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OSHA issues hazard alert letter to Hope Elephants following death

From OSHA:  Maine elephant refuge instructed to follow industry safety standards Employer name:  Hope Elephants Inspection site:  49 Hatchet Rd., Hope, Maine 04847  Date of incident:  James Laurita, co-founder, curator and elephant manager of the Hope Elephant Refuge was found dead in the refuge’s compound on Sept. 9, 2014, with a crushed chest.  Investigation findings: […]

Update on Brunswick meth lab bust

From the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency: The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrest of a Brunswick man for manufacturing Methamphetamine. Arrested was: Aric J. Hall (34) of Brunswick for, Unlawful Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Class B. For the past month agents from the MDEA Western District Task Force assisted the Lisbon Police Department with an […]

Ellsworth’s Grasshopper shop closing

One of the iconic stores of Downtown Ellsworth for the past 33-years is closing.  Elizabeth McMillan tells Star 97-7 deciding to close the Grasshopper Shop was difficult. McMillan said winters were tough on business, and there just wasn’t enough business to generate funds to order summer inventory.  McMillan says on-line shopping also cut into their […]

Local News – March 13, 2015

Fatal Fire (Bucksport) –  A 74-year old Bucksport man has died after a fire at his home on Central Street.  The fire marshal’s office tells Star 97-7 firefighters found Clifford Lambert’s body in the kitchen.  Investigators say the fire likely started in the living roof and is related to smoking.  It took firefighters from several […]

Fatal fire in Bucksport leaves 1 dead

A 74-year old Bucksport man has died after a fire at his home on Central Street.  The fire marshal’s office tells Star 97-7 firefighters found Clifford Lambert’s body in the kitchen.  Investigators say the fire likely started in the living roof and is related to smoking.  It took firefighters from several community just a few […]

Local News- March 12, 2015

I95 Crash report released (Etna) State Police have released a report on what they call the State’s “worst crash” in Etna the end of January on I95. The report, provided to Star 97.7,  indicates the first crash involved an SUV that spun out the slippery road and hit a guardrail. Vehicles trying to avoid hitting […]

Scalloper Charged With Multiple Marine Resources Violations

From the Department of Marine Resources:  Lucas Lemoine, 33 of Swans Island, has been charged with multiple violations of marine resources laws after an investigation in the pre-dawn hours Monday by Marine Patrol Officers Jeff Turcotte and Brent Chasse and Specialist Sean Dow. Lemoine has been charged with violating the law that prohibits dragging for […]

AIM Development to sell off Bucksport Mill equipment

  It appears AIM Development will sell off equipment from the former Verso paper mill in Bucksport. Most of the equipment in the mill is posted on auction site “BiditUp.” The auction is scheduled for March 24. Town officials say they are losing hope the mill will be used to make paper ever again. The mill […]

Donating Could Make You a Winner

Businesses, churches and schools are coming up with some creative ways to help the 4th Annual Hancock County Food Drive. You can donate and qualify for a chance to win a prize. Cadillac Mountain Sports in Ellsworth is showing their community spirit by posting the food drive on their sign. People who donate there are […]

AG’s Task Force Calls for Changes in Investigation and Prosecution of Crimes Against the Elderly

Press Release from the Maine Attorney General’s Office: The Maine Attorney General’s Task Force on Financial Crimes Against the Elderly is calling for changes in state law to protect Maine’s seniors.   A report issued today highlights the issue of financial exploitation of the elderly and the challenges faced by Maine’s law enforcement agencies when called […]