(Lincoln) One man died and the American Red Cross is helping dozens of others after fire destroyed an apartment building in Lewiston on Saturday. Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, multiple fire departments responded to the blaze at 226 Blake Street, which was called in about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. 70-yo Felicien Betu died after jumping from the top floor of the six-story, ten unit complex. Everyone else evacuated safely. Investigators spent much of Sunday trying to determine how the fire started.
Brewer Man Killed in Crash
(Bangor) A crash at the intersection of Oak and Washington Streets in Bangor Saturday night claimed the life of a Brewer man. The crash happened about 9 p.m. and shut down the Penobscot Bridge. 40 yo Raymond Charloux III was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle, 23 yo Riley Guerra of Missouri, and his passenger, 23 yo Thomas Strickland of Georgia, were taken to a local hospital for injuries suffered in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Exeter Man Killed in Saturday Crash
(Garland) A Saturday night car wreck in Garland claimed the life of an 18-year-old Exeter man. According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss, a pickup driven by Jacob Campbell rolled over on the Oliver Hill Road in Garland around 8:30 Saturday night. The truck reportedly left the road and struck a tree. Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene. State Police say speed was a factor in the crash.
Bumper Potato Crop
(AP/Presque Isle) Fries, mashed, hash browns – coming up! Maine potato growers are feeling optimistic, with a solid crop awaiting harvest … and reopening restaurants driving stronger demand. Growers are looking for something to cheer about after a dismal 2020 in which crops withered from heat and drought. Don Flannery from the Maine Potato Board said growing conditions have been good and demand is back as restaurants and cafeterias reopen. Rainfall was nearly 3 inches below average this summer, but that still “whipped” last summer, which ranked as the warmest and second-driest since records were kept in Caribou.
Harvest Moon Festival
(Lincoln) The festival season in Maine continues this Saturday with the Lincoln Harvest Moon Festival! Communications Director Katie Gloede (GLOW-dee) tells Star 97.7, the day begins with a sampling of Maine’s finest crafts and music. (((Lincoln 1 “…which is a steel drum ensemble.” :18))). Gloede says the fun continues into the evening, with a variety of local food trucks and the country rock group, The Tyler Healy Band at Prince Thomas Park. Tickets for that are available at the Lincoln Town Office or at the door, just $10 each!
(Lincoln) The Harvest Moon signals the beginning of Fall, and the town of Lincoln is kicking the season off big time this Saturday with the Harvest Moon Festival. Communications Director Katie Gloede (GLOW-dee) tells Star 97.7, Saturday promises an array of artisans and musical entertainment, followed by an evening of music, food, and drinks on the beach. (((Lincoln 2A “…from Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company.” :26))) Get your tickets at the Lincoln Town Office or at the door – just $10 each.
(Lincoln) Nothing like a moonlit cruise on a crisp fall evening – that’s just one thing you’ll find at Saturday’s Harvest Moon Festival in Lincoln. Events Assistant Katie Gloede (GLOW-dee) tells Star 97.7, the day will be filled with local artisans offering their wares, food trucks and music throughout the day and evening, and those peaceful pontoon rides. (((Lincoln 3 “…for a local business administration student.” :15))) For more information, check out Town of Lincoln, Maine on Facebook.
(Lincoln) The full harvest moon rises the evening of September 20th, and the Town of Lincoln is kicking off the celestial event on Saturday with the Lincoln Harvest Moon Festival. Events Assistant Katie Gloede (GLOW-dee) tells Star 97.7, the day is filled with artisans, a steel drum band, a ukulele group and more. Saturday evening, the country rock group, The Tyler Healy Band will perform at Prince Thomas Park. (((Lincoln 4 “…Town of Lincoln, Maine. :21)))
Maine Schools Begin Pool Testing
(AP/Bangor) Maine is starting the week with more than a dozen outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools, and many schools are testing to mitigate the risk. As of Friday, 384 of Maine’s 720 public and private schools had signed up with Concentric, a branch of Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks, for pool testing of students. The Bangor Daily News reports the program calls for student tests to be pooled and sent to a lab in Massachusetts. If there’s a positive test for a school, then individual students will be tested.
