Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Winterport Stabbing (Winterport)  A juvenile was hospitalized after he was stabbed Thursday night in Winterport.  Maine State Police tell Star 97.7, they responded to the report of a stabbing on Maine Street just after 8:30 last night, along with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.  The young man was taken to a local hospital.  […]

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Local News 07/29/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Winterport Stabbing

(Winterport)  A juvenile was hospitalized after he was stabbed Thursday night in Winterport.  Maine State Police tell Star 97.7, they responded to the report of a stabbing on Maine Street just after 8:30 last night, along with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.  The young man was taken to a local hospital.  No word on the seriousness of his injury or his condition this morning.

Massachusetts Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Bangor

(Bangor)  Two men from Massachusetts have been arrested in Bangor on drug charges.  The arrests are the culmination of a two year investigation by Maine law enforcement.  Authorities say Lawrence Camillo and Joel Peralta, both 26 yo’s from Lowell, Massachusetts, had been bringing fentanyl and other drugs to Maine and selling them out of area hotels.  A Wednesday night search at a Bangor hotel yielded drugs with a street value of about $75,000.  Both suspects face multiple trafficking charges.

Four Indicted for April Nightclub Shooting

(Bangor)  Four men have been indicted in connection with an April shooting outside a downtown Bangor nightclub.  The men face multiple charges, including assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and felony reckless conduct.  Charged are 32 yo Horane Lawrence, 36 yo Andrae Dixon, 33 yo Edward Evans and his 28 yo brother Eimel Evans.  Dixon is accused of firing shots into an occupied vehicle during the April 24th incident that left one person hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

Bangor Woman Indicted in Overdose Case Involving Two Year Old

(Bangor)  A Bangor woman who allegedly left fentanyl unsupervised, leading to an overdose of her two year old, has been indicted by a grand jury.  WABI-TV reports 28 yo Jessica Shepard of Bangor is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.  Authorities say in May Sheperd left about a gram of fentanyl powder in an area where her daughter was able to find and consume it.  The child reportedly became unconscious and was administered Narcan by her mother.  A judge set bail at $500 and ordered Shepherd to have no contact with the two year old except as authorized by DHHS.

Two Year Old Found Safe After Wandering From Campground

(Northeast Piscataquis)  A two yo was found safe after she wandered away from a campground in Piscataquis County yesterday morning.  Maine Wardens say Blaklyn Greenleaf was last seen sleeping in her family’s camper at 2 a.m. Thursday morning.  When the family woke up around 7, the door of the camper was open and the little girl missing.  About 10:45 yesterday morning Game Warden Tyler Leach found the girl sitting on a brush pile in one of the camp parking areas.  Wardens say the tot reached out to Leach, who scooped her up and rushed her back to her grateful family.

Rockland Homes Evacuated

(Rockland)  The discovery of a grenade led to the evacuation of several homes in Rockland Thursday night.  The explosive was discovered in the basement of a home, prompting police to block off James Street for several hours while a bomb squad determined the grenade had been altered and was no longer dangerous.  Authorities believe the grenade was left by someone who had lived in the house previously.

Rockland Juveniles Threaten Police

(Rockland)  Two juveniles face charges after a Thursday morning altercation with police in Rockland.  Officers said they got a call about 2 a.m.  from a juvenile who said a group was armed with firearms and wanted a confrontation.  A group of several juveniles was reportedly waiting for officers in the parking lot of the Rockland Police Department.  An altercation ensued, and one juvenile was reportedly subdued with a taser.  Two juveniles were taken into custody and charged with terrorizing, disorderly conduct, and refusing to submit to arrest.

Local Politics

Mills Could Push Constitutional Amendment to Protect Abortion

(Portland)  Governor Janet Mills may put forth an amendment to the Maine Constitution to protect abortion rights.  At a rally in Portland this week, the Governor said her office was looking into whether or not the Maine Constitution already contains such a provision.

Abortion Rights Protections Likely Already Protected in Maine Constitution

(Augusta)  A little-known Maine court case could already guarantee abortion rights here even if permissive state laws on the subject were rolled back.  The Bangor Daily News reports the fail safe involves a 2013 case on the constitutionality of a sex offender law.  In that case, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court noted the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protected the right to abortion. It made that equivalent with a mirroring portion of the Maine Constitution. The decision, along with others in states that recognize abortion rights, makes a strong case that constitutional protections are already in effect.

Police Group Says It’s Insulted by Poliquin’s Remarks

(Augusta)  This week the Maine Fraternal Order of Police threw their backing behind Republican candidate for Governor Paul LePage and Democratic candidate for Congress Jared Golden.  The Bangor Daily News reports a strategist for LePage and Bruce Poliquin speaking on another local radio station on Tuesday implied a relationship between the MFOP and one of Golden’s strategists was a factor in the endorsement.  Poliquin’s campaign on Friday released a statement saying the police organization “had the wool pulled over their eyes”.  A spokesman for the MFOP called the statement “insulting” to its members.

Health

Gen Z Open to Male Birth Control

(KHN)  Way to step up, young guys!  Generation Z has some different thoughts on safe sex compared to older Americans.  Kaiser Health News reports in a new report published by Innerbody Research, 81 percent of Generation Z men said they would be willing to try oral contraception. The online wellness guide called Gen Z’s willingness to try a birth control pill “impressive” compared to older generations. In the same survey, only 65 percent of Millennial men, 64 percent of Boomer men and 58 percent of Gen X men said they would be willing to try taking a pill to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

Report Recommends Testing for PFAS Exposure

(Undated)  A new report recommends anyone with a history of exposure to forever chemicals should be tested for levels of PFAS in their blood.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the report on Thursday.  The report recommends tests be offered by medical providers to anyone who lives or works in areas known to be contaminated with the toxins.  Research indicates longtime exposure is connected to certain types of cancers, lower antibodies, and complications during pregnancy.

