Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Livermore Falls Teen Safely Located (Livermore Falls)  A 16 yo Livermore Falls girl missing since Saturday night has been safely located.  Searchers say they found Asia Brown about 8 p.m. last night about a mile from her home.  Volunteer Leslie Howe and her K9 Uerly were searching in a previously searched area when […]

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Local News 08/02/22

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs

Livermore Falls Teen Safely Located

(Livermore Falls)  A 16 yo Livermore Falls girl missing since Saturday night has been safely located.  Searchers say they found Asia Brown about 8 p.m. last night about a mile from her home.  Volunteer Leslie Howe and her K9 Uerly were searching in a previously searched area when they found the girl.  Wardens believe Asia had been moving around in the area, making it difficult for searchers.  Brown was transported to a local hospital to be checked out as a precaution.

(Livermore Falls)  Maine Search and Rescue Dogs Volunteers helped locate a Livermore Falls girl who had gone missing from her home on Campground Road Saturday night.  MDIFW Spokesperson Mark Latti reports to Star 97.7, Leslie Howe and her Dutch Shepherd, Uerly, found 16 yo Asia Brown in a wooded area about 8 p.m. last night about a mile from her home.  She was found in an area previously searched.  It’s believed she had been moving around in the area, making it difficult for rescuers.

Autopsy Reveals Man Killed at Campground Suffered Multiple Gunshot Wounds

(Newport)  An autopsy shows the man fatally shot by police at a Newport campground in July died of multiple gunshot wounds.  35 yo Stephen Bossom had called police to the Sebasticook Campground after he discovered a threat on social media.  Bossom was reportedly armed when authorities arrived and was asked repeatedly to put down his weapon, but he believed he was protecting the campground where he and his family stayed and worked and doubted the officers were really police.  The Portland Press Herald reports his death was ruled a homicide.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing at BIA

(Bangor)   A corporate plane carrying nine passengers from Italy made an emergency landing at Bangor International Airport Monday morning.  The pilot radioed the airport about 11 a.m. that he was unable to get the nose gear to fully deploy, but crews at BIA were ready.  The pilot was able to fully engage the landing gear, so the plane landed safely.

Drugs Continue to Fuel Homicide Cases in Washington County

(Machias)  Washington County has recorded six homicides in the last 10 months. Sheriff Barry Curtis tells WABI-TV the crimes are directly related to the county’s drug problem, where the contraband brings a high price and dealers are being left relatively alone.  Curtis said the problem is difficult to combat as people are fearful to come forward.  He said he wished there was more financial support, more help available from other law enforcement, and a lot more counselors to help those affected by the drug epidemic.


Lung Cancer Leads Cancer Deaths in Maine

(Augusta)  Here in Maine, as across the nation, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths.  But survey data released Monday shows only 40% of Americans are concerned they might get lung cancer, and only about one in five has talked with their doctor about their risk for the disease.  The American Lung Association reports the lung cancer survival rate has risen substantially, and they say lung cancer screenings can save lives.

Penobscot County Reports Monkeypox

(Penobscot County)  The first case of monkeypox in Penobscot County has been reported.  It’s the second case reported in Maine.  The Maine CDC didn’t identify the affected individual, but says it’s working to identify anyone who may have been exposed and will make vaccinations available to those people.  The first case of monkeypox in Maine was identified in York County on July 22nd.

Deer Isle Nursing Home to Sell “Bed Rights”

(Deer Isle)  Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle has received a one year extension from Medicare on its “temporary closure”.  The Ellsworth American reports the extension gives INH administrators more time and flexibility to sell the MaineCare ‘bed rights’ for the skilled nursing beds.  Once the facility’s license expires, the bed rights lose all value.  INH closed last October due to a severe staffing shortage.

Island Nursing Home Board Leadership Change

(Deer Isle) The president of the Island Nursing Home Board of Directors has stepped down. Ronda Dodge informed the board several weeks ago that if she was able to successfully secure a one-year extension of the temporary closure license for Island Nursing Home from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), then she would step down to focus on other things. The extension was granted on Tuesday, July 19. Dodge announced to the board that she was stepping down during a regular board meeting on Thursday, July 21.


State Needs At Least Six Inches of Rain in August

(Maine)  The grass is brown, the flowers are wilting, and those hummingbird feeders are emptying faster than normal.  The Bangor Daily News reports Maine needs about a half foot of rain in August to stem the current drought conditions plaguing much of the state.  No widespread rain is expected, as more than 80% of the state is suffering – particularly along the coast where blueberry farmers especially are feeling the thirst.  Without rain, experts say those farmers could face a repeat of the 2020 season when drought wiped out crops along the coast.

