Ellsworth – Moratorium Proposal
(Ellsworth) – A proposed condominium project in a densely packed Ellsworth neighborhood has prompted neighbors to ask the city council to put on a temporary ban in that neighborhood and other similarly zoned areas. The matter is before the city’s Planning Board with a public hearing to continue in January. The Ellsworth American reports city councilors will discuss whether to move forward with a moratorium proposal after receiving citizen requests for a development halt in the neighborhood zone.
(Bar Harbor) – The police departments in Bar Harbor and Mt. Desert are now patrolling the two towns collectively. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the two towns already share a police chief and have now split the geography into three zones that pay no attention to town borders. The patrol sharing is on an experimental basis for now. A supervisor is on duty to cover both towns. Chief Jim Willis said it was initially tried when a Bar Harbor officer left last summer and there were not enough officers to cover the patrol slots. He said response time has improved a bit since the patrol sharing began.
(Hampden) – A judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man shot to death by a Hampden police officer. Police responded to reports of a suicidal man in June of 2013 when 21-year old Cameron Arrigoni pointed a pistol at them. Sgt. Chris Bailey fired the shot that killed Arrigoni. The Attorney General’s Office previously found that Bailey was justified in taking the shot. Arrigoni’s father sued the officer, the police chief and the Town of Hampden, but the judge has dismissed the suit.
Augusta hospital hacked
(Augusta) An Augusta based hospital has fallen victim to a cyber attack. MaineGeneral Health reports the FBI contacted them in mid November to report MaineGeneral data was found on an external site. An investigation confirmed that data released included date of birth, emergency contact info., health records, driver’s license numbers, and financial information. MaineGeneral is offering folks impacted a one year complimentary credit monitoring and identity restoration services.
Gap to close
(Bangor) Clothing retailer gap will close its two locations in Maine next month. Gap Inc, will close it’s Bangor and South Portland stores in January. The company had announced this summer they would close 140 stores to streamline the company and increase profits.
(Undated) If you have a dog it’s time to renew their license. All license expire on December 31st. SPCA of Hancock County Director Diana De Los Santos tells Star 97.7, in order to get a license the dog needs a current rabies vaccination. Santos says some of the license fee goes back in to the town to help pay for animal control.
(Augusta) – No shrimp season again this winter in Maine. A fisheries council canceled the season for a third straight winter. Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols tells Star 97.7 the shrimp population has plummeted and is not likely to come back soon. The last time Maine fishermen could land shrimp was 2013 when 700-thousand pounds came in.
Eastport man pleads guilty
(Eastport) An Eastport man has admitted he kidnapped and attacked his ex-girlfriend. 31 year old Jonathan Chevrier plead guilty in exchange for rape and attempted murder charges to be dropped. Police had said Chevrier broke in to his ex-girlfriend’s home on Pleasant Point armed with a knife and kidnapped her and an 18 month old child. He attacked the woman and threw her in to the lake. He plead guilty to a number of other charges. He’ll be sentenced later this month.
NBA: Golden State wins its 23rd in a row to start the season, 131 to 123 over the Pacers.
Celtics host the Chicago Bulls
NHL: Bruins at Montreal
High School Basketball – Boys
Bucksport 60, Sumner Memorial 49
George Stevens 69, Piscataquis Community 43
Machias 60, Shead 44
Searsport 44, Deer Isle-Stonington 43 (OT)
Washington Academy 75, Calais 61
Bangor 59, Lewiston 42
Brewer 66, Skowhegan Area 56
Orono 59, Hermon 41
Ellsworth 52, Central 39
John Bapst Memorial 62, Foxcroft Academy 47
Brewer 50, Skowhegan Area 43