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Local News – December 18, 2015

County Budget
(Ellsworth) – Hancock County will start next year without a new budget in place. County Commissioners have deferred acting on the 2016 budget until January, possibly later. State law requires the budget to be approved 15-days before the beginning of the fiscal year – that date was Wednesday. Commissioners say there are no budget police to enforce that law. Commissioners say they want to get through the current budget year then try to trim the budget so only a modest increase is made.

Warren Park Device
(Warren) – No explosives turned up at a park in Warren, closed off when folks walking in the park spotted something suspicious tied to a bridge. The Pen Bay Pilot reports it turned out to be an iced tea can. Someone apparently went to a lot of trouble to make it look suspicious – the can was zip tied to a paint stir stick and a string that resembled a fuse came out of the can. The State Police bomb squad used an explosives sniffing dog in its investigation – there were no explosives found anywhere in Merrill-Payson Park.

Machias Dollar Tree
(Machias) A new Dollar Tree store in Machias plans to open in May. The Bangor Daily News reports the Dublin Street store will hire 12 to 15 permanent part time workers and one or two full time managers and seasonal help as needed. The Machias planning board approved a building permits earlier this month. They store will spend six weeks renovating the former Rite Aid Building. Another week will be needed to stock the store. The project is estimated to cost 140 thousand dollars. Dollar Tree will lease the building for five years with an option to renew in five year increments.

Drug Bust

(Portland) – Police stopped a car that sped through a toll plaza in York, and came away with a drug bust. State Police tell Star 97.7 they charged 29-year old Christopher Rickett with possessing Cocaine. 23-yera old Sierrha Frisbee of Portland is also charged with cocaine and heroin possession. Rickett had his wife and children in the car with him.

Portland foundation gives grant to JAX
(Bar Harbor) A Portland based foundation has granted the Jackson Lab half a million dollars for technological and therapeutic innovations. The gift from Libra Foundation will support JAX’s High Impact Therapies and Technologies initiative. Libra Foundation officials say they are interested in JAX’s advanced development in Maine.

Vinalhaven meth lab Sentences
(Rockland) – While drug agents have dismantled more than 50-methamphetamine making operations across Maine this year, the first of those busts has resulted in jail sentences. 21-year old Hillary Walker of Union will spend more than 4-years in prison for her part in the meth lab found on Vinalhaven. So will 24-year old Owen Adair. Both suspects entered a plea deal. A third person arrested, Ryan Rairdon of Union, got a 2-year sentence.

Palmyra man found guilty of murder
(Skowhegan) – A Palmyra man faces at least 25-years in prison, possibly up to life after jurors found him guilty of murdering a Detroit man in 2013. 25-year old Jason Cote claimed he beat 47-year old Ricky Cole in self defense. Prosecutors told jurors Cole’s injuries showed he was on the ground trying to defend himself from the attack. Cote said he hit Cole with a pipe because he was scared of him.

 Bar Harbor PAYT
(Bar Harbor) Voters in Bar Harbor will decide whether they’ll have to pay for each bag of trash at a referendum in June. Town Councilors voted to implement the system in fiscal year 2017. But after they received more information on the WasteZero system, councilors said they had hoped to schedule a public hearing before they made a final decision. The Mount Desert Islander reports the plan estimates solid waste would drop 40 percent and commercial 10 percent. Councilors said they’d had a number of negative public comments on the plan.

Repairs more costly at MDI High
(Bar Harbor) The cost to repair the running track and tennis courts at Mount Desert Island High School will cost double what was expected. The Mount Desert Islander reports the track alone will cost 70 thousand dollars because it needs a new rubberized surface to maintain the track. The track was built 15 years ago. The asphalt surface of the tennis courts need to be refurbished at an 18 thousand dollar cost. The high school’s trustees voted unanimously to spend the money to make the necessary repairs. The work will be done sometime next summer.

Columbus day
(Belfast) – City officials in Belfast have decided they’re going to call the federal Columbus Day holiday Indigenous Peoples Day instead. City councilors voted to approve the name change this week, becoming the first municipality in Maine to make the change that a few other cities across the nation have approved. Hancock County commissioners took up the same issue earlier this month – it never came to a vote as Commissioner Antonio Blasi’s measure never got a second.

Sports
The New York Mets have hired Ellsworth’s Dick Scott as a bench coach.
NFL: St. Louis Rams 31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23
The Patriots have added running back Monte Ball – he was cut by Denver in September.
NHL: Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
NBA: Celtics host Atlanta Hawks
High School Basketball – Boys
Bangor Christian 49, Searsport District 45
Bucksport 68, Deer Isle-Stonington 34
Calais 60, Woodland 39
George Stevens 78, Sumner Memorial 58
Machias 82, Narraguagus 57
Orono 68, Central 55
Hampden Academy 69, Cony 38
Girls
Bucksport 55, Deer Isle-Stonington 37
Hampden Academy 59, Cony 40
Mount Desert Island 67, John Bapst Memorial 25