Fatal Crash   (Blue Hill) – A head on crash between two pickup trucks in Blue Hill left a 53 year old Stonington man dead yesterday afternoon.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 the crash on Route 172 near the Blue Hill/Surry transfer station closed the road for quite a while.  Dead […]

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Local News – April 7, 2021

Fatal Crash

 

(Blue Hill) – A head on crash between two pickup trucks in Blue Hill left a 53 year old Stonington man dead yesterday afternoon.  The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 the crash on Route 172 near the Blue Hill/Surry transfer station closed the road for quite a while.  Dead is Richard Goodwin of Stonington.  The two people in the other pickup, William and Doris Webb of Blue Hill, were taken to the hospital in Ellsworth for treatment.  Deputies say that Goodwin’s truck was on the wrong side of the road when it struck the Webb vehicle.

 

Searsport Election

(Searsport) – The two incumbents running for re-election as Selectmen in Searsport won their seats back yesterday.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports that both Douglas Norman and Linda Payson outpolled challenger Thomas Hodgkins.   Tony Bagley picked up 10-votes for the school board seat up for election.

 

Bear Safety

 

(Jonesboro)  Keep the grills clean, take down the bird feeders, and don’t leave garbage out.  Steven Dunham, Regional Wildlife Biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife tells Star 97.7,  bears are coming out of hibernation; and it’s important to help them stay on  their natural diet. Dunham says bears are opportunists; so if they see an easy food source at your house, such as bird feeders or a messy grill, they will take advantage of that.

 

 

Mobile Vaccination Clinic Launches

(Augusta)  Beginning next week, Mainers living in rural and underserved areas will receive a boost when it comes to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.  DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew says if you can’t come to the shots, the shots will come to you.  The mobile clinic’s first stop will be the Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine.  It will then move on to about 10 other such communities, including Fryeburg, Calais, and Madawaska, over the next two months.

 

Arson Arrest – Bangor [UPDATE]

 

(Bangor)  The man accused of setting fire to a storage shed at Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream in Bangor was living next door in a homeless shelter at a hotel set up by Penobscot County Health Care.  Court documents reveal police issued a subpoena for the Ramada Inns surveillance cameras, which showed 56-year-old Michael Benfield with a gas can shortly before the fire was set on Sunday.  Witnesses had seen someone fleeing the scene shortly before fire engulfed the shed.  Benfield was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

 

CMP Seeks Rate Hike

(AP)  Central Maine Power is asking regulators to raise rates by nearly $3 a month on average to recover costs from the pandemic and five major storms that occurred in 2020.  The company wants the Maine Public Utilities Commission to boost rates by $26.5 million to cover those costs.  If approved, customers would see the increase beginning with their July 1st bills.

 

Milbridge Theatre Breaks Ground

(Milbridge)  The town of Milbridge yesterday broke ground on the new Milbridge Theatre and Community Arts Center.  The old theatre had stood for 80 years and was torn down, leaving a vacant lot and a group known as Gateway Milbridge with a vision.  The town rallied behind the idea and raised funds even during the pandemic.  Board member Cathy Chipman said the space will host a variety of events, including music, theatre, movies, and educational programs on a year-round basis.  The plan is for the building to be completed in 2022.

 

Maine Wildlife Park Opens

(Gray)  Where can you spot moose and more animals in a day than you could ever spot in the wild?  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife invites folks to the opening of the Maine Wildlife Park beginning April 15th.  Located in Gray, the park is home to more than 30 species of Maine wildlife that cannot be returned to their natural habitats, either because they were injured or orphaned or because they are human dependent.  Visits are by reservation only and can be made through the IFW website.

 

Apprentice Wage Increase Approved

(AP)  A proposal designed to increase wages for apprentices through the Maine Apprenticeship Program has been approved by a Maine legislature committee.  State Senator Joe Rafferty of Kennebunk proposed to apply at least 75% of the program’s funding to apprenticeship programs in which the apprentices earn at least 150% of the minimum wage upon completing the apprenticeship agreement.  The Labor and Housing Committee passed the proposal by an 8-5 vote Monday.  It now moves on to the full legislature.

 

Body of Missing Brewer Man Found

(Brewer)  Authorities have found the body of a man from Brewer who was reported missing last week.  The Brewer Police Department reports the Maine Warden Service found 24-year-old Albert Schultz’s remains.  Schultz was last seen a week ago at work and was reportedly seen traveling east on Route 9 near Beddington later that morning.  The Maine State Police are now handling the investigation.

 

Sports

 

  • Boston Red Sox 6  Tampa Bay Rays 5 (12 innings, JD Martinez with the game winning double).  The Sox and Rays play again this afternoon, Nathan Eovaldi starts for Boston.
  • Philadelphia 76ers 106  Boston Celtics 96
  • Boston Bruins 4  Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Patrice Bergeron with a hat trick)
  • High School volleyball playoffs start tomorrow.