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Local News - October 23, 2014

SW Harbor Bomb?

(SW Harbor) - A bomb like device found yesterday on a dock near the Southwest Harbor Coast Guard Station looked like a small hand torch propane tank with wires leading from it and attached by duct tape to a bucket. State Police blew up the device - no injuries are reported. Police closed down Clark Point Road starting at about 7-thirty yesterday morning. The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating.

Emera ready for storm

(Undated) Emera crews say they're prepared for the eye of a multi day rain storm that will bring strong wind gusts to Maine's coast. Spokeswoman Susan Faloon tells Star 97.7, crews have trucks ready and rain gear accessible. Faloon says the Storm Response Team will continue to monitor the storm’s track and modify staffing plans as needed. As always, she reminds customers to say clear of fallen power lines and never touch them.

2 more meth labs in Maine

(Undated) 2 more meth labs in Maine have brought the total number of labs found in Maine to an all time record. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says three people have been arrested in connection with two separate methamphetamine operations dismantled Tuesday in Monticello and East Millinocket.  The two new labs brings to 22 the number of meth labs MDEA has responded to this year.

Discrimination Award

(Ellsworth) - An Ellsworth man might receive $315-thousand dollars for employment discrimination. A luxury yacht builder, though, is appealing the verdict. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Wayne Johnson sued the Hinckley Corporation after the Maine Human Rights Commission ruled that Hinckley discriminated against Johnson by not hiring him. Hinckley disputes the ruling.

Sheriff Smith Profile

(Undated) Donnie Smith wants to continue his time as Washington County's Sheriff. Independent Smith tells Star 97.7 while some people may see his management style as controversial, he feels it is effective. Smith says one of the main problems is drug abuse and he says arresting addicts is not a solution to the root problem. If elected, this would be Smith's third term as Washington County's sheriff.

Ladies Night Out

(Bucksport) A fundraiser in Bucksport tonight is needed now more then ever after the Bucksport Mill is set to close in December. The 4th Annual Ladies Night Out will benefit the Bucksport Community Concerns food pantry. Organizer Aimee Lozier tells Star 97.7 more than 40 vendors and 50 raffle items will be available at the event. Lozier says Darling's Ice cream truck will also be at the event, which starts 5pm at the Bucksport High School gym.

Fishing boat reaches Criehaven safely

(Matinicus Island) A fishing boat safely made it to Criehaven Wednesday afternoon after it took on water near Matinicus Island in Penobscot Bay. The Bangor Daily News reports Southern Skies sent out a distress signal before 11am. A nearby fishing vessel reached the boat. Two windows on the Southern Skies broke and water started pouring in. The boat made its way to Criehaven, under its own power. At the time of the mayday call, wind on Matinicus was recorded as blowing 40 mph.

Counterfeit phone case, case

(Portland) A Pennsylvania man pled guilty Wednesday in US District Court after he sold counterfeit Chinese cell phone cases as authentic. The US Attorney's Office tells Star 97.7, 25 year old Michael Kurnik of York, PA purchased fake OtterBox cell phone cases and resold them to people in the US for resale. A reseller in Maine was contacted by OtterBox and told they would be sued for selling counterfeit cases. Kurnik continued to buy the phone cases, despite knowledge of the lawsuit. Police executing a search warrant found 6700 counterfeit cases in a Pennsylvania warehouse. Kumik admitted to police he knew the cases were counterfeit but continued to sell them.

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