Crime/Public Safety/Drugs AG Warns of Relief Check Scams (Augusta)  Those $850 relief checks will be going out soon; and Maine’s Attorney General warns scammers claiming to be the Maine IRS have been targeting residents and requesting social security numbers and other personal information they say is needed to process the checks.  A.G. Aaron Frey cautions […]

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Local News 05/16/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

AG Warns of Relief Check Scams

(Augusta)  Those $850 relief checks will be going out soon; and Maine’s Attorney General warns scammers claiming to be the Maine IRS have been targeting residents and requesting social security numbers and other personal information they say is needed to process the checks.  A.G. Aaron Frey cautions recipients, Maine Revenue Services has all the information it needs and warns never share sensitive information over the phone and without independently confirming a solicitor’s credentials.

Bethel Man with Multiple Warrants Turns Himself In

(Bethel)  A Bethel man who had multiple warrants and who was considered armed and dangerous turned himself in Saturday after a lengthy police search.  WABI-TV reports 47 yo Jeremiah Adams allegedly went to a home on Grover Hill Friday night, armed with a handgun.  Police were called but Adams had left the residence.  His Jeep Wrangler was discovered abandoned Saturday morning in Albany.  Adams then turned himself in Saturday afternoon.  He’s being held in the Oxford County Jail.

Brewer Crash

(Brewer)  A vehicle traveling more than 100 mph on Union Street Saturday night failed to stop when approached by Maine State Police.  Officers say 19 yo Preston Kay of Brewer was headed inbound towards Bangor from Hermon about 10 p.m. Saturday.  The officer terminated the pursuit, but the vehicle was later found crashed into a garage on Randolph Street in Bangor, and Kay fled the scene.  Kay was found hiding in the garage.  Police later determined Kay had a suspended driver’s license and active outstanding warrants for his arrest.  He’s charged with Eluding an Officer, Operating Under the Influence, and Criminal Speed.

Cottontail Cottage Incident

(Cherryfield)  Cottontail Cottage Farm Sanctuary reports it received a threatening voicemail last month.  Sanctuary co-founders Matthew and Jenny Nichols would not go into details, but said they believe the message was a “malicious death threat” related to an animal abuse case in which they had participated.  The couple immediately called authorities, and a trooper was sent to investigate. The sanctuary cares for 100-plus animals and covets information, as well as donations to help pay expenses, which run upwards of $10,000 a month.

Failure to Yield Focus of Bangor Traffic Initiative

(Bangor)  During the month of May, Maine State Troopers in Bangor will be enforcing an initiative focused on the failure to yield.  Troopers say they’ve seen an increase in motorists failing to yield – a common cause of crashes. You may notice members of Troop E about 11 a.m. this morning as they kick off the initiative at the Troop E barracks and the Hammond Street overpass.

Mom Charged for Giving Naloxone to Overdosing Toddler

(AP/Bangor)  A woman is charged with child endangerment after she allegedly used the opioid antidote naloxone to revive her 2-year-old daughter. The toddler reportedly overdosed after getting into the mother’s drugs. The Bangor Daily News reports the woman faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, and domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. The case will test Maine’s Good Samaritan law, which provides immunity to people who report an overdose or provide medical assistance.

Two Suffer Serious Injuries in Motorcycle Crash

(Crawford)  Two people suffered serious injuries Saturday when the motorcycle they were on crashed in Crawford.  Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, 65 yo Brian Colby of Bucksport, and his passenger, 41 yo Brandi Rossell of Hudson were southbound on Route 9 when Colby lost control of the bike.  The two were transported to a local hospital.  Maine State Police are investigating the crash.

Local Politics

Maine Dems Hold Convention, Reveal Platform

(Bangor)  Maine Democrats kicked off their convention Friday, unveiling a platform that calls for abortion and LGBTQ rights and immigration.  The Portland Press Herald reports, it’s a starkly different platform from that unveiled by Republicans two weeks ago, which opposes sex education, teaching about systemic racism and LGBTQ rights.  Democrats hope to not only win the race for Governor, but also to maintain control of both chambers.  All 35 seats in the Maine Senate and 151 seats in the House are up for grabs.

Political Leaders Continue to Push Back Against Unfair Lobster Regulations

(Washington, DC)  Political leaders on both sides of the aisle continue to push back at what they call NOAA’s unfair regulations that are harming Maine’s Lobster Industry.  Senator Susan Collins spoke last week at a Senate Appropriations hearing, testifying the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan was unfair, onerous, and creates a significant financial burden for lobstermen and women by mandating the purchase of gear that is scarce or nonexistent, due to supply chain issues.

Mills Touts Fiscal Record at Convention

(AP/Bangor)  Governor Janet Mills Saturday boasted of returning money to the state’s taxpayers and raising the rainy day fund to new heights. During her speech at Maine’s Democratic Convention, the first woman to serve as the state’s governor contrasted her fiscal and economic record with that of her Republican rival, former Gov. Paul LePage. Mills spoke to the party faithful at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor ahead of what’s expected to be a difficult, costly reelection campaign against the former two-term Republican governor.

Health

EMS Week

(Maine)  This week is EMS Week.   Here in Maine, it’s no secret there’s a critical shortage of EMS workers, especially in rural areas like Washington County.  The shortage means long hours and shared responsibilities for those who have stepped up; yet to a person with whom we spoke, they love the job.  Sally Taylor is a paramedic with Machias Ambulance.  (((EMS ST 1  “….and never looked back.”  :17)))  Taylor went on to become an EMT basic, an intermediate and in 2004, an advanced paramedic.  Today, she also serves as Executive Director of Atlantic Partners EMS, a resource agency for 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.

