Crime/Public Safety Grand Evacuation (Ellsworth)  Stand up comedy turned into a stand OUT on the sidewalk at the Grand in Ellsworth last night when a fire alarm went off just minutes into Comedian Bob Marley’s early-show routine.  The Ellsworth Fire Department was quickly on the scene and the sold out crowd settled back in their […]

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Local News 01/10/22

Crime/Public Safety

Grand Evacuation

(Ellsworth)  Stand up comedy turned into a stand OUT on the sidewalk at the Grand in Ellsworth last night when a fire alarm went off just minutes into Comedian Bob Marley’s early-show routine.  The Ellsworth Fire Department was quickly on the scene and the sold out crowd settled back in their seats as the show went on.  Turns out someone vaping in a bathroom set off the alarm.

(Ellsworth)  Comedian Bob Marley had the crowd at The Grand in Ellsworth in stitches last night; but suddenly things got serious.  A fire alarm just after the early show got underway caused the orderly evacuation of the sold out show.  The Ellsworth Fire Department was on the scene in minutes and determined a person vaping in a bathroom set off the alarm.  The 400 attendees filed back in and the show went on.

(Ellsworth)  It was no laughing matter when a fire alarm sounded Sunday evening just after Comedian Bob Marley’s early show got underway at The Grand in Ellsworth.  In typical Ellsworth fashion, the some 400 in attendance filed out in an organized manner, and the Ellsworth Fire Department was quickly on the scene.  Cause of the alarm?  Someone vaping in the bathroom.  Attendees at the sold out show were quickly re-seated and it was “on with the show”.

Waldo Standoff

(Waldo)  A standoff in Waldo Sunday evening led to the arrest of a 30 yo suspect after he allegedly fired shots at Troopers responding to a report of a domestic violence incident.  Public Safety Information Officer Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, Maine State Police were called to a residence on East Waldo Road about 5 p.m. last night.  A victim and her three year old child fled to a neighbor’s house. A tactical team returned fire, and about three hours later, Kote Aldus was arrested for domestic violence assault.  He was taken to a Belfast hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  A two week old baby who was in the house was unharmed.

(Waldo)  Maine State Police responded to a report of a domestic violence incident about 5 p.m. Sunday evening on East Waldo Road in Waldo.  A victim and her three year old child fled to a neighbor’s residence.  As Troopers were investigating, the suspect, 30 yo Kote Aldus reportedly started firing shots from within the house, which was also occupied by a two week old baby.  Public Safety Department Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, a tactical team member returned fire.  Aldus was arrested after about three hours and taken to a Belfast hospital with non life threatening injuries.  The two week old was unharmed in the incident.

Patten Man Arrested for Assaulting Deputy

(Patten)  A man from Patten allegedly assaulted a sheriff’s deputy and caused a thousand dollars worth of damage to a police vehicle Friday morning..  The Penobscot County Sheriff’s office reports to Star 97.7, 45 yo Jeremy Lau was arrested after deputies were called about an “out of control” person on Main Street.  Lau reportedly resisted arrest, attacked a deputy, sending him to the hospital, cracked a window in the patrol car, and damaged the radio and other equipment.  Lau was placed under arrest.  Authorities suspect Lau, who had two open warrants, was under the influence.

Wrong-Way Driver Causes Multiple Crashes

(Wells)  A wrong-way driver on the Maine Turnpike near Wells caused multiple crashes on Saturday.  Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, 45 yo Charity Reynolds of Virginia, was traveling northbound in the southbound lane after attempting a U-turn and becoming disabled at the southbound Kennebunk Service Plaza.  Reynolds was reportedly already on bail for OUI and was charged with violating conditions of release and driving to endanger.

Trial Gets Underway for Auburn Man Accused in Alaska Murder Case

(Bangor)  The trial of an Auburn man accused of the murder and sexual assault of a University of Alaska co-ed nearly three decades ago is set to get underway this morning.  The Sun Journal reports jury selection will begin in the case of 47 yo Steven Downs.  Downs is charged in the 1993 death of 20 yo Sophie Sergie.  He’s been held in a jail in Alaska since his arrest in February 2019.  The judge has agreed to allow evidence against three other men as part of Down’s attorneys’ attempts to raise reasonable doubt about his guilt.

Maddox Williams’ Grandmother’s Arraignment Set

(Augusta)  The grandmother of 4 yo Maddox Williams who died last summer, allegedly at the hands of his mother, is set to be arraigned in Waldo County tomorrow.  Sherry Johnson is charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution in the child’s death.  Maddox died six months before his fourth birthday of blows that fractured his spine and caused bleeding in his abdomen and brain.  Johnson has reportedly admitted it was wrong of her to protect her  daughter, Jessica Williams, by not telling police where she was after Maddox’s death.

Police Search for Harmony Montgomery at Her Last Home

(AP/Concord, NH)  Authorities have searched the last known residence of missing New Hampshire child Harmony Montgomery to investigate her disappearance. Authorities said Saturday law enforcement agencies were working at a home in Manchester. Harmony’s father and stepmother were previously arrested on charges related to her well-being. They have pleaded not guilty. Harmony vanished in 2019 at age 5 but was not reported missing until late last year. Police first became aware of the case when they received a call from the girl’s mother in November.

Hermon House Fire Determined to Be Arson

(Hermon)  Fire investigators have determined a house fire in Hermon on December 14th involved arson.  The fire occurred at a house on Black Stream Road, and the Fire Marshal’s office is asking anyone with information to call their Tip Line at 888-870-6162.

