(Augusta) – Governor Paul LePage has named two Hancock County residents as cabinet nominees. Up for confirmation are acting education commissioner Bill Beardsley to take the job on a more permanent basis and Paul Mercer as DEP Commissioner. Beardsley is the former president of Husson University and once served as LePage’s Conservation Department commissioner. Mercer is in the administration at Maine Maritime Academy and led the upgrades to a power plant at the now defunct Verso Paper Mill. Both nominees face confirmation.
Island Falls Fatal
(Island Falls) – As freezing rain fell along Interstate 95 in Island Falls last evening, a Houlton man lost control of his vehicle and it flew off the highway, rolling over and landing on the roof. George Drake’s wife, 71-year old Janet Drake, was not wearing a seat belt. State troopers say she died at the scene. Mr. Drake and another passenger suffered injuries but survived. One of the couple’s two dogs ran away from the crash scene. Motorists are asked to keep a lookout in the Island Falls area for the dog named Ruby.
(Machias) – A Washington County judge has sent a man to prison for 13-year after he admitted he kidnapped and assaulted his ex-girlfriend. 31-year old Jonathan Chevrier confessed to kidnapping and aggravated assault in connection with the incident a year ago where he kidnapped the woman and an 18-month old child at knife point, then threw the woman into a lake. Authorities dropped attempted murder and sexual assault charges in exchange for the guilty plea.
Parcher Street condo project changes
(Ellsworth) The developer of a proposed condominium project on Parcher Street in Ellsworth has adjusted the proposed plan. City officials report the new plan reduces the number of condos from 10 to 8. The new plan also changes the shape of a stormwater retention pond. The Planning Board will consider the revised plan at its January 6th meeting.
Trio charged with check theft
(Stockton Springs) Three people from Waldo County allegedly tried to cash a big check that wasn’t theirs. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office tells Star 97.7, they received a check theft report from a Stockton Springs home. The victims said a 25-hundred dollar check was cashed at a local bank. An investigation at the bank led to the arrest of 20 year old Tyler Hills of Frankfort, 19 year old Devin O’Brien of Stockton Springs, and 20 year old Kayla McCauley of Monroe.
Oxford County bust
(Oxford) – Police and drug agents rounded up 15-alleged drug dealers in Oxford County after a two-year investigation that resulted in grand jury indictments. Police say over that period, the conspirators distributed nearly 18-pounds of heroin throughout Oxford County. The people charged are from Massachusetts, Tennessee and Maine, and drug enforcement agency director Roy McKinney said the drugs came to Maine from Massachusetts. The street value of the heroin said to be in excess of $3-point-2 million dollars.
(Bangor) – A pink tree with Hello Kitty decorations will return to a classroom at Bangor High School today. The city’s school department reversed a decision that forced teacher Catherine Gordon to remove the tree from her classroom. Gordon posted the incident on Facebook and it went viral, making several national news feeds. Principal Paul Butler reversed his decision after saying he reviewed reasoned perspectives.
Sheriff pleased with drug bust
(Hancock County) Hancock County’s Sheriff says a substantial drug bust in Orland is a big win for law and drug enforcement. Scott Kane tells Star 97.7, the 22 pounds of marijuana and 400 grams of heroin seized are an abnormal amount and he worries that with one set of arrests, more drug dealers will take their place. Kane says the amount of drugs, cash, and assets seized is a substantial amount of money taken from the local economy.
NHL: St. Louis Blues 2 Boston Bruins 0
NBA: Boston Celtics at Charlotte tonight
Philadelphia loses again – they’ve lost 29 of 30 games this season (Memphis beats Philly 104-90)
High School Basketball – Boys
Bucksport 68, Lee Academy 64
George Stevens 70, Penquis Valley 39
Hampden Academy 71, Lawrence 47
Machias 66, Woodland 38
Oceanside (Coop) 68, Belfast Area 55
Schenck 57, Bangor Christian 43
Ellsworth 51, Hermon 43
Brewer 52, Nokomis Regional 38
Central 60, Old Town 37
Lawrence 64, Hampden Academy 47
Maine Central Institute 44, Mount View 40, 2OT
Narraguagus 58, Washington Academy 34
Shead 51, Hodgdon 36