Mariaville Fire (Mariaville) – A Mariaville family escaped with just the clothes on their backs when fire broke out at their home on Old Hay Road Saturday afternoon. Traci Paine said a grandson heard what sounded like popcorn popping but it was coming from an electrical panel, so she told everyone to get out of […]

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Local News – November 11, 2019

Mariaville Fire

(Mariaville) – A Mariaville family escaped with just the clothes on their backs when fire broke out at their home on Old Hay Road Saturday afternoon. Traci Paine said a grandson heard what sounded like popcorn popping but it was coming from an electrical panel, so she told everyone to get out of the house. Assistant Mariaville Fire Chief Karen Murray tells Star 97.7 the call came in shortly after 2-o’clock in the afternoon. Help came from Ellsworth, Lamoine, Hancock, Waltham, Aurora and Osborn with several other departments covering the rest of Hancock County. No one is injured. Mrs. Paine says they have insurance.

Drug Arrest

(Brewer) – A Franklin man out on bail after a previous drug arrest was back in jail after drug agents nabbed him again, this time in Brewer.  The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports that 35-year old David Hudson allegedly had 42-grams of heroin and a small amount of cocaine with him when they stopped him in a Brewer parking lot last week.  The drugs had a street value of $8-thousand dollars.  If convicted, Hudson faces a minimum of 4-years in prison.

Litchfield Double Fatal

(Litchfield) – Speed and alcohol are likely factors in a fatal crash Saturday evening in Litchfield.  WABI-TV reports 48-year old Derek Trudeau and his 40-year old wife Stephanie died in the wreck on the Hallowell Road.  The driver of the other car, 60-year old Shawn Metayer, survived and faces charges.  State Police say he’d been driving erratically and was on the wrong side of the road when he slammed into the Trudeaus.

Brewer Restaurant Fire

(Brewer) – A restaurant that was set to open in Brewer in a few weeks now is a burned out shell.  A fire that broke out early Friday evening destroyed the Whiskey River Smokehouse.  Investigators say a construction accident led to the fire.  WVII-TV reports the owners have yet to decide if they’ll start construction anew.

Vets Free Meals-Honor Case

(Ellsworth) The Elks Lodge in Ellsworth is serving free meals to veterans all day. Breakfast is offered now until 9 this morning. Lunch is from 11 ‘til 2 serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries. And the spaghetti dinner is from 4 ‘til 7. While you’re there it’s a chance to see The Summit Project’s “Honor Case”. Spokeswoman Joelle Ingalls says the case will soon be relocated. Stones from the Honor Case were on display and carried yesterday during the Downeast Family YMCA’s Veterans Race.

Holistic Health for Vets

(Ellsworth) A local holistic health practitioner has made a commitment to helping veterans explore alternative options for overall healthcare. Ruth Moore says Downeast Wellness Holistic Health Services uses non-pharmaceutical methods to heal and cure the body. Moore says one day every week is dedicated to veterans: Downeast Wellness Holistic Health Services is located on Store Street in Ellsworth.

Franklin Vets Club

(Franklin) The Franklin Veteran’s Club hosted a swing dance on Saturday and now switches gears toward their next event – a free community meal on Thanksgiving. Club president Steve Mosley says they accept new members who are ready to pitch in and help out. Anyone interested in donating or contributing to the Thanksgiving meal can stop by the Franklin Veterans Club to review the list of needs.

Free Vets Lunch

(Ellsworth/Blue Hill) Veterans are invited to a free meal in Blue Hill and Ellsworth today. Both Northern Light Health hospital locations welcome veterans to the hospital cafeterias from 11 AM to 1 PM. President of the hospitals John Ronan says they look forward to proudly wearing yellow ribbons and welcoming all veterans who wish to join them.

Blood-Test Suppressed

(Ellsworth) A judge has ruled that an Eastbrook woman’s blood test cannot be used as evidence in her manslaughter case because police did not have her consent to draw blood nor did they have a warrant. The Ellsworth American reports Darlene Haslam is charged with the November 2017 death of Trudy Pickard. She was a passenger in Haslam’s pickup truck when it hit a utility pole and a tree near the Eastbrook Community Center. Pickard died days later at a Bangor hospital. Haslam’s defense says the results of a blood test should be suppressed because it was taken in violation of her constitutional rights.

Recount Results

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth City Council seats remain unchanged following a recount of Tuesday’s ballots. Candidate Gene Lyons requested the recount after he fell 20 votes short of clinching the third seat from incumbent Marc Blanchette. Friday’s recount garnered 2 more votes for Lyons, but he still received fewer votes than Blanchette.   Meanwhile in Bucksport a town council recount is set for 11-o’clock tomorrow morning after just one vote separated the winning and losing candidate.

Saddleback Skiing

(Rangeley) A Boston investment company plans to reopen the shuttered Saddleback ski area, but not until next season. The Berry family that owns Saddleback announced that it’s reached an agreement to sell the resort to Arctaris Impact Fund. Plans are to reopen sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2020 to give the new owners time to make improvements.


  • Philadelphia Flyers 3  Boston Bruins 2 (shootout)
  • The Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks tonight.  The Celtics lost Gordon Hayward to a broken hand during the weekend win over San Antonio
  • The Patriots were off this weekend.

High School Soccer State Championships

Class “B” –Boys Yarmouth 3  Caribou 1

Girls – Cape Elizabeth 4  Hermon 0

Class “A” – Boys – Falmouth 5  Lewiston 2

Girls  – Camden Hills 2  Scarborough 1

Class “C” – Boys Waynflete 4  Mt. View 0

Girls – Traip 3  Fort Kent 0

Class “D” – Boys Ctrl Aroostook 2  N. Yarmouth 1

Girls N. Yarmouth 1  Penobscot Valley 0