Star 97.7 - Smooth Rock n' Roll Local News - July 9, 2019 - Star 97.7
409 High Street - P.O. Box 1171 - Ellsworth, ME 04605 - Phone: 207-667-0002 Fax: 207-667-0627

Local News – July 9, 2019

Shooting, Crash, Arrest


(Albion) – A police chase that followed a shooting has ended with a 24-year old Bath man’s arrest.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that troopers spotted Christopher Hallowell yesterday morning.  Officers had been looking for Hallowell after he allegedly shot a relative in the town of Shirley which is near Greenville.  Troopers gave chase and that ended in Albion when he crashed his vehicle in a field.  Troopers arrested Hallowell at gunpoint.  He’s charged with attempted murder.  The woman he allegedly shot is a relative and is expected to survive.


Lottery Winner

(Bar Harbor) – A custodian at the Connors-Emerson School in Bar Harbor beat the odds on a Maine Lottery scratch off ticket.  The Mt. Desert Islander reports Peter Alley hit a half-million dollar winner on a $20-dollar ticket.  He got a check from the Lottery Commission for about $355-thousand dollars.  It’s not Alley’s first success at the lottery – he won $70-thousand dollars on a ticket in December.


Marriage Scam


(Bangor) – A man from Nepal faces up to 5-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine after pleading guilty to committing marriage fraud.  The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that 28-year old Eilove Shrestha entered the US last June and agreed to pay a woman $13-thousand dollars to get married in Maine.  He flew to Maine, got hitched, and continued to pay the woman after the wedding, but he lived and worked out of state.


Dam Public Meeting

(Ellsworth) Folks who are connected to the Union River and Graham Lake in Ellsworth are encouraged to attend a public meeting about the River’s future. The Department of Environmental Protection is processing the relicensing application from dam owners Black Bear Hydro Partners and Brookfield Renewable Partners. Downeast Salmon Federation spokesman Brett Ciccotelli tells Star 97.7 the DEP is looking for public feedback on the companies’ application that would draw down Graham Lake by 6ft.  The meeting is tonight at Ellsworth High School at 5-o’clock.


ATV Crash, Charges?

(St. Agatha) The Aroostook County Sheriff says charges are possible after 6 kids were injured in an ATV crash last week. Sheriff Shawn Gillen tells the Bangor Daily News that deputies responded to Pelletier Island in Saint Agatha last Friday night at 7. A 14-year-old girl was driving the Polaris UTV with a young passenger next to her and 4 kids riding in the vehicle’s rear dump body when the machine rolled over. None of them wore helmets or seatbelts. An 11-year-old passenger remains in critical condition. All of the kids are from Canada and were camping in Maine.


Unmanned Watercraft

(Boston/Local) Coast Guard crews from Maine to New Jersey responded to 31 reports of unmanned paddlecraft during the July 4th weekend. In most cases the paddlecraft were simply adrift, but the Coast Guard responds in the event there’s a missing person. More than $428-thousand-dollars and about 450 man-hours were spent searching for unconfirmed persons in the water. The coast guard reminds folks to label your paddlecraft with your contact information a permanent marker and some clear tape to protect the ink. And check to make sure it’s legible every time you go out.


Canoeing for Women

(Trescott Twnshp) Cobscook Community Learning Center will host an Introduction to Canoeing Skills Certification Course for women and girls. Instructor Kara McCrimmon will teach the basics of safety and effective flat-water paddling. From boat maneuvers, to necessary safety gear and rescues, the class will prepare ladies to enjoy Maine’s waters in a safe manner. The cost is $75; the class is July 18th and 19th. To register contact Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott Township.



  • The Major League Baseball All-Star game is tonight in Cleveland
  • Pete Alonso of the Mets wins the home run derby last night.
  • Former Patriots’ linebacker Teddy Bruschi says he’s doing much better after suffering a stroke.
  • The Wimbledon run is over for 15-year old Coco Gauff who lost in straight sets yesterday.  Gauff had knocked off Venus Williams.