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Local News 03/04/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Machias Police Locate Escapee (Machias)  A man who escaped protective custody Saturday morning was quickly apprehended by Machias police.  Authorities issued an alert about 9 a.m. asking citizens to be on the lookout for  33 yo Jesse Perez-Robichaud, who fled Downeast Community Hospital wearing a hospital gown and no shoes.  Details as to […]

Local News 03/01/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Maine State Police Investigate Suspicious Deaths in Milford (Milford)  Maine State Police investigated the deaths of two people in Milford this week.  The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home there about 5 p.m. Wednesday for a well-being check.  When they arrived, officers found two people who were deceased and deemed […]

Local News 02/29/24

Happy Leap Day!   Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Jury Selection Underway in 2022 Drug Related Murder of Teen in Machias (Machias)  Jury selection scheduled to get underway today in Machias in the trial of two of five people charged with murder in the 2022 killing of a teen in Machias.  Immanuel Ramos and Juan Ortiz are accused of […]

Local News 02/28/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Lewiston Shooter Given Glowing Reviews from Army Personnel Before Tragedy (Lewiston)  Lewiston shooter Robert Card was given glowing reviews by his military superiors, before the mass shooting last October in which he killed 18 people before killing himself.  The Portland Press Herald reports an annual evaluation in April 2023 cites Card as “a […]

Local News 02/27/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Maine Launches Maine Law Enforcement Recruitment Video (Bangor)  Maine will soon have a new tool for recruiting critically needed law enforcement officers.  This Thursday, the Maine Chiefs of Police and Husson University students will launch a law enforcement recruitment video they created, and which is intended for a nationwide audience.  The video promotes […]

Local News 02/26/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Public Safety Training Scheduled for Houses of Worship (Hancock)  Because even houses of worship are no longer immune to violence, the Hancock County Maine Emergency Management Agency would like pastors and others who play a role in providing and maintaining safe worship to know about a free online training coming up this week.  […]

Local News 02/23/24

Go Ellsworth Lady Eagles! ♥ Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Demolition Begins on Former DA’s Office in Machias (Machias)  Demolition has begun on the former District Attorney’s office at 82 Court Street in Machias.  Washington County Manager Renee Gray tells Star 97.7 News, at their February 15th meeting, Commissioners awarded the project to J&J Construction of Jonesboro.  The […]

Local News 02/22/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Alleged Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Bangor YMCA (Bangor)  A lawsuit filed this week alleges the Bangor Region YMCA failed to protect a 13 yo boy from a sexual assault.  The Bangor Daily News reports Wayne Quimby was sexually assaulted by his youth basketball coach, William Kearns, in December 1979.  Kearns was convicted […]

Local News 02/21/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Waterville Shooting Update (Waterville)  Authorities have released the identity of the victim of Monday morning’s shooting in Waterville.  Public Information Officer Shannon Moss tells Star 97.7, 22 yo Justin Iraola of Winslow died of multiple gunshot wounds.  Waterville Police responded to a residence at 18 South Grove Street shortly after 8 a.m. Monday […]

Local News 02/20/24

Crime/Public Safety/Drugs Hancock County Sheriff Looking to Hire Chief Deputy, Patrol Officer (Ellsworth)  Promotions, patrol shortages, and positions at other agencies – changes are happening at the Hancock County Sheriff’s office.  Multiple officers have recently moved up in rank, one resigned to work as a detective with the DA’s office; another retired but continues to […]