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Local News – December 4, 2015

Police Shooting
(Bangor) – Bangor’s police chief says the young man an officer shot to death earlier this week had a gun and had fired it. The attorney general’s office continues to investigate the shootout that left 23-year old Joshua Jozefowicz dead behind a Hammond Street convenience store. Officer Ryan Jones is on paid administrative leave until he is cleared to return to work. Police had pulled Jozefowicz over in the convenience store parking lot. He was wanted on an outstanding probation violation warrant. Police arrested a woman in the same car for drug possession.

 

Probate Registrar Retires
(Ellsworth) – The woman who has headed up the Hancock County Probate Registry is stepping down after 11-years on the job. The Ellsworth American reports Bonnie Cousins will leave her job with about a year left on her elected term at the end of the month. Cousins says she and her husband plan to spend winters in Florida. Governor Paul LePage will name a new Register of Probate to fill out the remainder of the term. Cousins replaced long-time Register Margaret Lunt who held the job for 40-years.

Good Will Hinckley
(Augusta) Maine’s Government Oversight Committee voted to accept a report that found Governor Paul LePage’s threat to withhold funds from Good Will-Hinckley led to House Speaker Mark Eve’s firing. Before the 7 to 5 decision, the panel discussed LePage’s actions and how it set a precedent over private hiring practices. Democratic Senator Chris Johnson said LePage overstepped his boundaries. Two lawmakers say they will press forward with impeachment proceedings.

Ellsworth Condo
(Ellsworth) About 70 people packed Ellsworth’s planning board meeting on a 10 unit condominium project proposed for Parcher Street. City Planner Michelle Gagnon tells Star 97.7, the board will continue to take public testimony at their January meeting.  Parcher Street residents have strongly opposed the project, claiming condo units are undesirable and if the units were filled it would instantly double the neighborhood’s population.

New Education Tests
(Augusta) Maine’s Department of Education will pay more than 4 million dollars to a New Hampshire company to develop standardized tests for Maine school students. Measured Progress Inc. will develop tests for third and eighth grade and high school students. Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley said students, parents and teachers criticized the former Smarter Balanced test for multiple reasons.
Measured Progress has provided the state’s science assessment since 1985 for Maine students. The new test will follow Common Core standards

Cabbie Threatened
(Bangor) – A 32-year old man faces numerous charges after police say he pulled a gun on a cab driver and threatened to kill officers as they confronted him. Bangor officers tackled Arthur Beaver early yesterday morning at a State Street convenience store. A search turned upo a handgun. He’s not supposed to be armed. Police took Beaver to the Penobscot County jail.

Sports
NFL: Green Bay Packers 27 Detroit Lions 23 (Packers come back from 20-0 deficit, win it as time ran out on a 61-yard hail mary pass)
NBA: Boston Celtics 114 Sacramento Kings 97 (in Mexico City)
NHL: Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames tonight
College Hockey: New Hampshire at Maine
High School Basketball opens tonight. Girls: MDI at Old Town
DI/Stonington at George Stevens
Ellsworth At Foxcroft
Washington Academy at Sumner
Searsport at Bucksport
Boys: Searsport at Bucksport