Education

Former UMaine President Dies

(Orono)  Former University of Maine President Robert Kennedy died last week at his home in Minnesota.  Kennedy served as UMaine President from 2005 to 2011.  He is survived by his wife and four children.  Kennedy was 75.

Environment

Dry Conditions Force Stonington to Truck in Drinking Water

(Stonington) The lack of precipitation and an influx of summer visitors are forcing the town of Stonington to buy tens of thousands of gallons of drinking water.  Town Manager Kathleen Billings told the Bangor Daily News this summer’s sparse rainfall simply hasn’t been enough to keep wells full.  Last week, the town ordered 64,000 gallons of water.  Billings says they’ll likely have to buy even more water as summer goes on.  2021 was the first time the town had ever had to truck in water, and continuing drought conditions this year have added to the number of shrinking wells.

Desperate Farmers Finding the Need to Water Crops

(Maine)  Midcoast farmers are finding it necessary to water their crops as the drought drags on.  One Knox farmer told the Bangor Daily News his nearly one thousand acres of hay, corn, oats and rye are dry and stunted.  Few farmers in Maine are set up for irrigation, and most lands don’t have the ponds and infrastructure to water that kind of acreage.  Farmers say all they can do is hope for much-needed precipitation.

Infrastructure

NY Investment Firm to Help Reopen Hampden Trash Facility

(Hampden)  Revere Capital Advisors, a NY Investment Firm, has been tapped to supply funds and expertise in the reopening of the Hampden trash facility.  The Municipal Review Committee, which has overseen the sales process, reports Revere will also be a part owner under a corporate structure that should be in place by early September.  The MRC represents the 100-plus Maine towns that used the plant, which shut down in May 2020 due to a lack of operating funds.  Pending a judge’s approval, the MRC will become the new owner of the Coldbrook Road facility.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Milbridge Days

(Milbridge)  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to join in one of the year’s biggest celebrations in all of  Hancock and Washington Counties.  Volunteer Richard Bondurant gives Star 97.7 the scoop on this weekend’s Milbridge Days.  (((Milbridge 1  “…for some of the events.”  :17)))  Bondurant says everyone is welcome, and they try to keep as many of the events as possible free of charge.  Check out the schedule on the Milbridge Days FB page.

(Milbridge)  Parades, a pancake breakfast, a lobster and clam cookout, concerts, vendors, fireworks … it’s all part of this weekend’s Annual Milbridge Days festivities.  Volunteer Richard Bondurant tells Star 97.7, one event has even drawn coverage from some pretty famous publications.  (((Milbridge 2  “…starting at 2:30 in the afternoon.”  :19))).  That’s tomorrow, Saturday – everyone is welcome to enter a four-person team.  Milbridge even provides the gear.  Find a complete schedule of this weekend’s events on the Milbridge Days FB page.

(Milbridge)  A pet parade this afternoon, a concert tonight, and a full day Saturday with a slime lab and Pony-X Petting Zoo for the kids, a car show, the famous codfish relay, and a night of music, dance and fireworks.  It’s this weekend’s Milbridge Days.  And, oh, do they have FOOD!  Volunteer Richard Bondurant tells Star 97.7, you want to get there early for tomorrow’s Lobster and Clam Cookout.  (((Milbridge 3  “…to accompany that.”  :15)))  For a schedule of all the festivities, check out the Milbridge Days FB page.

(Milbridge)  This weekend’s Milbridge Days kicked off with last night’s cribbage match and today and tomorrow, they’ve got a full slate of events for all ages – a slime lab, petting zoo, a pet parade, face painting, fireworks, and food and concerts to beat the band.  Volunteer Richard Bondurant tells Star 97.7, the Saturday’s codfish relays aren’t the only chance to win prize money.  (((Milbridge 4  “…on Saturday here in town.”  :13)))  For a schedule of all the events, beginning at 10 a.m. this morning and running through Saturday night’s fireworks, visit milbridge days dot com or check them out on FB.

Nominations Sought for 2022 Outdoor Lifetime Achievement Award

(Augusta)  Do you know an individual dedicated to the stewardship of Maine’s natural resources and who has been or is active in the state’s rich outdoor traditions?  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting applications for the 2022 Outdoor Lifetime Achievement Award.  Eligible nominees must have hunted, trapped and fished in Maine for a combined total of 40 years.  Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on August 5th.  Forms can be downloaded at m e fish wildlife dot com.

Longtime New Surry Theatre Director Dies

(Surry)  The stage lights have dimmed and the curtain has fallen, but Bill Raiten’s legacy will live on.  Raiten, founder and longtime artistic director of New Surry Theatre, has died.  Raiten founded the theatre and Performing Arts School back in 1972.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, his mother wanted him to be a doctor.  But Raiten decided on another path – healing audiences through laughter, drama, and mystery, and encouraging healthy acting careers for the many who blossomed under his mentorship.  Raiten passed away yesterday, but he leaves behind a legacy in theatre that influenced more than four decades of the performing arts community.

Sports

Red Sox 4, Guardians 2.  The Red Sox remain at Fenway this weekend for a series against the Milwaukee Brewers, beginning tonight.