(Undated) – The local issues are likely to draw more voters to the polls today than the three question statewide ballot. At issue statewide are a pair of bond issues and a question to change Maine’s Clean Election Act and increase public funding for candidates. Locally, many towns have contentious elections. In Lamoine voters will decide whether to pass a new gravel ordinance. Southwest Harbor voters will decide whether to merge the town’s water and sewer districts and to purchase land for a parking lot. Ellsworth voters will have to work extra hard – they have to elect a school board member, but no one is on the ballot. They’ll also decide on a library bond and choose city councilors. Polls statewide are open from 8am to 8pm.
Washington County armed robbery
(Whiting) -Police have captured two robbers who exchanged gunfire with a Whiting homeowner. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97-7 28-year olds Kristopher Preston and Richard Guptill, both of Roque Bluffs, are charged with armed robbery after they tried to rob a man on Gardner’s Lake in Whiting. Both Preston and Guptill were arrested in Ellsworth – Guptill at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital where he went for gunshot wound treatment. Police say more charges are likely.
(Stonington) – Fishing figures show Stonington’s lobster catch increased more than 22-percent last year, nearing $60-million dollars total. The National Marine Fisheries Service has released its Fisheries of the US report for 2014, showing Stonington landed 25-million pounds of commercial fish – most of it lobster. That makes the small town the third busiest port behind Portland and Rockland in terms of tonnage, but the most valuable port in Maine in terms of value.
(Rockland) – The Coast Guard says a ship grounded in Rockland has not released any pollution. The fish tender Rockland Gulf broke off its mooring Sunday night and ran aground near the Rockland Breakwater. The Coast Guard tells Star 97.7 the owner tried to salvage the vessel three times yesterday but was unsuccessful. The owner will remove all oil and hazardous materials today and then come up with a plan to safely remove the grounded vessel.
(Sedgwick) Police believe a crash in Sedgwick early Friday morning was alcohol related. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office tells Star 97.7, 38 year old Jeremiah Emerton of Penobscot traveled north on the Mines Road at about 12:05am. Police say Emerton drifted off the right side of the road in his pickup truck and went in to a ditch where he hit an embankment and rock wall. Emerton was transported to Blue Hill Hospital for a possible broken nose and leg injury. The crash is under investigation.
(Bangor) Bangor Police are on the look out for a masked man who robbed the Big Apple at knife point. Bangor Police report on their Facebook page the suspect, dressed in a green mask, entered the State Street Convenience store Thursday night dressed in a dark jacket. Bangor Police say anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact them.
Trenton Traffic Light
(Trenton) A new traffic light in Trenton should be operational in the next couple of days. Emera Maine hooked up power to the new lights at the intersection of Jordan River Road and Route 3 Monday. The light was installed as part of a major overhaul of the intersection. Lamoine will take on the cost of electricity, insurance and maintenance after requesting the Maine DOT to install a light that will make it much safer to turn onto busy Route 3.
Earthquake in Bar Harbor
(Bar Harbor) Not many folks felt an earthquake off the coast of Bar Harbor Sunday night. The quake occurred 17 miles off the coast of Maine at around 5:20, reports the US Geological Survey. The 2.4 magnitude earthquake was considered “low intensity.”
(Ellsworth) A man who walked on the side of road on Bridge Hill apparently stumbled and hit a passing car Monday in Ellsworth. Ellsworth Police say the man was taken to the hospital after he tripped and fell forward to hit a station wagon. The man had back pain and told first responders he couldn’t feel his legs. He was transported to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. The driver will not be charged.
(Winterport) A Bangor man had a few too many adult treats Halloween night and police say he nearly hit pedestrians before he was involved in a crash in Winterport. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office tells Star 97.7, 20 year old Yanni Rakis had apparently rear ended a car on Main Street at about 6pm and passed another at a high rate of speed in a 25 mph zone. Police say Rakis show signs of impairment and was arrested for OUI. Witnesses say Rakis had almost hit people on foot trick or treating in the down town area. He faces multiple charges in addition to OUI. He was released on bail.
(Ellsworth) – The hospital in Ellsworth has earned a top grade from a patient safety organization. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital received an “A” from Leapfrog Group for patient safety. Spokeswoman Patricia Patterson King tells Star 97.7 the “A” is a reflection of Maine Coast’s care quality. Leapfrog says their scores are designed to help consumers protect themselves during a hospital stay. The group rated 25-hundred hospitals nationwide, only 773 achieved an “A”.
Monday Night Football: Carolina Panthers 29 Indianapolis Colts 26 (OT)
The Bruins play the Dallas Stars tonight in Boston.
High School soccer regional finals are tomorrow. Ellsworth Boys take on Erskine at 4:00 for the Class “B” title, Bucksport Girls at Orono in Class “C” at 2:00 PM.