Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Woman Arrested After Spraying Fire Extinguisher in School (Caribou)  A woman is in custody after she entered Caribou High School Thursday morning and sprayed a fire extinguisher.  WAGM reports 23 yo Angela Theriault entered the school through the lobby around 7:20 and made her way to the science wing, where staff members confronted […]

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Local News 06/10/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Woman Arrested After Spraying Fire Extinguisher in School

(Caribou)  A woman is in custody after she entered Caribou High School Thursday morning and sprayed a fire extinguisher.  WAGM reports 23 yo Angela Theriault entered the school through the lobby around 7:20 and made her way to the science wing, where staff members confronted her.  She then reportedly grabbed the fire extinguisher and began spraying before she took off running and left the building.  Custodial staff cleaned and ventilated the affected part of the building.  Authorities say Theriault is a transient who formerly lived in Caribou.

Searsport Student Makes Threat

(Searsport)  For the second time since the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, a Waldo County school district is dealing with threats.  The Bangor Daily News reports a Searsport District Middle School student allegedly pulled a fire alarm and made a series of threats that rattled officials.  The unnamed student was charged with terrorizing and false public alarm.  Classes were canceled last week at Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport, a day after a threatening message was discovered on the wall of the boys’ bathroom.

Hermon Votes to Hire School Resource Officer

(Hermon)  The Hermon School Committee this week voted unanimously to hire a full-time resource officer.  The move comes days after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in a Uvalde, Texas elementary school.  Officials said the move was needed in order to feel a sense of security that children were safe at the school.

Fire Marshal’s Office Welcomes New Arson K9 Team

(Augusta)  The State Fire Marshal’s Office is welcoming a new Arson K9 Team.  Senior Investigator David Henderson and his K9, Shannon, recently graduated from a four-week training program in New Hampshire.  The public can meet the 2-1/2 year old Yellow Lab, next Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety in Augusta.  David and Shannon will be doing a demonstration and are being assigned to investigate fires in Northern Maine.

Special Olympics Torch Run

(Ellsworth)  Be on the lookout on the roads today, especially between Town Hill and Orono.  Runners will be participating in the Special Olympics Torch Run.  Corporal Shawn Merchant of the Ellsworth Police Department will be driving a cruiser in front of the runners for protection, and a van and an ambulance will follow.  Give them a wide berth and a wave of support if you see them.

(Ellsworth)  Watch for some very special runners on the road today – the Special Olympics Torch Run is back.  You’ll see them locally between Town Hill and Orono.  Corporal Shawn Merchant of the Ellsworth Police Department will be driving a cruiser in front of the runners for protection, and a van and an ambulance will follow.  Be sure you’re super focused while driving today, and give them a wave and a shout out if you see them.

Silver Alert Still in Effect

(Bangor)  Authorities continue to search for a man they say wandered away from a Bangor psychiatric center.  37 yo Graham Lacher was last seen Monday afternoon walking away from the Dorothea Dix facility on State Street.  A police canine tracked Lacher as far as Eastern Maine Community College.  We’ve posted a picture of Lacher on our FB page.  Anyone with information is asked to call Bangor Police.

Local Politics

Longtime Maine Politician Honored

(Washington, DC)   Margaret Chase Smith represented Maine in the U.S. Congress for more than 30 years.  Now, NewsCenter Maine reports, the groundbreaking Republican has a room dedicated to her in the U.S. Capitol.  Smith was the first woman to serve in both chambers of Congress and the first woman to represent Maine in either chamber.

Panel to Create Plan for Paid Family, Medical Leave

(AP/Augusta)  A commission in Maine will develop a plan to implement a paid family and medical leave benefits program for the state.  Democratic Senator Mattie Daughtry of Brunswick has been appointed to chair the commission, whose job will be to consult with other states that have established such programs and develop one for Maine. The commission is expected to issue a report of its findings and recommendations by early November.

Health

Ambulance Service Makes Last Run as Nonprofit Due to Lack of Volunteers

(Mount Desert)  Not only is there a shortage of workers, the number of once-abundant volunteers has dwindled in Maine and across the country, as well.  That, says Douglas Gray, was ultimately the downfall of the private nonprofit Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service.  The Mount Desert Islander reports, after 84 years of service to the community, EMS responsibilities have been turned over to the Mount Desert Fire Department.  Gray served as longtime president of the ambulance board and said the issue wasn’t a lack of financial support from the town and its residents, but the very small number of people who were great; but who simply were too few in number to continue to make it work.

Environment

Moose Lottery in Jackman

(Jackman)  Maine’s moose lottery will be held in person in Jackman tomorrow.  Members of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will announce the lottery at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Just over 4,000 permits will be randomly drawn from 70,000 entries.  Those who can’t attend can access results Saturday after 6 p.m. at the MDIFW website.

Infrastructure

Water Street Turn Lane

(Ellsworth)  It meant sacrificing a few parking spaces, but when you travel Water Street to Main Street in Ellsworth now, at least that long wait in traffic should be considerably lessened.  The City recently created a left turn lane at the corner by the Emmaus Homeless Shelter.  The change creates a more fluid traffic flow.