Drugs

School Staff to Receive Narcan Training

(Rockland)  About a dozen RSU 13 staff members will soon receive training on administering Narcan, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.   The Bangor Daily News reports the Rockland-based school district’s board members voted unanimously last week to allow trained staff to administer the antidote on school grounds when someone is experiencing an overdose. There have been no overdoses to date, but school officials say it’s prudent policy as overdose deaths continue to rise.

Drugs, Firearm Seized in Traffic Stop

(Oxford)  Two traffic stops in the town of Oxford  targeting ongoing criminal activity resulted in the arrests of three people on drugs and firearms charges. Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, 32 yo Maurice James, 28 yo Brianna Reeve, and 30 yo Tiffany Lisbon were arrested on numerous charges, including unlawful possession and aggravated trafficking of drugs.  Authorities say the traffic stop and a subsequent search of a residence yielded fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, suspected drug proceeds, and a pistol that had been thrown out of one of the vehicles during the traffic stop. 

Local Politics

Politicians Switch Parties

(Augusta)  Representative John Andrews of Paris has rejoined the Republican Party ahead of November’s election.  Andrews became the legislature’s sole Libertarian last year after clashing with party leadership.  And Representative Sophie Warren, who won her seat as an Independent in 2020, is now identifying as a Democrat.

Mills Vetoes Farmworkers Bill

(Augusta)  Governor Janet Mills Friday vetoed a bill that would have allowed Maine farm workers to unionize and collectively bargain.  Maine farm workers are typically not covered by the state’s minimum wage and overtime laws; but Mills said she feared the bill would have discouraged the growth of farms.  The Governor cited the ongoing struggle of the state’s dairy industry, which has seen more than 100 dairy farms close in the past decade.

Maine Potato Board Supports Governor’s Farm Bill Veto

(Presque Isle)  The Maine Potato Board applauded the Governor’s veto of the farm unionization bill.  MPB said while the legislation was likely well-intended, it ultimately would not help growers or protect those working in the state’s agricultural field.  The legislation passed both the House and Senate by narrow margins over the summer.

Health

Belfast Officials Update COVID-19 Policy

(Belfast)  Belfast officials aren’t taking any chances when it comes to protecting the health of city employees in the midst of the latest COVID-19 surge.  At last week’s City Council meeting, councilors laid out a strict, “three-strikes” policy with escalating penalties for violations.  Those penalties could even include termination.  In spite of high vaccination rates among city employees, councilors emphasized stronger enforcement of mask wearing and testing protocols.

Brunswick Passes Mask Mandate

(Brunswick)  The City of Portland was first; and now Brunswick has followed in passing a mask mandate for public buildings.  The Brunswick Town Council approved the ordinance late last week. Businesses with a vaccine mandate are exempt from the rule.  The policy will go into effect this Wednesday, with businesses mandated to post “Masks Required” signs by January 18th.

Bangor Has No Plans to Issue Mask Mandate

(Bangor)  The City of Bangor says it does not plan to follow the lead of other towns in passing a local mask requirement amid the growing spread of the omicron variant.  The Bangor Daily News reports many of the city’s councilors doubt such a rule would be effective or worth the potential backlash and cited the difficulty of enforcement.  Portland and Brunswick have taken a different stance and have imposed mask mandates for all indoor facilities.

COA Opens Winter Term with COVID-19 Testing

(Bar Harbor)  College of the Atlantic’s winter trimester opened last week with community-wide PCR COVID-19 testing and remote classes.  Out of a testing pool of 415 students, staff and faculty, tests identified 7 active cases.  As of Friday, there were 11 students in isolation.  Those testing positive were moved into vacant rooms off campus and were reportedly well-supplied and equipped to engage remotely with their coursework.  None reported serious symptoms.

Mills Orders BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Tests

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has purchased an additional 250,000 COVID-19 rapid antigen tests from Maine-based Abbott Labs.  The tests will be distributed to Walgreens pharmacies, schools, health care sites and congregate care settings in January and February.  The state is evaluating potential options to distribute tests directly to Maine people.

Vaccine Milestone

(Augusta)  Maine is now third in the nation in the number of residents age 5 and older who have been fully vaccinated.  That statistic reached 80% as of Friday, behind only Vermont and Rhode Island.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Rare Eagle Spotted in Maine

(Georgetown)  The eagle has landed – or at least it did.  Birders from around the state flocked to the Georgetown area at the end of last month to view a Stellar’s sea eagle, one of only a few thousand in the entire world.  Experts say its eight-foot wingspan makes the bald eagle look small.  The Portland Press Herald reports the bird was thousands of miles from its usual habitat in eastern Russia.  A Maine Audubon naturalist said you could travel the world birding and never see one.

Bangor Woman Goes Viral on Tik Tok

(Bangor)  WABI-TV reports a Bangor woman has gone viral on Tik Tok with more than 2 million views and 300,000 likes after she posted a video of herself opening her new vanity license plates.  Fans of Schitt’s Creek will recognize the phrase spelled E-W-W-D-V-I-D or  “Ewwww, David,” on Jamie Clark’s plates.

Sports

  • The Celtics host the Pacers tonight in Boston.  Celtics coming off a 99-75 win Saturday over the NY Knicks.
  • Lightning couldn’t strike the Boston Bruins on Saturday – Bruins beat Tampa Bay 5-2.  Bruins in DC tonight to take on the Capitals.
  • Patriots end the regular season with a 33-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
  • A much better outcome for Brady and the Buccaneers – they decimated the Carolina Panthers 41-17.