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Local News – July 2, 2019

Parking Enforcement


(Bar Harbor) – Town councilors in Bar Harbor have approved of free parking for the 4th of July.  The council swiftly amended the parking ordinance last night to add the holiday parking fee waiver for the busiest day of the year in the resort community.  The town started using parking meters a little over a month ago to help regulate parking and generate revenues.  July 4th typically brings a huge influx of traffic into Bar Harbor.


Old Town Fatal

(Old Town) – A motorist from Massachusetts has died in a crash on Interstate 95 in Old Town.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says the victim was the only person in the car that went off the highway into the median and struck a tree.  Investigators say speed was likely a factor in the 4PM crash in the northbound lane.  The vehicle was a brand new rental car.


Hampden Manager Resigns


(Hampden) – Town councilors in Hampden have named the town clerk as the interim town manager following the resignation of manager Jim Chandler.  Paula Scott will run the town office.  Councilors accepted Chandler’s resignation last night but no one, including Chandler, is saying why he’s left after only a year on the job.  Chandler e-mailed fellow town managers last Friday to announce that he was leaving the post.  Prior to working in Hampden, Chandler was Dexter’s town manager.  The Bangor Daily News reports the town council did not plan to search for a new manager right away.


PEO Pie Sale


(Ellsworth) You can buy gourmet pies tomorrow in Ellsworth during the PEO’s annual pie sale. Spokesperson Ann Dederer says the national Philanthropic Education Organization has about 250-thousand members, but the pie sale is put on by the roughly 30 women in Local Chapter K. The pie sale is tomorrow outside of Reny’s in Ellsworth from 9 AM ‘til 1 PM or while supplies last.


Addison Drug Bust

(Addison) Two New York residents and a woman from Maine are behind bars following a drug bust in Washington County. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97-7 that drug agents were called to assist the Sheriff’s Office at a home on East Side Road in Addison. There, agents seized 30 grams of cocaine base, 16 grams of cocaine and over $43-hundred-dollars in cash. A man and woman from Brooklyn New York were arrested along with 34-year-old Crystal Taylor of Chelsea. The trio is charged with unlawful trafficking in cocaine and bail was set at $50-thousand-dollars each.


Boat Launch Death

(Tunk Lake) A Franklin man died Monday morning trying to launch his boat in Tunk Lake. Game wardens say 74-year-old Ronald Thomas was putting his 16-foot boat in the water at a public boat launch in Township 10 when the bow line broke and the boat started to float away. Wardens say Thomas died while trying to swim to his boat. Bystanders attempted to revive Thomas.  The Medical Examiner’s Office will try to determine Thomas’s precise cause of death.


Ellsworth Break-in

(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth man is charged with Attempted Burglary and Violating Probation after a failed break-in attempt last week. The Ellsworth police department reports to Star 97-7 that police responded to a residence where a man allegedly tried to break into a garage then fled. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office dog, Finn, tracked the suspect through a field, woods and swamp. Officer captured 63-year-old Ronald Jalbert and took him to the Hancock County Jail.



Police Chief Fired

(Machias) The man who’s served as the police chief in Machias for the past 16 years was abruptly fired Friday. The Bangor Daily News reports the town manager in Machias declined to elaborate on why they let Grady Dwelley go, saying it was a confidential personnel matter. The 70-year-old Dwelley is from Baileyville and previously worked as a detective for the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, then as a police officer, a hospital emergency room administrator in Texas, then returned to Washington County for the police chief job in Machias.


Motorcycle Fatality


(Surry) An Ellsworth man’s death is among Maine’s 11 motorcycle fatalities so far this year. State Police tell Star 97.7 they were called to the Toddy Pond Road in Surry on June 23rd where 47-year-old Harry Moore sustained serious injuries. Moore died Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center after receiving treatment at an Ellsworth hospital.


Suspect Missing 

(Hollis) Maine state police are looking for a Hollis man who allegedly struck his pregnant wife with his pickup truck then fled the scene. A trooper responded to the home Saturday afternoon for a report of domestic assault. Police have been unable to located 37-year-old David Moody. He’s believed to be driving a 2001 green Toyota Tacoma and police say he may have a firearm in his truck.


ME Child Deaths

(Portland) State records show that 18 children in Maine have been killed since 2007 in homes where child welfare officials knew of abuse or neglect. The Portland Press Herald reports that documents provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services show that another 34 deaths that were ruled accidental, or of natural causes, had occurred in homes where abuse or neglect had been substantiated. The deaths of 4-year-old Kendall Chick in December 2017 and 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in February 2018 have sparked calls for reform in the state’s child welfare system.




  • The Red Sox will send David Price to the mound tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Portland Sea Dogs 7  Trenton Thunder 1
  • Angel’s pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Texas.  Foul play is not suspected. Skaggs was 27-years old.
  • The Celtics have reportedly signed center Enes Kanter to a 2-year deal.  He played with the Trailblazers last season, scoring 13-points a game.