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Local News – November 9, 2017

Convicted Killer Freed

(Portland) – Anthony Sanborn is a free man after serving 27-years in prison for killing a 16-year old girl in 1989.  Sanborn and prosecutors reached a deal where his conviction will stand and his sentence ends.  A judge reopened the case after a key witness recanted her testimony that helped convict Sanborn of Jessica Briggs’s death.  Under the deal Sanborn’s attorneys have agreed to drop the post-conviction petition.


RSU 24 Building

(Sullivan) – Voters in Regional School Unit 24 have agreed to purchase the superintendent’s office building instead of leasing it.  Voters in the 9-town district voted by a 2-to-1 ratio in favor of the $1-point-2 million dollar purchase plan.  A year ago, voters rejected a purchase, opting to keep leasing the building for $120-thousand dollars a year.  The purchase will save about $60-thousand dollars over a 15-year bond.   The district, urged by Selectmen in member towns, voted to place the matter on the ballot again after a narrow defeat in 2016.


Habitat Home Theft

(Searsport) – Thieves may have hit a new low in Waldo County.  The Pen Bay Pilot reports someone stole brand new appliances and light fixtures from a home under construction by Habitat for Humanity in Searsport.  Brandi Brown and her family were getting ready to close on the sale of the home later this month.  The appliances had been donated to the project.  Searsport police say the theft occurred sometime between 3-o’clock Tuesday afternoon and 9-o’clock yesterday morning.


Drug Dealer Sentenced

(Bangor) – A stiff sentence for a 29-year old Connecticut man who admitted he sold drugs in Maine.  The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that Michael Vicente of Waterbury Connecticut entered a guilty plea last June.  He sold 15-thousand oxycodone tablets to dealers in Central Maine who would travel to Connecticut to pick up the pills.


Heroin-Coke Arrest

(Penobscot Cty) A Massachusetts man appears in a Bangor court today on drug trafficking charges. Drug agents had watched 38-year-old Don Twiggs of Hyde Park for a month and he even allegedly sold heroin to an undercover agent. Maine drug agents pulled over Twiggs at the Newport exit off I-95 Monday night. A search of his car turned up 200 grams of heroin and 50 grams of cocaine. Police also searched the Millinocket home at which he’d recently stayed and seized more drug evidence. Twiggs is charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs; more arrests are possible.


Belfast Mayor

(Belfast) – The new mayor in Belfast says she was excited and surprised to win election this week.  Samantha Paradis is just 26-years old and outpolled long time incumbent mayor Walter Ashe.  Paradis tells Star 97-7 she was thrilled so many supported her and says she wants to address affordable housing and clean energy use at public buildings.


Flu Shots

(Local) ‘Tis the season to think about getting your flu shot. Dr Mike Murnik says Blue Hill Memorial Hospital prepares for flu season well in advance.  Dr Murnik says in the past the flu shot was only recommended for the young, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. That’s changed. He says it’s now recommended that everyone get an annual flu shot.


Business Emergency Planning


(Ellsworth) If your office computers went down, if your boss or coworker fell ill or passed away, or if an intruder stormed into your business, would you know how to react? The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce will hold a 4-part series about planning for a variety of disasters in the workplace. The first seminar is November 14th, led by the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency. Deputy director Bradley Nuding says they’re always looking for a forum to present the fundamentals of emergency preparedness planning.  Contact the Ellsworth Chamber to sign up for the “All Hazards Business Plans” seminar.


Theft of Benefits

(Gouldsboro) A Gouldsboro woman has admitted collecting unemployment while she was in fact employed. 37-year-old Rebecca Tetlow worked and earned wages while collecting benefits in 2015 and 2016. She pleaded guilty in June and is now on probation for 3 years and must pay the Department of Labor more than $10-thousand-dollars in restitution.


Body ID’d

(Rockport) Police have identified a body found last week in the woods of Rockport. A Lewiston police lieutenant tells the Bangor Daily News it was 45-year-old Kevin Mitchell who disappeared last May. A judge issued warrants for 4 felony counts of gross sexual assault and unwanted sexual contact with a girl under age 15. Mitchell’s wife reported him missing on May 2nd. A deputy in Knox County located Mitchell’s car in Union that same night. A hunter found his body November 1st.


Kayak Reunion

(Ellsworth) No theft charges filed against the man who took 2 kayaks he found in the ditch off Route 1 that appeared to be abandoned. The kayaks fell from on a woman’s vehicle as she drove the Bucksport Road on October 20th. She dragged them into the ditch in the Twin Hills area, but when she went back to retrieve them they were gone. The Ellsworth American reports she contacted Ellsworth police and posted signs along Route 1 asking for the kayaks to be returned. A man called her on Halloween saying he’d found them. Because he returned the kayaks to the owner police say no charges were filed.



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