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Local News – December 28, 2015

Manchester Homicides
(Manchester) – State police say two people found dead in a vehicle in Manchester both died from gunshot wounds. They’ve called the case a double homicide. Lt. Jeffrey Love says 35-year old Eric Williams and his girlfriend 26-year old Bonnie Royer lived on Easy Street in Augusta, not far from Sanford Road where their bodies were found in a car early Christmas morning. Detectives say one of them had called 9-1-1 before police found the bodies. Investigators are interviewing friends to try to retrace their steps on Christmas Eve.

Alton Drowning

(Alton) – An Alton man who took his canoe out onto Alton Pond yesterday fell out of the craft and drowned. The Maine Warden Service has not yet released the 57-year old man’s name. WABI-TV reports he is believed to be a prominent resident of the town just North of Old Town.

Ellsworth Chip Fire
(Ellsworth) – Time and nature put out a fire in a pile of wood chips in an Ellsworth gravel pit. Firefighters decided to let the fire in the RF Jordan pit off route 179 burn itself out instead of hauling in numerous tankers full of water to try to douse the flames. Passersby reported the fire late Saturday afternoon. The burning chips were destined for biomass plants.

Nemo’s Fire – Appeals Court
(Tremont) – A Tremont couple whose restaurant went up in flames in 2013 is appealing a federal magistrate’s decision to toss out a lawsuit against the local fire department and other town officials. The Mt. Desert Islander, which was also sued by Robert and Judy Cousins, reports the owners of Cap’n Nemo’s Restaurant filed an appeal with the Federal Appeals Court. Magistrate Brock Hornby ruled last June that the Cousins failed to state a federal claim. The restaurant owners claim the Tremont fire department purposely let the restaurant burn as a vendetta. The latest appeal called the fire department actions terroristic arson. Numerous fire departments responded to the scene.

SW Harbor Fire Chief
(SW Harbor) – A long time firefighter in Southwest Harbor will become the town’s new fire chief this week. Selectmen chose current Deputy Chief Jack Martel to replace Sam Chisholm who has resigned the chief’s position after about 20-years in the top spot. Martel has been with the fire department since the 1970’s. Martel’s wife, Mary Ellen, is the Star 97.7 web page photographer.

Iran Hostage Payment
(Mt. Desert) – A Mt. Desert man will receive more than $4-million dollars for the time he was held captive in Iran in the late 1970’s. Moorhead Kennedy was one of 53-hostages held for more than a year, then released when President Reagan took office. The Bangor Daily News reports the money will come from a fine imposed on a Paris bank for violating sanctions against Iran. Kennedy tells the Bangor Daily News it helps bring closure to the incident.



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