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Local News - October 1, 2014

Bangor Fatal

(Bangor) - A pickup truck driver died last night after he clipped a Bangor police cruiser, sped off down Oak Street, onto Hancock Street and down over an embankment by the railroad tracks. Police have not identified the truck driver pending family notification. Deputy police chief Brad Johnston tells Star 97-7 officer Kris Beck saw the truck turn onto Oak Street and head in the wrong direction toward Beck who pulled over and turned on the blue lights. When the truck hit the median at Hancock and Washington Streets, it went out of control and over the tracks. Old Town police are assisting in the investigation.

Jackson Lab - China

(Bar Harbor) - Increases in research spending in China have made that country attractive to the Jackson Laboratory. Chief operating officer Charles Hewitt tells the Bangor Daily News China's expenditures on research will soon exceed that in the US, and the genetics research laboratory is very interested in exploring opportunities. Hewitt is urging passage of a bond issue in November to fund construction of a cancer research center in Maine.

Pagels Trial

(Machias) - An excursion boat owner from Cherryfield has denied that he sexually abused a now 28-year old woman starting when she was 7-years old. Steven Pagels took the stand in a civil suit trial being held in Machias. He did admit to having multiple affairs during marriages, and that he was once attracted to a teen-aged girl who was on one of his ships. The Bangor Daily News reports the unnamed woman who filed the civil suit introduced testimony from other women who claim that Pagels abused them when they were younger.

Orrington needs to clean up homes

(Orrington) Town officials in Orrington face the unique challenge of trying to clean up properties with no legal heirs after the owners died. The Bangor Daily News reports they are waiting to clean up two houses on Baker Lane and a land parcel. The owners of the properties were related and the homes are on the verge of foreclosure. Town officials say neither house is habitable and there's trash that needs to be cleaned up, but the town has no legal right to be on the properties yet. It will cost about a thousand dollars to clean up the properties, which might include demolition of the homes.

Deer management plan

(Bar Harbor) Informational meetings are planned this month to discuss a proposed deer management plan in Bar Harbor. The first meeting is planned for next Thursday with another later in the month. The Deer Herd Control Task force will discuss the management plan up for a November vote. The plan is available for public review at the Bar Harbor Town Clerk's Office or on the town's website. Citizens may email questions in advance or attend the public information meeting.

Man involved in motorcycle crash dies

(Whitefield) A man involved in a motorcycle crash in Whitefield this weekend his died from his injuries. WABI-TV reports 50 year old Kenneth Black of Gardiner lost control of his motorcycle while he tried to avoid a deer that was hit by another vehicle. Black was LifeFlighted from the scene Sunday. The crash remains under investigation.

Two retailers caught serving to an underage consumer

(Hancock County) Two local retailers allegedly sold alcohol to minors during a compliance check last week. The Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team conducted a series of on site and off site liquor compliance checks on Thursday. Deputy Chris Thornton tells Star 97-7, the Somesville One Stop in Mt. Desert and Blaze in Bar Harbor sold alcohol to a minor. Thornton says typically the clerk in violation receives a $190.00 fine and the licensee receives a $550.00 fine.  He says the violations will be forwarded to the Liquor Licensing Board for administrative action.

It's fall!

(Hancock/Washington County) Fall is in the air, literally, as the leaves fall and temperatures start to drop. Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Director Susan Farley tells Star 97-7, last weekend's Autumn Gold events were a great success and she hopes visitors will continue to come to Ellsworth to see the fall foliage. Farley says visits remain on the uptick at the Chamber and they'd be happy to direct locals and visitors to local fall themed events.

Fireworks workshop

(Ellsworth) Not one Ellsworth citizen turned out in favor of fireworks at a workshop about the pyrotechnic device Monday night, reports City Councilor Gary Fortier. Fortier tells Star 97-7, people from all over Ellsworth complained about the duration of the fireworks and not having set days for the fireworks to be set off. Fortier says he understand the frustrations some citizens spoke about, but if an ordinance is enacted they must be mindful of state law. He says the council will deliberate and suggest a plan of action to city manager Michelle Beal.

Leads on identity of marijuana robbing trio

(Winterport) Several leads have come in after State Police released photos of three men dressed like police officers robbing a Winterport home of medical marijuana plants and they think they know who the trio are. State Police say they have two very good leads on the identity of two of the suspects and a possible lead on the third man. They say they believe the men are from Maine. The theft occurred early on September 21. The men apparently got into a verbal confrontation with the landowner, who is a medical marijuana patient, and then made off with an armful of mature marijuana plants.

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