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Local News - November 21, 2014

Caribou fire

(Caribou) - State fire investigators are trying to piece together how a fatal blaze started in a Caribou mobile home, killing a 28-year old woman and her three little kids. Firefighters dragged 2-year old twins Mason and Madison Delisle and their 4-year old brother Trenton from a back bedroom and took them to the hospital, but they could not be revived. Their mother, Norma Skidgel, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors spotted the flames around 7-o'clock yesterday morning. Skidgel's sister also lived in the trailer - she was waiting for a school bus with another child. The deaths bring Maine's fire death toll this year to 25-the highest in more than 20-years.

Eastbrook Land Purchase

(Eastbrook) - A couple from Sweden has purchased more than a quarter of the land in the Town of Eastbrook. The Ellsworth American reports Anders and Christina Hoglund purchased the 56-hundred acres of forest land earlier this month from WGJ Holdings. He's a building contractor, she's a dentist, and it's not their first venture into purchasing forest holdings. They say they don't have any development plans.

Trenton Park Still on Hold

(Trenton) - A scenic turnout park approved next to the sea plane ramp at the Hancock County airport in Trenton 3-years ago remains a project on paper only for now. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Local, County, State and federal officials will have to get together to make the $100-thousand dollar project work. County airport officials withdrew their memorandum of understanding after the F-A-A demanded a re-design of the park because people would have to walk across the sea plane ramp to reach a picnic area. There are no sea planes the regularly use the ramp.

Calais man pleads guilty to making false statement in pesticide case

(Calais) A Calais feed and pet store owner has pled guilty to making false statements to federal agents. The US Attorney's Office reports 65 year old Clyde Eldridge, who owned C&E Feeds, told EPA agents in 2010 he didn't keep track of sales of cypermethrin. The pesticide was illegally used by Canadian company Cooke Aquaculture and killed hundreds of lobsters in waters a mile from Maine's border. An investigation revealed Eldrigde did keep records of 10-11 sales of the pesticide to a subsidiary of Cooke Aquaculture.

Economic development in Ellsworth

(Ellsworth) From the Bangor Road to High Street, you can't drive very far without seeing some sort of construction in Ellsworth. Economic Development Director Micki Sumpter tells Star 97.7, all the work is a good sign for Ellsworth's economy. Sumpter says not only are new retail spaces going up but also different types of services needed in a growing city. Current construction includes a gas/convenience store, a Dunkin' Donuts, a new Global Beverage Warehouse location, a US Cellular store, a park, and an assisted living and nursing home facility.

Bar Harbor woman charged with OUI

(Trenton) A Bar Harbor woman was reluctant to take a breath test, after she was suspected of operating under the influence Wednesday. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office reports to Star 97.7, 42 year old Vicki Smith was arrested for OUI, after a report of a motor vehicle complaint on the Bayside Road in Trenton. Smith was taken to Hancock County Jail and where she refused to take a breath test. She was released to a correctional officer and summonsed for operating after suspension as well.

Curtis ready to become sheriff

(Washington County) The new sheriff of Washington County is relishing his free time before he officially takes office in January. Barry Curtis, who will unseat current Sheriff Donnie Smith, tells Star 97.7 he is starting to speak with other law enforcement agencies to arrange talks about working together once he takes office. Curtis says he will interact with the media and public in a professional matter and will not criticize other agencies on their actions. He'll start as Sheriff on January 1st.

Long Island death accidental

(Long Island) - Detectives have ruled the death of a lobsterman from the Southern Maine town of Long Island was an accident. The conclusion followed the autopsy on Steven Michael Hanson. The medical examiner's office is still waiting fro a toxicology test. Investigators say it appears Hanson suffered a head injury when he fell outside his home late Tuesday night. A neighbor spotted Hanson's body in his driveway at 6:30 in the morning.

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