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Local News – July 2, 2015

Governor – Investigation
(Augusta) – A Legislative committee has voted unanimously to investigate charges that Governor Paul LePage threatened a charter school with state funding loss if they hired Speaker of the House Mark Eves. The Government Oversight Committee sent the case to the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. The Governor claims the OPEGA office has no authority to investigate his actions. The Goodwill-Hinckley School opted not to hire Eves last month following objections from the Governor.

Parkman Warning
(Parkman) – Folks headed to camp in Piscataquis County this 4th of July weekend will be greeted by big flashing traffic signs reading “Manhunt Underway”. That’s an advisory that accused killer Robert Burton is still on the loose. Star 97-7 has learned that at least one summer camp owner found evidence that Burton had been in their camp recently. Police have searched for Burton for three weeks now. He’s accused of killing his girlfriend in Parkman on June 12th. Police consider him armed and dangerous and likely hiding in the woods of Piscataquis County in the Guilford/Parkman area.

GM Pollack-Ellsworth
(Ellsworth) – A jewelry store in Ellsworth plans to close down it’s location in the Mill Mall. GM Pollack placed liquidation sale signs in front of the mall in recent weeks and a banner over the store front says the long-time jeweler is going out of business. The Ellsworth American reports the space is for lease, but that the mall has found a tenant for the space vacated this week by Regional School Unit 24 which has moved into a new building in Sullivan.

Hampden Manager Finalists
(Hampden) – One of the two finalists for the city manager’s job in Ellsworth is also a finalist for the town manager’s job in Hampden. The Bangor Daily News reports Angus Jennings of Massachusetts and Ryan Pelletier of Aroostook County are two finalists for the job that opened up when Susan Lessard announced her retirement. Jennings was a finalist for the Ellsworth post, though the city council this week chose David Cole to fill the post. He is a planner who also ran unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Pelletier is the former town manager of St. Agatha and currently works for the Northern Maine Development Corporation.

COA President
(Bar Harbor) – The President of the College of the Atlantic has hiked to the top of 40-mountains and hills on Mt. Desert Island in just over a day. Darron Collins tells the Bangor Daily News the hikes were an effort to encourage donations to the Bar Harbor based college. He said one of the highlights was when a red tailed hawk dive-bombed him on Great Hill. Collins says there are actually more than 40-named hills and mountains on the island.

Rock Death
(Hope) – A gem and mineral collector may be the source of a rock that crashed through the windshield of a Camden man’s car, killing him last month in the Town of Hope. The Bangor Daily News reports police obtained a search warrant for a car believed driven by Myles Felch who was taking rocks to a museum in Bethel. A witness told police they saw Felch and another man loading rocks into a trailer, placing one rock on the trunk. No charges are yet filed in the case that killed 73 year old James Nash on June 9th.

Seal Cove Road Closed
(Bar Harbor) The Seal Cove Road in Acadia National Park will be closed temporarily to through traffic while a large culvert is replaced over Lurvey Brook. The National Park Service reports the closure is expected to last 3 weeks and is planned to reopen on August 6. Barricades will be placed on the Western Side of the repair. Access to the road from the west in Tremont will remain open. After the work is completed, a second culvert will be replaced over Heath Brook. Through traffic will be allowed to detour on the West Mountain Road while that repair is completed.

Levant burglary
(Levant) Police have arrested a pair from Bangor for allegedly burglarizing a Levant convenience store Tuesday night. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office reports at 11:30pm police responded to the Levant Corner Store for an active alarm. Police say the store had been foreced into and several items were stolen. Video surveillance and community information led to the arrest of 47 year old Tammi Passley and 23 year old Phillip Vicnaire. Police recovered some of the items taken.

AG’s office to handle Brewer domestic violence case
(Brewer) The Attorney General’s Office will handle a domestic violence case involving the son of Brewer’s police chief. WABI-TV reports 32 year old Perry Antone, Jr. of Hampden is charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, threatening display of a weapon and violation of a protection order. He was arrested in April after a police standoff. The Penobscot District Attorney’s Office handed the case over to avoid possible conflicts of interest. A trial is set for later this month.

Unemployment fraud convictions

(Augusta) – A Sedgwick woman and Calais man will spend time in jail and have to pay back unemployment benefits to the state after their conviction for unemployment fraud. The Department of Labor says Kristen Rodge of Sedgwick was working while collecting $99-hundred dollars in benefits. Sean Stinson of Calais will pay $78-hundred dollars in restitution for the same charge. Department of Labor spokeswoman Julie Rabinowitz tells Star 97-7 they’re serious about fraud.

Firewood money thieves caught
(Bar Harbor) An Ellsworth man and Surry woman face charges of theft after they allegedly stole cash from roadside fire wood stands. The Mount Desert Islander reports 41 year old Mark Sincyr and 32 year old Rebecca Levesque face theft charges. The two allegedly took about 300 dollars cash from stands on June 20 and 21 in Southwest Harbor and Tremont. 13 owners reported thefts from their stands.