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Local News – December 24, 2015

Stolen Goods Recovered
(Orland) – Hancock County deputies have recovered more than $4-thousand dollars worth of tools stolen last month in Blue Hill. Acting on a tip from state police, deputies found the stolen items in a storage locker in Orland yesterday. It’s not clear whether the discovery is related to a huge drug bust this week in Orland. Among the items stored in the unit were a motorcycle and chainsaw. The evidence will go to a grand jury for possible charges.


Wesley Meth Lab
(Wesley) – Maine’s Drug Enforcement Agency will dismantle a possible meth making operation in Washington County today. WABI-TV reports a sheriff’s deputy found the operation in Wesley and alerted the drug agency. Agents will seek a search warrant today and should have more information. The agency has dealt with more than 50 meth labs this year in Maine.

Branch Death
(Jefferson) – A tree worker from Orono has died after a branch fell on him as he was working in Jefferson. 22-year old Elliot Lamb worked for a Lincoln County company. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said Lamb died instantly yesterday afternoon. Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards will investigate his death.

Ashland Fire Fatal
(Ashland) – Investigators say a body burned beyond recognition in a camper trailer in Ashland is likely that of the man who lived there. State public safety department spokesman Steve McCausland tells Star 97-7 the owner, 60-year old Michael Kelley of Ashland, would move his camper around from property to property. He said propane and candles likely played a part in the fire that flattened the camper early yesterday morning.

General Withdraws
(Augusta) – The man that Governor Paul LePage tapped to become the state’s next Adjutant General has told the Governor thanks, but no thanks. Norman Bolduc has filled in as the head of Maine’s National Guard for the past 9- months, but withdrew his name from consideration as the full time leader. The Governor says he will search for another Adjutant General.

New Land Auction
(Ellsworth) – A prominent nursery in Ellsworth goes on the auction block next month, but the owner says he’s current with his bank payments and he doubts the auction will take place. The Ellsworth American is advertising the scheduled January 28th auction. Owner Steve Eliot says Camden National Bank does not seem willing to work with him, recognizing that winter months are slow in the landscaping business. Eliot’s lawyer said the bank seems overly aggressive and that the nursery is paying its bills.

Prosecutor Reassigned
(Ellsworth) – An Assistant District Attorney assigned for drug prosecutions in Hancock County is now assigned to handle Penobscot County cases only. The Ellsworth American reports Patrick Larson’s reassignment by the Attorney General’s Office leaves Hancock County without a specialized drug prosecutor. The AG’s office says it is moving prosecutors around to handle the highest number of cases possible. District Attorney Matt Foster tells the paper he doesn’t know if Larson will be replaced. The AG’s office says a new prosecutor is in the works for Hancock, Waldo and Knox Counties.

Rockland woman’s family wins suit
(Rockland) A Warren woman’s family has been awarded 1.1 million dollars in a civil lawsuit against the driver who hit her head on. The Bangor Daily News reports the estate of Alison Low filed the suit against 20 year old Samuel Simmons of Spruce Head. Simmons plead no contest to manslaughter and driving to endanger earlier in December. This summer 19 year old Olivia Blachet got a 5 million dollar settlements for Simmons negligence. It’s unclear if either settlement will actually be awarded as Simmons didn’t have insurance. Simmons drove north on Route 1 in Warren in March 2014 when he crossed the centerline and hit Low’s car head on.

Tremont principal leaves
(Tremont) Tremont Consolidated School’s principal will leave her position at the end of this month. Pam Bush who was hired in August 2012, submitted her resignation in person to MDI Superintendent Howard Colter who tells the Mount Desert Islander that the stress was too much for her and it would be better for her health if she stepped down. Bush will receive just over 22 thousand dollars in a lump sum as part of the resignation agreement.

MDI H.S. proposed budget increase
(Bar Harbor) The Mount Desert Island High School could see a 6.2 percent increase in next year’s school budget. Principal Matt Haney asked for an increase of over 603 thousand dollars over this years budget. The Mount Desert Islander reports a good chunk of that money is for salaries and health insurance and the addition of a two thirds science teacher and one third social studies teacher. A new school bus is also in the draft budget.

Search committee to be formed for Chamber director
(Ellsworth) – The Chamber of Commerce in Ellsworth says it will form a search committee after the holidays to search for a new executive director. The chamber and its former director, Susan Farley, parted ways last week. While the search for a replacement goes on, community manager Gretchen Wilson will direct the chambers operations.

MCMH hires new employees
(Ellsworth) Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will expand services thanks to new hires. Spokeswoman Patricia Patterson-King tells Star 97.7, new hires include an orthopedic surgeon, a rheumatologist and family care provider. King says some of the positions were to replace retiring staff, but most were new positions.

Healthy Trails challenge
(Hancock/Washington Counties) A pair of health focused non-profits wants you to get out and fit this winter. Community Health Manager Angela Fochesato tells Star 97-7 Healthy Acadia and Downeast Coastal Conservancy will kick off the Hancock/Washington County Healthy Trails Challenge on January 1. Folks can contact Healthy Acadia to sign up.

Boston Celtics 102 Charlotte Bobcats 89
Golden State Warriors 103 Utah Jazz 85 (Golden State now 27-1)
NFL: The NFL has upheld the 1-game suspension for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
High School – Boys Basketball
Ellsworth 55, Hermon 37
Old Town 63, Central 45
Orono 72, Foxcroft Academy 69
Bangor 58, Windham 54
Narraguagus 61, Sumner Memorial 23
Bucksport 66, Lee Academy 24
Calais 67, Woodland 50