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Local News – December 10, 2015

Bar Harbor meth lab

(Bar Harbor) – Drug agents working Mt. Desert Island got a tip that a couple of young men were cooking meth in a Jeep. They found the jeep and hiding inside was 25-year old Zachary Rand, and a gram of meth. Agents arrested Rand and 23-year old Joseph Schaefer. They towed the Jeep to a safe area and carefully dismantled the items used to cook the meth. Maine’s Drug Enforcement Agency tells Star 97.7 it’s the 52nd meth making operation they’ve dismantled this year.

 

Nurse Penalty
(Machias) – A nurse who allowed a hospital patient to check himself out of a Machias hospital only to perish in a snowbank less than 200-yards from the hospital has less of a penalty following a court decision. John Zablotny had appealed his initial punishment that revoked his nursing license. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge suspended Zablotny’s license for 90-days. He called Zablotny’s actions highly disturbing. Zablotny was the nursing supervisor the night Reed Emery checked out of the hospital in 2008 against medical advice.

Police Chief
(Ellsworth) – City leaders in Ellsworth hope to have a new police chief on board by the end of the month. The Ellsworth American reports two dozen people applied for the job opening. Chris Coleman announced a couple of months ago that he intended to resign from the position he took in 2014. City Manager David Cole and three city councilors are serving as the search committee.

Acadia – Schoodic
(Acadia National Park) – The interim superintendent at Acadia National Park says acquisition of more than 14-hundred acres in the Schoodic section of the park was done legally by the Secretary of the Interior. In a letter to the Swan’s Island Board of Selectmen, deputy superintendent Mike Madell said the interior secretary has authority to acquire land, skirting the permanent park boundary legislation passed in 1986. Several members of the Acadia Advisory Commission have questioned the authority to add the land to the park, though they do not oppose it. The Commission said the 1986 boundary law required Congressional approval to acquire land.

Kennbunk heroin bust
(Kennebunk) A speeding car led State Police to over 25 thousand dollars worth of heroin. State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7, a Trooper stopped two New York men for doing 90 mph on the Maine Turnpike near Kennebunk at about 2am Tuesday morning. The trooper’s drug dog sniffed out 152 grams of heroin hidden in the trunk of the vehicle. 28 year old Robert Hines and 30 year old Jason Viorla from the Bronx are charged with trafficking heroin. Bail is set at 20 thousand dollars each.

Drug dogs in Ellsworth schools
(Ellsworth) – Drug dogs sniffed lockers at Ellsworth schools this week. Superintendent Dan Higgins told the Ellsworth school board they conducted the search after parents and students reported marijuana was being brought into schools. Higgins says he will continue to work with law enforcement to keep illegal drugs out of schools.

Legislature drug plan
(Augusta) Legislative leaders announced a $4.8 million proposal to fight the state’s drug crisis with money allocated for drug agents and for treatment. The plan is backed by three legislative leadership teams. The Governor signed a financial order to authorize the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to hire 10 additional drug agents. Governor Paul LePage said the agents will “help combat Maine’s drug pandemic.” That money will come from reserves for the Gambling Control Board. The proposal also supports “Operation Hope”, which allows people in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia to turn it in and get help.

Sports
Boston Celtics 105 Chicago Bulls 100 (Celtics vs. Golden State Friday)
Boston Bruins 3 Montreal Canadiens 1
College-Mens: Dartmouth 79 U-Maine 69
High School – Boys
Ellsworth 71, Central 60
John Bapst 74, Foxcroft Academy 66
Old Town 93, Mattanawcook Academy 70
Woodland 57, Jonesport-Beals 42
Girls
Mount Desert Island 72, Washington Academy 47
Hermon 45, Orono 32
Mattanawcook Academy 54, Old Town 43

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