(Maine)  The shortage of EMS workers has reached crisis levels, particularly in rural areas like Washington County, where response times can be as long as 45 minutes.  Yet, to a person, the EMS workers love their jobs.  Sally Taylor, Executive Director of Atlantic Partners EMS, tells Star 97.7 what needs to change to deal with the shortage. (((EMS ST 2  “…it’s not a hobby.”  :17))) Taylor says there needs to be monetary recognition, as well as benefits and better reimbursement rates.  She says they never receive 100% reimbursement for their expenses.  And she adds, they must become a priority for municipalities.

(Maine)  From a carpenter, to the manager of a state agency, to a stay at home mom – volunteers that give even a few hours a week are critical when it comes to helping staff ambulance services, especially in rural areas.  Sally Taylor, a paramedic and also Executive Director of an EMS resource agency that serves 12 of Maine’s 16 counties, tells Star 97.7, a new career could begin with a simple conversation.  (((EMS ST 3  “…did you decide to become a paramedic?”  :18)))  A perfect opportunity to meet and talk with those in the profession happens this Wednesday in Machias and Calais.  We’ve posted details on our Star 97.7 FB page.

(Maine)  On Wednesday this week, Washington County EMS workers are holding mini-expos in Machias and Calais to meet and greet anyone interested in entering the field.  Star 97.7 asked paramedic Sally Taylor what she finds most inspiring about the job.  (((EMS ST 4  “…who are just scared to be in an ambulance.”  :10)))  Taylor shared the story of a man who had a health crisis and was terrified to be in an ambulance; so on the way to the hospital, they talked about his previous profession and the wife he had recently lost.  (((EMS ST 5  “…feel just a little bit better.”  :11))).  If you’re interested in a profession that regularly changes lives, stop by the EMS Expo on the 18th.  We’ve posted details on our Star 97.7 FB page.

Planned Parenthood Closures

(AP/New England)  Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will close four health centers in Vermont and one in New Hampshire next month, but will expand the days of operation at seven others in the region to remain sustainable. Over the course of a year, PPNNE says it will expand the days health centers are open in Sanford, Biddeford, and Topsham, Maine, as well as other locations in Northern New England.

Education

UMaine President Search Results in Call for Review

(Orono)  University of Maine system Chancellor Dannel Malloy has called for a review of all active employment searches at the state’s public universities.  The Bangor Daily News reports the move comes after the search that resulted in UMaine Augusta’s new President led to a no-confidence vote in Malloy.  Malloy reportedly knew before the hiring of Michael Laliberte as President of the Augusta campus that he had been the subject of no-confidence votes himself; but the Bangor Daily News reports Malloy did not disclose that information to the search committee.

Business/Economy

Senator King Joins Effort to Help Car Dealerships

(AP/Portland)  Senator Angus King has joined an effort to try to help car dealerships cope with supply chain issues.  Maine’s Independent Senator said dealerships are facing higher costs and limited inventory.  King  is co-sponsoring a bill that would offer a tax adjustment for dealerships that can’t maintain a minimum amount of inventory.  Although the COVID-19 pandemic created the shortfall in vehicles for sale, current practices can result in large tax bills for dealers that don’t maintain a minimum level of inventory at year’s end.

Biddeford Starbucks First in Maine to Attempt Unionizing

(AP/Biddeford)  Workers at a Biddeford Starbucks store have become the first in the state to announce their intent to unionize. The six employees joined workers at dozens of Starbucks locations around the country who have sought to unionize. The Bangor Daily News reports the employees filed an election petition with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday.  A Buffalo, New York, store became the first to successfully unionize last fall.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Sullivan Readies for Memorial Day

(Sullivan)  Volunteers in the Town of Sullivan have been sprucing up for Memorial Day.  Some decorated the gazebo, while Nadine Murphy repainted her “Bee Safe, Kind, Strong” sign that will welcome all to the annual Memorial Day ceremony.   The ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30th at the town gazebo, and will include music, a brief talk, and the traditional tossing of a memorial wreath off the Sullivan bridge.  All are welcome to attend.

Rockefeller’s Home Demolished

(AP/Seal Harbor)  A billionaire is tearing down David Rockefeller Sr.’s home on Mount Desert Island to make way for something new. Danaher Corporation co-founder Mitchell Rales bought the 14.8-acre Ringing Point property for $19 million in January 2018, a year after Rockefeller died at the age of 101. The Bangor Daily News says a limited liability corporation that owns the home has obtained a demolition permit. The seven-bedroom house was designed in 1972 by Rockefeller’s wife, Peggy.

Sports

Carolina clinched the series against the Bruins Saturday with a 3-2 win, ending Boston’s hopes in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  The Hurricanes win the series 4 games to 3.  Bruins now switch to offseason mode.

Celtics beat the Bucks yesterday 109-81.  Celtics win the series 4 games to 3.   Round Three of the NBA playoffs kicks off tomorrow with the Celtics in Miami to take on the Heat.

Red Sox beat the Rangers in Texas Friday and Saturday, but the Rangers came back Sunday for a 7-1 victory.  The Houston Astros will be in Boston this evening to begin a three-game series.

Kurt Busch takes the checkered flag in the NASCAR Cup Series Race at Kansas Speedway.

On the PGA Tour, South Korea’s K.H. Lee holds off Jordan Spieth to win the Byron Nelson.