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Local News - September 29, 2014

Man Shot, Killed in Chester

(Chester) - The State police placed three troopers on paid administrative leave and a game warden is recovering from a minor stab wound after a weekend standoff that ended with a man shot to death in Chester. Killed was 34-year old Shad Gerken of Woodville. Police responded to 9-1-1 calls about Gerken walking along Route 116 with a knife and acting erratically. During a struggle to subdue him, Game Warden Sargent Ronald Dunham suffered a wound to his left hand. The Attorney General's office will investigate what prompted the tactical team to fatally shoot Gerken.

Columbia Fire

(Columbia) - Fire gutted a mobile home in Washington County leaving a family homeless. Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to the ranch style house on the Webb District Road in Columbia. Three family members escaped from the burning building. Investigators believe that cigarette butts thrown into a trash can in a bedroom started the blaze. The Red Cross was assisting the family.

Tremont - Zoning Violations

(Tremont) - The Code Enforcement Officer in Tremont is exploring what should be done about a property owner staging plays. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the Mohawk Arts Collective apparently violates a couple of zoning regulations - one for a large sign, and one for changing the use of a home into a performing arts venue. Both the sign and the change of use require Planning Board approval. The Planning Board instructed the town's code enforcement officer to explore the correct course of action.

Fireworks Hearing

(Ellsworth) - City Councilors in Ellsworth will listen to suggestions tonight about a possible fireworks ordinance. The workshop session follows numerous complaints from the South Street area about people shooting off fireworks. The city does not have a local ordinance - state law allows fireworks to be used from 9am until 10PM, and later on July 4th and New Year's Eve. City Manager Michelle Beal tells Star 97-7 they've fielded dozens of calls, many from the same neighborhood, complaining about fireworks use. She encouraged folks to attend tonight's workshop.

Knowlton Community Park Vote

(Ellsworth) Ellsworth City Councilors are expected to accept a proposal tonight from Atlantic Landscape for the construction of the Knowlton Community Park. City Manager Michelle Beal tells Star 97.7 the 1-point-5 million dollar project saw $800-thousand dollars privately raised.. Beal says the rest of the total comes from tax revenue and tax increment financing. If all goes according to plan, a ground breaking ceremony will occur in early October.

New grief support groups in October

(Ellsworth) Having a difficult time grieving the death of a loved one? Non-profit Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County will start a series of support groups next month. Executive Director Jody Wolford-Tucker tells Star 97-7, people are often reluctant to join a support group but ultimately benefit from the experience. Tucker says new this year is a partnership between an AIDS support group and the Downeast Aids Network and a veteran support group at the Ellsworth VFW. All the support groups are free.

No comments at DEP hearing

(Aurora) Not many people showed up for the DEP's public hearing Thursday night on proposed changes to a First Wind turbine farm near Bull Hill. The Bangor Daily News reports no one commented on the proposed amendment, that would build higher turbines but reduce the total number of turbines to 16. Comments can still be submitted to the DEP about the project. Officials with the DEP said earlier week the meeting was more of a technicality.

Old firehouse to become Surry community building

(Surry) A building that was once a firehouse and school could now become Surry's community building. Voters authorized Selectmen to take ownership of the Surry Women's Auxiliary Building at the corner of Toddy Pond Road and Route 172. The Ellsworth American reports the Surry Recreation Committee hopes to make the building a community center. Voters also approved raising 10 thousand dollars for initial maintenance of the building.

High School Sports (Saturday) -

Boys Soccer

Ellsworth 2 Hermon 0

(tie) MDI 1 Caribou 1

Washington Academy 8 Bucksport 2

Orono 5 GSA 0

Shead 3 Greenville 1

Girls Soccer

MDI 2 Caribou 1

Penobscot Valley 4 DI/Stonington 0

Volleyball

Falmouth 3 Ellsworth 0

MDI 3 Kennebunk 1

Bucksport 3 North Yarmouth 2

Yarmouth 3 Bucksport 0

North Yarmouth 3 Sumner 0

Yarmouth 3 Sumner 0

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