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Local News - February 27, 2015
(Lincoln) - Fire has closed down a section of Route 6 in Lincoln. WABI-TV reports the blaze is in the old Dexter Shoe building. The building is now an apartment complex and officials expect the road to be closed for several hours. It's not known if anyone has been hurt.
(Lubec) - The former athletic director for the Lubec School has lost her suspension appeal. School officials suspended Deborah Bousquet last year after she and then Sheriff Donnie Smith were involved in an altercation involving a fight on a school bus. The Sheriff accused Bousquet of hitting him - the charge has since been dropped. Bousquet asked for the suspension to be removed from her record and to be paid for the two weeks she lost. The Bangor Daily News reports the school board declined her request.
(Bar Harbor) - The school on Mt. Desert Island says it might ask the state education department for a waiver to allow fewer than 175 days in school for this year. The problem is snow - the MDI system has already used two more days than planned for snow closures this year. The Mt. Desert Islander reports that two parent/teacher conference days may become half days for school instead. There is also talk of holding classes on Saturdays to make up for the lost time.
Trenton woman charged with OUI
(Bar Harbor) A Trenton woman was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly operating under the influence. The Hancock County Sheriff's Office reports 22 year old Danielle Osier lost control of her car on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton at about 5:30am. Osier fish tailed, spun in to the opposite lane and landed up on a snow embankment. Police believe weather and her alleged intoxication were to blame for the crash.
Electronic monitoring system implemented at HCJ
(Ellsworth) A new electronic monitoring program would save the Hancock County Jail money and allow the inmate to work while they serve their sentence. The Ellsworth American reports the Sheriff's Office would determine if the inmate is eligible about they serve at least a third of their sentence. They would have to work and pay for the cost of the ankle cuff, 15 dollars a day. It costs the jail 80 dollars a day to house an inmate. The ankle bracelet is monitored by GPS and police would be notified immediately if they leave the permitted area. The inmate would also sign a contract which would ensure no drugs, alcohol, or firearms and they can be searched at any time. Two trial inmates are using the system now so they can work to support their families. Inmate with severe felonies are disqualified from the program.
More details in Belletieri case
(Ellsworth) - Lawyers for accused killer William Morse want a lot of evidence against him thrown out of court. A judge will likely rule next month whether evidence police obtained prior to a search warrant can be used against Morse who is accused of killing Richard Belletieri and then using his identity. Police stopped a vehicle Belletieri owned but that Morse was driving in Bar Harbor and said marijuana in the car gave them probable cause to search further.
Penobscot's Fire Chief summonsed on sex contact charges
(Ellsworth) - The fire chief in Penobscot faces sexual contact charges but says he's innocent. Investigators issued a summons to Dennis Robertson in connection with accusations that he inappropriately touched a girl in 2013 and 2014. He tells the Castine Patriot the charges are untrue. It's not clear if the case will go to the grand jury.
Castine woman to spend 45 days in jail for PNH incident
(Castine) A Castine woman will spend 45 days in jail after being found guilty of assault and endangering the welfare of a patient at the now closed Penobscot Nursing Home last March. The Castine Patriot reports 22 year old Sarah Comtois worked as a CNA at the Nursing Home. The victim suffered from dementia. Comtois told the court she feels a "great deal of sorrow for not being able to apologize to the victim." She'll serve her sentence today. She will continue to receive mental health treatment, which she started in May 2014.
Hancock County Food drive
(Hancock County) Some folks in Hancock County have to choose between buying heat, food, or medications. Local food pantries are feeling the strain and a County wide food drive kicks off this Saturday to help restock the shelves. UMaine Cooperative Extension Food Educator Marjorie Perronto tells Star 97.7 they hope to collect 15 thousand food items. There are 90 collection sites through out the county. A complete list is posted on Star 97.7's Facebook page. A kick off event will occur at Friends and Family Market Saturday with Star 97.7 broadcasting live from 10am to 1pm.
United Way cuts
(Eastern Maine) Non profits will lose funding from the United Way of Eastern Maine due to a lackluster fundraising campaign. Communications Director Adam Lacher (Locker) says the cuts will affect local health and human services agencies. Lacher says workplace contributions are down. This year's campaign has raised 1.5 million dollars; the budget was for 300 thousand more dollars.
Bucksport man to appear in court Friday
(Orrington) A Bucksport man will appear in court on Friday for allegedly driving high and killed a woman last September. WABI-TV reports 29 year old Marc Sparks had left a methadone clinic and hit 59 year old Robin Rie's SUV from behind on Route 15 in Orrington. Sparks had a suspended license at the time and fled from the scene. Penobscot District Attorney Chris Almy says he has concerns about the methadone clinic's role.
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