(Maine)  The pattern of drought the state is currently facing has been a trend the last few years.  The Bangor Daily News reports the state needs at least six inches of rain during August to recover from the current moderate drought, felt especially painfully along the coast.  Still, it’s not as bad as last summer when the state needed 15 inches of soaking rain over three months to end the dry conditions.  This time last year, more than eight percent of Maine was experiencing a SEVERE drought, compared with none this year.  But blueberry growers say without rain, they could face a repeat of the 2020 season when drought wiped out crops along the coast.


Ellsworth Street Closure

(Ellsworth)  School Street in Ellsworth between Park and Church Streets is closed this morning.  The City posted the street will remain closed until at least this afternoon.  An old storm drain collapsed, causing a sinkhole in the street.   Crews were on the scene yesterday working to repair the issue.

Human Interest/Entertainment

Linda Lunt Retires from Social Work

(Bar Harbor)  We hope Linda Lunt is sleeping in this morning, so it’s all right if she doesn’t hear this.  Linda officially retired yesterday from a long career in social work that touched countless families here in Downeast Maine.  You probably saw her posts requesting help for her many clients – from food, to furniture, to financial assistance.  The community always stepped up, but that’s likely because of Linda’s good heart, caring outreach, and knowledge of area needs and resources.  On her FB page Monday, Linda posted these two bits of advice – Judgment is Useless and Choose Kindness, Always.  Thanks for everything, Linda – enjoy your well-earned retirement with Dan and the rest of your family.

Swan’s Island Open Studio

(Swan’s Island) The Swan’s Island Artist Association’s second Open Studio event happens this Friday, August 5th.  Visit the beautiful island for the day, and stop in at the Odd Fellows Hall, Harbor View Studio, and Iver Studio to meet the artists and see their amazing art.  Studios will be displaying works in painting, ceramics, photography, wood turning, and more.  Catch the ferry at Bass Harbor and make an afternoon of it.   The Open Studio runs from 1 to 3 this Friday.

Bangor State Fair Opens

(Bangor)  The Bangor State Fair opens this week.  The fair runs August 4-7 at Bass Park and offers midway rides and games, fair food, live music, and a demolition derby.  This year’s fair will be an abbreviated one, without agricultural exhibits, pie eating contests, or entertainment by the likes of dog agility groups and skateboarders.  Organizers say they haven’t decided on a future for the fair.  For a schedule of this year’s shortened event, visit bangor state fair dot com.

Sullivan Daze Returns in 2022

(Sullivan)  The ever popular Sullivan Daze returns this year.  On Saturday, the Sullivan Volunteer Fire Department will host its 29th Annual Sullivan Daze Festival.  The event was canceled last year due to COVID.  A parade will kick off the day at 10:30, and there will be food, a beer tent, and crafts from local vendors, along with live music.  The family-friendly event will also feature a doubles corn hole tournament and a CPR demo and is usually one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Fire Department.

BHHT – August

(Blue Hill)  A week from Thursday, on August 11th, Blue Hill Heritage Trust invites people of all ages to join their Annual Community Conservation Celebration.  Development Director Chrissy Allen tells Star 97.7, the event will take place in the field of Blue Hill Mountain.  (((BHHT 1  “…in that beautiful conservation spot.”  :16)))  Chrissy says afterwards, those who like can join them for a hike to the top of the field or mountain to enjoy watching the full moon rise over Acadia National Park.

(Blue Hill)  Mark Thursday, August 11th on your calendar for Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s Annual Community Conservation Celebration, held in the field of Blue Hill Mountain.  Development Director Chrissy Allen tells us folks can pack a picnic supper, and they’ll have music by Planet Pan, sweet treats and beverages, followed by a special summer night treat.  (((BHHT 2  “…and enjoy the party, as well.”  :20)))  The fun begins at 6 p.m.  Visit Blue Hill Heritage Trust dot org to learn more.

(Blue Hill)  It’s a Pollinator Scavenger Hunt!  Blue Hill Heritage Trust Intern Haley Gibbs will be hosting the fun at Leslie Clapp’s garden in Blue Hill tomorrow from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  (((BHHT 3  “…@blue hill heritage trust dot org.”  :17)))  That’s tomorrow, August 3rd from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

(Blue Hill)  This coming Monday, August 8th at 1 p.m., join Blue Hill Heritage Trust Interns Emily O’Brian and Apple Lieser (LEE-ser) for a special presentation by Frenchman Bay Oyster Company.  (((BHHT 4  “…farm regulations and more.”  :25)))  For more information on these and other offerings, visit Blue Hill Heritage Trust dot org.


The Red Sox beat the Astros by a run – final score 3-2.  Sox and Astros on the field in Houston again this evening.