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Local News - October 24, 2014

Washington County Lawsuit over private information

(Washington County) 17 former Washington County Sheriff's Office employees have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Donnie Smith, saying he violated their privacy rights by releasing sensitive information to the public. Court documents filed in the suit indicate that Smith released social security numbers and confidential personnel records to his attorney and to the Bangor Daily News in April. The information was collected because Smith had filed a challenge against 2 Republican candidates seeking to oppose him in the primary election. Attorney Steven Blackwell says Smith blatantly violated Maine’s Freedom of Access laws. The plantiffs say they had no knowledge the information had been released and they did not consent to it's sharing.

Orland man sentenced to 2 days in jail, 50k fine for lobster crimes

(Ellsworth) An Orland man will spend 2 days in jail and pay 50 thousand dollars in fines for possessing undersized and V-notched lobsters and molesting lobster equipment in Stonington this spring. The Maine Department of Marine Resources tells Star 97.7, 34 year old Theodore Gray pled guilty in Ellsworth District court last week. DMR Spokesman Jeff Nichols tells Star 97.7, the department is satisfied with the outcome of the case. The charges stem from a May investigation which DMR officials say turned up "one of the most extreme cases involving violation of our state’s marine resources laws anyone in the department can remember."

Chief Sharing

(Mt. Desert) - Selectmen in Mt. Desert and Town Councilors in Bar Harbor will talk about a more formal agreement to share a police chief. The Mt. Desert board this week gave permission to town manager Durlin Lunt to discuss the chief sharing agreement with Bar Harbor. Chief Jim Willis is running both police departments for now. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Willis has wanted to make some changes at the Bar Harbor PD, but has not felt compelled to do so. The sharing agreement ends in January.

Holden Hit & Run

(Holden) - Police in Holden have asked the public to help them find a vehicle involved in a hit and run crash yesterday morning. A bicyclist suffered injuries, including a concussion when the car's mirror whacked him as he was riding in the dark and rain in the breakdown lane near the Brewer Town Line. The Bangor Daily News reports a witness called in the accident, but could not identify the car that hit the biker. The car's mirror came off in the mishap.

Jackson Lab Donation

(Bar Harbor) - A member of the Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees has donated $5-million dollars to the lab which has triggered another $5-million dollars. The money from David Roux will establish the Roux Family Genomics Center to study the human genomics, leading to treatments for genetically based diseases. Roux made his fortune in Silicon Valley with the investment firm called Silver Lake. The new center will be based in both Bar Harbor and Farmington Connecticut.

MDI Marathon proposal

(Bar Harbor) At the Mount Desert Island Marathon this past weekend, Matthew Brockmeier wasn't nervous because of the race. His thoughts were on his surprise proposal to girlfriend Katie Leindecker at the finish line. Brockmeier tells Star 97.7, the couple met online over a year ago and he says he knew quickly she was "someone special." Brockmeier says they chose to run in the MDI Marathon because of it's picturesque setting. Leindecker said yes and Brockmeier says she's enjoying the engagement and they've discussed a 2015 wedding. He says Bar Harbor is on the list of possible locations for the big event.

Elderly woman drives off Belfast boat ramp

(Belfast) - The Assistant Harbor Master in Belfast and a worker at a nearby shipyard saved a 92-year old woman who drove her car into the water yesterday. The Bangor Daily News reports 92-year old Eva Lenfest drove down the boat ramp into the water, and the car started sinking. She yelled for help, Howard Whitcomb and Bryden Burleson jumped into a rubber dinghy and tugged her out of the car. Authorities say Lenfest was a little disoriented and cold, but otherwise OK.

Mechanic Falls woman killed by tractor trailer in Auburn

(Auburn) A Mechanic Falls woman was struck and killed by a tractor trailer truck in a Walmart parking lot Thursday morning. The Sun Journal reports 33 year old Kasandra Lavoie died at the scene. Police had just summonsed her for theft and unlawful use of inhalants from a theft Wednesday, after a suspicious person report led them to the parking lot at 12:22am. She was last seen walking by police. At about 1:11am 40 year old Hasan Williams of Tobyhanna, PA struck Lavoie. The cause is under investigation.

Dead Run Saturday

(Ellsworth) Bring out your dead for the Dead Run and Headless Half-Mile at Ellsworth's Woodlawn Museum Saturday evening. Organizer Ben Speed tells Star 97.7, the event will have fun for all ages and folks are encouraged to wear a running friendly costume. Speed says zombies will be on the course but will not jump out at participants. Because it's a dusk trail race, Speed says they encourage folks to wear a head lamp or bring a light.

High School Sports

Volleyball: Class "A" Play-in - Ellsworth 3 Kennebunk 1

Soccer & Volleyball quarterfinals start today.

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