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Local News - December 19, 2014


(AUGUSTA) Maine Governor Paul LePage has approved funds for pilot projects that will place electronic monitoring devices on domestic violence abusers.

The Republican governor's office said Thursday that the programs will take place in Somerset, Kennebec and Sagadahoc Counties. The goal is to study the monitors' effectiveness in reducing repeat offenders and increasing compliance. The projects will begin in January and last up to six months. Kennebec and Sagadahoc Counties are getting $4,000 for the effort and Somerset County will receive $2,000. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, who sponsored the bill to create the projects, is putting in a bill this session that would boost its funding by $500,000.

Girl seriously hurt in Indian Township crash

(Indian Township) A six year old girl was seriously injured in Indian Township Thursday morning. WABI-TV reports the girl was in a car driven by 26 year old Brian McGlaughlin of Princeton. The vehicle lost traction on the road and hit an oncoming car. The six year old girl was transferred to EMMC with serious injuries. A woman and 8 year old boy in McGlaughlin's car were taken to the hospital. Neither driver was injured.

Kidnapping at Maine State Museum

(Augusta) - Capitol police in Augusta are investigating a possible attempted kidnapping at the state museum this week. Spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 a 58-year old man grabbed a 2-year old girl and tried to leave the museum with her. A receptionist saw the incident and intervened and 58-year old James Cavallaro released the youngster. Police arrested Cavallaro in the parking lot. He was already out on bail from an unrelated incident in Sagadahoc County.

MMA Water Leak

(Castine) - Castine's Water Company has found the source of a major water leak and fixed it. The company was using an extra 25-thousand gallons of water a day and it took a while to track down the problem. The Ellsworth American reports it was an open valve in the boiler room at Maine Maritime Academy's Curtis Hall which sent the water into a drain. The town has withdrawn it's emergency water conservation order.

Glenburn crash ID

(Glenburn) - The Glenburn woman struck and killed this week on the Pushaw Road is identified as 66-year old retired nurse Barbara Crossman. Investigators say she crossed the road in dark clothing to get her mail, and the driver who struck her did not see her in the rain and dark. Crossman had reportedly retired the day before Wednesday's accident. The investigation continues.

Barnard court appearance

(Bangor) - A judge entered an innocent plea on behalf of a wounded Ellsworth man, shot last spring in a police standoff. The Bangor Daily News reports 50-year old Jeffrey Barnard refused to enter a plea or to get dressed for his appearance in Bangor Federal Court this week. Barnard complained of a severe headache and his attorney asked for a continuance. The judge refused the request and refused another request by Barnard to fire his court appointed attorney.

Saco school lockdown

(Saco) A school in Saco was evacuated Thursday as a precaution due to a threatening phone call. Thornton Academy says the threat isn't credible but they dismissed students as a precaution. Saco Police investigated the call and said the threat was unfounded. All other public schools in Saco were placed on lockdown.

Saco home invasion

(Saco) 2 people were shot and injured during a home invasion in Saco early Thursday morning. Police say the shooting took place at a home on 25 Hillview Avenue at about 2:45. A man and woman were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police say one other person was in the home at the time of the shooting and has been cooperative with police. They say the public is not at risk and no children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

Teen Struck

(Milford) A Milford teen was hit by a vehicle on Route 2 Thursday morning after motorists reported she was wandering in and out of travel lanes. The Bangor Daily News reports the 17 year old girl was hit at about 6am near Weymouth's Garage. Shortly after motorists reported the girl's erratic behavior, she was struck by the mirror of a southbound vehicle. The driver attempted to get around a stopped vehicle ahead of him and was unable to avoid hitting the girl. She was taken to Eastern Maine with non life threatening injuries. Police are investigating the accident.

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Narraguagus 58, Machias 52

Skowhegan Area 48, Bangor 46

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Cony 63, Brewer 59


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George Stevens 58, Searsport District 39

Mattanawcook Academy 45, Stearns 29

Sumner Memorial 47, Bucksport 36

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