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Local News - January 30, 2015
Moore Center Opening
(Ellsworth) - The public turned out in droves last night to get the grand tour of the new Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. The city has completed more than $4-million dollars in renovations to the former school which now becomes a senior center and YMCA day care center. Friends In Action executive director Jo Cooper tells Star 97-7 it's a remarkable achievement. Besides the program tenants, there are many meeting rooms the community can use by coordinating with city hall. The Chamber of Commerce hosted its business after hours at the facility last night as an official ribbon cutting opened the community center. City Councilor John Moore, a nephew of Bryant E. Moore for whom the building is named, tells Star 97-7 he's thrilled to see the renovations. "Y" CEO Peter Farragher says it's a big economic boost for the area.
Saco man arrested in Hollis burglary
(Hollis) A Saco man with a prior burglary conviction allegedly took 10 thousand dollars worth of antique jewelry and coins from a Hollis home last week. Maine State Police report to Star 97.7, 31 year old Cory Richards allegedly broke in through the window of a home on the Old Alfred Road on January 23. Troopers arrested Richards Wednesday and charged him with burglary. They recovered most of the jewelry. Richards was already on probation for a robbery conviction so he was denied bail until he appears in court, which is expected to be Friday.
New Marine Patrol Colonel
(Augusta) The Maine Marine Patrol's new colonel is at home in his new position after 28 years with the service. Colonel Jon Cornish was appointed earlier this month after he spent sixteen years patrolling Maine's shoreline. Cornish says the Marine Patrol is a great opportunity for a young person who might be undecided about their future and is ideal for someone who wants to work outdoors and promote conservation.
Court filings show exhibits filed by Young
(Bar Harbor) - The former police chief in Bar Harbor has filed numerous documents in a federal lawsuit against the town claiming he was not afforded due process when he was fired a year ago. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the filings include a letter from a former town councilor who expressed concern that he did not have time to study written material. Another is an anecdotal claim that the former town manager had instructed employees not to speak with Young during his suspension or risk losing their jobs.
Dube murder trial
(Bangor) - An accused killer wants his trial moved away from Bangor due to publicity. 21-year old Kyle Dube is charged with luring Nichole Cable by using social media in 2013. Jury selection is scheduled to begin February 11th. Dube's attorney has also asked to suppress comments that Dube made during the investigation, though detectives say they read him his Miranda rights before two interviews in which he agreed to answer questions. The judge has taken the requests under advisement.
Propane problems for Island residents
(Vinalhaven) - Folks on Vinalhaven and North Haven who heat with propane face a new challenge. Maine Biz reports the Coast Guard ordered State Ferries to stop carrying propane and passengers simultaneously. A temporary solution was found - a buffer zone around propane trucks a limit on the number of passengers is now allowed. For a while, the Coast Guard barred propane and passengers from being on board at the same time.
Card fraudsters Plea
(Portland ) - Guilty pleas from two men who were caught using fraudulent credit and gift cards in Maine. The US Attorneys office says 25-year old Jervis Hillaire of California and 27-year old Gyadeen Ramdihall of New York had 38-cards with them and charged up goods at major retailers. They were stopped in Biddeford and charged with using a suspended license and providing false identity. Police found 8-fake cards in Hillaire's boot.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's budget-writing committee is supporting Gov. Paul LePage's pick of a long time Bucksport businessman as finance chief. The Appropriations Committee unanimously endorsed Richard Rosen's nomination to become commissioner of the Department of Financial Services on Thursday. Rosen has served as acting commissioner of the department since former finance Chief Sawin Millett (SEW-in MIH'-leht) retired in May. In recent weeks, Rosen has been walking lawmakers through the Republican governor's $6.3 billion budget plan that was unveiled earlier this month and includes a massive tax overhaul proposal. Rosen owned Rosen's Department Store in Bucksport. He also served four terms in the state Sentate and 3 in the House. Kimberly Grindle, Star 97.7 News.
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