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Local News – July 16, 2015

Bail Revoked
(Bangor) – A judge has revoked bail for a Cutler man who awaits sentencing for manslaughter and OUI. Scott Ramsdell failed to tell authorities that he had moved and that he obtained a prescription narcotic. Ramsdell pled guilty earlier this year in connection with an accident last year that killed Millinocket school teacher Denise Golding.

City council approves 11.87 million budget

(Ellsworth) – When Ellsworth taxpayers get their bills this summer, they’ll see an 8-percent increase. Between the school and city budgets, the mill-rate will increase from 16.45 to 17.75 dollars per thousand in valuation. Councilors tell Star 97-7 they kept the municipal side of the budget as low as possible without cutting staff and services. City Councilor John Phillips voted against the budget, saying it’s the largest increase he’s seen since serving on the council.


Orono to join lawsuit against PERC
(Orono) – The Town of Orono will join a lawsuit filed against one of the owners of the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company. The Municipal Review Committee is suing USA Energy for using money to hire lobbyists to work against MRC interests in the trash to energy plant. The MRC is a minority PERC owner. Orono lends its name to the suit, and has about a $30-thousand dollar stake in its outcome. The MRC is pursuing an alternative plant to go on line once contracts with PERC expire in 2018.

Gardiner man charged with manslaughter in fall crash
(Augusta) A Gardiner man is charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal fall accident in Readfield. The Bangor Daily News reports 21 year old Thorr Ellis was driving on November 5 when it hit a rock after going a high rate of speed. 26 year old Alex Cruz of Connecticut was ejected from the vehicle and died. Police arrested Ellis Tuesday but he fled when police arrived at his home. A canine team eventually found Ellis hiding in the woods. Bail is set at 200 thousand dollars cash.

MPUC to host meetings about solar power incentives
(Augusta) Maine’s Public Utilities Commission will gather public comment on how to help Maine residents afford solar installations. It’s a response to a resolve that calls for the state to fairly compensate people who generate energy. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says the move could help the state increase solar power use. The PUC says meetings to discuss possible incentives should start late this summer or early fall.

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