Human Remains Discovered
(Falmouth) Detectives and cadaver dogs were working Monday to recover human remains found by a kayaker in a tidal area along the Presumpscot River. The remains were found Sunday in a marshy area near I-295 in Falmouth. The right lane of I-295 northbound from mile 9.5 to mile 10.5 was closed while police worked to remove the remains, which were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. Officials say the death does not appear to be suspicious.
Heart of Ellsworth Student Position Appointment
(Ellsworth) The Heart of Ellsworth Board announces the first student program – Heart of Ellsworth Board of Directors Student position. The volunteer position includes attending one board meeting per month, plus involvement in events and programs during the calendar year. One voting student member will join the Board as a high school junior or senior and serve a one year appointment, subject to reappointment in year two. According to a press release, student voice is vital for the future of Ellsworth and the development of the Heart of Ellsworth Board. Applications are being accepted through Heart of Ellsworth until October 9th.
Healthy Acadia Grants
(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia is launching a third year of mini-grant funding opportunities for community partners working with youth ages 9 through 20. The Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success initiative is a collaborative effort to prevent youth substance use across Washington and Hancock Counties, with a focus on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use prevention. For tips on informational sessions and proposed project ideas, contact Sara at healthy acadia dot org. Informational sessions will be held September 21st and 29th via Zoom.
Biddeford Man Sentenced
(Portland) A Biddeford man has been sentenced for his role in committing or conspiring to commit a federal hate crime. Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Cark tells Star 97.7 30 yo Dusty Leo was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to his victims. Leo pleaded guilty in February last year. In sentencing Leo, the judge said the defendant violently attacked a black man for no reason other than his race after he brutalized a Sudanese man outside a bar in April 2018, breaking his jaw. In March 2020, a jury convicted Leo’s uncle and co-conspirator of conspiring and committing a series of racially motivated assaults against black men in Maine.
Possible Hate Crime Investigated
(AP/Presque Isle) The attorney general’s office is investigating an incident in which a white motorist allegedly aimed her vehicle at a Black man and his two nephews as a possible hate crime. Michael Stiggle, of Mars Hill, said he had to jump out of the way of the vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Presque Isle. The motorist was charged with driving to endanger, and Presque Isle police sent the information to the attorney general’s office for review. The Bangor Daily News reports hate crimes are on the rise in Maine, with the number quadrupling over the past year.
Overcrowding at Penobscot County Jail
(AP/Bangor) The Penobscot County Jail is dealing with a staffing shortage at the same time it’s dealing with persistent overcrowding. Sheriff Troy Morton tells the Bangor Daily News the jail is functioning without 25% of its staff, due to vacancies and medical leaves. Jails throughout Maine and the state prison system have struggled for at least a decade to hire and retain corrections officers. Statewide, the number of corrections officers in Maine county jails fell from 825 in 2015 to 725 in 2020.
Maine PUC Solicits Requests for Proposals
(AP/Portland) The Maine Public Utilities Commission is soliciting requests for proposals for so-called “standard offer” providers for residential electric customers. The commission is seeking proposals for a one-year term beginning Jan. 1 for Central Maine Power and Versant Power customers. The commission says total electricity sales to their customers is approximately 12 million megawatt hours annually, and about 57% of customers currently receive standard offer service. The standard offer represents the default electricity supplied to homes unless customers choose a different supplier.
TMF Breaks Ground on Health and Wellness Center
(AP/Rome) The Travis Mills Foundation this weekend broke ground on a new health and wellness center in Rome. Retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills kicked off his foundation to help others like himself who were injured in wartime. Mills lost all four limbs in a blast in Afghanistan while serving there. His retreat allows soldiers to recover while surrounded by others who know what they’ve gone through. The groundbreaking took place Saturday, on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which inspired many to serve in the U.S. military.
Bangor Takes Steps to Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales
(Bangor) Bangor has taken a first step toward banning flavored tobacco products, which would make it the first municipality in Maine to do so. The Bangor Daily News reports a draft ordinance that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes within city limits passed the City Council’s Government Operations Committee unanimously, with barely a whisper of opposition from the public. A ban on sales of flavored tobacco products in Bangor could drive support for a statewide measure being considered when the Maine Legislature reconvenes next year.
- The Miami Dolphins beat the Patriots 17-16.
- The Red Sox lost to the White Sox in Chicago 2 to 1. Red Sox in Seattle Monday night to take on the Mariners
- Chris Sale has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his next start. Sale had been scheduled to face the White Sox Sunday in Chicago.