Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Maine State Police Reorganization (AP/Augusta)  Maine State Police say a planned restructuring will include the addition of behavioral specialists to assist troopers. State police will also create an overnight shift for quicker response times — and to reduce overnight on-call demands on troopers. State Police Chief Colonel John Cote said staffing changes are […]

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Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Maine State Police Reorganization

(AP/Augusta)  Maine State Police say a planned restructuring will include the addition of behavioral specialists to assist troopers. State police will also create an overnight shift for quicker response times — and to reduce overnight on-call demands on troopers. State Police Chief Colonel John Cote said staffing changes are expected to start this summer and continue over the next year. The announcement on Friday also said troop units would be reorganized but didn’t offer details.

(Augusta)  Maine State Police say a major reorganization is underway.  They say the restructuring will largely impact administration and will have minimal impact on day-to-day activities and duties in the field.  However, three detective positions will be added, along with five behavioral health specialists.  An overnight shift will be created to alleviate on-call demands on troopers.

Motorcycle Passenger Killed

(Waltham)  A Brewer woman died Sunday afternoon as the result of a motorcycle crash in Waltham.  Maine State Police say 50 yo Melissa Hatch was a passenger on a motorcycle that lost control on a curve and was struck by a pickup.  The accident occurred just after 4:30 yesterday on Waltham Road.  The driver of the pickup was not injured.  The driver of the motorcycle was reportedly hospitalized.  A section of Route 179 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

(Waltham)  A head on collision involving a motorcycle and a pickup Sunday left a Brewer woman dead and the driver of the motorcycle injured.  Maine State Police say 50 yo Melissa Hatch was a passenger on the motorcycle when the driver lost control on a sharp curve near 1894 Waltham Road and was struck by a pickup.  Both motorcyclists were wearing helmets.  Part of Route 179 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

New Vineyard Man Wanted for Murder Dies of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

(New Vineyard)  Police say a man wanted in connection with the 2021 muirder of his wife shot and killed himself Friday.  Maine State Police located 43 yo Wilfred Daggett, Jr., of New Vineyard and attempted to stop his vehicle, but he fled.  Daggett, Jr. was later found deceased in his vehicle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Authorities say he was wanted in the murder of his wife, 43 yo Collette Daggett.

Maine Gun Safety Coalition Holds Gun Buy-Back Events 

(Maine)  The Maine Gun Safety Coalition held gun-buy-back events at several locations across the state on Saturday.  Safety advocates say turning in unused guns can prevent household tragedies.  Those turning in guns and ammunition were offered a free trigger lock and safety pamphlet.  Guns surrendered will be melted down and turned into jewelry, which will be sold to purchase safe storage cabinets.

Bath School Fire – Arrest Made

(Bath)  Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a break-in and fire at the Dike Newell School in Bath.  Authorities were called to the K-2 school around 11:30 Friday night and were able to put out the fire, which caused extensive damage.   The following evening, police arrested 30 yo Allan Thomas Vigil of Bath.  He’s charged with Burglary and Arson and was taken to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset.

(Bath)  A 30 yo man is in custody, charged with Burglary and Arson in the case of a Friday night fire at an elementary school in Bath.  Authorities were called to the K-2 school around 11:30 Friday night and were able to put out the fire, which caused extensive damage.  Police arrested 30 yo Allan Thomas Vigil of Bath on Saturday as he was riding his bike along Denny Road.  WMTW reports Vigil was sentenced to four years probation for arson in 2014.

Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults (check for link)

(Ellsworth)  FEMA Region 1 is hosting a two-day Zoom webinar on Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults.  The free presentation is being held Thursday afternoon, June 23rd, and Friday morning, June 24th.  Registration is required.  Older adults 55-plus, their families and caregivers, and other agencies that serve and care for adults are encouraged to attend.  Contact the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency to register.

Local Politics

Poliquin Must Hold Off Republican Challenger in Primary

(AP/Augusta) Former Republican congressman Bruce Poliquin hopes to return to his old seat, but must first hold off a challenge from a fellow party member.  Poliquin is hoping to win a rematch over Jared Golden for the Second Congressional District,  in one of the most closely watched races of the 2022 midterm elections, but must first stave off a challenge from Liz Caruso, the first selectman of the tiny town of Caratunk. Caruso’s campaign promises to return local control and government by the people.

Maine Sees Outside Influence in Political Campaign Funds

(AP/Portland)  Big political donations this year in races for local district attorney’s offices show how national groups are seeking to influence those contests in at least a handful of states. Left-leaning groups have stepped in to fund candidates who support criminal justice reforms, while conservatives are pushing back amid concerns that crime in America’s cities is out of control. Among the biggest donors is a political action committee connected to George Soros, the billionaire investor, philanthropist and conspiracy-theory target.

Local Race Stands Out for Spending

(Ellsworth)  A local political race stands out both for its stakes and a wave of spending.  The Bangor Daily News reports the Maine Senate special election in Hancock County between former Republican Senator Brian Langley, and Democratic Representative Nicole Grohoski, both of Ellsworth, has seen $268,000 in outside spending.  All but $28,000 of that has come from Democrats.  That party currently dominates absentee ballot requests going into Election Day.

Infrastructure

Main Runway at Portland Jetport is Back Open

(Portland)  The main runway at Portland International Jetport has reopened, following construction.  The runway reopened Friday, three days ahead of schedule.  The project began in April and involved repaving the runway and installation of new LED lighting.

