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Local News - December 22, 2014

Garland Triple Killing

(Bucksport) - Three people including two children are dead and their accused killer in custody this morning after what police call a domestic violence incident. The killings happened in Garland, but suspected killer Keith Coleman was captured outside a Bucksport apartment building. A relative found 36-year old Christina Sargent's body Saturday night in her mobile home in Garland. Her two children, 8-year old Destiny Sargent and 10-year old Duwayne Coke were also dead. The 27-year old Coleman is charged with three counts of murder. Police surrounded an area around Central Street in Bucksport and caught Coleman as he was getting into his van yesterday afternoon. Detectives will return to the scene in Garland today and will likely question Coleman.

Calais Stabbing

(Calais) - Police continue to investigate a stabbing in Calais that left one man with serious injuries. An ambulance transferred 56-year old John Haskins to Eastern Maine Medical Center following the incident Friday afternoon on Chapel Street. Police say two other adults were in the house with Haskins and they do not believe there is any public threat. A team of detectives from the State Police assisted Calais police with the investigation.

Brewer Man injured

(Brewer) A 73-year old barber from Brewer was listed in critical condition after a car struck him early Saturday morning. Brewer police identify the victim as David Grant who was crossing Main Street by city hall at about 6:30 in the morning. Investigators say visibility may have been a factor, as it was dark at that hour of the day. Grant was on his way to work for the day when he was hit.

Caterpillar Hill Purchased

(Sedgwick) – One of Maine’s most spectacular views is under new ownership. The Caterpillar Hill Initiative purchased 30-acres of land on the hill in Sedgwick with some frontage on Walker Pond. The Ellsworth American reports the group is an environmental charity that plans fund raisers to pay off the mortgage on the $740-thousand dollar purchase price.

Tremont Patrol Contract

(Tremont) – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will continue to patrol the Mt. Desert Island Town of Tremont 30-hours a week. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the town inked a 1-year deal with the Sheriff’s office at the same price as the current contract. Tremont does not have a local police department. Southwest Harbor and Mt. Desert police also provide mutual aid to the Sheriff’s Department and State Police when responding to more serious calls in Tremont.

Saco home invasion investigation ongoing

SACO, Maine (AP) - Police in Maine continue to investigate a home invasion in Saco in which one of the homeowners as well as a house guest were shot multiple times. Police identified the victims of the home invasion just before 3 a.m. Thursday as homeowner Steven Chabot and guest Rachel Owens of Londonderry, New Hampshire. Chabot's wife, Carol, was in the home at the time, but was unharmed. The victims were hospitalized but their conditions could not immediately be determined. Police Chief Brad Paul says Steven Chabot called 911 but the intruder had fled before officers arrived. Paul says one person was in custody for questioning in Londonderry, but is not under arrest. Owens' home in New Hampshire had also been sealed by police. Paul said it was not a random attack.

Belfast woman switches price tags at Walmart

(Thomaston) – Police say a 36-year old Belfast woman switched price tags on goods at Wal-Mart in Thomaston. An employee spotted Kara Kinney allegedly making the switch on 10-items worth 73-dollars and called police. The Bangor Daily News reports she admitted making the switch. Kinney has three prior theft convictions and was on probation at the time of her arrest last week.

Windham Teen – Terrorizing

(Windham) – The 16-year old charged with sending a threatening e-mail to the school department in Windham will stay in a juvenile detention center until after the new year. The Portland Press Herald reports Justin Woodbury spent his freshman year at Windham High School, but most recently attended Baxter Academy for Science and Technology. His attorney said the youngster had never been in formal trouble before. Woodbury allegedly sent e-mails that police described as angry and referencing weapons. The threats closed down the school for 3-days last week.

Warming center to be established in Stonington

(Stonington) A warming center in Stonington is in the works. The Island Advantages reports the Island Community Center will install a new generator after the town raised 20 thousand dollars in donations for the project. Town officials report funds are still trickling in which will go towards installation, pipes, and a fuel tank. The need for the generator became apparent after an early winter storm knocked out power for several days in the area.

Cipherhealth coming to MCMH

(Ellsworth) A new patient follow up program at Ellsworth's Maine Coast Memorial Hospital intends to ensure patients health is improving after they're discharged from a hospital stay. Hospital Spokeswoman Patricia Patterson-King tells Star 97.7, depending on the patient's condition, Cipherhealth will call  one to four times over the course of a 30-day window to check on their health. The program will start in the beginning of 2015 and be used for hospital and emergency patients.

Ebola drill at MDI Hospital

(Mount Desert) Officials at Mount Desert Island Hospital say they are pleased after the success of an Ebola outbreak drill earlier this month. Spokeswoman Oka Hutchins tells Star 97.7, the hospital established Ebola specific protocols as part of the emergency preparedness plan and during the drill they acted as if an Ebola patient had entered the hospital for care. Hutchins says after the drill, administrators will discuss places for improvement but overall the hospital is satisfied with the "mock" response.

LePage on food stamps

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage's administration says more than 6,000 Maine residents are about to lose their food stamp benefits. The Republican governor is enforcing a three-month limit on benefits for childless adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program unless they work at least 20 hours a week, volunteer or participate in a work-training program. LePage spoke about how Mainers want welfare reform in his weekly radio address.

High School Basketball (Saturday)

Boys

Searsport 63 Sumner 50

Machias 52 Islesboro 45

Old Town 66 Caribou 42

Vinalhaven 77 Jonesport Beals 53

Girls

MDI 62 GSA 32

Calais 72 Sumner 56

John Bapst 58 Bucksport 25

Machias 68 Islesboro 33

Old Town 68 Caribou 44

Searsport 58 DI/Stonington 35

Bangor 45 Brunswick 43

Vinalhaven 48 Jonesport Beals 27

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