Abduction Attempt Arrests
(Belfast) – An arrest in those reported attempted abductions in several communities. Bangor police tell Star 97.7 detectives from their department and Hampden identified 23-year old Serdest Ozilice of Savannah Georgia as the driver of a dark colored SUV who alleged attempted to lure teenaged girls from those two communities and a 60-year old woman on Mt. Desert Island into the vehicle. Belfast police pulled him over last evening and turned him over to Bangor detectives who charged him with assault and unlawful sexual touching. Ozilice went to the Penobscot County jail.
Lamoine – Town Meeting
(Lamoine) – Town officials in Lamoine feared that more than 50-people would show up to last night’s annual town budget meeting, and they would have to recess due to meeting size restrictions. Only about 40-voters showed up, and in a couple of hours they set the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The town is one of very few that has chanced an in-person open town meeting in Hancock County. Franklin held its meeting last Saturday. Many others have opted for a referendum town meeting, and still others plan a “drive-in” meeting. Lamoine voters took about 2-hours to pass the town and school budgets, and update its Comprehensive Plan and Shoreland Zoning Ordinance.
(Bucksport) – Police have recovered a body from the Penobscot River in Bucksport. The body showed up near the Bucksport/Verona Island bridge yesterday afternoon at about 2:30. Investigators are checking missing persons reports to try to determine an identification.
Bear in a Tree
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth police, game wardens and wildlife biologists responded to a neighborhood near Knowlton Park yesterday for the report of a bear sighting. The challenge was – the bear was 60-feet up in an oak tree. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says the bear’s behavior was not unusual, but its location could pose a problem. Latti says wardens were unable to get the bear down from the tree so the street was closed to deter folks from “going on a bear hunt”.
Rental Assistance Funding
(Local) Downeast Community Partners is working with folks in Hancock and Washington Counties who need help paying rent. Rental Relief Program assistant Rebecca Trowbridge says the initiative through the Maine State Housing Authority is for people who have been affected financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers up to $500 for one month’s rent owed for April, May, or June. Anyone interested can apply online at: Maine Housing dot Org.
(Marshfield) Maine state police are investigating an act of vandalism at a home in Washington County. Lt Rod Charette reports to Star 97-7 the incident occurred at a residence on the Marshfield Flats Road in Marshfield around 3:30 Wednesday morning. Police have not elaborated on the incident, but anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Marshfield-Machias area early Wednesday is asked to call state police in Bangor.
(Denmark) State police say a 17-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when his car struck a tree in the town of Denmark. The accident on Hancock Pond Road killed Isaac Rawson of Sebago. Police say Rawson lost control of his car and skidded into a tree alongside the road. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. Troopers say speed and driver-inexperience likely caused the crash.
(Bangor) Versant Power customers will see an increase in their electric bills beginning July 1st. Spokeswoman Judy Long reports to Star 97-7 that customers will see changes to three rates on their bills: transmission, stranded costs, and conservation. Long says Versant Power’s distribution rates will not change, and have remained unchanged since July 1, 2018. Because of significantly lower Standard Offer supply prices procured by the Maine Public Utilities Commission for 2020, residential customers’ electricity bills will remain lower than they were one-year ago.
(Augusta) Maine has recorded another death from coronavirus bringing the statewide death toll to 103. It’s Maine’s first death related to the illness in a week. There have been 3,017 confirmed and suspected positive cases in Maine. 2,490 residents have fully recovered.
(Portland) Maine’s public university system plans to avoid a tuition increase related to its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Maine System began considering its fiscal 2021 budget on Wednesday. A system spokesman says the proposal includes a long-planned 2.5% tuition increase, but it does not include any additional tuition or fee increases caused by the pandemic. The cost of responding to the pandemic at Maine’s public universities will likely be more than $20 million in the coming budget year. The virus has infected more than 2,900 people in the state.
- Golfers Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson have withdrawn from this weekend’s Travelers championship in Connecticut after their caddies tested positive for coronavirus.
- Former Red Sox manager Eddie Kasko has died. He was 88.
- All Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has tested positive for COVID 19
- The Maine Independent Baseball League has begun games, though some teams are still trying to find a home field after high school fields in the mid-coast area were put off limits for games.