Warden Plea   (Bangor) – A guilty plea from a Maine Game Warden will result in a $300-dollar fine.  The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that Jeremy Judd is also serving a 2-month suspension without pay as a result of the incident last summer at a Bangor Waterfront Concert.  Judd pled guilty yesterday […]

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Local News – January 9, 2020

Warden Plea

 

(Bangor) – A guilty plea from a Maine Game Warden will result in a $300-dollar fine.  The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that Jeremy Judd is also serving a 2-month suspension without pay as a result of the incident last summer at a Bangor Waterfront Concert.  Judd pled guilty yesterday to disorderly conduct while a judge dismissed assault and unlawful sexual touching charges.  The Maine Criminal Justice Academy is also reviewing the incident.

 

Wind Farm Proposed

(Columbia) – More wind towers may be headed to Downeast Maine.  The Ellsworth American reports Apex Clean Energy of Virginia is proposing to place 30-wind turbines in the Columbia area, mostly in unorganized territory.  The proposed towers would reach more than 650-feet into the air from base to blade tip.  The project would generate 126-megawatts of electricity.

 

Salmon Farm

 

(Belfast) – After months of often contentious testimony and a 2-thousand page application, planners in Belfast are ready to start making decisions on permits for a proposed salmon farm.  WVII-TV reports the public testimony has ended in the Nordic Aquafarms application.  The company says it hopes to have its permits in place by March.  The proposal has drawn loud opposition from local environmentalists.

 

Renaming Sumner Memorial HS

 

(Sullivan) The RSU 24 school board unanimously approved the name for the soon-to-be-built school. Naming Committee Facilitator Nichole Chan tells Star 97-7 the committee began gathering public input last fall for what to call the new school in Sullivan that will combine grades 6 through 12.  Chan says the board approved giving the school TWO names – Sumner Middle School and Sumner Memorial High School.

 

Chipman Sentence – Franky

 

(Ellsworth) – A Steuben man convicted of killing his boss’s dog a year and a half ago will spend a year in prison and pay $100-dollars in restitution.  A judge sentenced 24-year old Justin Chipman yesterday for killing Franky the Pug mix in Winter Harbor.  The dog’s body washed ashore on property that District Attorney Matthew Foster owns.  Another man, Nathan Burke, remains in jail awaiting trial in the dog’s shooting.  Police captured him last weekend. Animal rights advocates say they’re disappointed that Chipman did not receive a more severe punishment.

 

 

Rape Arrest

 

(Trenton) A Trenton man is held without bail accused of gross sexual assault. A woman reported to police that 24-year-old Timothy Wedge assaulted her at a home in Trenton on New Year’s Day. Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Wedge on Tuesday and transported him to the Hancock County Jail without incident.

 

Plow Truck Fire

(Winter Harbor) A plow truck driver’s bathroom break may have saved him from injury as he returned to find the 2000 Sterling dump truck on fire. The Ellsworth American reports the driver was clearing streets in Winter Harbor early on New Year’s Day when he stopped at a Main Street business to use the restroom. When he returned to his running vehicle, smoke and flames were coming from under the dash. The driver was unable to put out the fire himself and called 9-1-1. Fire Chief Tatum McLean says the fire’s cause was likely electrical and the vehicle is probably a total loss.

 

Brick Vandal

(Bangor) A Bangor man is charged after allegedly throwing a brick through the front windows of a progressive advocacy organization’s office. The Bangor Daily News reports no one was injured when 25-year-old Evan Kizer allegedly hurled the brick at the Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine on Harlow Street. The director was in a back room when the vandalism occurred Monday morning. He followed the suspect and pointed him out to police. Kizer is charged with Aggravated Criminal Mischief and Violating Release Conditions.

 

Flu Status

 

(Augusta) Maine has recorded 6 flu-related deaths this season. The Maine CDC reports all 16 counties in the state have confirmed cases of influenza and the illness is now classified as widespread. 90 people have been hospitalized with the flu since the season began in the fall. Health officials suggest 4 simple steps to reduce the spread of the illness: wash your hands, cover your cough, get vaccinated, and stay home when you’re sick.

 

RCC Stats

(Ellsworth) – Hancock County’s 9-1-1 center is the 10th busiest in the State according to statistics from the year that just ended.  The Regional Communications Center posts that it received more than 17-thousand 9-1-1 calls in 2019, up from just under 16-thousand the year before.  The stats show 70-percent of the calls came from cell phones.  Director Bob Conary says cell calls are sometimes difficult to handle because it’s hard to locate where the call is coming from.

 

Sports

 

  • San Antonio Spurs 129  Boston Celtics 114.  The Celtics play in Philadelphia tonight
  • The Bruins are home tonight against the Winnipeg jets

High School Boys Basketball

Ellsworth 62, Washington Academy 42

Foxcroft Academy 70, Orono 55

George Stevens 65, Calais 52

Mattanawcook Academy 46, Sumner Memorial 43

Woodland 46, Machias 43

Girls

Deer Isle-Stonington 56, Sumner Memorial 21

Dexter Regional 45, Bucksport 32

Woodland 72, Jonesport-Beals 48