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Local News – July 1, 2019

Robbery Arrest

(Bangor) A Sanford hitch-hiker is behind bars for allegedly pulling a knife on the man who drove him to Bangor. Police say 41-year-old Craig Paradis then stole the man’s wallet and fled Thursday. Officers quickly found Paradis on Broadway near Cumberland Street and caught him in possession of the stolen wallet. Paradis remains at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make $5-thousand-dollars cash bail.


Dam Removal

(Augusta) Environmentalists in Maine say the removal of a dam on the Kennebec River remains a pivotal moment in the state’s conservation movement 20 years later. The Natural Resources Council of Maine says supporters will gather in Augusta today to celebrate the removal of the Edwards Dam. The group credits the dam removal with allowing fish to return to the river and improving habitat for birds such as bald eagles and ospreys.


Butterfly Release

(Belfast) Painted Ladies that grew from caterpillars to cocoons to butterflies at the Belfast Free Library will fly free later today. The insects have been at the library since June 5th and their habitat is on display at the children’s floor desk. The Belfast Free Library is collaborating with Coastal Mountains Land Trust for the Butterfly Release at the Head of Tide Preserve in Belfast today at 5:30 PM.


Lincolnville Drowning

(Lincolnville) – A 32-year old man from the Knox County Town of Hope has drowned in a Lincolnville pond.  The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that Alan Bernardo was fishing from some sort of elevated structure above Norton Pond when he fell in on Friday morning.  A passing motorist noticed the body floating on the pond and called 9-1-1.  The medical examiner’s office will try to determine the cause of death.


Fatal Motorcycle Crash

(Turner) – Another motorcycle fatality in Maine has brought the death toll for this year to 11.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 32-year old Matthew Houle of Livermore.  A car crossed the center line on Route 4 in Turner Friday afternoon, striking Houle’s bike.  Another biker, 31-year old Ashley Hinkley of Livermore was also injured in the crash.  State Troopers identified the car’s driver as 67-year old Diane Boutin of Turner.


Penobscot County Jail


(Bangor) – Voters in Penobscot County will likely decide next June whether to borrow $45-million dollars to build a new county jail.  County Commissioners voted last week to hire architects to draw up a new 250-bed jail.  The current jail houses 153-inmates, and the county Sheriff had advocated for a 300-bed jail.  The funding vote will likely come during the June 2020 primary vote.




  • NY Yankees 12  Boston Red Sox 8 (Sox drop both games in London)
  • The Red Sox have today off, and will play in Toronto tomorrow.
  • Reading Fighting Phils 3  Portland Sea Dogs 2
  • The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to a deal with free agent guard Kemba Walker minutes after he officially became available.  The Celtics lost Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets and Al Horford to the Philadelphia 76ers.