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Local News – December 29, 2015

(Caribou) – After a warmer than usual start to the official winter season – reality is hitting Maine. National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Kocin says we’re getting a good charge of snow today.
Downeast Maine should receive 6-to-10 inches of mostly snow, though some ice is projected along the immediate coast. It’s the first significant snow of the season.

 Slippery commute possible

(Ellsworth) The commute this morning could be slippery. Hancock County Emergency Management Agency Director Andy Sankey tells Star 97.7, folks should proceed with caution today as the roads become slippery. He says it’s good to get an winter emergency kit ready and make sure you’ve got proper equipment such as an ice scraper or portable shovel in the trunk.pleads not guilty to charges

Guilford man pleads innocent

(Dover-Foxcroft) – A 38-year old Piscataquis County man who eluded police for 68-days after allegedly murdering his former girlfriend last summer says he’s not guilty. Robert Burton appeared in court yesterday, bound by the wrists and ankles by heavy chains. He’s charged with murdering Stephanie Gebo and with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He hid in the woods near Guilford for weeks, turning himself in to the Sheriff’s Department last August.

Alton man drowns 
(Alton) – Game Wardens have identified an Alton man who drowned Sunday when he fell from his canoe while tending live bait. 57-year old Paul Malicky was a veteran outdoorsman and a volunteer firefighter in Alton. His wife called 9-1-1 Sunday afternoon when he fell out of the canoe and drifted out to deeper water in a farm pond. Game Wardens recovered his body in about 9-feet of water.


Rockland City Manager censured
(Rockland) – The International City Management Association has issued a censure to the current city manager of Rockland. The move comes several months after James Chaousis repaid the Town of Boothbay for cell phone bills run up for his family but charged to the town. In an message to fellow municipal managers around the state, Chaousis said he was deeply embarrassed by the incident that came to light as he left Boothbay and started in Rockland.

Rome woman dies in carriage crash
(Waterville) A Rome woman has died as a result of injuries she sustained on Christmas Day in Waterville after a man crashed in to a horse drawn carriage crash. 56 year old Kathy Marciarille (mar see ah RILL-ee) died Sunday night in a Portland hospital. Police say the sun blinded 73 year old Richard Libby and he crashed into the carriage. Seven people suffered injuries. Marciarille was thrown from the carriage and Libbys vehicle ran over her. Police have not filed any charges.

Fryeburg man burned in explosion
(Fryeburg) A fire and explosion critically burned a Fryeburg man. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports they’re still trying to determine what caused the explosion inside a Fryeburg garage Sunday night. 52 year old Matthew Beardsley has burns to over 75 percent of his body. Beardsely and his son in law were transferring fuel from one storage tank to another when the explosion occurred. The explosion and fire destroyed the garage.

Redzone wireless hits goal
(Camden) Redzone Wireless reports they’ve reached their goal of making wireless broadband available to 25 percent of Maine households by the end of 2015. The company activated 4G LTE coverage in Ellsworth and Cape Elizabeth, among other cities and towns. The company says their long term goal is 90 percent of Maine residents and businesses by 2018.

Bangor officials discuss detox facility
(Bangor) Officials in Bangor are bouncing around the idea of a 10 bed detox facility to help people with drug addictions. The Bangor Daily News reports the Community Health Leadership says they’ve spoken with city officials, first responders, and lawmakers to come up with a solution to the ongoing drug problem. The facility would allow people to spend 3 to 5 days in a residential program. The facility could serve 100 people a month, but they expect the demand will be higher. The only other facility of this type is in Portland. Now officials must find a way to fund the program.

Monday Night Football: Denver 20 Cincinnati 17 (Overtime)
NHL Tonight: Bruins host the Ottawa Senators
College Basketball: U-Maine men host Quinnipiac
High School Basketball – Boys
Bucksport 57, Stearns 34
Orono 66, Washington Academy 50
Shead 45, Jonesport-Beals 36
George Stevens 45, Searsport District 41
Calais 92, Lee Academy 44
Stearns 60, Bucksport 34
Sumner Memorial 47, Machias 37
Washington Academy 45, Orono 40