(Bangor) – A confessed drug dealer from Hancock is going to prison for 4-and-a-half years, nearly 2-years after drug agents caught him with a substantial amount of fentanyl. William Smeal pled guilty to drug charges last January. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that a federal judge sent Smeal to prison and when he gets out, he’ll be on probation for another 4-years. Agents found 40-grams with Smeal when they arrested him in February 2019, and then found 100-more grams when they searched his home. He admitted he’d traveled to Massachusetts earlier in the day to obtain the drugs.
Wife Arrested –Trenton shooting
(Ellsworth) – Authorities have charged a Milbridge woman with aggravated attempted murder and robbery after her release from a Bangor hospital. Sherry Smith joins her husband in jail in connection with the December 20th shooting and robbery in Trenton. She’s accused of stabbing a person while her husband Larry allegedly shot two others while they were stealing two safes from the home off Oak Point Road. Police caught up with the couple when their car crashed in Holden several hours after the robbery.
(Unity) – Is there a fire bug running loose in Unity? That’s what investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office want to find out. They’re probing three fires, including Monday night’s blaze that damaged the interior of the Methodist Church on Depot Street in the Waldo County town. Firefighters are credited with saving the church and a 150-year old bible inside. The other two fires under investigation occurred days apart at the same mobile home. A spokeswoman for the fire marshal’s office tells Star 97.7 any information the public might have is welcome.
(Hampden) – The Hampden plant that converts trash to a liquid fuel may have a new owner sometime next year. The Municipal Review Committee reports to Star 97.7 that the multi-town organization has reached a memorandum of understanding to sell the closed plant to the potential buyer. They did not identify the buyer. The Fiberight plant closed last spring a little more than a year after it opened when it ran out of money and could not find a financial backer. Towns that used Fiberight have diverted their trash to the PERC incinerator in Orrington.
Ellsworth City Manager
(Ellsworth) – Negotiations continue between the Ellsworth City Council and interim city manager Glenn Moshier who has offered to serve as the permanent city manager. Moshier is also the police chief. City Council chair Dale Hamilton tells the Ellsworth American they’ve not yet reached agreement on a plan to have Moshier serve in both positions. Moshier has served as the interim manager since Labor Day after former manager David Cole retired.
New Year’s can be safe and Fun
(Ellsworth) – Coronavirus pandemic restrictions have put the kibosh on most New Year’s Eve celebrations, but Star 97.7’s Sonnie Shepherd found some clever ideas for ringing in 2021. Thank goodness for Zoom and Google Meet! In the age of COVID, you can still party safely with friends this New Year’s Eve. We found some fun ideas on delish dot com for a creating a memorable New Year’s celebration. Plan ahead to meet with friends via social media to share a lip-sync dance party. Start an appetizer cook off to share your favorite, then crown someone the reigning winner – until next year when you can do an in-person taste off. Watch the ball drop in Times Square. Although the crowds won’t be present, Ryan Seacrest and other celebrity guests WILL be. Try your hand at an insanely popular charcuterie board, and pop confetti at midnight. Although, you may be the only one around to clean it up!
City Planner Hired
(Ellsworth) The City of Ellsworth has hired a new Planner. Elena Piekut will take over on February 1st, transferring from Dover, New Hampshire where she is an Assistant City Planner and Zoning Administrator. Piekut previously worked for the City of Ellsworth from 2012 to 2015 under former City Planner Michelle Gagnon, serving as her Assistant.
Crime Down in Maine – 2019
(Maine) The crimes of murder, robbery, and burglary were down in 2019 in the state of Maine, as was overall crime – by 6.6% compared to 2018. It’s the eighth year in a row the overall crime rate has dropped in the state. But Public Safety spokesperson Katy England reports to Star 97.7, certain crimes rose significantly, including the crime of arson. There were 145 cases of arson reported in 2019, compared to 104 cases reported in 2018, an increase of 39.4%. Aggravated assault was up 1.7%, with cases of rape up 15%. Of the 22 homicides reported in Maine in 2019, nine were domestic violence related. Motor vehicle thefts decreased by almost 27%, with 724 vehicles stolen in 2019, compared to 776 reported stolen in 2018.
(Augusta) The state of Maine has now recorded nearly 23,000 cases of COVID-19 since March. The Maine CDC reported 591 new cases of the virus yesterday; the third highest single day count since record-keeping began. The state’s death toll from the pandemic stands at 333, with 7 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Tuesday. Two deaths were reported in Penobscot County, two in Cumberland County, and one death each in Androscoggin, Oxford, and York Counties.
- Boston Celtics 116 Indiana Pacers 111 (Boston came back after trailing by 17-points, Jason Tatum had 27-points for Boston
- The San Diego Padres have added two top pitchers to their squad, after getting Blake Snell from Tampa Bay and Yu Darvish from the Cubs.
- The U-Maine hockey team has moved its games to Massachusetts as they will play Lowell this coming weekend.