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Local News – May 9, 2019

Gun Sentence


(Bangor) – A year in prison for a Maine man who admitted he purchased several guns for someone else.  The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97.7 that 34-year old Richard Hemingway purchased the guns in October 2017, the same day that customs inspectors seized the guns from another couple trying to smuggle them in to Canada.  Hemingway, who is from the Aroostook County town of Ludlow, had filled out paperwork saying the guns were for himself.


Jury Selection

(Ellsworth) Jury selection begins later this month in a Bar Harbor man’s murder trial.   The Ellsworth American reports jury selection is scheduled for May 20th for Jalique Keene’s trial. The 22-year-old has been held without bail since his arrest last June. A Hancock County grand jury indicted him in August and he pleaded not guilty to charges of gross sexual assault and murder in September. Police say Keene raped and murdered his former classmate, 19-year-old Mikaela Conley then dumped her body in a wooded area near the intersection of Route 3 and West Street in Bar Harbor last June.


Fatal Crash Sentence

(Woolwich) A Hope woman will serve 6-years in prison and has lost her license for at least a decade for her involvement in a fatal crash 2 years ago. A judge sentenced 35-year-old Danielle Ward after she pled guilty in March to manslaughter. In January 2017 Ward was driving drunk when she veered into the oncoming lane on Route 1 in Woolwich and crashed head-on into another vehicle. A 70-year-old man and his wife died. Six children in Ward’s vehicle were injured.


Hummingbirds Return

(Local) A sure sign of spring – hummingbirds have returned to the area. The tiny birds have flown thousands of miles from Central America and parts of Mexico to return for the spring and summer. Downeast Audubon president Leslie Clapp tells Star 97-7 the hummingbirds are right on schedule. Clapp cautions against buying store-bought hummingbird food containing red dye. Instead she suggests making your own mixture at home using one-part white sugar to 4-parts boiling water.


Parking Meter Changes

(Bar Harbor) – They’re not even up and running yet and the pushback has started about parking meters in Bar Harbor.  The Bangor Daily News reports town councilors have voted to change some rules about parking.  The changes include the ability to pay up front for up to 4-hours of parking.  And permits will no longer be needed on residential streets after 6PM.  The new parking plan goes into effect next Wednesday.


Historic Bridge Replacement

(Blue Hill) The historic Blue Hill Falls Bridge on Route 175 is slated for replacement in 2022. An advisory committee tasked with overseeing the project met for the first time on Monday. Priorities for the new bridge are ensuring it’s safe and user-friendly; making it wide enough for snowplows and pedestrians. The Bangor Daily News reports the current bridge, built in 1926, is one of only two remaining rainbow-arch bridges in Maine. The Maine Department of Transportation is accepting public comments on their website from residents who have ideas for the replacement bridge.


MMA Ship Departs

(Castine) Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship departed yesterday. Summer training cruises aboard the State of Maine are required for students who are enrolled in certain majors at the college. The Training Cruise is a 4-credit course that gives students an opportunity to experience hands-on training and life aboard a ship. Ports of call include Barcelona Spain, Portsmouth England, and Oslo Norway. The training ship is set to return to Castine on July 13th.


Elver Fishing

(Augusta) Maine’s baby eel fishermen are enjoying a steady harvest and strong prices during the first season in which regulators are using new controls to stop poaching. Elvers are one of the most lucrative marine resources in the U.S. on a per-pound basis, but the fishery has had problems with poaching. This year, packing and shipping of the fish is subject to more scrutiny from the Maine Marine Patrol. Fishermen are nearing the end of their quota for the year, which is slightly less than 10,000 pounds. The state says the average price is more than $2,000 per pound.


Moose Hunt

(Augusta) Maine wildlife regulators will likely make a decision by the end of the month on a proposal to increase the number of moose hunting permits in the state for the second consecutive year. Biologists have recommended increasing the number of moose permits by more than 10-percent, to more than 28-hundred. Moose permits are given out via a lottery that typically attracts tens of thousands of entrants.



  • Boston Red Sox 2  Baltimore Orioles 1 (12-innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. made a spectacular catch to rob a walk-off homer in the 12th, Andrew Benintendi homered for the winning run.  Chris Sale struck out 14.)
  • Red Sox are off tonight.
  • Milwaukee Bucks 116  Boston Celtics 91 (Celtics eliminated from playoffs)


High School Baseball

George Stevens 12  Bucksport 2

Sumner 18  Machias 17

Jonesport Beals 15  Shead 5

Bangor 8 Camden Hills 5

Washington Academy 13  Narraguagus 1

Hermon 5 Central 1

Orono 13  Lee 1


Machias 8 Sumner 6

Bucksport 18 George Stevens 2

Messalonskee 12  Hampden 3

Narraguagus 12  Washington Academy 0

Hermon 11 Central 10

Orono 13  Lee 5

Shead 16  Jonesport Beals 8