Heroin Bust (Addison) – Three people face charges after a traffic stop in Addison turned into a drug bust.  The Sheriff’s department reports to Star 97.7 that their police dog named Runa received veterinary treatment after sniffing heroin in the truck in which 54-year old David Foss of Jonesport had allegely dumped out of a […]

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Local News – November 22, 2019

Heroin Bust

(Addison) – Three people face charges after a traffic stop in Addison turned into a drug bust.  The Sheriff’s department reports to Star 97.7 that their police dog named Runa received veterinary treatment after sniffing heroin in the truck in which 54-year old David Foss of Jonesport had allegely dumped out of a bag and onto the truck’s floor.  Foss is charged with drug and gun possession.  52-year old Karen Manning of Milbridge and 47-year old Joseph Strout of Cherryfield are charged with trafficking.

Too Tall Building

(Lamoine) – Neighbors who say a building in Lamoine violates the town’s height limit are asking the town’s Selectmen to order the code enforcement officer to re-measure the building.  The Code Officer says she will follow the orders of the town’s Appeals Board and reconsider her initial decision, but town ordinance does not require that a surveyor certify a building’s height.  The skirmish at last night’s Selectmen’s meeting is the latest in a dispute that has dragged on since last April following installation of a 2-story modular home.  The owners say the average height above the ground is inches below the 35-foot height limit.  Neighbors claim the building is more than 40-feet tall.

Sumner High Name

(Sullivan) – Construction starts soon on a $40-million dollar complex to replace Sumner High School in Sullivan, and one of the burning questions is what to call the school.  The Ellsworth American reports a 14 member committee is taking suggestions on the building’s name.  The current high school is named for a physician who lived in the Sullivan area in the 1930s.  The naming committee has developed surveys for residents, students and alumni to submit suggestions and hopes to have a decision by next fall.

Criterion Struggles

(Bar Harbor) – The Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor has seen several key people resign in recent months, including the executive director and development director.  Three board members have also stepped down according to the Mt. Desert Islander which reports that no one is saying exactly why there are so many resignations.  The paper reports the non-profit theater is on fairly good financial footing, but it could use more donations to keep operations going. 

Police Radio System

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department has the green light and the funding from city councilors to upgrade their radio communications system. Chief Glenn Moshier tells Star 97-7 that part of the $208-thousand-dollars approved by city council Monday will be set aside to maintain the new digital system, something that wasn’t done with the nearly 50-year old system currently in place. Moshier expects the new digital radio system to be operational for the police department by late winter or early spring. He says the Ellsworth Fire Department will begin utilizing the system sometime afterward and eventually they hope to bring the Ellsworth School Department on board.

Bucksport Arson Elaborated

(Bucksport)- Details released in court this week during a 56-year-old woman’s arraignment for allegedly setting fires at her Bucksport property on Veterans Day say she was off her medication. The Bangor Daily News reports Aza Jerome allegedly set 3 fires inside her home that appeared to go out on their own but still caused heavy smoke and water damage. An outbuilding she allegedly torched was destroyed. They say Jerome spray painted SOS on several items found at the Town Farm Road home. While firefighters worked the scene she took off into the woods and was found 8 days later about 12 miles away. Investigators say she’d recently stopped taking mental health medication and that she left home on her bike a couple weeks ago and turned up in Glenburn.

Pharmacy Robbery

(Augusta) Augusta police are looking for a suspect who robbed a pharmacy on Capitol Street. A clerk called police around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon saying a man entered the store and demanded prescription medications. He fled the scene before police arrived and has not yet been identified. The suspect is described as 5-foot-8 or taller, brown hair, brown eyes, and wore a green sweatshirt. The incident remains under investigation.


Lawyer – Theft

(Skowhegan) A former Newport lawyer wanted for stealing money from clients was located in Quebec City and arrested. WABI-TV reports 72-year-old Dale Thistle was taken into custody and brought to the Somerset County Jail Wednesday evening. Prosecutors say Thistle won $250-thousand-dollars for a victim’s family after a wrongful death settlement and he was entitled to about a third of it, but he allegedly kept all of it. Thistle’s license was surrendered in 2014 following a car accident years earlier that caused brain injuries. Thistle was to appear in court November 7th on a theft charge but never showed.

Railroad Sale

     BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A railroad that includes a segment in Canada where a fiery oil train derailment claimed 47 lives will soon have a new owner. Canadian Pacific announced Thursday it’s buying Central Maine & Quebec Railway by year’s end. The deal will give Canadian Pacific a coast-to-coast network and a bigger presence in the eastern U.S.  Central Maine & Quebec owns 480 miles of rail, mostly in Maine and Quebec, including the portion where an oil train derailed in July 2013 in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The runaway train was operated by Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway. An affiliate of Fortress Investment Group bought the assets and formed Central Maine and Quebec in 2014. Fortress would retain a tank car depot and a contract for a branch line in Ohio.


  • Boston Bruins 3  Buffalo Sabres 2 (Brad Marchand with 2-goals)
  • The Celtics take on the Denver Nuggets tonight in Colorado
  • Thursday Night Football:  Houston Texans 20  Indianapolis Colts 17
  • The Patriots take on the Dallas Cowboys this weekend
  • State football championships start tonight at U-Maine with the Class “C” final – MCI vs. Leavitt.  Bucksport plays Lisbon tomorrow afternoon in Portland at 2:30 for the Class “D” title.