Route 1-A Crash (Ellsworth) – A 57-year old Blue Hill man has died in a head on crash on Route 1-A in Ellsworth.  Police Chief Glenn Moshier reports to Star 97.7 that 82-year old James Steenstra of Hancock was on the wrong side of the road by the Storage Plus complex when he slammed into […]

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Local News – July 26, 2019

Route 1-A Crash

(Ellsworth) – A 57-year old Blue Hill man has died in a head on crash on Route 1-A in Ellsworth.  Police Chief Glenn Moshier reports to Star 97.7 that 82-year old James Steenstra of Hancock was on the wrong side of the road by the Storage Plus complex when he slammed into a Nathan Rapp was driving.  Rapp died at the scene. Three others went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  It’s not clear why Steenstra was on the wrong side of the road.


Gouldsboro man indicted


(Ellsworth) – Grand jurors have found there is enough evidence to go to trial against a 20-year old Gouldsboro man involved in a fatal crash in Steuben earlier this year.  WVII-TV reports the grand jury in Washington County indicted 20-yearold James Jordan for manslaughter, OUI and driving to endanger.  The crash in early January killed 20-year old Joshua Dube of Milbridge.



Milbridge Days

(Milbridge) A small town in Washington County comes to life with a flurry of activities happening today and tomorrow. Milbridge town manager Lewis Pinkham tells Star 97-7 that Milbridge Days began last evening, but the bulk of action happens tomorrow.  Activities for Milbridge Days are posted on Facebook.


Burglary Arrest

(Bangor) – Police in Bangor say a man arrested for a church burglary may be involved in other break-ins.  Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that 32-year old Christopher Barkac of Bangor is accused of causing extensive damage to the Columbia Street Baptist Church.  The investigation links Barkac to burglaries on Harlow Street, at Sawyer arena and Mansfield stadium as well.


Man Run Over, Teen Beaten

(Indian Township) Police in Indian Township continue investigating a brawl that left two people with serious injuries. Police tell WABI-TV they responded to 40-year-old Alex Tomah’s home on Route 1 around 3:30 Thursday morning. Tomah and a 17-year-old girl both suffered severe head injuries. He was flown to a hospital and police are trying to determine whether he was hit by a car. A witness told police the teenage girl may have been hit with a baseball bat. Three other minors were transported to the hospital with injuries.


Arson Indictment

(Lincoln) Prosecutors say a man is charged with arson in connection with a fire that caused $150-thousand-dollars in damage at two businesses in Lincoln. The Bangor Daily News reports Cody Ferguson faces other charges including aggravated criminal mischief. Police arrested him in May after the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office found pipes were vandalized on propane tanks at a building in Lincoln, causing the propane to ignite. Ferguson’s attorney says his client has “consistently denied” causing the fire and there’s no physical evidence that shows he started it. Ferguson’s expected to be arraigned next month and is free on bail.


Sex Offender Registrar

(Maine) A US District Court judge has sentenced a 61-year-old man to 15 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender. Michael Larkin of Texas, formerly of Massachusetts, is required to register in any state he resides in as a result of a 1994 Massachusetts conviction for several sex crimes against minors. Court records say in September 2017, Larkin moved to Maine but failed to register until 3 months later. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Alabama then Texas, but failed to register in those state. He also didn’t inform the Maine Sex Offender Registry that he left Maine. Larkin was arrested in Texas in June last year and pleaded guilty in February.


Planned Outage

(Pleasant Point) A small community in Washington County will be without power for a few hours next week as Emera Maine crews make necessary repairs to the electrical system. Spokeswoman Judy Long reports to Star 97-7 that the outage in Pleasant Point is scheduled for next Tuesday the 30th from 8 to 11 AM. Affected areas will include Warrior and Passamaquoddy Roads, Ball Park and Day Care Roads, and Skomnick and Ball Diamond Roads.


Mills Owes Money

(Augusta) Maine’s governor has yet to pay for her inauguration. Governor Janet Mills’ campaign has told state ethics staff that her inaugural bill at the Augusta Civic Center came in nearly $63-thousand-dollars higher than expected in late January than originally quoted. State ethics commissioners could discuss whether such late donations violate state law at its July 31st meeting.


Lawsuit Dismissed

(Lewiston) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Lewiston and its school department filed by a teenager’s father after his son drowned on a school field trip. The 13-year old seventh-grader died during the trip to Range Pond State Park in Poland in June last year. His father argued that failure to follow city protocols and standard procedures amounted to a violation of constitutional rights. The same judge dismissed claims against the state in the case in June.


Airport Funding

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine’s largest airport is receiving a grant from the federal government that will help provide overnight parking for aircraft. The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $6.8 million-dollars to Portland International Jetport to expand its central de-icing pad. That will allow for the overnight parking as well as an aircraft holding area. The jetport served more than 2 million people last year.


Meth Arrests

(Biddeford) – Two Maine residents face drug trafficking charges after their arrests in Biddeford.  Drug agents arranged for purchase of methamphetamine from 23-year old Kailey Prejean at a church parking lot in Biddeford.  31-year old Antonio Morrisey of Fayette was with her.  Drug agents found 30-grams of meth on the pair, along with a hand gun.  A search of her apartment found 46-more grams of meth along with 57-grams of black tar heroin. The gun had been reported stolen in a burglary in York County.




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