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Local News – July 10, 2019

Boat Collision – OUI

(Stonington) – A Trenton lobsterman faces OUI charges after a boat collision last weekend.  The Hancock County Sherriff’s Department charged 22-year old Brandon Murphy after he failed a blood-alcohol test on Sunday.  Murphy was allegedly operating his lobster boat, the Black Thundah – 2 during the lobster boat races last weekend when that boat hit a recreational boat at the docks in Stonington.  No one was hurt.  The Coast Guard was working security during the races and boarded Murphy’s boat after the crash.


Dump Fire

(Rockport) – Fire officials used truck loads of clay to smother a fire at a Midcoast landfill.  Village Soup dot-com reports firefighters spent hours watering down the Mid-Coast Solid Waste landfill in Rockport last weekend, and resorted to the thick clay to deprive the fire of oxygen.  The landfill fire is a relatively frequent occurrence at the landfill.  A similar fire burned for several days last December.


Lost in Woonsocket [Yerxa = YERKs-uh]

(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia and Your Place Recovery Center in Ellsworth are collaborating to host a fundraiser to support recovery programs in Hancock County. They’ll show a documentary film about two alcoholics trying to beat their addictions, followed by a raffle for various prizes. Your Place Inc spokeswoman Willow Yerxa says the suggested donation of $10 at the door, or whatever you can give, benefits their recovery mission. The documentary film “Lost in Woonsocket” will be shown at 5:30, followed by a Q & A session featuring a special “mystery” guest. Doors open at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth this evening at 5.




(Wells) – A police dog is getting credit for sniffing out drugs inside a Massachusetts man’s car that state troopers stopped in Wells this week.  State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 28-year old Damien Dunkley was acting suspicious when a trooper pulled his car over on Monday.  The trooper called in the dog named Pinny who sniffed out 145-grams of crack cocaine in the car.  Dunkley is charged with aggravated drug trafficking and was held at the York County Jail.


Manslaughter Conviction Upheld


(Portland) – A Waldo County woman serving 11-years for stabbing a man to death outside a friend’s home will continue serving prison time.  The Maine Supreme Court yesterday released its 42-page decision upholding the manslaughter conviction against Victoria Scott, as well as the prison term.  Scott stabbed 43-year old Edwin Littlefield after the two got into a confrontation in February 2017.  Police say she was intoxicated at the time.  Scott challenged some of the evidence introduced at trial and claimed prosecutorial misconduct.



(Augusta) A new law designed to fund tobacco cessation and make sure tobacco products are taxed at the same rate has taken effect in Maine. The proposal aims to equalize the tax on tobacco products in line with cigarettes at 43-percent of the wholesale sales price. That standard applies to pipe tobacco, cigars and e-cigarette products.


Stu Taylor Obit


(Ellsworth) – A service is planned for a week from Saturday for long time Ellsworth High School principal and coach Stuart Taylor.  He died last week at the age of 87.  Taylor was a legend in the Downeast high school sporting world, having coached in both Hancock and Washington Counties.  Former players and students remember Taylor fondly, and most of his children continue to live in the greater Ellsworth area.


Author at Library  

(Ellsworth) A Maine author who pens mystery stories will be in Ellsworth next week to discuss his latest book. The Ellsworth Public Library will host writer Paul Doiron, who will speak about Almost Midnight, the 10th book in his Mike Bowditch series. The event is free, though folks can purchase the book and have it autographed. Doiron makes his appearance on Thursday, July 18th at 6 PM.


Buck’s 300th B-day Party

(Bucksport) The town of Bucksport will celebrate its founding father’s 300th birthday with a community barbeque. Jonathan Buck’s birthday is actually in February, but town officials chose to wait for warm weather to mark the occasion. Folks are invited to enjoy a variety of barbequed meats, side dishes and birthday cake next Thursday the 18th from 5 to 7 PM. You can buy tickets online or at Book Stacks in downtown Bucksport.




  • All Star Game:  American League 4  National League 3  (Shawn Bieber named MVP, AL pitchers struck out 16)
  • The Red Sox resume their season Friday at home against the Dodgers
  • Serena Williams has advanced at Wimbledon in a 3-set win
  • The Sea Dogs are off for the Eastern League All-Star game tonight and resume their season tomorrow.