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Local News – December 2, 2015

Bangor Shooting

(Bangor) – Police in Bangor pulled a car over at a convenience store, the driver got out, talked with the officer and bolted for the woods. Witnesses say moments later they heard about a dozen gunshots, and the suspect was dead. The Bangor Daily News reports other officers handcuffed a woman who was riding in the car. Police chief Mark Hathaway confirmed the attorney general’s office is now investigating the police involved shooting. He did not say why officers pulled over the vehicle or release the names of the victim or the officer.

Money Found
(Ellsworth) – The posting on the Ellsworth police department Facebook page yesterday was a little cryptic, but it worked. Detective Dotty Small asked if someone who lost a large sum of money could call the police station to identify it. Turned out they could – the amount was $79-hundred dollars. The Ellsworth American reports a shopper at the Circle “K” convenience store saw the large wad of cash in the candy rack – it had fallen out of the owner’s pocket. The shopper turned it over to the store clerk who called police. The man who claimed the money said he’d gotten paid earlier in the day and didn’t realize the money had fallen from his pocket.

Washington Academy Threat
(East Machias) – A threat against Washington Academy was apparently meant as a joke, but three students who sent the message are banned from the East Machias school for an unspecified period of time. The Bangor Daily News reports State Police investigated the message sent on Sunday but did not charge anyone. School officials sent an e-mail to parents, saying they take the threat seriously.

Bangor shooters appear in court

(Bangor) – No bail for two men arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Bangor last Friday, and no details either. Both Robert Hansley and Thomas Ferguson appeared in court yesterday. Police arrested the pair from Brooklyn New York Friday night after the early morning shooting on Center Street. A court appointed attorney said the two knew Robert Kennedy, the man who died and another man who was wounded. Police have not released the 2nd victim’s identity and a judge ordered affidavits filed in the arrests sealed.

UMA president
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The former president of a small liberal arts college in Maryland has been tapped to lead the University of Maine at Augusta. University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced Tuesday that James Conneely has been tapped for the job. He’s a consultant and former president of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. More than 70 people applied for the job.

Seal Harbor woman impersonates officer
(Dedham) Police say a Seal Harbor woman told a motorist she was a police officer after she allegedly ran another person off the road in Dedham Monday. Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dana Austin tells Star 97.7, 21 year old Cynthia Andrews is charged with impersonating a public servant. Austin says when he came on the scene two vehicles were pulled over with Andrews telling the other driver she was a State Police officer. Austin says he suspects she was trying to get out of being in trouble with the other driver. She told Austin she worked for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and showed him an access card for that office. Austin says he spoke with both the State Police and Cumberland County S.O. who said Andrews didn’t work for them. The card she had from Cumberland County S.O. was given to her when she was on a school tour there.

Dedham roll over crash
(Dedham) Two Roque Bluffs men were uninjured after their car struck a patch of black ice and rolled over Tuesday morning on Route 1A in Dedham. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 24 year old Joseph Thompson and passenger 24 year old Justin Weaver were just South of the Lucerne Inn when Thompson lost control on a bend in the road. The truck slid across the southbound lane, rolled onto it’s driver’s side and hit a guardrail. Police say it appears he was driving too fast for the conditions. Thompson was summonsed for operating a vehicle after his license was suspended and violating conditions of release.

New Acadia Superintendent

(Acadia Ntl Park) – The new superintendent at Acadia National Park has some Maine ties. The National Park Service appointed Kevin Schneider to become the new superintendent starting in January. Schneider is currently the deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. His wife grew up in Bangor and graduated from the University of Maine. They have two young children.

Governor – drugs
(Undated) Governor LePage says if legislators don’t fund drug agents by December 10th, he’ll take matters in to his own hands. During LePage’s weekly radio address, he says there needs to be less talk and more action on what he called a “deadly pandemic”. The Governor says the state needs funds for more drug agents and says the legislature is dragging it’s feet in making a decision.

Ellsworth Christmas parade
(Ellsworth) Downtown Ellsworth is all decked out for the holidays, and the annual Christmas Parade is this weekend. Gail La Rosa Thompson of the Downtown Ellsworth Association tells Star 97.7 the parade draws a big crowd and helps ring in the holidays. Thompson says the theme this year is Santa’s Workshop. The parade starts Saturday morning.

Sports
The Red Sox have reportedly signed pitcher David Price to a 7-year, 217-million dollar contract.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is week to week with a bone bruise to a knee. Gronk had to leave Sunday night’s game against Denver after going to the ground and writhing in pain.

Bruins at Edmonton tonight.
College basketball: Maine men host Army, Maine women host Colby

The Philadelphia 76ers won a game, beating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers 103-91. That ends the longest losing streak in pro sports history at 28.