Red Flag Warning   (Old Town) – Fire danger across most of the state is high this week, and a red flag warning could go up today.  Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier instructed local fire wardens yesterday to stop issuing burn permits until further notice.  The dry weather and predicted high winds today will likely […]

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Local News – September 16, 2020

Red Flag Warning

 

(Old Town) – Fire danger across most of the state is high this week, and a red flag warning could go up today.  Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier instructed local fire wardens yesterday to stop issuing burn permits until further notice.  The dry weather and predicted high winds today will likely prompt the warning.  Forest Rangers and local fire departments have responded to a record number of wild fire calls in Maine this year – more than 900.  Most of the fires have been fairly small and quickly contained.

 

Augusta Drug Bust

 

(Augusta) – An Augusta man and a New York City man face drug charges after a bust in Augusta.  Police Chief Jared Mills reports to Star 97.7 that local police and drug agents seized 210-grams of crack cocaine, and 48-grams of Fentanyl/heroin from an apartment on Stone Street.  They also seized cash that’s believed to be from drug sales.  Charged are 33-year old William Stephenson of Augusta and 21-year old Paul Greene of New York.

 

Comfort Cases

 

(Local) A retired teacher living in Hancock Point is bring dignity and hope to Maine children in foster care. Three years ago Lesley Robinson launched a local branch of Comfort Cases, an organization dedicated to giving kids new basic-care items in a brand new backpack or travel bag as they enter the foster care system. Donations have been slow since the pandemic hit, but Robinson says she’s still making strides.  If you’d like to support the local Comfort Cases branch, email: Lesley Robinson at Comfort Cases dot Org.

 

COVID-19

 

(Millinocket) Public health authorities say the death count from a coronavirus outbreak linked to a Maine wedding reception has grown to 5 fatalities. The Maine CDC reported Monday the August wedding reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket is linked to more than 175 confirmed cases of the virus. The agency says the outbreak is linked to other cases at the York County Jail and Maple Crest rehabilitation center in Madison.

 

More Ranked Voting  

 

(Portland) – Maine’s highest court will rule soon on whether Mainers will vote on a question to overturn ranked choice voting.  The Secretary of State’s office is printing ballots with ranked choices for president and other offices with more than two candidates. The court listened to arguments yesterday on whether a petition drive backed by Republicans collected enough signatures to force a People’s Veto on the ranked choice system.

 

Body Found  

 

(Addison) – A man who left the hospital in Machias last week has turned up dead inside his car in Addison.  The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 that they have positively identified 76-year old Daniel Beauregard’s body and the Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy.  Foul play is not suspected.  Police had issued a silver alert for Beauregard a week ago.

 

Sports

 

  • Miami Heat 117  Boston Celtics 114 (OT – Heat leads Eastern Conference finals 1-0)
  • Denver Nuggets 104  L-A Clippers 89 (Nuggets win series 4-3, 1st team in NBA history to come back from 3-to-1 deficits twice in the playoffs)
  • Boston Red Sox 2  Miami Marlins 0 (Tanner Houck went 5-innings for the win in his major league debut)
  • Major League Baseball says parks in the south and west will serve as bubbles for the playoffs and World Series.