Traffic Incident Management (Hancock) – Serious accidents have closed roads from time to time this summer in Hancock County. That can bung up traffic for hours. State Police Lieutenant Rod Charette has agreed to chair a group to improve traffic incident management. He tells Star 97.7 there are several vulnerable spots. Charette says the group […]

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Local News – September 18, 2019

Traffic Incident Management

(Hancock) – Serious accidents have closed roads from time to time this summer in Hancock County. That can bung up traffic for hours. State Police Lieutenant Rod Charette has agreed to chair a group to improve traffic incident management. He tells Star 97.7 there are several vulnerable spots. Charette says the group will explore message boards and other signage options for motorists to get instant information on detours. The traffic group that met yesterday included police, fire agencies, the Department of Transportation and even tow truck operators.

 

Biker Arrested

(Sullivan) The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says a man on a motorcycle approached kids playing outside their home in Sullivan and made inappropriate remarks. The children told their mother about the incident on Sunday and she called police. Deputies investigated and identified the motorcyclist as 46-year-old Ricky Flaherty. He was arrested on Monday for Violating Probation and charged with Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.

 

Baby Drug Death Arrest

(Bangor) Eleven months after a baby died in Bangor police have arrested the child’s mother for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bangor police say last October officers and firefighters responded to the report of an unresponsive 1-year-old at the Holiday Trailer Park. The state medical examiner’s office says the cause of death was probable toxic effects of fentanyl. Officers arrested 33-year-old Kimberly Nelligan Tuesday and also charged her with Possession of a Scheduled Drug. Nelligan is held without bail.

 

Hospital – Bankruptcy

 

(Calais) – The hospital in Calais has filed for bankruptcy.  The Bangor Daily News report the 25-bed Calais Regional Hospital which employs about 275-people will remain open as the case proceeds.  The hospital blames a decrease in insured patients, inadequate reimbursement from Maine Care, and increased regulatory requirements.  The hospital lost more than 2-and-a-half million dollars in 2014.  Those losses fell to about 575-thousand dollars last year.

 

Maxim Cover Girl Contest

(Ellsworth) A local artist, musician, thespian, animal welfare advocate and mother could be the next cover girl for Maxim magazine. Ashley Terwilliger from Ellsworth tells Star 97-7 she was scrolling through her Facebook feed and an ad popped up to become their next cover girl… so she decided to enter on a whim.  This round of voting ends Thursday. Folks can vote for free through Facebook or buy votes on Maxim’s website which benefits the Wounded Warriors Project.

 

Propane Explosion

 

(Farmington) – Fire trucks escorted a Farmington fire captain’s body back home yesterday while scores of firefighters, EMTs and police officers lined the streets. Captain Michael Bell died when a building that served developmentally disabled people blew up.  His brother is the fire chief and is listed in critical condition along with two other firefighters and maintenance supervisor Larry Lord.  Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck says Lord evacuated workers from the building just before the explosion and saved a lot of lives. The fire marshal’s office and Federal ATF Bureau are investigating the blast.

 

Maine Open Winery Day

(Statewide) Wineries across Maine will host tastings, tours, and special events to celebrate Maine Open Winery Day this Saturday. It’s an opportunity for Maine’s winemakers to showcase their products and for customers to learn more about making wine. Twenty-nine locations will participate in this year’s Open Winery Day; they include Bar Harbor Cellars, Shalom Organic Orchards and Winery in Franklin, Catherine Hill Winery in Cherryfield, and Winterport Winery.

 

Bridge Dedication

(Whiting) The town of Whiting will dedicate the Purple Heart Veterans Memorial Bridge this Sunday. The 1 o’clock ceremony will feature Down East Revolutionary War era re-enactors, members of the Lubec American Legion Honor Guard, and remarks by state and local officials. Other speakers include Purple Heart survivors and descendants of Brigadier General John Crane who founded the town of Whiting after the Revolutionary War. A section of Route 1 in Whiting will also be renamed in General Crane’s honor during the ceremony.

 

Volunteer Training

(Trenton) The SPCA of Hancock County on Route 3 in Trenton is holding Volunteer Orientation tomorrow (9/19) at 6pm and again this Saturday at the shelter. Volunteers will tour the facility and learn about what opportunities are available. Tasks include things like dog walking, cat care, front desk, offsite events and transport. For more information call the SPCA’s Executive Director, Nichola Redmond.

 

Sports

 

  • San Francisco Giants 7 Boston Red Sox 6 (15 innings) – Mike Yastrzemski hit a solo home run and played left field for the Giants.  He’s the grandson of Sox great Carl Yastrzemski.
  • The New York Giants have benched quarterback Eli Manning after starting the season 0-2.

High School Boys Soccer

Old Town 3 Ellsworth 1

Brewer 3 MDI 0

George Stevens 7  Bucksport 2

Sumner 6  Bangor Christian 0

Bangor 1 Hampden 0

Girls Soccer

MDI 6  Brewer 2