Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Auburn Homicides (Auburn)  Authorities are investigating after two people were found dead Saturday morning in Auburn.  Police were called to an apartment at 49 Fourth Street about 11:30 and found the bodies of 21 yo Kelzie Caron of Auburn and 21 yo Pierre Langlois of Connecticut.  The Chief Medical Examiner ruled both deaths […]

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Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Auburn Homicides

(Auburn)  Authorities are investigating after two people were found dead Saturday morning in Auburn.  Police were called to an apartment at 49 Fourth Street about 11:30 and found the bodies of 21 yo Kelzie Caron of Auburn and 21 yo Pierre Langlois of Connecticut.  The Chief Medical Examiner ruled both deaths as homicides, but police are not revealing a cause of death at this time.  The deaths were reported Sunday, but no details were released until late yesterday.

(Auburn)  Maine State Police say they have been working around the clock and have identified persons of interest in the murders of two people in Auburn on Saturday.  Auburn police were reportedly called to a Fourth Street apartment about 11:30 a.m. Saturday for a cardiac arrest.  They found the bodies of 21 yo Kelzie Caron of Auburn and 21 yo Pierre Langlois of Connecticut.  The deaths were ruled as homicides, but authorities aren’t yet revealing the manner in which the two died. Police are working to track down persons of interest in the case.

Blue Hill Domestic Leads to Shooting

(Blue Hill)  A domestic violence incident on Curtis Cove Road in Blue Hill Tuesday morning led to a police-involved shooting.  Public Safety Information Spokesperson Shannon Moss reports to Star 97.7, about 2:30 a.m., Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an injured woman being held against her will.  Negotiators attempted to work with 27 yo Peter Pfister who was inside, reportedly with firearms.  An armed confrontation ensued, and Pfister was shot and killed.  The woman in the residence was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

(Blue Hill)  A Blue Hill man is dead following a domestic violence incident that led to a police-involved shooting early Tuesday morning.  Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s office were called to a residence on Curtis Cove Road about 2:30 a.m. on report of an injured woman being held against her will.  27 yo Peter {fister was inside, reportedly with firearms, and a crisis negotiations team was called in.  An armed confrontation ensued, and Pfister was shot and killed outside the residence.  The woman was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Juneteenth Sign Causes Public Outrage

(Millinocket)  A Millinocket insurance agency is facing public outrage for a sign it displayed this weekend.  WABI-TV reports the post in the window of the Reed Agency on Penobscot Avenue read, “Juneteenth it’s whatever … We’re closed.  Enjoy your fried chicken and collard greens.”  The Town of Millinocket issued a statement saying any attempt at making light of Juneteenth is deeply saddening, disgraceful, and unacceptable.  Calls to the Reed Agency were reportedly not going through yesterday..

Bangor Stabbing

(Bangor)  Bangor police yesterday were searching for a person who stabbed someone Tuesday morning.  The incident happened at a 3rd Street apartment around 10 a.m. and involved what detectives called an “edged weapon.”  Officers arrived to find the suspect had fled and a victim who was bleeding heavily.  That person was taken to a local hospital.  Police say the two knew each other and they do not believe the public is in danger.

Another Maine Man Charged in Connection with Capitol Riot

(AP/South Paris)  Another Maine man who entered the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is facing federal charges. The FBI said Tuesday 61-year-old Todd Tilley of South Paris was arrested without incident. Tilley is one of a handful of Mainers among more than 800 people who’ve been arrested in the riot. He faces four misdemeanors.

Local Politics

Senator Susan Collins Lists Bangor Home for Sale

(Bangor)  Senator Susan Collins and her husband (and dog) have reportedly put their Bangor home up for sale.  The 4-bed, 3-bath West Broadway house was built in 1909 and will be listed for $727,000.  The Collinses are said to be looking for something slightly smaller in the Bangor area with more land for their pup.

Health

Vaccines for Youngest Expected in Maine This Week

(Maine)  The Maine CDC says more than 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s youngest were to arrive in Maine this week.  About half the doses for children age 6 months to five years will be Moderna, and half Pfizer.  Roughly 40 healthcare systems have reportedly ordered doses for the little ones.  Pharmacies will receive doses through a different system.

Fishermen and Others Often Without Healthcare

(Maine)  As recently as 2019, nearly 40% of the state’s fishing and hunting workers were going without insurance.  Daniel Bryant tells The Working Waterfront, that’s one of the reasons he’s a supporter of Maine AllCare, a nonprofit that advocates for publicly funded, privately and publicly provided universal healthcare.  Bryant, who did his residency at Maine Medical Center in the 1960’s, says fishermen were never covered by workers comp, and thus on their own for health insurance.  Although MaineCare expansion helped, he says a limited number of physicians participate.  Bryant encourages those who want more information to contact Maine AllCare.

