Turnpike Chase & Fatality
(Kittery) – A chase on the Maine Turnpike in Southern Maine left three state troopers with minor injuries and a driver in custody. State Police spokeswoman Katy England reports to Star 97.7 that two of the troopers suffered injuries during the chase and the third while arresting the suspect. The chase slowed traffic, and that is blamed for a fatal crash on the ‘pike. England said a tractor trailer rear ended a vehicle and pushed it underneath another truck.
(Ellsworth) – A 29-year old inmate at the Hancock County jail has died, most likely he committed suicide. Sheriff Scott Kane says Tyler Poole was found dead on December 15th, 10-days after he was brought to the jail on domestic violence assault and other charges. State Police are investigating the death, and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating to see if jail staff followed proper procedures.
Passadumkeag Drug Bust
(Passadumkeag) – Deputies have arrested two people on drug charges after finding fentanyl and methamphetamine in their car in Passadumkeag. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department posts on its Facebook page that they chased a suspicious vehicle that had been parked at the Post Office in Passadumkeag but sped off as a deputy approached. The chase ended with a crash on a dead end road. Investigators recovered about 270-grams of drugs and $14-thousand dollars in cash from the car and arrested 37-year old Nicole Murphy of Bangor and a man from Boston.
Downeast Community Partners Seeks Volunteers
(Ellsworth) Winter, especially after the holidays or during a pandemic, can be a depressing time. Nothing better to cure those blues than to become a volunteer. Downeast Community Partners is looking for volunteer drivers to transport patients to medical appointments. You can set your own days and hours, and they have all the safety precautions in place. Director of Transportation Cheryl Robbins tells Star 97.7 how you can become involved. Volunteering with DECP also comes with some other nice perks, including Triple A-Plus at no cost to them.
(Bangor) When the owner of Joe’s Market in Bangor got a call at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, he knew it wasn’t going to be good news. Bangor Police advised owner Joe Perry thieves had smashed in the front door of the market and stolen what turned out to be $1,500 in cash and products. Perry serves as State Representative for District 124, which covers parts of Bangor and Orono, but did not think the crime was politically motivated in light of last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol. Authorities continue to investigate the break-in.
Security Tightened Around State House in Augusta
(Augusta) – Police say they have credible information about a possible armed protest at the capitol in Augusta this coming weekend. State Public Safety department spokeswoman Katy England reports to Star 97.7 that extra security is in place and prepared in case those protests turn violent. England did not release specifics on security but said they’re in touch with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
(Ellsworth) A surprisingly positive side effect of the pandemic in Maine is the boom in the housing market. Acadia Realty Group owner Steve Shelton, tells Star 97.7 many people are buying in Maine because they see the state as being safer than other places. Shelton says be prepared to pay a little more, although interest rates are at 2.75 percent and even lower online in some instances.
Golden, King Now Backing Impeachment
(Augusta) Independent Maine Senator Angus King Tuesday said he now backs the impeachment of President Donald Trump, calling Trump a danger to the Republic following Wednesday’s attempt at overthrowing the will of the people. Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree was the first to come out in support of removing the President after Wednesday’s violent attack. Maine’s 2nd Congressional District Representative Jared Golden announced his support for impeaching the President Monday, saying there has never been a clearer case for the immediate impeachment of a President. No word yet on the issue from Republican Senator Susan Collins.
Aroostook County Man Charged in Drug Case
(Bangor) An Aroostook County man faces from 10 years to life in prison after being caught transporting drugs across the border from Canada. Authorities say 25-year-old Lance Labreck of Hamlin drove a snowmobile from the U.S. across the international border into Canada on November 19, 2019, returning to the U.S. later the same evening with approximately 55 grams of methamphetamine. When stopped by Border Patrol Agents, Labreck admitted to possessing the drugs. In addition to jail time, Labreck faces a possible $10 million fine and at least five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to importing methamphetamine into the United States from Canada.
Record Visits to Maine State Parks
(Augusta) More than 3 million visits to Maine State Parks in 2020 helped the state set a record, despite – or perhaps BECAUSE of the coronavirus. WMTW reports the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands reported day use visits were up 3% and camping visitors up 8% from 2019. Not only did people come from out of state to enjoy Maine’s incomparable beauty, but the Bureau said Maine families spent time discovering the parts for the first time, as well. Reservations for Mainers looking to camp in a state park this summer can be made beginning February 5, except for Sebago Lake State Park, which begins accepting reservations on February 1.
- The Celtics have canceled tonight’s game against Orlando because of Coronavirus concerns.
- The NBA has instituted new rules to try to stop virus spread.
- The Bruins have retired Willie O’Ree’s number 22 jersey. He was the first black player in the NHL in 1958.
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