Hancock Fatal   (Hancock) – A fatal crash on Route 1 in Hancock closed the road for 2-and-a-half hours yesterday.  The crash killed 93-year old Joseph Ryan of Hancock.  His vehicle hit another car head on near the Hancock Heights mobile home park around 11:30 in the morning.  Two occupants in the other vehicle, Michel […]

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Local News – May 13, 2019

Hancock Fatal


(Hancock) – A fatal crash on Route 1 in Hancock closed the road for 2-and-a-half hours yesterday.  The crash killed 93-year old Joseph Ryan of Hancock.  His vehicle hit another car head on near the Hancock Heights mobile home park around 11:30 in the morning.  Two occupants in the other vehicle, Michel Taccyl and Noel Antenord, both of Jonesport, sustained non-life threatening injuries.


Bangor Shooting


(Bangor) – Shots cut the early morning quiet in Downtown Bangor yesterday, and within seconds police were on scene, arresting an Orrington man as he fled from a Harlow Street building.  Spokesman Tim Cotton reports to Star 97.7 that 32-year old Jordan Bishop faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly fired the shots and hit the man several times.   The victim who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was treated and released from a Bangor hospital .


Wrong Way Fatal

(Augusta) – A young Saco woman died in a crash on Interstate 95 in Augusta.  State Police say 22-year old Sierra Prescott died instantly in the crash Saturday night.  She was driving her car in the wrong direction on the interstate and collided head on with another car.  A third car was also involved.  Two others suffered injuries, one of them critically hurt.  Police are trying to figure out why Prescott was driving in the wrong direction.



(Lebanon) – Investigators say two deaths in the Town of Lebanon on the New Hampshire border are a murder/suicide.  State Police found 30-year old Allison Parker dead inside her parents home.  Investigators say her estranged boyfriend, 27-year old Thomas Doyon, short her and then himself. The couple had recently broken up and she had returned to the home to retrieve her belongings.


Railroad – Bridge

(Ellsworth) – The train trestle over the Union River in Ellsworth saw its first rail traffic in 34-years this weekend as the Downeast Scenic Railroad crossed the bridge.  The railroad began working on the bridge 5-years ago, first waiting for the Maine DOT to complete a new entrance to North Street.  The bridge rehabilitation project included new timbers and rails on the bridge deck.  The bridge will give the rail line access to sites further west toward Dedham, and adds 15-minutes to the tourist excursion.


Stockton Springs School

(Stockton Springs) – Voters in Stockton Springs will decide next month whether to accept the town’s former elementary school as town property.  RSU 20 abandoned the school several years ago, merging Stockton Springs students into the Searsport Elementary School.  After closure, the school developed a mold problem that could cost a quarter million dollars to clean up.  A town vote is set for June 11th on whether to accept the school and the 9-and-a-half acres it sits on.


Nat’l Prevention Week – Monday


(Ellsworth) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has declared this National Prevention Week. Today’s focus is preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse. Healthy Acadia spokeswoman Tara Young urges community members to properly dispose of medications by bringing them to a designated drop-off location.  For a list of safe disposal locations visit: Healthy Acadia dot Org.


Police Week

(Nat’l/Local) The US Attorney’s Office is recognizing the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers during National Police Week. According to FBI statistics, 106 law enforcement officers nationwide were killed in the line-of-duty last year, including Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputy, Corporal Eugene Cole in Maine. The names of those fallen officers will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil this evening.


Washington County Teacher of the Year


(Jonesport) Jonesport Elementary School pre-K teacher Jeanna Caver is Washington County’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. She attended a ceremony in Augusta last week, put on by the Maine Department of Education. Carver tells Star 97-7 she hopes to inspire today’s children in the way that teachers inspired her when she was a student.  Teachers from 14 other Maine counties got recognition during the ceremony. The educators were each nominated by a member of their community for their exemplary service in education, and dedication to their students.


Historical Society Dinner

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Historical Society’s annual dinner is this evening. This year’s guest speaker is retired Ellsworth fire chief Jon Marshall, who will share the history of Ellsworth’s fire department. The potluck dinner begins at 5:30, the business meeting starts at 6, and Marshall will begin speaking at 7 tonight at the Unitarian Church on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth.


Hydrant Flushing

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Water Department will begin flushing out water lines today, which may cause residents along the routes to experience slight water issues. City workers flush the water lines each spring and fall to prevent potential future problems. The process will continue around the city through May 24th until each fire hydrant has been tapped. When a hydrant near your home is flushed you may notice dirty or yellow water from your faucet, low water flow, or low pressure. City officials say it’s temporary and will subside after flushing is complete.


Teen AG Program

(Harrington) Teenagers interested in growing their own food or planting a garden are encouraged to attend the Summer Teen Agriculture Program. The week-long initiative was established last year by Healthy Acadia and Narraguagus High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter and Food Justice League. Projects and activities will include field trips to local farms, gardens, and visiting host organizations and people who make a difference in the local food systems. The Teen Ag program at Narraguagus High School runs July 15th thru the 19th for students age 13 to 18. Contact Healthy Acadia to apply, the deadline is June 15th.



  • Boston Bruins 6  Carolina Hurricanes 2 (Bruins lead NHL Playoff 2-0)
  • Boston Red Sox 11  Seattle Mariners 2 (JD Martinez with a pair of home runs). The Red Sox have tonight off.
High School Baseball

MDI 8 Washington Academy 0

George Stevens 4  Central 3

Lee 10 Sumner 2

Jonesport sweeps DI/Stonington

Presque Isle sweeps Nokomis


MDI 12  Washington Academy 0

Central 14  GSA 1

Sumner 13  Lee 7

DI/Stonington sweeps Jonesport

Presque Isle & Nokomis split