Prentiss Shooting Arrest (Prentiss)  Police have arrested a Penobscot man in connection with a double shooting in Prentiss last Friday.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, shortly after 3 p.m. on September 10th, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service responded to a complaint of shots fired at 274 Averill Road […]

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Local News 09/14/21

Prentiss Shooting Arrest

(Prentiss)  Police have arrested a Penobscot man in connection with a double shooting in Prentiss last Friday.  Public Safety Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, shortly after 3 p.m. on September 10th, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service responded to a complaint of shots fired at 274 Averill Road in Prentiss and found two people had been shot.  Neither had life-threatening injuries, but one victim was treated and released, while the other was transported to a hospital in stable condition.  Officers worked through the weekend and on Monday arrested 64 yo Gary LeBlanc of Prentiss.  LeBlanc is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and was transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

Falmouth Remains Update

(Falmouth)  Although officials aren’t yet saying they’ve identified the remains found in a marshy area along I-295 in Falmouth Sunday, the Portland Press Herald reports officers have alerted the family of Anneliese Heinig, who has been missing since November 2019.  The 37 yo was reported missing when she failed to show up for Thanksgiving dinner that year.  The Kennebec Journal reported Heinig had struggled with her mental health and substance use disorder and had earlier threatened self-harm, posting on Facebook four days before she disappeared, “I just want peace.”  Falmouth police Chief John Kilbride said police are looking at everything right now and had no confirmation except that they were dealing with human remains.

Roger Willey 5K

(Ellsworth)  And cross and tie those shoe laces for the Downeast Family YMCA’s Roger Willey Road Race on September 25th.   That’s Autumn Gold Saturday, and proceeds from the race go directly to support a wheelchair accessible piece of training equipment and a functional fitness room planned for an adaptive exercise space at the Y!  Register online for either the 5K or 10K race by Noon on Friday, September 24th, get a long-sleeved tech shirt with custom event logo, have a fun fall run, and support fitness for everyone!

Teens Arrested in Lewiston Fatal Fire

(Lewiston)  Three teens have been arrested for setting a fatal fire at an apartment complex in Lewiston on Saturday.  The building was evacuated, but 70 yo Felicien Betu was trapped in an apartment on the sixth floor and jumped from a window before emergency personnel could reach him.  Betu died as a result of his injuries.  A team of investigators determined the fire was arson, and the three juveniles – two 13 yo’s and a 14 yo – were taken into custody Monday and transported to the Long Creek Correctional Facility.   The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

(Lewiston)  Police on Monday arrested three teenagers in connection with an apartment fire in Lewiston that claimed the life of a 70 yo man.  Firefighters were able to evacuate the building, but Felicien Betu jumped from an apartment on the sixth floor as emergency personnel were attempting to reach him.  Betu died as a result of his injuries.  A team of investigators determined the Saturday afternoon fire was an act of arson.  The three juveniles – two 13 yo’s and a 14 yo – were taken into custody Monday and transported to the Long Creek Correctional Facility.  An investigation into the fire is ongoing.  More than 50 people were displaced by the blaze.

Night Sky Show

(Ellsworth)  Not sure how well the weather will cooperate here tomorrow evening, but Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Versant Power Planetarium on the University of Maine campus tells Star 97.7, if it’s clear, the night sky has something special planned.  (((Night Sky 3  “….so that will be really beautiful to check out.”  :11))) Fingers crossed.

Fallen Troopers to be Honored

(Maine)  Twelve Maine roadways from Aroostook to York County will soon be dedicated to Maine State Troopers who have died in the line of duty.  The dedicated roadways will be marked with memorial signs in both directions of the roadway and will be located as close as possible to the patrol area of the fallen officer.  Two of the twelve families will unveil their fallen Trooper’s signs on Wednesday – one in Thomaston, honoring Trooper James Griffith, and one in York, honoring Trooper Charles Black.  Other area signs will include one for Detective Ben Campbell, who died in 2019, posted on Route 202 in Hampden, and for Patrolman Fred Foster, who died in 1925, posted on Route 3 in Belfast.

Meddybemps Powerhouse Removal

(Meddybemps)  The Downeast Salmon Federation and Maine Department of Marine Resources finished removing the abandoned Meddybemps Powerhouse today (Tuesday).  The powerhouse was part of a licensed hydroelectric project in the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, but had been abandoned for many years and had acted as a barrier to free movement of fish and other aquatic organisms into Meddybemps Lake.  DSF and its partners removed the generator in 2020.   The site is located in downtown Meddybemps alongside Route 191, and the town of Meddybemps and descendants of the dam’s builder were instrumental in helping complete the project.

