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Local News - November 27, 2014 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Storm

(Undated) - Folks in Downeast Maine are getting used to power outages this month. Emera Maine reported more than 9-thousand customers lost electricity overnight, most of them in Hancock County. The storm follows one in the first part of November that knocked out electricity to some folks for nearly 1-week. Particularly hard hit towns include Sullivan, Stonington and Brooklin in Hancock County and Orrington in Penobscot County. Emera Spokesman Bob Potts said they have crews working around the clock to restore power, but it's going to take some time. The Hancock County Regional Communications Center reports very few complaints overnight other than a few cars off the road and trees on power lines.

Young wins right to sue

(Bar Harbor) - The Maine Human Rights Commission has granted Bar Harbor's former police chief the right to sue. The Mount Desert Islander reports Nate Young requested the letter. A right to sue letter is issued by the commission after 180 days if staff hasn't completed an investigation or returned their results to the full commission. Young filed a complaint with the MHRC in May, that claimed the town discriminated against him when it failed to accommodate his alcoholism which he considers a disability. The town fired Young last winter following an incident in 2013 when officers found Young slumped over the wheel of his truck.

County Budget

(Ellsworth) - County Commissioners in Hancock County say they may look for places to trim the county budget for next year before they finalize it in a couple of weeks. Commissioners are due to meet December 12th, and as things stand recommended from the budget committee, the budget is up 3.54 percent. The most significant increase will be the addition of a county administrator. County Commissioners say they've budgeted $160-thousand dollars for the position which would include salary, benefits and expenses. Hancock County is one of very few in Maine without an administrator or manager.

Corinna man and teen charged with stealing guns

(Salem Township) A Corinna man and teen have been charged with the theft of 11 guns from a home in Franklin County. State Police tell Stat 97.7, 53 year old David Ireland and a 17 year old boy allegedly stole 11 rifles and handguns from his Salem Township home. Police got a tip one of the stolen guns was pawned at a Newport pawn shop. Police are still trying to recover the 10 other missing weapons.

Planning board to consider restaurant, skate park, ice rink

(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Planning Board will consider a proposal for a restaurant, ice rink, and skate park on the Bangor Road. The Ellsworth American reports J. and Cathy Gibbs want to build the location, which would be known as J's Pit Stop and the Back 40 Sporting Center just south of the Nicolin Road intersection. Seasonally it would switch between an ice skating rink and skate park. The couple had offered a similar plan but with a motocross track 4 years ago, but many neighbors complained that noise could be an issue. The construction would cost 450 thousand dollars and would begin in February, if approved.

Police department pleased with closing of case

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth's Police Department is pleased to have concluded the investigation of a 2011 armed robbery in Ellsworth. Police Chief Chris Coleman tells Star 97.7, 21 year old Jennifer Murphy of Orland pled guilty Tuesday to falsifying physical evidence. Coleman says Murphy and 3 others were indicted on charges that stem from their involvement in the incident on 3-years ago on the Shore Road. Coleman says thanks to Officer Chad Wilmot's hard work, a serious public safety matter has come to a close.

AAA Projects record travel for Holiday weekend

(Portland) AAA projects the highest number of people since 2007 traveling on Thanksgiving weekend this year. AAA Northern New England Spokesman Pat Moody tells Star 97.7, gas prices are the lowest they've been in five years for the holiday weekend and that's good news for businesses. Moody says about 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for the weekend. He says with the winter storm in New England, folks are reminded to be prepared and plan ahead to safely make it to your holiday destination.

Governor Thanksgiving Radio message

(Undated) Maine's Governor says he's thankful for Maine citizens' generosity this holiday season. In his weekly radio address, Governor Paul LePage spoke about the success of the Blaine House annual food drive. LePage also spoke about how the commitment and love of Maine people, not government handouts, is what improves and strengthens the State.

Rockland man speeds, hits car

(Union) A Rockland man is charged with going too fast and failure to have insurance bond after he hit a Union woman head on in her town of residence Wednesday morning. The Knox County Sheriff's Office tells Star 97.7, 19 year old Mark Pendleton traveled east in his car and when he crested a hill on the Common Road 56 year old Sherry Willis was trying to go around an oil truck in her car and was still partially in Pendleton's lane. She tried to avoid hitting Willis but he sideswiped her car. Witnesses told police Pendleton traveled at a high rate of speed.

Bucksport Mill closure delayed

(Bucksport) - Verso Paper will lock the doors on its Bucksport mill at the end of the year, but paper production stops on Monday. Spokesman Bill Cohen says the company will pay workers through the end of the year. Between Monday and New Year's Eve, workers will complete the cleanup, shutdown and winterizing at the mill. Nearly 500-people employed by Verso are searching for new jobs in the wake of the closure announcement.

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