Education

Jesup Offers Summer Programming

(Bar Harbor)  There’s no need for the kids to be bored this summer!  Abby Morrow, Youth Services Librarian at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor tells Star 97.7, their summer programming kicks off next week.  (((JesupSum 1 “…celebrating “Oceans of Possibilities” this year. :13)))  Abby says there will be music, art, and even an opportunity to learn scuba diving sign language!  The program is open to all.  Sign up at the Jesup beginning June 18th.

(Bar Harbor)  While you’re there, sign up for the summer reading program at the Jesup Memorial Library, which gets underway this month.  Youth Services Librarian Abby Morrow tells Star 97.7, they’re also offering a chance to win prizes simply by reading.  (((JesupSum 2  “…bring their card in for a prize at the library.”  :10)))  The program is open to all, and you can easily get a library card if you don’t have one.

Jesup Kicks Off Community Segment of Capital Campaign

(Bar Harbor)  Mark your calendars now for this Saturday’s big event at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor.  Library Director Matt Delaney tells Star 97.7, it’s a story you don’t want to miss.  (((JesupCamp 1  “…giveaways, raffles, things like that.”  :16)))  Matt says what they’re MOST excited about is an appearance by Bee Parks and the Hornets, with live music and puppetry for the kids and entertainment to engage the whole family!

(Bar Harbor)  This Saturday, bring the kids to Bar Harbor, as the Jesup Memorial Library kicks off the final phase of their capital campaign with a party targeted to the whole family with games, giveaways, and Bee Parks and the Hornets for the kids.  Library Director Matt Delaney tells Star 97.7, the event will celebrate a special milestone.  (((JesupCamp 2  “…so we have two million dollars left to raise.”  :17))).  The event runs from 10:30 until Noon, and everyone is welcome!

(Bar Harbor)  The Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor plans to double the size of their current facility by building an addition next door to the current library.  Director Matt Delaney tells Star 97.7, they’ve raised 10 of the $12 million dollars needed, and are celebrating this Saturday from 10:30 until Noon with a party for everyone, with games, prizes, live music and more.  (((JesupCamp 3  “…are thrilled to have the community join us.”  :11)))  Matt says the expansion will help make the library a modern, 21st century facility, without changing the historic character of the current library.

Ellsworth Student Earns College Degree While Attending High School

(Ellsworth)  Amber-Rae Pesek (PES-sik), an Ellsworth High School graduating senior, is the first student ever to complete the necessary credits to earn an Associate’s Degree from the University of Maine at Augusta while simultaneously completing her high school career.  Pesek earned 74 college credits as a high school student in the UMA Early College Program and as a Bridge Academy of Maine student through the Hancock County Technical Center.

Business/Economy

Ellsworth Adult Education Graduates Record Number of High School Diploma Graduates

(Ellsworth)  Congratulations to the 29 graduates who received their high school diplomas as part of the Ellsworth Adult Education program.  This year’s class was the largest yet, and included two who were inducted into the National Honor Society, Amanda Abbott and Gabrielle Ouelette (Wool-LET).  Nicholas Butler graduated with Continuing Education and Training.  Congratulations to you and the 26 others who completed their high school degrees.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Loaves and Fishes Up for Yes! Grant

(Ellsworth)  Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Ellsworth is up for a $5,000 Yes! Grant from Machias Savings Bank.  Just click on the link on our FB page, scroll down to Loaves and Fishes, then scroll down to submit your vote.  And don’t forget their $50,000 matching building fund opportunity now through the end of June.

Ellsworth Pride Fest

(Ellsworth)  Hundreds turned out at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth yesterday for the Annual Pride Fest.  The free event featured live music, food, games and other entertainment.  Attendees said the large turnout made them feel accepted and part of the community.

Pest Control Company Offers Money for Infesting Your Home

(North Carolina)  You probably expect to make money from investing, but a North Carolina company will hand homeowners $2,000 for infesting.  That’s right, News Channel 5 out of Nashville says The Pest Informer is researching a new treatment for bugs.  They’ll pay a couple grand to anyone who lets them infest their home with cockroaches.  You can reside anywhere in the U.S., and just have to agree not to use any other type of pest control during the study.  And not to worry, if their “new and improved” treatment doesn’t work, they’ll use traditional cockroach treatment options at no cost to the homeowner.

UMaine Hosts Special Olympics

(Orono)  The University of Maine at Orono played host this weekend to the Summer Special Olympics. The athletes competed in the hundred meter dash, long jump, and other track and field events for the first time in nearly three years, due to the pandemic.  Congratulations to all those great winners – and that’s every one of you who competed.

Sports

It was a back and forth weekend series with the Red Sox and the Mariners in Seattle, with Boston winning Friday, Seattle Saturday, and the Red Sox holding the Mariners scoreless yesterday with a 2-0 victory.  Red Sox are off tonight.  They begin a three game series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday at Fenway.

The Golden State Warriors tied up the NBA Finals in Boston Friday, beating the Celtics 107-97.  The series is tied at two games apiece, going into Game Five Monday night in San Francisco.

Daniel Suarez took the checkered flag at Sonoma Raceway, becoming the first Mexican born driver to win in the NASCAR Cup Series.