Environment

ANP Anticipates Busy July 4th Weekend

(Bar Harbor)  The National Park Service is expecting high visitation at Acadia National Park over Independence Day weekend. They say visitors should expect long lines, traffic congestion, and limited parking.  Park officials urge visitors to park their cars and ride the fare-free Island Explorer bus.  Visitors 16 and older must have a park pass, and remember that vehicle reservations are required for Cadillac Summit Road through October 22nd.  Registrations are available at recreation dot gov.

(Bar Harbor)  The past few summers have seen record attendance at Acadia National Park, and officials say Independence Day weekend will be no exception.  Locals and visitors from away are encouraged to park their cars and take advantage of the fare-free Island Explorer bus system that connects the park, surrounding communities, and the Schoodic Peninsula.  Campgrounds and the Cadillac Summit Road currently require reservations, and everyone 16 and older must have a park pass.  Learn more at recreation dot gov.

ANP Visitors Can Rent Electric Vehicles

(Bar Harbor)   When in Maine’s outdoor environment, why not drive an environmentally friendly electric vehicle?  A new rental fleet of small EV’s offers 45 of the low speed vehicles.  Acadia GEM offers cars that can be driven on roads with up to 35 mph speed limits.  The Working Waterfront reports the vehicles can carry two to six passengers, resemble fancy, enclosed golf carts, are easy to operate and start with the press of a button.

Fungus-based Buoys Could Reduce Microplastics

(Maine)  Buoys and lobster traps were once made of wood, but in the 1970’s, plastic largely replaced wood, contributing to pollution in the oceans and shoreline soils.  Enter the lowly mushroom.  Sue Van Hook is a mycologist – one who works with fungi – who grew her first mushroom buoys in 2011.  She tells The Working Waterfront a property of fungi is buoyancy, and she has shared her prototype with the Department of Marine Resources and others.  New technology has made them longer lasting, and Van Hook now hopes to produce flotation devices that last a season in the water and subsequently return to the land as compost.

New Report Sheds Light on Plastic Pollution in Coastal States Such as Maine

(Undated)  Eleven million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year – that’s the equivalent of a garbage truck full every minute.  Anthony Tusino is Senior Program Officer with World Wildlife Fund.  He tells Star 97.7, One Source Coalition is working to change that.  (((WWF 1  “…where plastic no longer enters nature.”  :13))) Tusino praised Maine’s efforts at stemming plastic pollution and says it’s important to keep that momentum going through legislative action and personal responsibility.

(Undated)  Studies show 71% of Americans want the U.S. to reduce its reliance on plastic.  Anthony Tusino, Senior Program Officer for Plastic Policy Advocacy, tells Star 97.7, why that’s especially important in Maine’s coastal waters.  (((WWF 2  “…in the oceans by 2050.”  :15)))  World Wildlife Fund has launched OneSource Coalition, a group working to pave the path for a future where plastic waste is responsibly managed.  More information is available at one source coalition dot org.

(Undated)  Plastic pollution – it’s literally a growing problem in our oceans.  Some experts say at the current rate, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.  Star 97.7 asked Anthony Tusino, Senior Program Officer with World Wildlife Fund, how our state fares when it comes to curbing the problem. (((WWF 3  “…and productive partners in the system.”  :19)))  WWF has launched OneSource Coalition to focus on extended producer responsibility, environmental justice for local communities, and to address the issue on a global scale. More information is available at one source coalition dot org.

(Undated)  The world has become inundated with plastic.  Anthony Tusino, Senior Program Officer with Plastic Policy Advocacy, tells Star 97.7, many wonder how we can live without plastics, and how corporations play a major role.  (((WWF 4  “…reduction, reuse, and recycling.”  :17)))  Tusino says corporations must be given the right incentives and tools, and it’s important that we as consumers let our policymakers and those with whom we do business know it’s critical we become a recycle/reduce/reuse society.

Education

Supreme Court Rules on Religious Education

(AP/Washington)  The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled Maine cannot exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.  The decision is the latest in a line of rulings from the Supreme Court that have favored religion-based discrimination claims.

AG Frey Responds to Supreme Court Ruling

(Augusta)  Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey yesterday expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court ruling, striking down a Maine law prohibiting religious schools from receiving public funds.  Frey said children in districts without a public school are permitted to attend at public expense a public or private school of their choice; but that public funds cannot be used to attend a private school that promotes religion because such schools, by definition, do not provide the equivalent of a public education.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Dierks Bentley Show Cancelled

(Bangor)  Tomorrow’s Dierks Bentley concert at the Waterfront has been cancelled.  Agents for the show said only they weren’t at liberty to discuss a reason for the cancellation.  Tickets for the show will reportedly be refunded.

Sports

Red Sox beat Detroit Tigers 5-4.   One more game this evening, then the Red Sox head to Cleveland for the weekend to take on the Guardians.

Rob Gronkowski won’t be joining Tom Brady for a third season with Tampa Bay.  Gronkowski announced Tuesday he was retiring.  It’s the second time in  three years the tight end has said he was retiring.  Gronk won four Super Bowls with Brady, including three in New England.