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Local News – July 22, 2015

Verizon Coverage Expands
(Ellsworth) – Cell phone users along the Downeast coast will see a lot better service by fall. Verizon Wireless will add new antennas and towers to expand coverage from Hancock to Whiting. The Ellsworth American reports a locally owned cell tower company plans to add new antennas and towers to greatly enhance coverage for Verizon customers which have fairly spotty service in the Downeast area. The company will put antennas on 19-existing towers and construct 13-more towers.

Bomb Squad – Winterport
(Winterport) – The State Police bomb squad responded to a foreclosed home in Winterport after a bank employee discovered a suspicious device inside the house. WVII-TV reports the bank sent someone to check the house after getting reports the former owner had moved back in. They didn’t find anyone there, but spotted the suspicious device inside. The bank called the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department who in turn asked for help from the bomb squad which was on the Meadow Road scene last night.

Levant Fire
(Levant) – Seven fire departments rushed to the to South Levant Road yesterday after a house caught fire and a person was reported trapped inside. A man working on his family’s home turned on the circuit breakers and a wall burst into flames. He managed to escape from a basement before firefighters arrived and was unhurt. The fire marshal’s office tells the Bangor Daily News an electrical problem started the fire. The fire gutted the house, but firefighters saved a barn.

Calais Dog Shooting
(Calais) – City officials in Calais say they won’t take action against a police officer who shot a dog last weekend. The Bangor Daily News reports the officer fired when a yellow lab growled and charged at him. The dog which belonged to Nick and Hillary Bennett had gotten loose along with another dog and they went after a third dog when police got the call. City Manager Jim Porter said he read the police report and talked to Mr. Bennett who was upset that his dog was shot, but concluded the officer was justified in firing.

Dechaine denied new hearing

(Portland) – Maine’s highest court has concluded that convicted killer Dennis Dechaine will not get a new trial. Dechaine is serving time for the 1988 murder of 12-year old Sarah Cherry. Police say he kidnapped the girl while she was baby sitting in Bowdoinham, raped her and then strangled her. Searchers found her body near Dechaine’s pickup truck, and found papers with Dechaine’s name in the driveway of the home where the kidnapping took place. Dechaine has denied killing the girl and the Supreme Court has heard four appeals. The latest involved DNA evidence that defense attorneys claimed warrant a new trial. Prosecutors say the DNA has deteriorated and was at best inconclusive. The high court said a new trial would not likely result in a different outcome.

 

Freedom man killed in Troy crash
(Troy) A Waldo County man died when the car he drove crashed in Troy. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office reports 24 year old Scott Anderson Jr. of Freedom died Monday when his 2001 Chevy Impala went into a ditch and hit some trees on the North Dixmont Road. Four people were in the vehicle and firefighters had to cut Anderson and a front seat passenger from the wreck. Seriously injured in the crash are 20 year old Casey White of Clinton, 19 year old Jesse Weeman of Dixmont and a 16 year old female passenger. Police say the crash remains under investigation however speed is likely a factor.

Surry Drinking Bust
(Surry) Police arrested four and ticketed six people at a party in Surry this week. Police were called to the location after neighbors complained of a loud party Monday. Police arrested 20 year old Jacob Hale of Hancock, 20 year old Jordan Lord of Blue Hill, 21 year old Logan Bubar and 19 year old Emily Dennison on a range of charges. They also issued tickets to six others for illegal possession of liquor by a minor including two 16 year old girls from Surry and Ellsworth.

Court fast tracking Governor’s vetoes
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is fast-tracking the governor’s request to weigh in on whether 65 bills became law without his signature. The Supreme Judicial Court asked lawyers to deliver arguments on whether the case represents a “solemn occasion” that merits its consideration and on the legal arguments by the end of this week. Lawyers will deliver arguments on July 31. The governor contends he can still veto the bills based his interpretation of the date that the adjourned but lawmakers returned after that date. Lawmakers say the bill became law without his signature because his missed the deadline for vetoing them. The bills include some that the governor opposes, including General Assistance for asylum seekers.

Livestrong Fundraiser
(Bar Harbor) A Bar Harbor man is raising money for a program to support cancer survivors who are starting their life after the disease. Realtor and Rotarian Jeff Miller tells Star 97.7, he’s raising money for the LiveStrong program at the MDI Y. Miller says he’s raising money as he gets into shape at the MDI Y to hike 25 miles of the White Mountains with a friend who’s survived cancer. Miller has reached about half of his goal. To find out how you can donate, visit Star 97-7’s Facebook page.

Missing Woman
(AT) Today marks two years since a Tennessee woman went missing on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. Geraldine Largay was last seen on the morning of July 22 2013 at Poplar Lean-to. Maine Game Wardens report they continue to strategize ways to search for Largay and no clues have been found to date that can place or lead to Largay. Largay’s family is still in contact with the Warden Service. A 25-thosuand dollar reward is available for anyone who can provide information that locates Largay. Anyone with information about Largay is asked to contact the Warden Service.

American Legion Baseball
Playoffs start today: Trenton faces Hampden in a single elimination game tonight, while Motor City faces Brewer.

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