(Knox) – A 70-year old Waldo County man died when a vehicle fell on top of him. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that first responders found Dennis Bailey of Knox dead at the scene in his driveway yesterday afternoon. Investigators say he had died before help could arrive. The Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate.
New Trial Sought
(Bar Harbor) – A convicted killer from Bar Harbor has asked for a new trial. Jalique Keene is serving a 58-year sentence for killing a friend who had picked him up from the airport hours before her death. Keene’s attorney argued before the state Supreme Court this week that the trial should have been moved out of Hancock County because of publicity, and that there was not enough evidence against his client. Prosecutors said Keene’s legal team never asked to move the trial, and security tapes showing Keene moving victim Mickaela Conley’s body was plenty of evidence.
(Ellsworth) If you’re feeling a little down about missing out on all the patriotic activities this past Fourth of July, mark your calendars for August 1st and 2nd and plan to attend the Freedom Festival at the Maine Coast Mall. Organizer John Linnehan tells Star 97-7, both days will be filled with fun and entertainment, including the Crevier Family, who have performed around the world, held Guinness World Records for spinning basketballs and riding unicycles, and who see their performances as more than just entertainment. A complete schedule of events and entertainment is posted on the Peace 24 dash Seven dot Com website.
(Augusta) – Dale Crafts’ opponents conceded defeat, but the republican nomination for a seat in Congress still has to go through ranked choice voting. That’s because the former state Representative fell short of the 50% threshold required under Maine law to avoid a ranked-choice runoff round. State officials said Wednesday a ranked runoff round will decide the winner. Crafts ran against former television reporter Adrienne Bennett and former state Senator Eric Brakey. Crafts would run against Democratic Representative Jared Golden, who was elected in 2018.
(Lucerne) Today’s the make-up fundraiser for Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital. The Chef’s Gala was canceled in May because of COVID-19 concerns, but the owners of the Lucerne Inn will donate all proceeds from meals served in their Patio Grille today from Noon to 7. Owner David Silverman tells Star 97-7 the outdoor tent is set up to comply with the CDC’s guidelines. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital will use the money to convert one of the rooms in their Emergency Department to serve pediatric patients.
Zoom Childbirth Classes
(Ellsworth) Pregnancy and childbirth can be an overwhelming experience, but Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital continues to support expecting mothers through the pandemic with information-packed online childbirth classes. Participants are encouraged to attend the Zoom classes with a partner and bring questions. Topics include: Understanding labor – how to know when labor really starts, when to call the hospital, and how to manage the discomforts of labor.
Supplies for Foster Kids
(Local) An organization that provides comfort items and essentials to children entering foster care is in need of supplies. Comfort Cases coordinator, Lesley Robinson, reports the pandemic has also increased the number of children entering foster care at a time when donations and supplies are hard to come by because of quantity purchasing limits. Comfort Cases needs diapers, wipes, story books, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and pajamas for infant up to age 18. Items can be dropped off at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth on Monday afternoons. Contact Comfort Cases for more information.
Childcare Stimulus $
(Augusta) Maine’s attorney general has joined a group that’s calling for the federal government to provide financial help for childcare providers in the next round of stimulus money. Attorney General Aaron Frey says he and other attorneys general believe the nation’s childcare system needs help for families to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The group sent a letter to the U.S. Senate that said the next stimulus bill must address childcare. Frey says the pandemic has closed or reduced service at childcare centers around the country, leaving the centers without revenue to cover payroll, rent, insurance and other costs.
Bass Harbor Light
(Tremont) – One of the most photographed light houses in Maine now officially belongs to Acadia National Park. The National Park Service reports to Star 97.7 that the Coast Guard has turned over the Bass Harbor Head Light. A benefit auction in 2018 helped raise funds to move the light under the Park Service umbrella. The Park Service says it plans to maintain the lighthouse, including a stabilization project and to allow for visitor access in the future. The Coast Guard will maintain the automated light as an aid to navigation.
(Trenton) – The supermarket on Route 3 in Trenton will reopen tomorrow under new ownership. The store will be called Edwards Brothers, and closed earlier this week after former owner Kimberly Murphy sold it to Jeremy and Jason Edwards, who also own a grocery store in Unity. Gas pumps remained open for pay at the pump service. Murphy still owns the Ellsworth and Lamoine Marketplaces, though there is a for sale sign on the Lamoine store.
- The University of Southern Maine has canceled its fall sports season.
- The Red Sox have placed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on the injured list along with two other pitchers as they recover from COVID-19
- Rushing champ Derrik Henry has signed a new contract with the Tennessee Titans.