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Local News – January 26, 2017

Decomposed Body

(Thomaston) – While Maine’s Medical Examiner tests badly decomposed remains found in Thomaston yesterday, State Police are following up on a lead in the case. A worker found the body behind the Dunkin Donuts in town. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 they don’t believe the remains are from anyone who lived in Knox County. He said they have a promising lead.

Body ID’d
(Bangor) – Police confirm a body found along the Penobscot River in Bucksport last weekend is that of a missing Bangor man. Paul Francis the 3rd, who went by the name June Bug, vanished after a party in early December. The Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the remains found behind the former Verso Paper Mill were of Francis. They’ve not determined the cause of death.

Blue Hill Development
(Blue Hill) – A Florida man has purchased a couple of vacant buildings in Downtown Blue Hill with hopes of reviving businesses that once operated there. The Ellsworth American reports John Warren has purchased the former 66-restaurant on Main Street and the former Harbor School building on Mill Street. The restaurant went out of business 2-and-a-half years ago, and the school relocated to South Street. Warren said he was attracted to Blue Hill’s downtown after attending a wedding a couple years ago.

Principals Retiring
(Penobscot) – A lot of Hancock County schools are searching for principals this winter. The latest is Penobscot, where Principal Alan Cole will retire when the school year ends in June. Penobscot joins Sedgwick, Brooksville, and Southwest Harbor in the quest for school principals due mostly to retirement.

Friends of Acadia
(Bar Harbor) It’s no secret Martha Stewart is a fan of Maine, she owns a home in Seal Harbor. Last year Stewart presented a 1-million-dollar challenge grant to Friends of Acadia, a non-profit that raises money for Acadia National Park. Director of Development Lisa Horsch Clark says Friends of Acadia matched Martha’s challenge goal in the nick of time. The grant was made through the Martha and Alexis Stewart Foundation.

Speed Enforcement
(Hancock Cty) The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has received more than 11-thousand-dollars from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to allow more speeding patrols. Sheriff Scott Kane says each year Hancock County roadways are the source of thousands of complaints including over 15-hundred crashes last year resulting in 10 fatalities. The 2017 Speed Enforcement Grant will fund radar details between February 1st through September 15th with the goal of reducing traffic related complaints, personal injury crashes, and fatalities.

Arson Sentencing
(Rockland) A Rockland woman who set fire to her own home will spend 3 months in jail for the August 31st incident last year. 55-year-old Elizabeth Cole was sentenced earlier this month after pleading guilty to an arson charge. The Bangor Daily News reports firefighters found Cole on the back porch of her James Street home that she shared with her ex-husband. Cole had to be physically removed from the burning structure. Court documents say the fire occurred after the couple’s divorce and Cole told investigators she’d rather die than leave her home.

Porn Indictment
(Bangor) A former ed-tech at Glenburn Elementary has been indicted by a grand jury for possessing child pornography. 58-year-old Michael King of Bangor was arrested last September and has since resigned from the school. WABI-TV reports King is accused of having and sharing sexually explicit material of kids under 12. Police said there was no indication any of King’s students were involved.

Islesford Restaurant
(Little Cranberry Isle) – A billionaire and a local restaurant owner hope to make a go of a small restaurant on Islesford. Michael Boland and Mitchell Rales have purchased the Islesford Dock restaurant. Boland operates several eateries in Bar Harbor, including Havana. Rales recently built a huge mansion in Northeast Harbor and helped finance the purchase of the Islesford Dock. The Bangor Daily News reports Boland hopes to keep the restaurant pretty much the same as it has been for the past 24-years.

High School Basketball-Boys
Bangor 54, Gorham 44
Hampden Academy 67, Mt. Blue 38
Hermon 61, Foxcroft Academy 46
Calais 73, Sumner Memorial 34
Hampden Academy 60, Mt. Blue 30
Hermon 41, Orono 32
John Bapst Memorial 64, Mattanawcook Academy 31

• Boston Celtics 120 Houston Rockets 109
• The Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.
• The Red Sox have agreed to a 1-year deal with pitcher Drew Pomeranz, avoiding arbitration
• It’ll be Serena Williams against her sister Venus in the Australian Open final on Saturday.