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Local News - October 22, 2014

Blue Hill Crash

(Blue Hill) - State Police say they don't know why two vehicles collided head on yesterday afternoon, shutting down Route 15 in Blue Hill for several hours . 69-year old Charles Read of Sedgwick suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Eastern Maine Medical Center. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 70-year old Ann Flewelling of Sedgwick. Sgt Tim Varney tells Star 97-7 49-year old Karin Sanborn of Deer Isle drive the other car. The crash remains under investigation.

Bucksport Finance Director

(Bucksport) - The Town of Bucksport is losing its finance director. Kathryn Hickson tells the Ellsworth American she made the decision to leave a couple of months ago, before Verso Paper announced it was shutting down the paper mill. Hickson said she intends to take another job. Town Manager Derik Goodine says he's unsure if the position will be re-filled.


WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - A group of Maine railroad enthusiasts wants to get an old steam locomotive up and running after it sat dormant for 60 years. Maine Central locomotive 470 was built in 1924 and made its last run in June 1954. New England Steam Corporation of Winterport recently bought the locomotive from the city of Waterville and is prepping it for a move to Ellsworth. Work will take place in Ellsworth to restore the locomotive. The project of moving and restoring the locomotive will cost more than $1 million. A spokesman for the New England Steam Corporation says the group is in the midst of fundraising for the effort.

Lewiston baby death

(Lewiston) - State police detectives are investigating a baby's death in Lewiston. Spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 little Sean St. Amand Jr. was found in a bath tub with his 2-year old sister. The boy's father had left the room and when he checked later, the baby was unresponsive. Doctors pronounced the nearly 1-year old dead on arrival. Police will interview the parents - the mother was taking a nap while the children were bathing.

Island Nursing Home Civil suit

(Ellsworth) - Jurors have found the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle violated the Whistleblower's Act when it fired a housekeeper 3-years ago. A.J. Greif represents fired worker Donna Williams and tells Star 97-7 the nursing home's Human Resource manager got defensive and fired Williams when she refused to fill out a third job application after the nursing home lost the application in 2011. A hearing is set for December where Williams will ask for her job back and back pay.

Child Porn Verdict

(Penobscot) - Federal jurors found a Penobscot man guilty of child porn possession. The US Attorney's Office tells Star 97-7 that 52-year old Kevin Ross faces up to 10-years in prison when he's sentenced later. Agents found child porn playing on one of Ross's computers when they searched his home in July 2011. A forensic exam on the computers found thousands of child porn images and videos.

Crematorium burglary arrest

(Bangor) - Police in Bangor have charged a 25-year old man with breaking into a crematorium. A spokesman tells Star 97-7 video recorders captured the images of Justan Adams as he went in and out of the Pine Grove Crematorium last July. Adams allegedly took a screwdriver and some spare change at the facility. He's due in court next month.

Barry Curtis Candidate Profile

(Washington County) A retired State Trooper hopes to be Washington County's next sheriff. Republican Barry Curtis tells Star 97.7, though he's retired after 25 years with State Police he's ready to return to law enforcement. Curtis says he will bring professionalism and integrity to the department, "mend bridges" with other law enforcement agencies, and protect Washington County's citizens. He says drugs in particular seem to pose a problem in the area. Smith says his style of operation will be different from the current sheriff and he has new ideas.

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