(Ellsworth) – A convicted killer confessed to murder while a judge sentenced him to 60-years in prison. William Morse, who killed Trenton accountant Richard Bellitieri in July 2012 and then used the victim’s identity for more than a year, admitted that he shot Bellitieri in the head and dragged his body into a swampy area. He said the shooting followed an incident where he woke up covered in urine at a house he was helping Bellitieri to build. A jury found Morse guilty of murder last April.
Ellsworth school budget
(Ellsworth) – Some relief in the Ellsworth school department. Superintendent Dan Higgins tells Star 97-7 the newly passed state budget contains more than $200-thousand dollars more funding for the city than originally expected. That will result in a lower than expected tax increase in Ellsworth. Voters decide next Tuesday whether to approve the revised budget adopted a few days ago by the school board and city council.
(Parkman) – Police confirm that wanted murder suspect Robert Burton has likely broken into several camps in the Guilford and Parkman area since allegedly killing his girlfriend a last month. Police have set up informational road blocks, placed large message board signs, and continue to advise the public to be on the lookout for the 38-year old. They say Burton has likely slipped into summer camps to swipe food and ammunition, but he is subtle about it. Investigators say he is considered armed and dangerous and advise people to call 9-1-1 immediately if they spot him.
(Augusta) – Seven Maine Family Dollar stores will become Dollar Express stores under a settlement with Maine’s Attorney General. Dollar Tree is acquiring Family Dollar, and in the anti-trust settlement will shed the 7-Maine stores to a competing company which will rename the stores Dollar Express. Attorney General Janet Mills tells Star 97-7 the stores are located in Old Town, Caribou, Gray, Lewiston, Livermore Falls, South Portland and Waterville.
(Bar Harbor) – A laundramat in Bar Harbor plans to shut down later this year, leaving the resort community without such a facility. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the laundramat on Holland Avenue is losing money, partly because of high sewer fees. Another laundromat on Pleasant Street closed down a few months ago when a bank foreclosed on the property. The closure could affect long term campers and summer renters in Bar Harbor, leaving them looking for other options to wash their clothes.
Old Town Drug Bust
(Old Town) – An alleged drug dealer in Old Town is out of business for a while. Police raided a home on Union Street in Old Town finding heroin and other drugs as well as a large amount of cash. They charged Joshua Tidwell with drug trafficking.
Fourth of July celebrations
(Bar Harbor) Traffic has been busy from Brewer through Ellsworth and onto Mt. Desert Island and that means lots of people are in the area for the holiday weekend. Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Events Associate Alf Anderson tells Star 97.7, Bar Harbor is ready to celebrate the Fourth on Saturday. Area celebrations will occur throughout Hancock and Washington Counties. We’ve posted a complete list of events, on Star 97.7’s website.
(AUGUSTA)- Forest rangers will work to ensure people don’t bring out-of-state firewood into Maine this holiday weekend. Maine Forest Ranger Jeff Currier tells Star 97.7, they will be located at several visitor locations today to inspect loads of firewood in out of state vehicles. Currier says they will confiscate any out of state firewood illegally brought into Maine. Rangers will also patrol private and public campgrounds throughout the holiday weekend.
Union 76 Superintendent
(Deer Isle) – The school board for Deer Isle and Stonington will modify superintendent Mark Jenkins’ contract after getting a petition calling for them to fire Jenkins. The school board did not say how they will change the contract. Jenkins came under fire after he failed to file the required paper work for school subsidies and the state said it would stop sending funds to the school district last winter.
Coach arrested in Bangor
(Bangor) – Police charged a little league softball coach with disorderly conduct after an umpire ejected him from a ballgame this wee and he threatened the ump. The Bangor Daily News reports police asked 40-year old Jarrod Williams of Brewer to calm down, but he refused. He disputed a call at home plate in a 9-and-10-year old softball game in Bangor. Police carted him off to the Penobscot County jail and he’s out on $60-dollars bail.