectman Jim Schatz spending a lot of time in the town office. Schatz is stepping down, and the board opted to ask taxpayers to fund a professional administrator like most other communities in Maine. Also on the ballot are candidates Jim Dow and Adam Gray to replace Schatz as Selectman.
(Lamoine) – A judge has ordered Lamoine’s Board of Appeals to uphold a town Planning Board decision to deny a gravel pit expansion to a local contractor. Last year the Planning Board rejected Harold MacQuinn Incorporated’s proposal to expand a pit to more than 100-acres. Judge Michael Duddy’s 22-page decision released yesterday said because there was concern the larger pit would eliminate the tallest hill in town, the Planning Board was justified in its denial. The Appeals Board had overturned the denial.
(Bangor) – A federal judge has sent a convicted robber to federal prison for 12-and-a-half years. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that Richard Maloney will spend 3-years on supervised release after he’s done in prison. Maloney held up a convenience store in Milford last June and then robbed a Bangor Savings Bank branch in Orono 2-days later. Police caught up to him in Southern Maine.
Crack Dealers Sentenced
(Bangor) – Stiff sentences for a pair of New York crack dealers caught in Maine. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 29-year old Frankie Dejesus of Rochester New York will spend nearly 13-years in prison. Police arrested him after a gunfight in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Augusta in 2016. And 34-year old Ambrose Wan of New York City will spend a little more than 13-years in prison for dealing in crack, heroin and fentanyl in the Waterville area. Judge John Woodcock observed that Wan had been a professional drug dealer for most of his life.
Route 1 Reconstruction
(Washington Cty) On Monday the Maine Department of Transportation begins reconstruction and rehabilitation work on Route 1 in the towns of Jonesboro, Whitneyville, and Machias. The roadwork starts from a point just north of the Whitneyville Road and extends more than 3 miles north just past the Whitneyville-Machias town line. Lane restrictions are expected to create minor delays between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays. The project is expected to be finished by the end of June.
Aroostook Cty Crash
(Bridgewater) A two-vehicle crash involving an Aroostook County Jail transport van and a church bus shut down Route 1 in Bridgewater for hours yesterday. Whiteout conditions were reported when the crash took place. The section of Route 1 between Bridgewater and Monticello was closed during the morning commute. State Police tell Star 97.7 the van was taking inmates to court in Caribou. At least 15-people suffered injuries and firefighters had to cut some of them out of the vans.
Hotel Buys Nursing Home
(Bar Harbor) The current Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center in Bar Harbor will likely become a hotel. The Bangor Daily News reports Ocean Properties, which owns several hotels in Bar Harbor, is in the process of buying the shorefront property. Lewiston-based North Country Associates owns the nursing home and sent letters to tenants in February announcing the Route 3 facility was closing by the end of April. The total assessed value for all of the Sonogee property is $4.4-million-dollars.
Camping & RV Park
(Columbia Falls) A campground in Washington County is looking to expand and offer visitors a broader outdoor experience. Cottonwood Camping and RV Park owner Shirley Cotton says her 170 acre property on Route 1 in Columbia Falls has 8 full hook-up sites for RV campers and space for many tents, but she hopes to increase the amenities through a kick-starter fundraiser. This summer will be the campground’s 5th year in business. Cotton says the property include a rentable teepee as well as a tree-house in the woods.
Gun Theft Plea
(Milo) A Millinocket man admits he stole a gun from a federally licensed dealer last year. 31-year-old Randolph Bourgoin III was caught on surveillance video taking the gun from a display case at a firearms dealer in Milo last November. Bourgoin pleaded guilty Wednesday in US District Court. When he’s sentenced later he faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine.
Marriage Fraud Sentence
(Hampden) A Hampden woman is on probation for 5-years for participating in a fake marriage. Court records say 28-year-old Marena Mushero posted an online ad offering to marry anyone in need of permanent US residency in exchange for money. Last June a Nepalese citizen who was lawfully in the US and living in another state answered Mushero’s ad. The couple was married less than 2 weeks later in Brewer. Mushero received hundreds of dollars via wire transfers before and after the wedding. Her coconspirator continued to live and work out of state.
(Augusta) More Mainers have come down with the flu this year, but fewer cases resulted in hospitalization. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that over 8,000 Mainers have tested positive for the flu through March 30th and 880 have been hospitalized. About 7,600 residents were sick with the flu last season, but over 1,400 required hospitalizations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports the flu vaccine was 47% effective at disease prevention this year.
- Oakland A’s 7 Boston Red Sox 3 (Red Sox are 2-and-6 to start the season after winning the World Series last year, the worst start for a defending series champ since the 1998 Florida Marlins)
- Rick Porcello starts for Boston tonight in Arizona
- Boston Bruins 3 Minnesota Wild 0
- The Celtics face the Pacers in Indiana tonight. The two teams are tied for 4th in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.