Absentee Voting (Undated) – Turnout was brisk across the state yesterday as voters asked for absentee ballots at their town offices.  Most towns received their ballots on Friday for the November 3rd election.  The Secretary of State’s office reported that more than a quarter million Mainers had requested that absentee ballots be mailed prior to […]

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Local News – October 6, 2020

Absentee Voting

(Undated) – Turnout was brisk across the state yesterday as voters asked for absentee ballots at their town offices.  Most towns received their ballots on Friday for the November 3rd election.  The Secretary of State’s office reported that more than a quarter million Mainers had requested that absentee ballots be mailed prior to the availability.  Voters can cast absentee ballots without a reason up until October 30th.  The ballots won’t be counted until Election night.

 

Bangor Robbery

 

(Bangor) – A confrontation during an alleged shop lifting incident at a Bangor store saw the suspect allegedly draw a knife and then flee the store.  Bangor police report to Star 97.7 the incident happened around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.  They used a dog to track 29-year old Michael Decarvalho of Bangor and found him on Center Street.  He’s in the Penobscot County Jail, charged with attempted theft and criminal threatening.  No one was hurt.

 

Rockland – Former Police Officers

 

(Rockland) – It was beating porcupines and recording an incident that led to dismissal of a pair of Rockland police officers.  Village Soup dot com reports the Maine Warden Service and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department investigated the allegations that officers Michael Rolerson and Addison Cox beat porcupines to death with their police batons.  A video of one of the beatings showed up on Snapchat shortly before the department asked for the investigation and ultimately dismissed the officers.  The Warden Service has charged the pair with animal cruelty and night hunting.

 

Campaign Signs

 

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Police Department has received 4 official complaints about campaign signs damaged during the weekend. Police Chief Glenn Moshier tells Star 97-7 it’s estimated at least 100 signs were defaced around the city and the vandals did not target a political party – both Republican and Democrat and even school board campaign signs were harmed. Police are investigating, but Moshier says residents who see or hear anything suspicious should contact police.  Moshier recommends bringing your sign inside each night or facing a home surveillance system toward the sign.

 

Escapees Arrested

 

(Belfast) Two men who escaped from a minimum security detention facility in Belfast last week were located in New Hampshire on Sunday. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office reports Dakota Raven of Knox and Cameron Dana of Owls Head, both 24 years old, were taking out the trash last Tuesday when the walked away from the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center. Ossippee police officers found a pick-up truck reported stolen from Searsport. A police K9 led officers to Raven and Dana sitting in a stream. The pair had been serving time for non-violent crimes.

 

Reeves – Guilty

 

(Bangor) – Lawyers for a convicted killer say they plan to appeal the New York City man’s guilty verdict.  Jurors yesterday found 40-year old Carine Reeves guilty of shooting traveling nurse Sally Shaw to death in 2017.  Prosecutors say Reeves shot Shaw beside a road in Cherryfield after she had insulted the mother of his children.  A third person traveling with them on a return drug run to Machias testified against Reeves and is also charged with murder, though the state may drop the murder charges after Quaneysha Greeley pled guilty to lesser charges.

 

Winthrop Homicide ID

(Winthrop) State Police say the man who died at a residence at Squire Court trailer park in Winthrop was shot to death Saturday night. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death a homicide. The victim is 30-year-old Joshua Martin, formerly of Rochester, NY. Martin was last known to be staying in the Augusta area. Investigators will continue to review evidence, the autopsy results, and interviews in consultation with the Attorney General’s office.

 

Hospitality Suffered

(Bangor) A study says Maine hotels, restaurants, and bars will lose $1 billion-dollars in direct taxable revenue this year because of the pandemic. The University of Maine study commissioned by Hospitality-Maine finds the hospitality industry is expected to contribute roughly $3 billion-dollars in direct taxable revenue to the Maine economy, down from $4 billion last year. The Bangor Daily News reports that it’s the end of a dozen consecutive years of growth.

 

Seal Complaints

(Coastal) The increasing number of seals off New England waters has set off a debate over whether there are too many of these resilient mammals. A growing number of fishermen, beachgoers, and local government officials are blaming seals for spreading disease, eating too many fish, and drawing sharks to local waters. Scientists who study seal populations acknowledged their numbers have reached as many as 50-thousand after being nearly wiped out by hunting. But they said there’s little scientific evidence to support calls to reduce their numbers, noting that could actually do more harm than good to the marine ecosystem.

 

Sports

 

  • Kansas City Chiefs 26  New England Patriots 10
  • MLB Playoffs – Houston Astros 10 Oakland A’s 5;  NY Yankees 9  Tampa Bay Rays 3
  • The National League playoffs begin today.
  • Game 4 of the NBA finals is tonight as the Heat look to tie up the series with the Lakers who lead 2-1