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Local News – December 16, 2015

Substation Agreement
(Bar Harbor) – Legal wrangling over a proposed electrical sub-station in Bar Harbor has come to an end as Emera Maine and neighbors have settled on a design and location. The Bangor Daily News reports Emera has given up its permit to build an open air sub-station on Woodbury Road. The project instead will move to Prospect Avenue. The Public Utilities Commission dismissed the complaint about the former location at the request of the attorney who filed the suit against Emera.

Bar Harbor Chamber
(Bar Harbor) – The Chamber of Commerce in Bar Harbor has parted ways with its new executive director just months after she started on the job. The Mt. Desert Islander reports Nancy McKechnie is no longer working for the Bar Harbor Chamber. The move comes just days after Ellsworth’s Chamber of Commerce parted ways with executive director Susan Farley. Neither chamber is commenting on what led to the changes.

 

Bucksport Marquee
(Bucksport) – A new marquee graces the front of Bucksport’s Alamo Theater. The brightly lit electronic sign replaces the marquee which required workers to climb a ladder and manually change the letters. The Ellsworth American reports the new marquee cost about $23-thousand dollars. A grant from the Maine Humanities Council helped to pay for some of it.

Belfast Crash
(Belfast) – Two people suffered injuries in a head on collision in Belfast last night. The crash closed down Congress Street for nearly an hour. Police say the injuries are not life-threatening. Investigators say one of the vehicles involved got into the wrong lane on Congress Street. One oncoming car avoided the crash, but a car behind it struck the oncoming vehicle head-on.

Plea Deal
(Machias) – A 31-year old Eastport man has admitted he’s guilty of kidnapping and aggravated assault, but may avoid attempted murder charges if a judge accepts a plea agreement later this month. If a judge accepts the deal Jonathan Chevrier could go to prison for up to 13-years. A year ago Chevrier kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and an 18-month old child, assaulted her and threw her into a lake. Chevrier’s attorney said they accepted the plea agreement in return for dropping the most serious charge. Jeffrey Toothaker tells the Bangor Daily News the 13-year recommended sentence is still pretty stiff.

Buxton meth bust
(Buxton) Drug agents report another suspected meth lab is under investigation in two locations of Buxton. Spokesmen Steve McCausland tells Star 97.7, agents found the meth making operation in a house on the Old Thompson Road. Agents are also looking through household trash at Buxton Public Works. MDEA’s meth lab response team will dismantle the operation today. This is the 53rd meth response by MDEA this year.

Mt. View petition
(Sullivan) Petitioners want the Mountain View school in Sullivan to “bring Christmas and the holidays” back to the school. Parent Suzanne Harmon tells Star 97.7, parents feel they aren’t allowed to have holiday parties, decorate the school, and are dissatisfied with song choices at a recent Winter Concert.
RSU 24 Superintendent Michael Eastman says the RSU does not have an official policy to address holiday celebrations and it’s up to each school’s administration how they celebrate. Eastman says Mt. View Principal Jill Cohen does ask that parties and celebrations be educational. He did say Cohen wasn’t responsible for the song choices at a recent Winter concert. Eastman said that any parents are welcome to speak with him more.

El Faro families sue
(Rockland) Families of two victims in the El Faro sinking will join legal efforts to hold the owner responsible. A Lewiston law firm represents families of 34 year old Danielle Randolph and 23 year old Dylan Meklin. They perished when the ship sank in October. The families are asking for unspecified damages and to oppose efforts by ship owner TOTE Maritime to limit their liability and financial responsibilities.

Winthrop drug bust
(Winthrop) Another heroin bust for Maine’s Drug Enforcement agency that involves a New York City man. Agents arrested 19 year old John Cedeno of New York City and 32 year old Bridget Drayton of Winthrop after an investigation in to distribution of heroin in the Winthrop area. Agents say they made undercover purchases from the two. Agents found 40 grams of heroin, several thousand dollars, and a gun at the time of the arrest.

Sports
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 89 Boston Celtics 77 (Celtics at Detroit tonight)
NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston tonight
High School Basketball – Boys
George Stevens 62, Bucksport 41
Hampden 54 Bangor 46
Brewer 56 Messalonskee 51
Mt. View 47 Camden Hills 28
Searsport 66 Sumner 58
Girls
Ellsworth 42 Old Town 34
Foxcroft 40 Hermon 31
Bangor 47, Hampden Academy 40
Brewer 62, Messalonskee 44
Camden Hills Regional 49, Mount View 48