Plane Search (Bangor) – It’s been nearly 50-years since a plane vanished in Maine and the pilot’s brother is asking for help to find the wreckage. Billy Hogan piloted the plane that went down in a storm somewhere between Connecticut and Houlton.  His brother Jerome has asked hunters to keep an eye out for wreckage.  […]

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Local News – October 9, 2019

Plane Search

(Bangor) – It’s been nearly 50-years since a plane vanished in Maine and the pilot’s brother is asking for help to find the wreckage. Billy Hogan piloted the plane that went down in a storm somewhere between Connecticut and Houlton.  His brother Jerome has asked hunters to keep an eye out for wreckage.  Hogan tells WABI-TV they hope to launch a drone that might be useful in spotting wreckage.  Billy Hogan was a pilot with the National Guard and his brother says he hopes to bring closure to his family.

 

Chief Home

(Farmington) – The fire chief of Farmington is home after a horrific explosion that killed brother and left several others injured.  Fire truck escorted Thomas Bell from a Portland hospital to his home in Farmington where he will continue to recover from the blast last month.  Investigators found the break in a propane line that filled a building with propane gas.  As firefighters were in the cellar to turn off electricity to the building a spark ignited the gas, blowing the building to bits and injuring those inside and just outside.  The investigation has not revealed what caused the spark.

 

(Farmington) – Fire trucks escorted Farmington Fire Chief Thomas Bell home from the hospital yesterday, 3-weeks after an explosion that left him badly injured and his brother dead.  Bell was recovering at Maine Medical Center.  Two others injured in the blast last month remain in the hospital – including the maintenance worker who led firefighters to the propane filled building and down into the cellar so they could turn off the electricity.  Investigators found a leak in an underground line that led from the propane tanks into the building.  They’re not sure what sparked the explosion.

 

Health & Wellness Fair

(Sullivan) Age-Friendly Sullivan will host its second annual Health and Wellness Resource Fair tomorrow. Coordinator Candy Eaton tells Star 977 the concept is a result of input from Sullivan residents. Eaton says Walgreen’s flu clinic, Northern Light Maine Coast fall-risk assessments, and other screenings are among the early detection tests and prevention vaccinations that will be offered. The Health and Wellness Resource Fair is from Noon to 4 tomorrow at the Sullivan-Sorrento Rec Center.

 

Driver Charged

(Madison) A Madison man is charged after a motorcycle crash sent a Florida woman to the hospital. WABI-TV reports the accident happened Saturday on Nichols Street when 59-year-old George Chesnut lost control of the bike and struck a curb. His passenger, a 49-year-old Florida woman, was thrown from the bike and suffered severe head injuries despite wearing a helmet. Chestnut was not hurt and is charged with Operating Under the Influence.

 

Swede Midge

(Augusta) State officials have confirmed the presence of Swede midge in Franklin County. UMaine Cooperative Extension made the discovery and it’s the first known case in the state. Swede midge is a serious insect pest that affects plants like cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. In August, UMaine entomologists received reports of broccoli damage in Franklin and Aroostook counties. Inspection of damaged plants yielded small maggot-like larvae.

 

Coast Guard Hoax

(Kennebunkport) The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the possibility that a distress call about a capsized boat off the coast of southern Maine was a hoax. The Coast Guard initiated a 22-hour search on Saturday after a series of short distress calls from a man who claimed he and 3 children had capsized 10 nautical miles off the coast of Kennebunkport. The Coast Guard suspended the search Sunday after reportedly searching 1,500 square nautical miles. They’ve since released a recording of the distress call and asked the public to help identify the voice to determine if it was a hoax.

 

Death Investigations

(OOB) Police in Maine are investigating two deaths in separate locations. The deaths in Old Orchard Beach happened on October 3rd. Police say the state medical examiner’s officer is conducting toxicology tests. The people who died were a 52-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, but police declined to release their identities or say whether the two people are related or connected in some way.

 

Team Hope Walk

(Ellsworth) A local woman is organizing a 3-mile fun-walk to raise money toward research and support of a hereditary neurological disease that isn’t well known. Nancy Patterson tells Star 97-7 that her family has been touched by Huntington’s Disease more than once.  Team Hope is a national fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Patterson’s Team Hope Walk is this Sunday, rain or shine, at the Ellsworth High School’s paved trail.

 

Apple Festival

(MDI) The Community School of MDI marks the fall season with their annual Heirloom Apple Festival and Potluck. Activities include cider pressing, apple tasting, bobbing for apples, a campfire, and a potluck supper. Folks are invited to the Community School of MDI this Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 located on South Drive in Mount Desert.

 

Sports

  • Boston Bruins 4  Vegas Golden Knights 3
  • ALDS – Tampa Bay Rays 4  Houston Astros 1 (Series tied 2-2)
  • NLDS – Game 5 is winner take all for the Dodgers and Nationals and the Braves and Cardinals

High School Boys Soccer

Belfast 3 Nokomis 0

Dexter 2 Searsport 0

Hampden 3 Messalonskee 1

Girls Soccer

MDI 7  Old Town 0

Presque Isle 4  Ellsworth 0

Bucksport 3 Calais 2

Orono 3  Dexter 2

Volleyball

MDI 3  Brewer 0

Nokomis 3  Ellsworth 1

Machias 3 Bucksport 1