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City manager search moving forward

As of Monday afternoon, the Ellsworth City Council has received 13 applicants for the City Manager job. Council “Mayor” Bob Crosthwaite tells Star 97.7 applications will close March 27. Crosthwaite says on Friday April 3, Eaton Peabody will present the applicants in executive session to the City Council. Former manager Michelle Beal served her last […]

Hermit who lived in woods for decades finishes court program

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A man who lived as a hermit in the Maine woods for nearly three decades before being arrested on theft and burglary charges has finished a special court program. Christopher Knight stole food, clothing and camping gear from homes while living as the North Pond Hermit for 27 years. He was […]

Blackwoods Campground late opening

From Acadia National Park:  Due to record setting, heavy snow accumulation this winter, Blackwoods Campground will likely remain in Winter Operation mode through the month of April. Park crews will continue to evaluate the campground for access as the snow melts, but expect that the road will not open to vehicle traffic before April 20 and more […]

Maine.gov taken down by Russian hacker group

Maine.gov is offline due to a group of Russian hackers. Maine Business Times reporter Dylan Thomas says Maine.gov and New Hampshire’s visitnh.gov are both down because of the group. A Twitter user by the name of Vikingdom2015 is claiming responsibility. http://t.co/pICnaONbU1 will be down for a while. ENJOY — Vikingdom2015 (@Vikingdom2015) March 23, 2015 #OpAmericanGov […]

Orland woman scammed by alleged dog breeder

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports an Orland woman was scammed out of about $7,900 for a dog she thought she was buying on the internet. The woman told police she’d paid $550 initially for the dog. The breeder continued to request more money for transporting the animal and other costs. With that sum racked up in […]

Thunder Hole Closure

Acadia National Park reports repairs to the Thunder Hole viewing area will begin on March 27. Construction crews will be mobilizing equipment this week (March 23) into the left lane of Park Loop Road, resulting in the closure of that lane to snowmobile traffic beginning Sunday. The right hand lane of Park Loop Road will remain […]

Local News – March 23, 2015

Glenburn Snowmobile Fatals (Glenburn) – Game wardens say speed was a factor and they’re still checking for alcohol in connection with the snowmobiling deaths of two young Hermon residents.  21-year old Jason Teifert and 17-year old Aleasha Godin died early yesterday morning in Glenburn.  The Warden service says their snowmobile crashed on a trail off […]

Meth addiction hits Hancock County “hard”

Two meth lab busts in Hancock County in a month have people concerned about the use and production of the drug in Hancock County. Open Door Recovery Center Director Barbara Royal tells Star 97.7, she’s watched as methamphetamine has “hit hard” in the area and addiction has taken a toll on area residents. Royal says the best thing […]

Garland man charged with killing 3 pleads not guilty

BANGOR, Maine (AP) – A Maine man charged with killing his girlfriend and her two young children last year has pleaded not guilty in Superior Court in Bangor. Twenty-seven-year-old Keith Coleman of Garland entered the plea Friday afternoon. Police charged him with three counts of murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, 10-year-old Duwayne […]

Federal agent, former Calais police officer arrested on child porn charges

Maine State Police report a Calais man is behind bars and charged with possession of child porn. 49 year old Roy Wise was arrested Thursday night by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit at his home on 63 Spring St. He is a federal law enforcement officer assigned to the Cutler Naval Facility and a former Calais […]