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Local News – July 15, 2015

Two Rescued
(Southwest Harbor) – The Coast Guard rescued two people who fell overboard while trying to row from their stranded boat to a rescue ship. The incident happened off Seawall Point in Southwest Harbor at 11-o’clock yesterday morning. The operators of the 30-foot boat, whom the coast guard did not identify, radioed that they had run aground. The Coast Guard sent a 25-foot rescue boat to the scene, but responders could not reach the vessel. The elderly couple got onto a tender craft, but fell overboard and they did not have life jackets. Petty Officer Calvin Legge swam to the couple and pulled them out safely.

Stolen Art Courier Sentenced
(Portland) – A Massachusetts man who transported stolen art from Portland to sell to a pawn shop in California will spend more than 7-years in federal prison. The US Attorney’s office tells Star 97-7 that 65-year old Lawrence Estrella will spend 3-years on supervised release following his prison time. Estrella admitted to interstate transportation of stolen property, but the actual thief has yet to be charged. The N.C. Wyeth paintings were swiped from Portland developer Joseph Soley’s home in 2013, two of the valuable paintings have not been recovered.

Surry Soldier Dies
(Fort Hood, TX) – A 24-year old Surry man serving at Fort Hood in Texas has died after a pick truck crashed while he and other soldiers were hunting. The Bangor Daily News reports Specialist Jason Kane was initially riding in the pickup’s bed when he and another soldier fell out. The driver returned to get them and take them to the hospital, but the truck crashed on the way. Kane was dead on arrival, the other soldier remains in critical condition.

Manslaughter Indictment
(Machias) – An East Machias man faces manslaughter charges following a 4-year old boy’s death nearly 2-years ago. Grand Jurors in Washington County indicted 39-year old Troy Dennison. The Bangor Daily News reports Dennison is also charged with OUI, reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators said Dennison and two 8-year old children were operating a 2-seat, 4-wheeler when one of the youngsters stepped on the accelerator and it went over an embankment, killing 4-year old Wesley Keeton who was playing nearby.

Gouldsboro Town Manager
(Gouldsboro) – A former state legislator will become the next town manager in Gouldsboro. The Ellsworth American reports 32-year old Bryan Kaenrath will take over the job vacated when long time manager Eve Wilkinson retires. Kaenrath served four terms in the Maine House, representing South Portland. He has a political science degree from the University of Maine. This will be his first municipal management job, and he was the unanimous choice by the Board of Selectmen.

JAX to receive 835k for aging research
(Washington D.C.) The Jackson Lab will receive over 835 thousand dollars to research the aging process. The money comes from the US Department of Health and Human Services and will go to the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. The center focuses on developing a better understanding of the “natural process at work during our lifespan.”

Montville warrior charged 
(Montville) A Montville man told police he was a “warrior” after he allegedly smashed a neighbor’s car windshield. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office reports the neighbor saw 57 year old John Thornton smashing the windshield with a walking stick and yelling threats on July 7th. Police responded to find Thornton with his face painted in black and green paint and he told deputies he was a “warrior.” Deputies say he was aggressive and disorderly while speaking with them. Thornton also allegedly grabbed the neighbor’s arm.

Ageist lawsuit settled
(Rockland) A settlement has been reached between a 71 year old man and a car dealership he claims fired him over his age. The Bangor Daily News reports Joseph Castelluci filed a lawsuit against Shepard Chrysler Dodge Jeep in March alleging age discrimination. The suit was resolved during a mediation session on June 10. Castelluci claimed in court documents his manager made derogatory comments about older people. Castelluci went on to work at another dealership. His attorney says he’s pleased with the settlement.

Lewiston man sentenced
(Lewiston) A Lewiston man will spend over 10 years in jail for drug trafficking and firearms offenses. The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7, 33 year old Paul Robinson was convicted for distributing crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime. Court records indicate the drugs came from Massachusetts for distribution in the Lewiston area. When police arrested Robinson, they found EBT cards with the names of five other people on them, firearms, 4500 dollars cash, and drugs.

Hermon Fatal Cause

(Hermon) – Investigators say they know what caused a fatal fire last week in Hermon. The fire marshal’s office tells Star 97-7 one of the three children home alone in the trailer turned on the stove, and it ignited a pizza box. The fire killed 9-year old Wyatt Parker and injured his 10-year old cousin Ashlyn. She said she heard a smoke detector, but investigators could not find any working detectors in the mobile home. The parents had left the trailer to run errands when the fire broke out.

Ellsworth Manager
(Ellsworth) – Ellsworth city councilors have reached a 3-year contract agreement with new city manager David Cole. He will shed the interim manager label in mid-August and make $96-thousand dollars a year with an increase after a 6-month probation period. City Councilors picked the former state transportation commission last month. He’s been acting city manager since Michelle Beal departed for a private sector job in March.

Hermione  in Castine
(Castine) – A lot of folks crowded onto the Castine waterfront to catch a glimpse of the French tall ship Hermione. The ship anchored in the harbor yesterday afternoon to make its final US Port of Call. Castine Historical Society member Suzie Hatch tells Star 97-7 the visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The Hermione began its voyage to this side of the Atlantic back in April. It will be in Castine until tomorrow and will stop in Nova Scotia before heading back to France.

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