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Local News – July 17, 2017

Collins/Health Bill

(Washington, DC) – Don’t count Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins among the backer of a major health insurance reform bill.  Appearing on ABC’s This Week yesterday, Collins says she’s not supporting the current GOP health care bill, but the current Affordable Care Act needs work too.

Motorcycle Fatal

(Union) – A Rockport woman has died after she flew off a motorcycle that hit an SUV on Route 17 in Union.  The Knox County Sheriff’s Department reports to Star 97.7 the crash took place at the intersection with the Town House Road just before 5-o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Chief Deputy Tim Carroll identified the victim as 63-year Felicity Davidson.  The bike’s driver, 64-year old Ronald Moon of Waldoboro went to the hospital.  The people in the Audi SUV were unhurt.   Deputies say the SUV driver who is from India, pulled onto Route 17 and didn’t see the bike.

 

Drug Sentence

 

(Bangor) – A Federal judge continues to send people to prison for their part in a major drug ring that operated out of Deter between 2002 and 2014.  The latest is 42-year old Donald Vigue.  He’ll serve 33-months in prison and spend 3-years on supervised release.  Vigue was part of the ring that included Mark Tasker and Ronald Belanger and numerous others who brought cocaine and oxycodone from Rhode Island to Dexter to sell.  Vigue is the 11th person sentenced as part of the ring.

 

Newburgh Fire Department

(Newburgh) – A fire department that saw all of its members resign in May is back in business just a couple months later.  The Newburgh Fire Department has recruited enough trained members to function again.  The Bangor Daily News reports that new chief Ralph Shaw’s department has 8-members, including three who had stepped down from Newburgh’s fire department in May.  Shaw became chief when the town manager appointed him to replace former chief Glen Williamson.  The chief change resulted in the mass resignation.

Waterboro Fire

(Waterboro) – Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a blaze that destroyed three businesses at a shopping center in Waterboro yesterday.  Several fire departments rushed to the Brookfield Plaza in the Western Maine town at about 10:00 yesterday morning.  An Asian restaurant, hardware store and a dollar store sit in ruins this morning.  It took about an hour and a half to bring the flames under control.  One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion.

Major Drug Bust

 

(SW Harbor) – Last Friday’s early morning drug raid in Southwest Harbor put seven people in jail. Maine’s Drug Enforcement Agency made an undercover drug purchase, and that resulted in searches of two homes on the Marshall Brook Road.  Agents seized 25-grams of crack cocaine and $31-hundred dollars in cash.  Five of those charged with drug dealing are from Maine, one from New York, while a Bangor man who fled the scene is charged with eluding an officer and driving to endanger.

 

Paving Over Grass

(Ellsworth) – County Commissioners in Hancock County are contemplating turning the lawn in front of the old county jail into parking spaces.  The jail is now the Ellsworth Historical Society building, and parking spaces beside it are blocked off by barricades because bricks are falling from the old building.  The lawn could potentially create a half dozen parking spaces in an area that is hurting for parking.  No final decision yet from commissioners.

Blood Donations

(Maine) Mobile blood drives are scheduled in Hancock and Washington Counties this month in response to a donation shortage. American Red Cross spokeswoman Mary Brant tells Star 97-7 the organization fell short about 61-thousand donations over the past 2 months. Blood drives are held at Narraguagus High School tomorrow from 11 to 4, at the University of Maine Machias on July 20th from Noon to 5, and VFW Post 109 in Ellsworth on July 25th from Noon to 5.

 

Mosquito Warning

(Maine) The Maine Center for Disease Control is issuing a warning to Mainers after a Kennebec County resident contracted a rare mosquito-borne illness. In June an adult in Kennebec County was hospitalized for Jamestown Canyon virus, which can cause flu-like symptoms and can result in encephalitis or meningitis. Like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, this virus cannot be transmitted from person to person, but through mosquito bite. State epidemiologist, Dr Siiri Bennett says cover up when you’re outside, remove standing water on your property and remember, prevention is the key.

 

Sports

  • Red Sox & Yankees split a double header, Sox winning the nightcap 3-0 after losing the day game by the same score.
  • The Red Sox have today off
  • Roger Federer won the men’s title at Wimbledon in straight sets, his 8th Wimbledon championship.
  • Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race in New Hampshire yesterday.

 

 

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