Bangor-Shooting   (Bangor) – Crime scene tape in front of a Bangor home kept people away from what police say was a reported shooting incident last evening.  Officers say the general public is not in any apparent danger, but they’re not saying much else following the response to Second Street around 8:30 last night.  A […]

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Local News – January 3, 2020



(Bangor) – Crime scene tape in front of a Bangor home kept people away from what police say was a reported shooting incident last evening.  Officers say the general public is not in any apparent danger, but they’re not saying much else following the response to Second Street around 8:30 last night.  A 9-1-1 caller said they’d heard gunshots coming from the scene.


Police Shooter Held


(Skowhegan) – A 29-year old Harmony man is held on a million dollars bail following his initial court appearance yesterday on aggravated attempted murder charges.  Richard Murray-Burns allegedly shot and wounded a Waterville police officer who had pulled Murray-Burns over in a shoplifting complaint.  After shooting Timothy Hinton, Murray-Burns led him and other officers on a high speed chase that ended with police shooting the suspect in Canaan.  During the chase, Murray Burns allegedly fired an automatic weapon, hitting several other police cars.


Hope Fire Truck

(Hope) – Voters in the Town of Hope will meet Monday to see if they’ll approve using $20-thousand dollars in surplus funds to repair a pump on one of the town’s two fire trucks.  Village-Soup dot-com reports the fire truck failed it’s pump service test a few weeks back.  The town is currently borrowing a fire truck from Camden to cover the section of town the failed truck was housed in.  The fire chief says repairing the pump should give the truck another 10-years of service.


Homestead Checks

(Augusta) If you own a home in Maine and claim a homestead exemption, you’ll soon get a check from the State. State Treasurer Henry Beck tells Star 97-7 his office will mail out checks for $104-dollars beginning this week. Beck says this is the first time that the Property Tax Relief Fund has reached a level sufficient to send the relief payments. Last year the state requested municipal governments provide the names and addresses of residents who received a homestead exemption. Beck says checks will be mailed out in waves now through March.


2019 Homicides

(Augusta) Maine recorded 22 homicides in 2019 according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. Maine has averaged 22 homicides per year over the past decade, though there were 4 more homicides last year compared to 2018. Two of the cases are still under investigation. Research shows 10 of the homicides were domestic violence- related. The youngest victim was 14-months-old and the oldest was 82.


Car Hits Building

(Ellsworth) A vehicle caused extensive damage when it crashed into a business on Industrial Road in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth Fire Department reports to Star 97-7 that an unoccupied vehicle rolled down a hill and crashed into the front of JD’s Auto Repair. The incident was reported at 9:15 Thursday morning and firefighters were first to respond. The building sustained significant damage to a small area; the vehicle sustained front end damage. No injuries reported.


Sword Wielder Turns Self In

(Millinocket) The Millinocket man accused of injuring another man with a samurai sword during a fight surrendered to police. Millinocket police have charged 35-year-old Jeremy Rideout with aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon. The fight occurred Sunday in the parking lot at Stearns high school where they found the victim with cuts to his arm. The victim was treated at the hospital and released.


Acadia Teacher Fellows

(Acadia Nat’l Park) Six teachers are wanted to spend the summer at Acadia National Park learning about its diverse natural and cultural resources, and ways to protect them. The National Park Service announces it’s recruiting Acadia Teacher Fellows who are full-time, K-12 public classroom school teachers. Six teachers will be selected to work on Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic Point, and they’ll receive weekly stipends, teaching materials, and shared park housing is available. Eligible applicants must apply online by February 21st.


Lab-Water Grant

(Bar Harbor) The MDI Biological Laboratory has received a grant to monitor arsenic in well water. The Bangor Daily News reports more than half of Maine homes get drinking water from private residential wells; about 10-percent of those homes have elevated arsenic levels, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. MDI Bio Lab officials say not enough homeowners test for the chemical. The $160-thousand-dollar grant will supplement a million dollar grant that MDI received in 2018 to monitor arsenic.


Hearing Aid Law

(Augusta) A law that took effect on New Year’s Day makes Maine the 5th state to require private health insurers to cover hearing aids. The law mandates private health insurers and the state’s Medicaid program, MaineCare, to cover hearing aids up to $3-thousand-dollars per ear, every 3 years. The Portland Press Herald reports that as many as 173-thousand Mainers have some level of hearing impairment.


School Threat

(Presque Isle) Police in Presque Isle began investigating Thursday after someone sent an email to High School principal Ben Greenlaw threatening students and staff. MSAD 1 closed all schools and sent students home at 9:30 yesterday morning. School officials did not elaborate on the nature of the threat. Assisting in the investigation are the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security.


Blast Victim Recovering

(Farmington) The maintenance manager credited with saving lives by evacuating a building before a deadly propane blast in Farmington remains hospitalized more than 3 months later. The Bangor Daily News reports that Larry Lord remains in serious condition at Massachusetts General Hospital. Lord’s condition had been previously upgraded to fair before his condition worsened late last month. The blast on September 16th killed the Fire Captain and injured a half-dozen others. Investigators said a propane leak was to blame for the explosion.


Town’s Birthday Party

(Winter Harbor) Plans are in the works to celebrate the town of Winter Harbor’s 125th birthday and everyone is invited. The party will start with a reading of the Winter Harbor incorporation minutes from February 1895, followed by birthday cake served to attendees. The Ellsworth American reports the party is tentatively scheduled for February 22nd at 2 o’clock at Hammond Hall. More events will be planned throughout the year in honor of the town’s anniversary.




  • Columbus Blue Jackets 2  Boston Bruins 1 (OT)
  • The Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks tonight
  • The Patriots are getting ready for their wild-card playoff game with Tennessee tomorrow

High School Basketball-Boys

Lawrence 70  Brewer 61

Hampden 83  Mt. Blue 38

Jonesport Beals 71  Calais 54


Narraguagus 73  Bucksport 52

Central 44 George Stevens 31

Penobscot Valley 51  Searsport 39

Hampden 56  Mt. Blue 23

Lawrence 52  Brewer 36

Oxford Hills 57  Bangor 38