Maine DOT Identifies Bridge Replacement in Machias

(Machias)  The Maine Department of Transportation has been meeting with stakeholders the past several years to study alternatives to replace the Machias Dike Bridge.  Officials say a bridge span is the preferred alternative to replace the existing four box culverts on the bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Middle River.  The current structure dates back to the Civil War and is deteriorating.  MDOT says a bridge will help maintain the Sunrise Trail and return tidal exchange upstream of the causeway, improving fish passage and accounting for sea level rise.

Business/Economy

Maine Falls in the Middle for Household Bills

(Maine)  When it comes to the most to the least expensive states for household bills, Maine falls right about in the middle at number 24.  That’s the findings of DoxoInsight’s 2022 Bill Pay Market Report.  The report found in Ellsworth, the average mortgage payment was around $1100, rent just over $800, and utilities about $361 a month.  The average cost of cable and internet in Ellsworth was just under $200 per month.

Loaves and Fishes

(Ellsworth)  With costs rising for everyone, food pantries are seeing more need than ever.  Loaves and Fishes plans to make their new facility at 137 Downeast Highway into a much more roomy location, where clients can shop any time, just like a regular grocery store.  And they’ll have a community garden, a counseling space and more.  To help retire the loan on the building, two anonymous donors have pledged to match up to $50,000 through June.  So if you give this month – whatever the amount – your money is doubled.  Donate at loaves and fishes ellsworth dot org, and make sure you donate to the building fund if you’d like your donation to be matched.

Community Members Weigh in on Greenville Ski Resort

(Greenville)  Community members this week had a chance to weigh in on a proposal to redevelop a ski area in Piscataquis County.  Big Lake Development filed an application for a permit over a year ago.  Once the written public comment period closes later this month, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission will decide on the application.  The $113 million dollar, year-round resort would have a chair lift, restaurant and hotel, and other amenities.  It’s unclear whether the area would bring long-term prosperity to the region.

New Ellsworth Housing Proposed

(Ellsworth)  A three-phase plan to build a neighborhood of mostly two-bedroom complexes could help ease housing woes in Ellsworth.  The Ellsworth American reports developer Scott Pelletier presented the project to the city’s Planning Board, saying he wants to build it right and build quickly.  The units would be built on 140 acres off the Downeast Highway.  The Board asked for a detailed overview of the project, which Pelletier has agreed to provide.

Technology

 Shark Detecting Buoys

(AP/Old Orchard Beach)  Marine scientists have for the first time deployed buoys to provide real-time detection of sharks off the Maine coast.. Scientists have used shark-detecting buoys off both coasts to get an idea of where sharks might come into contact with swimmers.  WCSH-TV reports University of New England students and a scientist from the Maine Department of Marine Resources have placed such a buoy off Old Orchard Beach. Another is planned near Popham Beach in Phippsburg.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Local Hero Still in Touch with Family Saved from Fire

(Ellsworth)  A heroic story to end your week … Mark Phillips of Ellsworth recently ran into an old friend, although that young man is not likely to remember their first meeting.  A former police officer, Mark was off duty in 1996 when he responded to a two-story apartment building that was on fire.  Reaching the building even before firefighters, Mark found a woman hanging out a second story window, holding her baby.  It took some encouragement, but the former football standout was able to convince the woman to drop the baby, which landed safely in Mark’s arms.  Mark tells Star 97.7, every year Mom posts on FB on the anniversary of the lifesaving act.  That “baby”, Max, is now 26, and the two occasionally reconnect in Boston where Max now lives.

Other

Choosing the Best Summer Camp

(Undated)  How do you choose the best summer camp for your child?  The Better Business Bureau has some timely tips.  First, they say, check for accreditation.  Also know the required safety standards, and check the references given.  The BBB says assess the camp’s medical resources.  And finally review contracts and fees, including details regarding refunds.  The Bureau has a list of summer camps at B B B dot org.

Emmaus Gives Back

(Ellsworth)  The Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth is celebrating 30 years of a supportive community, and now they want to give back.  Come on down tonight between 5 and 7 p.m. for a cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, live music, the Darling’s Ice Cream truck and more.  Director Stacey Herrick says this is all about THEIR giving and saying thanks; but if you’re one of those people who hates to show up empty-handed, one of their greatest needs is new underwear – all sizes, both men and women.  The shelter is located at 51 Main Street, right in downtown Ellsworth, and you’ll see the happenings in their parking lot.

(Ellsworth)  For 30 years, Ellsworth and the surrounding communities have supported the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, and tonight they’d like to give back.  Everyone is invited to stop by the parking lot at 51 Main Street in Ellsworth for a special barbecue.  There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, live music, the Darling’s Ice Cream truck and more.  Director Stacey Herrick tells Star 97.7, tonight is all about you and saying thanks for your support.

Sports

Red Sox made it three in a row, but lost last night’s final game against the Angels 2-5.  Red Sox begin a weekend series in Seattle against the Mariners this evening.

The Celtics take on the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the NBA Finals tonight – this time, they’re back in Boston.  Celtics lead the series 2 games to 1.