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Local News – June 12, 2019

Ellsworth Fatal


(Ellsworth) – A violent crash on Route 1-A in Ellsworth yesterday left a Franklin man dead and closed the busy highway for hours.  Police identify the victim as 67-year old Warren Higgins of Franklin.  His pickup truck collided with a box truck that a Brewer man was driving on McGown’s Hill shortly after noon-time, demolishing the pickup and killing Higgins instantly.  Police spent most of the afternoon and early evening reconstructing the crash, but it wasn’t clear who was on the wrong side of the road.  That area of Route 1-A had the top layer of pavement ground up for a repaving project, and it was pouring rain at the time of the crash.


Bar Harbor Elections

(Bar Harbor) – A current town councilor and a former councilor will serve on Bar Harbor’s town council for the next 3-years.  Election results showed Jeff Dobbs and Matthew Hochman garnering the most votes in the 4-way race for two seats.  Voters in Bar Harbor also passed a measure requiring citizenship for members of committees and a petitioned question limiting pier size.



(Orrington) – Selectmen in Orrington will see a long-term interim town manager to keep the town operating while the community searches for a permanent manager.  The Penobscot County town has gone through three town managers in less than a year.  The latest, Joan Gibson, was fired last month after less than 3-months on the job.  She had no prior municipal experience. The Bangor Daily News reports former Stockton Springs and Veazie town manager Joe Hayes is helping out the community for a few hours a week until an interim manager is found.


Power Outage


(Ellsworth) – A bizarre coincidence yesterday in the Ellsworth area as the power went out at just about the same time as that fatal crash on Route 1-A.  The two events were not related.  An Emera Maine spokeswoman tells Star 97.7 the outage that hit about 7-thousand customers in Ellsworth, Lamoine, Hancock and Trenton happened when a limb struck power lines at a substation in Hancock.  The power came back on within 15-minutes as Emera switched energy sources around the outage.


Assault Arrest

(Bangor) Police hauled a Bangor man to the Penobscot County Jail after he allegedly become combative on a city bus. Bangor police tell Star 97.7 that 54-year-old Charles Pell refused to close his window while riding a Community Connector bus. Police responded to Pickering Square Monday afternoon where bus employees were restraining Pell who’d allegedly assaulted 3 people. Once inside the cop car Pell broke the divider window between the front and back seats. He’s jailed on charges of Misdemeanor Assault and Criminal Mischief.


Guilty Verdict

(Houlton) A jury has found an Easton man guilty of murdering his stepfather. During the trial jurors watched a surveillance video from January 2018 of a man at 79-year-old Paul Hilenski’s Bridgewater home, knocking on the door, then holding up a gun and firing. The sheriff later identified the suspect in the video as 38-year-old James Peaslee.


Chamber Events

(Ellsworth) This month’s Ellsworth Chamber Business After-Hours gathering will take members on a journey. Chamber executive director Gretchen Wilson says tomorrow night’s event is also in celebration of the Downeast Scenic Railroad’s 10th anniversary.  Members who plan on boarding the train Thursday must RSVP to the Chamber before the close of business today (6/12).


(Ellsworth) June is membership month for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Executive director Gretchen Wilson says it’s a way for the organization to thank its members by gathering for a free breakfast. Wilson says this year’s event is at the Ellsworth Elks Lodge. Guest speakers, former State Senator Brian Langley and Director of HCTC Amy Boles, will discuss the importance of career and technical education. RSVP to the Chamber by Wednesday afternoon.


Lobster Bait Shortage

(Portland) Federal regulators have reduced the catch limits for Atlantic herring, which is an important source of bait for lobster fishing. The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to again reduce catch limits, this time to a little more than 25 million pounds in 2020. The cut would decrease the herring catch to its lowest level in decades. The council’s recommendation is subject to final approval by the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Pot Fire

(Eliot) A medical marijuana growing facility caught fire in southern Maine, sending smoke into the sky and drawing firefighters from several surrounding departments. The Monday night blaze burned Sweet Dirt Incorporated in Eliot. The facility is a state-licensed organic cannabis grower. Eliot’s Fire Chief told the Portsmouth Herald that the building was substantially damaged. There were no fire hydrants in the immediate area. No one was in the facility when the fire started, and no one was hurt.



  • Texas Rangers 9 Boston Red Sox 5
  • Rick Porcello Starts this afternoon against the Rangers
  • David Ortiz is recovering from a gunshot wound at Mass General Hospital in Boston.  The Red Sox had Ortiz flown to Boston for treatment after Sunday’s shooting in the Dominican Republic
  • The Bruins and St. Louis Blues play game 7 tonight – the winner gets the Stanley Cup.
High School Baseball Regional Finals

Class “B” South – Freeport 2 York 1

Class “D” South – Searsport 10  Richmond 0

Class “D” North –  Central Aroostook defeats Hodgdon

Northern Maine games

Class “B” – Hermon vs. Ellsworth 2:30 PM

Class “C” – Orono vs Fort Kent 6:30 PM


Class “B” North – Brewer 12  Hermon 4

Class “C” Narraguagus vs. Dexter 6:30 PM

Class “D” Stearns vs. Penobscot Valley 3PM