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Local News – July 3, 2019

Dirt Bike Fatality


(Deer Isle) – A dirt bike accident on Little Deer Isle has killed a 13-year old boy.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 that John Hovey the 4th went off the right side of Eggemoggin Road and struck a utility pole.  He was wearing a helmet and protective clothing, but flew off the dirt bike and was dead at the scene when deputies arrived Monday evening shortly after 7:30.


Topsham Arson Arrest

(Topsham) A Topsham man is charged with arson for allegedly setting his apartment on fire last month. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that Brunswick police arrested 35-year-old Jesse Watts. He’s accused of starting the fire on the kitchen counter at his Old Augusta Road apartment on June 18th. The residence sustained minor damage and there were no injures.


Milo Arson Arrest

(Milo) A Milo man is charged with arson after allegedly torching his wife’s belongings on the couple’s front lawn. Fire investigators arrested 39-year-old Jeffrey Stevens on Monday. They say Stevens threw his wife’s clothing and personal items into a pile outside their Spring Street home, poured gas on them, and then set the pile on fire. Stevens was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail.


Human Remains Found

(Greenfield) – Maine’s Medical Examiner is trying to determine who has died in Greenfield.  WABI-TV reports the human remains turned up on the Crocker Turn Road Monday.  Investigators were on scene for much of the day yesterday in the Penobscot County town.  Police have yet to release any other information about the case.


Lodging & Restaurants

(Local) Tourists visiting the coast for the holiday week are advised make reservations before showing up. Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Gretchen Wilson says this is one of the busiest weeks of the summer in our area. For list of things to do and see that may be less crowded in Hancock County, Wilson suggests visiting a local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor Center for information.


Fireworks Safety

(Everywhere)The American Red Cross reminds folks that the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals. It’s recommended you stay at least 500 feet away from the launch site. However, if you choose to set off fireworks at home, the Red Cross says never give fireworks to small children. Do not throw or point fireworks toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. And always follow the instructions on the packaging.


Operation Dry Water

(Statewide) A national campaign known as Operation Dry Water kicks off tomorrow to prevent boating under the influence. The Coast Guard will partner with local law enforcement agencies to ensure boaters are safe during the holiday. Alcohol consumption is the leading known factor in fatal boating accidents. Authorities will also enforce federal laws including those relating to the transport, use, and possession of marijuana.


DEF YMCA Parade  

(Ellsworth) Kids from the Downeast Family YMCA’s Early Learning Centers will show their Red, White, and Blue spirit this morning. The children will parade down State Street in Ellsworth to Main Street beginning at 10 this morning. Spectators are encouraged to watch from the sidewalks and wave to show support.





  • Boston Red Sox 10  Toronto Blue Jays 6 (Rafael Devers had 2-home runs, David Price with the win)
  • Chris Sale will start against the Blue Jays tonight.
  • The Portland Sea Dogs took a pair from the Trenton Thunder yesterday.
  • The US Women’s world cup soccer team beat England 2-1 to advance to the finals
  • American Legion Baseball:  Trenton Acadians 2  RH Foster/Hampden 1