Family Dollar Threat   (Bangor) – A Bangor man is charged with terrorizing after an incident at the Family Dollar Store on State Street in his home town last Friday.  Police arrested 45-year old John Callahan on Saturday after another, unrelated incident and added on the store charges after identifying him as the man who […]

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Local News – September 8, 2020

Family Dollar Threat


(Bangor) – A Bangor man is charged with terrorizing after an incident at the Family Dollar Store on State Street in his home town last Friday.  Police arrested 45-year old John Callahan on Saturday after another, unrelated incident and added on the store charges after identifying him as the man who allegedly threatened to return to the store with an assault rifle.  He spent the weekend in jail, ordered held on a thousand dollars bail.


Bar Harbor Power Outage


(Bar Harbor) – Yesterday’s high winds may have caused a fairly widespread power outage in Bar Harbor.  Versant Power reported more than 530-customers lost power late yesterday afternoon.  Fire trucks responded to the area between Hull’s Cove and Town Hill for a reported fire on the power lines.  Line crews had the power back on in less than 2-hours.



Route 1 Closure starts today


(Stockton Springs) – Starting today part of Route 1 in Stockton Springs will close down and traffic will need to take a lengthy detour.  The Maine Department of Transportation says it will divert northbound traffic up Route 1-A to Prospect and over Route 174 to come out by Fort Knox.  The project will replace a large culvert running underneath Route 1 and may not be done until the end of October.


Cushing Man Crushed


(Cushing) – A Cushing man is dead in what Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies have termed an accident.  Rescue workers responded to 60-year old Danny Martin’s home on Twin Ridge Lane yesterday morning and found him pinned between his car and the ground.  They were unable to revive him.  Deputies say it appears the car fell from jacks used to prop up the vehicle while Martin was working on it.


Coronavirus – The Latest


(Augusta) – The number of active Coronavirus cases in Maine dropped a bit on Monday.  The Maine CDC reports 491 active cases, down 8 from the previous day.  No new deaths are reported, leaving the deaths related to Coronavirus at 134. Eight people are currently hospitalized with Coronavirus diagnoses, three in critical condition.



BHHT Indigenous

(Blue Hill) –  Blue Hill Heritage Trust continues its webinar series featuring local naturalists and outdoor learning experts, virtually, during a time when folks can’t be out in the field.  This week, Ann Ranco, a professional artist from the age of 13, will discuss how her heritage has influenced her artwork and passion for environmentalism.  Spokeswoman Landere Naisbitt tells Star 97.7 the event takes place this Thursday from 4-to-5 PM. The talk will be available on the Blue Hill Heritage Trust website.



New Hampshire Teen Swims English Channel

(Springfield, NH)  – New England turns out some pretty tough swimmers.  First, Bar Harbor resident Puranjot Kaur made it 17 miles in her attempt to swim around MDI, then MDI high school Senior Sage Dentremont braved the cold ocean waters to swim from her home on Swans Island to Mount Desert Island.  This week, a Springfield, New Hampshire teen swam the English Channel.  It took Vera Rivard about 14 hours to complete the 21 mile quest.  At 16, she is the youngest age allowed to make the swim.  Rivard was Vermont Sports magazine’s athlete of the year last year and is the 1,676th person to successfully make it across the Channel.



Brunswick Road Rage

(Brunswick) – A road rage incident led to shots fired.  The Brunswick Police Department responded to the scene on River Road about 10:20 Monday morning.  Witnesses had called 9-1-1 reporting a driver had fired a gun at another vehicle.  Police stopped both vehicles involved; and following an investigation, arrested one of the drivers.  According to police, 24-year-old Christian LeBlond of Lewiston had actually shot his own driver’s side mirror as he fired his weapon from his open driver’s window.  LeBlond was arrested and charged with aggravated reckless conduct with a firearm.



Deer Isle Noose Incident

(Deer Isle)  – The District Attorney for Hancock County says it’s unlikely anyone will be charged as a result of a June 20 incident in which someone flung a noose over utility wires on Little Deer Isle.  Matthew Foster tells the Bangor Daily News police have not yet submitted the case to his office, likely due to a lack of viable evidence.  The noose was removed after a photograph of it was posted on social media but before police could get to the scene, likely tainting any physical evidence taken from the noose.  Nooses are considered racist symbols because of their historic use in the murders of black people.



(Searsport) –  Grants totaling more than $345,000 will be awarded to more than two dozen Maine organizations through the Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.  WABI-TV reports one of the grants will go to Searsport’s Carver Memorial Library Association to replace a heating system and make other energy efficiency improvements.  The Belvedere Fund was established by an anonymous donor in 2007 and is designed to support preservation and restoration of historic buildings in Maine.


CARES Act Boosts Seafood Industry

(Augusta)  – Maine’s seafood industry could get a $20 million dollar boost this fall under the federal CARES Act.  According to Maine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher, state and federal officials are nearing final agreement on how those funds would be allocated.  Maine Public reports individual fishing license holders and shellfish growers who qualify will get the same lump-sum payment, no matter the size of their operation.




  • Boston Celtics 111  Toronto Raptors 89 (Celtics lead series 3-2, Jaylen Brown had 27 points)
  • Dustin Johnson won the Tour Championship and the $15-million dollar prize that goes with the FedEx Cup.
  • The Red Sox take on the Phillies tonight.
  • George Stevens Academy has become the latest Hancock County high school to postpone fall sports, joining Sumner and Deer Isle Stonington.  Protestors marched on Augusta yesterday to urge the state to allow sports to continue.