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Local News - September 19, 2014

Bar Harbor taxi company owner arrested on stock manipulation scheme
(Bar Harbor) A local taxi company owner known as Cadillac Joe was arrested this week after he allegedly was involved in a stock market manipulation scheme in New York. The Mount Desert Islander reports 54 year old Joseph Dervali of Bar Harbor and Pembroke Pines, Fla. Dervali has operated his taxi company for 2 years in Bar Harbor. He was indicted with 7 others on September 11th for allegedly "pumping and dumping" 290 million dollars worth of penny stocks. Dervali was arrested by Bar Harbor police on an extraditable warrant from New York State. 

OSHA to look into death of elephant caretaker
(Augusta) OSHA will look into the September 9th death of James Laurita, after he was accidentally crushed to death by the elephants he was caring for in Hope. OSHA confirmed with the Bangor Daily News an investigation is underway but did not comment further. PETA says they sent a letter to OSHA asking that Hope Elephants be hled accountable for Laurita's death. The elephants Laurita cared for, Rosie and Opal, have returned to the Endagered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma where they originally came from.

Chief deputy appointed in Washington County
(Washington County) Washington County's sheriff has appointed a new chief deputy. Cpl Chris Donahue will take on the role his brother once held, vacant since May when Chief Deputy Shawn Donahue died unexpectedly. Sheriff Donnie Smith tells Star 97-7 Cpl. Donahue started his career at the Calais Police Department in 1997 as a part time patrolman. He joined the Sheriff's office in the Fall of 2013 as a patrol deputy and was promoted in May to corporal and placed in charge of the field training program.

Harrington woman and children ok in Machias crash
(Machias) A Harrington woman and her two young children are ok after their SUV went off the road in Machias and overturned several times yesterday morning. The Bangor Daily News reports 26 year old Dayna Alley traveled on Route 1A with her infant and toddler sons at about 10:40 when she told police she fell asleep and veered onto the soft shoulder and overcorrected. The vehicle rolled about 5 times and landed on the driver's side on the edge of the Down East Sunrise trail. The vehicle was totaled, Alley was not charged.

Orrington woman pleads no contest in fatal crash
(Bangor) An Orrington woman plead no contest in court today to charges related to a car crash in April 2013 that killed a Hermon woman. The Bangor Daily News reports 34 year old Sarah Courtney faced charges of manslaughter and  aggravated criminal operation under the influence of intoxicants. Prosecutors report  Courtney's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when she failed to negotiate a curve on the Bog Road in Hampden and killed passenger 28 year old Sarah Eason. The BDN reports the two were friends and had been bar hopping in the Bangor area. In a plea agreement, Courtney will spend 2.5 years in prison. Sentencing is set for October.

ID'S in fatal Kittery crash

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Police say a woman from Rhode Island on the way to her summer home in Maine died in a collision on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery when a tractor-trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed a median and hit her SUV head on.  Police tell the Portland Press Herald ( ) that 59-year-old Christine Anderson of Smithfield, Rhode Island, was driving north at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday when the southbound truck went of control. Anderson died instantly. The tractor-trailer driver was identified as 58-year-old Daniel Dunlea of Londonderry, New Hampshire. He was hauling recycled paper products.

Health Fair in SW Harbor Saturday
(Southwest Harbor) You can get your blood sugar tested, teeth checked out, and test your balance at a free community health fair in Southwest Harbor Saturday. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Spokeswoman Patricia Patterson-King tells Star 97-7, folks can visit the Southwest Harbor Medical Center for a variety of health related screenings and more. The fair is from 8am to 11am. For more details, visit Star 97-7's Facebook page.

COA get's 99k grant for whale program
(Bar Harbor) The College of the Atlantic's Allied Whale Program will get over 99 thousand dollars to help rescue stranded seals and whales. The money comes from the federal Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance grant program through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.  

Money needed to dredge fire pond
(Mount Desert) The fire pond in Otter Creek needs to be dredged but it will cost over 100 thousand dollars to do so. The Mount Desert Islander reports voters will likely be asked to authorized the sum at spring's town meeting. The pond is needed as a valuable source of fire suppression water, report town officials. But over 10 years the pond has shrunk and vegetation has grown. Over 25 thousand dollars has been spent to investigate the feasibility of the project. If the dredging is approved, it could start late next summer or early fall.

Hotel Impossible shoots in Brewer
(Brewer) A reality TV show came to Brewer and conducted renovations and gave advice to an inn there. Travel Channel's Hotel Impossible shot at the Vacationland Inn this week and used local contractors to transform a large room in the hotel. The renovations  will remain secret until the show airs in November. The show also focuses on staff training for a better guest experience. The show's host had never been to Maine and told the BDN he spent time on a lobster boat in Bar Harbor and "it was wild. "

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