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Local News – December 8, 2015

Waterville Standoff
(Waterville) – A standoff that continued for 8-hours in Waterville is over with an armed man in police custody. The Morning Sentinel reports State Police got 58-year old Gary Cross of Troy to surrender at about 2:30 this morning. Cross had arrived at the Waterville Police Department parking lot and sat outside with the gun, apparently threatening suicide. Local police called in help from several surrounding departments along with state police negotiators. Cross will likely be charged with causing a police standoff.

 

Belfast Demolition
(Belfast) – Demolition has begun on buildings in Downtown Belfast that should make room for new businesses and apartments. The Bangor Daily News reports the demolition and contaminated soil cleanup will make 1-point-3 acres of space for the property owners to develop something else. Central Maine Power will have to clean up the soil from an old coal gasification plant that it ran. Some neighbors have opposed disturbing the contaminated soil, fearing it will stir up toxic dust.

Islesboro – Object
(Islesboro) – What police describe as a “strange object” washed up on a beach in Islesboro yesterday, prompting the State Police bomb squad to destroy it. The white object looked like some sort of tripod wrapped in plastic with red cords emanating from it. The Pen Bay Pilot reports no one could identify what it was, so the bomb squad responded to the Penobscot Bay Island and ultimately destroyed the device as precaution.

Shrimp Season Suspended
(Portland) – No shrimp fishing off Maine again this year. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has canceled shrimp season again. Maine fishermen have not been allowed to harvest shrimp since 2013. Scientists say the prospects are dim that the shrimp population will bounce back in the near future. Warming New England waters are blamed for the decline.

Governor swears in new judges
(Augusta) The Governor swore  new district court judges and a superior court justice into office Monday. The new judges and justice are from Kennebunk, Yarmouth, Monmouth, New Castle and Bangor. LePage said when he choose the candidates he considered their qualifications, demeanor, and integrity. He says he’s confident they’ll live up to the high standards expected from Maine judges. To read more about the nominees, visit Star 97.7 dot com.

New Gloucester fire
(New Gloucester) – Smoke inhalation killed a 63-year old New Gloucester man as fire swept through his home. The Fire Marshal’s office tells Star 97-7 investigators could not determine what caused the blaze that killed 63-year old Raymond Howland in his home. A battery operated smoke detector did not work, and investigators believe Howland may have survived had the detector gone off. Firefighters found his body on front stairs of his split-level ranch.

Grief program
(Undated) The holidays are touted as a time to spend with family and friends, but that is difficult for someone who is grieving. This weekend the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County will host a special holiday program for grieving people. Executive Director Jody Wolford-Tucker tells Star 97.7, the program will offer food, group support, a remembrance service, and music.  Tucker asks folks to pre-register for the Saturday program.

Hedlund resigns
(Machias) – The interim president at the University of Maine at Machias is stepping down after about a year on the job. Joyce Hedlund underwent heart surgery this fall and has been out of office since then. U-Maine System chancellor James Page says provost and vice president Stuart Swain will continue to act as the president until the University can hire a permanent replacement.

Thorndike fire chief pleads guilty to theft
(Thorndike) Thorndike’s fire chief has admitted he stole more 5 thousand dollars from the volunteer fire department. WABI-TV reports 27 year old George Russell is accused of taking 5100 dollars. He pled guilty to theft. State Police say the theft allegedly occurred between July and December of 2014. Russell’s lawyer says his client has paid back all the money and remains the chief of the department.

Woman killed in Lewiston
(Lewiston) A woman was killed in Lewiston after she was apparently hit by a pickup truck Monday morning. The Bangor Daily News reports 53 year old Christine Beaulieu of Lewiston was hit near the entrance to the Lewiston mall. 33 year old Gaeton Bergeron of Lewiston was behind the wheel of the pickup truck. Police say Beaulieu wasn’t in the crosswalk when she was hit. It’s too early to say if charges will be filed as police continue to investigate.

Sports

NFL: Dallas Cowboys 19 Washington Redskins 16
NHL: Nashville Predators 3 Boston Bruins 2
NBA: Boston Celtics 111 New Orleans Pelicans 93
Major League Baseball: The Red Sox have traded starter Wade Miley to Seattle for relief pitcher Carson Smith and starter Roenis Elias.
High School Basketball – Girls
Machias 45, Shead 37
Piscataquis Community 52, George Stevens 40
Schenck 69, Lee Academy 14
Searsport District 50, Deer Isle-Stonington 28
Sumner Memorial 50, Bucksport 41
Washington Academy 42, Calais 41

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