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Local News – December 22, 2015

Orland Drug Bust
(Orland) – Drug agents and sheriff’s deputies have put a big dent in the heroin supply of Western Hancock County following a drug bust in Orland. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized 400-grams of heroin, 22-pounds of marijuana, guns, cars, and $40-thousand dollars in cash after a vehicle stop and a home search on Oak Hill Road. They’ve charged 32-year old Paul Chiumiento and 35-year old Hyacinthe Baril of Orland with drug trafficking and 40-year old Aaron Carter of Sedgwick with conspiracy. The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $170-thousand dollars.


Dedham Scoreboard
(Dedham) – The athletic fields at the Dedham Elementary School have a new electronic scoreboard in place for next baseball season. Nickerson and O’Day contractors president Karl Ward arranged for the sign unveiled yesterday. Ward, who is also a state lawmaker, said the ballfields never had much of a scoreboard when his children attended school in Dedham. Besides baseball, the scoreboard will be used for soccer and cross country.

Portland fatal fire
(Portland) State Police say a Portland man who was severely burned Friday night when his clothes caught on fire has died. Spokesman Steve McCausland says 80 year old Myron McLaughlin suffered burns to 60 percent of his body. Portland firefighters responded to the man’s Franklin Towers apartment after a smoke alarm went off. Fire Marshal’s believe McLaughlin was smoking while sitting in a living room and his fleece pajamas caught on fire.

DA commended for Unemployment Fraud Prosecution

(Ellsworth) – The district attorney for Hancock and Washington Counties says his office has won praise from the Department of Labor for prosecuting unemployment fraud cases. Investigator Paul Jerome wrote to D-A Matt Foster to call the 21-cases that Foster’s office is prosecuting is a wonderful gift to employers in Hancock and Washington Counties. Nine of the cases are in Hancock County, the other 12 in Washington County.

Bangor School – Tree
(Bangor) – A Bangor high school teacher who was told to remove a pink holiday tree from her classroom has seen a Facebook post about the situation go viral. Catherine Gordon tells Fox 22 News that the whole political correctness thing has gone awry. The high school principal asked Gordon to remove the tree which was decorated with Hello Kitty ornaments. The superintendent of schools tells the Bangor Daily News that national and state standards require schools to eduate about culture, traditions and holidays through curriculum.

Former House Candidate charged with kicking puppy
(Augusta) – A former leader of a Maine Christian organization is accused of kicking a puppy along a hiking trail last summer. The Portland Press Herald reports 45-year old Michael Hein faces animal cruelty charges in the incident on the Kennebec River Rail Trail in August. Hein, a Republican, once ran for a House seat and was charged for allegedly encouraging people to claim they made personal contributions to his campaign so he could qualify for clean election funding.

Surry man killed in Orland crash
(Orland) – A 23-year old Surry man has died in a single car crash in Orland. State Police tell Star 97.7 Peyton Webster was driving too fast on the Upper Falls Road Sunday night. The car went off the road, rolled over and landed on its roof. Police say speed was a factor in the crash. A woman in the car suffered non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


Lewiston child run over
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – Lewiston police say a 2-year-old boy was accidentally run over by his father’s car and suffered a head injury. Police say the boy’s father didn’t realize the child was outside and backed over him late Monday morning. The boy was taken to Central Maine Medical Center before being transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland. The Sun Journal reports that police administered a blood-alcohol test, which is routine for motor vehicle injury cases. But the newspaper reports that investigators don’t believe alcohol is a factor.

Monday Night Football: Detroit Lions 35 New Orleans Saints 27
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., suspended one game for unsporting acts against Carolina Sunday
NBA: Boston Celtics 113 Minnesota Timberwolves 99
College Mens: Holy Cross 76 U-Maine 75
NHL: Bruins host St. Louis Blues tonight
Boys High School Basketball
Calais 43, Houlton 36
Hermon 47, Central 42
Jonesport-Beals 49, Narraguagus 42
Sumner Memorial 54, Machias 51
Calais 52, Sumner Memorial 31
Dexter Regional 46, Bucksport 31
George Stevens 80, Lee Academy 23