Lewiston Funeral Home Director’s License Revoked

(Lewiston)  The Lewiston Funeral Home Director accused of leaving bodies unrefrigerated to decompose has had his license revoked for ten years.  The State Board of Funeral Services voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke Ken Kincer’s license, one even calling for a lifetime revocation.  The Board reviewed 16 complaints brought against Affordable Cremation Solutions.  Kincer’s lawyer argued his client neglected his business due to suffering from depression and alcoholism.  

COVID Stats

(Augusta)  The Maine CDC reports every county in Maine is currently part of the U.S. CDC’s face covering recommendation for indoor public settings.  All but Sagadahoc County are considered to have high levels of community transmission, with Sagadahoc listed as substantial.  On Tuesday, the CDC reported 672 new cases of the disease, with 8 more deaths, reflecting three days of case investigations.  Maine is one of a handful of states whose case numbers are expected to rise.

COVID Testing Kiosk Comes to Bangor International Airport

(Bangor)  Bangor International Airport will soon have a COVID testing kiosk inside the airport.   Bangor City Council voted Monday to install the kiosk, which will operate in addition to the drive up testing site outside the airport.  The drive up option is run by Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and reopened last week.  The indoor kiosk will be run by Curative, which facilitates thousands of testing sites across the country, and will provide tests for travelers, City of Bangor employees, and the general public.  The site is expected to be up and running within a few weeks.

COA Celebrates 50 Years

(Bar Harbor)  College of the Atlantic celebrated the opening of its 50th academic year by dedicating an eponymous greenhouse on Friday.  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a 1979 graduate, was on hand for the dedication of the greenhouse, which was named in her honor.  The Bar Harbor based college opened the year with 373 students from 49 countries and 40 states, the highest fall enrollment to date.

AG Frey Joins Coalition Calling for Climate Change

(Augusta)  Attorney General Aaron Frey this week joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general in urging Congress to respond to the climate crisis and advance environmental justice by funding critical programs in budget reconciliation legislation.  The coalition urges Congress to fund actions that will substantially cut greenhouse gases, saying climate change is the most important issue facing our planet.  Frey noted Maine is already feeling the impact of warming waters on the state’s fisheries, and the nation faces the increased incidence of severe weather and wildfires because of the crisis.

Mariaville Woman Gets New Service Dog

(Mariaville)  A Mariaville woman has a new service dog, thanks largely to generosity on the part of the Ellsworth community.  WABI-TV reports Elli Shiva is a survivor of multiple traumatic brain injuries, stemming from assault and domestic abuse, making a service dog vital in helping with everyday tasks.  To help with the pure-bred Siberian Husky’s $4500 adoption fee, plus travel expenses and training fees, Shiva set up a GoFundMe page.  The page raised two thirds of the necessary funds in just over a month.  The husky, named Coda, arrived two days ago and is already helping Shiva with vertigo, when she falls, and providing someone to literally lean on and get oriented.  Shiva said she doesn’t have a huge support system here, so 90% of the donations have come from people she doesn’t know, and to whom she’s incredibly grateful.

New Affordable Housing Advisor

(AP/Augusta)  Maine’s new advisor on housing policy is a veteran of the state’s push to create more affordable housing.  Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday Greg Payne has been appointed senior advisor on housing policy. Payne is the former director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition. Mills said affordable housing is a critical issue for the state, where single-family home prices have increased by almost 25% this year. She said Payne will be in charge of developing policies to address the lack of affordable and workforce housing in Maine.

Beech Ridge Sale

(AP/Scarborough)  Racing will soon come to an end in Scarborough with the sale of the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway to developers. The Associated Press reports Beech Ridge owner Andy Cusack stunned about 1,000 people with the announcement during a weekend post-race awards ceremony. The last day of racing is September 23rd. The closing leaves just three race tracks in Maine: Wiscasset Speedway, Oxford Plains Speedway and Speedway 95 in Hermon.

Acadia National Park Setting Records

(ANP)  It’s probably no surprise, especially if you visited Acadia National Park anytime recently, but the number of people visiting the park as of the end of August already surpassed the total from 2020.  So far, ANP has recorded an estimated 2.75 million visits, about 84,000 more than all of last year.  At Monday’s Park Advisory Committee meeting, Superintendent Kevin Schneider said the park is likely to go over 4 million visits for the year.

Sports

  • The Seattle Mariners beat the Red Sox 5-4. The teams face each other again tonight in Seattle.
  • Congratulations to 14 yo Kale Cushman of Old Town who competed in the Eastern Cup Box Showdown enduro and downhill mountain biking races Sunday at Sugarloaf – winning her divisions in both disciplines.