(Ellsworth) – It’ll cost property tax payers a bit more to run County Government in Hancock County in 2018. County Commissioners have approved a budget that’s 6-percent higher than this year’s spending plan. The increases are driven by addition of a patrol deputy, an information technology position, and overall wage increases for county workers who’ve suffered from lower than normal pay for years.
(Bangor) – When William Oliver moved from Georgia to Dover-Foxcroft he carried a lot of baggage with him, namely a requirement that he sign up for the sex offender registry after a child molestation conviction in Georgia. He didn’t do that, but he did make contact with what he thought was a teen-aged girl and arranged to meet her for sex. Turned out it was an undercover cop, and Oliver’s going to spend the next 14-plus years in prison, then another 20-years on supervised release. Federal Judge John Woodcock imposed the stiff sentence yesterday, saying there was a need to protect the public from Oliver.
(Bangor) – When Bangor police pulled over Seth and Cara Blewett after a robbery at a Bangor Dollar Tree store last May, they had a pretty good idea they’d caught the same people who robbed a TD Bank branch a day earlier. They were right. 30-year old Seth Blewett admitted he did both robberies in Federal Court yesterday. The US Attorney’s office says the wife pled guilty earlier in the year. He faces 7-years to life in prison.
(Howland) – A 71-year old Lagrange man has died after a vehicle crash in Howland. WABI-TV reports Edmund Badger’s pickup truck left Route 155 yesterday morning. A passing motorist spotted the truck and called authorities who found Badger’s body inside. Investigators are unsure whether Badger died from injuries sustained in the crash or suffered a medical event prior to crashing.
(Ellsworth) The annual Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade is tomorrow. Line-up begins at 10 o’clock at Maine Community Foundation on Main Street, the parade steps off at 11 and the theme is Old Fashioned Christmas. Police chief Glenn Moshier warns motorists that the upper section of Main Street is closed during the parade. City workers will post Detour signs.
(Ellsworth) This time each year the Emmaus Homeless Shelter focuses its efforts on keeping less fortunate individuals and families warm and fed. They’re currently registering folks for Christmas Food Baskets and the Adopt-A-Family programs, as well as accepting donations for those causes. Director MJ Boylan says you can help by donating one single item; Gloves.
Post Office Heist
(Howland) Some Christmas packages waiting to be picked up at the Howland post office were stolen. Maine state police say they’re looking for two suspects who forced their way into the locked storage area sometime after 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and before 8:30 yesterday morning. The post office lobby is open 24-hours a day so police ask anyone who was there and may have seen something to contact them. Stolen items include adult footwear, clothing, electronics and medication. Evidence collected at the scene is being processed.
(Penobscot) Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is likely to draw nearly 15,000 visitors by the end of the year – four times the number of people who visited during an abbreviated first season. Superintendent Tim Hudson says 7,162 vehicles visited the area for the year as of Saturday. That’s an estimate of two people each – a total of 14,323 visitors. The Bangor Daily News reports the monument only drew 1,762 vehicles last year.
Heating Oil Prices
(Augusta) The Governor’s Energy Office says heating oil prices are starting to rise in Maine. A statewide survey conducted Monday put the average price at $2.44 per gallon, an increase of 9-percent since the heating season began in October.
(Augusta) Maine officials say they have no clues and have made no progress in the case of a hit-and-run driver who caused $3 million in damage by cracking a highway overpass. Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot says the Augusta crash left no debris, no witnesses and wasn’t caught on camera. The Bangor Daily News reports officials discovered the massive dent and crack in October, and emergency repair work cost about $3 million.
(Portland) Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine says she needs to know more details before she can support a GOP tax overhaul. Collins told reporters Tuesday that she has a lot of concerns that she’s trying to fix. A big sticking point for her is elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes.
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- College Hockey tonight: Vermont at U-Maine