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Local News – April 9, 2019

Trooper Funeral

(Portland) – Mourners will fill the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland as the state says farewell to State Police Detective Benjamin Campbell.  Police officers from across the nation are expected to be among the audience to pay respects to the 31-year old officer killed when a tire fell off a trailer and struck him as he was assisting a motorist from Clifton last Wednesday.  Another long police escort brought Campbell’s body to Portland from his hometown in Millinocket yesterday, which would have been the officer’s 32nd birthday.


Bones Found

(Augusta) – Police in Augusta are investigating discovery of human bones in the woods off Washington Street.  The Kennebec Journal reports police say there was not enough evidence with the bones to make any kind of determination about who it was.  Augusta police have contacted Gardiner police in connection with the case.  Gardiner police have been searching for a 27-year old woman who vanished in 2017.  A person walking in the woods past gravel pits near Mill Park made the discovery on Sunday.


Williams – Confession

(Portland) – A state psychologist says accused cop killer John Williams had no trouble understanding his Miranda rights.  Williams is trying to get his confession to police captors thrown out before he goes to trial for shooting Somerset County Corporal Eugene Cole to death last year.  His attorneys say police beat the confession out of Williams when they captured him after a 4-day chase.  Pictures after the capture show police holding Williams by the hair and lifting his head.  Police deny beating Williams.


Threatening Letters

(Bangor) Police arrested a Burlington woman Friday for sending threatening letters to Senator Susan Collins last October. Court records say 37-year-old Suzanne Muscara allegedly mailed starch to Collin’s West Broadway home with a letter claiming the substance was ricin residue. Two days later Muscara allegedly mailed a second letter to Collins that also contained white powder, but that the Postal Service intercepted that envelope at a sorting facility in Hampden. Muscara made her first court appearance Monday afternoon. If convicted she faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.


Building Torn Down

(Bar Harbor) A vacant commercial property on Cottage Street is ‘no more’ as the 119 year old structure was torn down yesterday. The Mt Desert Islander reports some Bar Harbor residents feared the two-story building at 79 Cottage Street was unsafe and brought it to the Town Council’s attention last fall. Building owners, the Pelletier family, opted to demolish the dilapidated structure rather than pay for an inspection by an engineer. Tax records show the building had appraised for more than $142-thousand-dollars while the downtown lot it sat on is valued at $340-thousand-dollars. Code enforcement says to date the Pelletier’s have not applied to construct anything new on the site.


Manslaughter Charge

(Steuben)  A Gouldsboro man is charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in January. 20-year-old James Jordan appeared in court last week to face charges of OUI, driving to endanger, and causing death while committing a traffic infraction. WABI-TV reports Jordan’s car went off Dyer’s Bay Road in Steuben, killing 20-year-old Joshua Dube. Jordan and another passenger were injured in the crash.


Fire Charge

(Steuben) Maine Forest Rangers have charged a Steuben man with one count of burning without a permit for several fires in eastern Hancock County. Rangers say that the man was burning multiple fields, alone, on his family property Sunday when the fires were reported. No homes were threatened. Rangers were assisted at the scene by Steuben firefighters.


Illegal Dumping

(E. Machias) Maine Forest Rangers are investigating two illegal dumping cases along Route 191 in East Machias. Loads of tires were left behind and rangers say they have suspects in the cases but would still like to hear from the public. If you have information you’re asked to call Ranger Brian Getchell with details. You may remain anonymous.


Historic Monument Presentation

(Searsport) A Searsport historian will share her story of proving a local folklore was actually true. It was said that inside the town’s 1870 Civil War Monument were the names of 17 Searsport men who died in the war. But one of those names was inaccurate so the inscriptions were hidden to conceal the mistake. Charlene Knox Farris tells Star 97-7 after years of research and much effort she was able to get those names revealed. Farris will tell the tale complete with a slideshow at the Searsport Historical Society’s meeting tonight at 7 at Curtis Hall.


New ID Look

(Augusta) Maine’s driver’s licenses and identification cards will have a new look when residents do their next renewals. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Monday the new design will feature an outline of the state and picture of a white pine cone and tassel. There will also be a picture of the state bird, the chickadee, and images of a lighthouse and sunrise.





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