(South Paris) – The Sheriff in Oxford County is stepping down after a sex scandal. Wayne Gallant submitted his resignation a day after County Commissioners asked the Governor to remove him from office. Gallant admitted that he sent an inappropriate picture to an unnamed woman. His term expires at the end of next year, and Governor LePage will appoint someone to fill the position until a new sheriff is elected.
Hancock County Treasurer
(Ellsworth) – County Commissioners in Hancock County are discussing whether the county treasurer’s position should continue to be an elected post. The current treasurer, Janice Eldredge, will retire when her term expires according to the Ellsworth American. More than 12-years ago voters rejected changing the elected post to one appointed by County Commissioners. Former Sheriff and current commissioner Bill Clark says the job is very intricate, but the only requirement to hold the post is to win election and live in Hancock County.
(Searsmont) The Waldo County Woodshed continues collecting wood during the winter months and distributing it families in 19 towns from Montville to Gouldsboro. This season’s distribution began the week of Thanksgiving and as of December 2nd the Woodshed has given away 24 cords of wood with a retail value of about $6,000. The woodshed has received donations of wood or services from organizations like Bangor Savings Bank, the Travelers Club, Belfast Head Start, Sargent Corporation, Girl Scout Troop 102 and Troop 807.
Wreaths Across America
(Local) The Wreaths Across America convoy will depart from Narraguagus High School this Sunday morning and will arrive at the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth around 9 o’clock. Spokeswoman Susan Patten says this year’s route through Maine has changed slightly. In past years the convoy traveled through Bucksport but Patten says this year they’ll go through Bangor. The convoy will deliver more than 245-thousand wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on December 16th.
(Blue Hill) The town of Blue Hill is gearing up for their annual tree lighting. Santa will arrive on a fire engine at 6 tonight to light the tree, then he’ll spend a few minutes with each child to hear their Christmas wish lists. Blue Hill Heritage Trust outreach director Chrissy Allen says lots of businesses will be hosting special holiday activities.
(Montville) – Grief counselors met with students and staff at Mt. View High School in Thorndike yesterday after a 16-year old student died in a car crash on his way to school. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department tells Star 97.7 Riley Boulay was likely speeding when his car left Route 220 in Montville and slammed into trees. He was dead at the scene. A passing motorist discovered the crash and called 9-1-1.
Underwear Thief Sentence
(Exeter) An Exeter man who broke into a home and stole a young girl’s underwear and left pornography behind will spend 9 months in jail. During that time 29-year-old Jason Robinson can’t have unsupervised contact with children under 18 and must enter a sex offender treatment program. Police arrested Robinson in August and he pleaded guilty on Monday to burglary and theft. Police say Robinson took the girl’s underwear then put pornography in her bedroom, toy box and dresser drawers.
(Rockland) Two people suffered injuries during a noontime stabbing Wednesday in Rockland and the suspect was arrested in a Dunkin Donuts bathroom. Rockland police responding to a Knox Street apartment complex found a 36-year-old man with serious stab wounds to his neck and back. The Life Flight helicopter flew him to Maine Medical Center in Portland. A 28-year-old woman sustained minor wounds. Village Soup reports police arrested 32-year old George Gilmore at a Dunkin Donuts after evacuating the building.
Firearm & Ammo Sentence
(Fairfield) A Fairfield felon caught with guns and ammo was sentenced Wednesday to time served, which is just over 6 months, for illegally possessing firearms and ammunition. Court documents and trial evidence show in December last year 54-year-old Steven Lemieux possessed 7 guns and more than 700 rounds of ammunition. He’s also fined $5,000. Lemieux was convicted in June following a 2-day jury trial.
Drug Death Sentence
(W. Bath) A West Bath man who sold drugs to his ex-girlfriend who later died of an overdose will spend 14 years in federal prison. 35-year-old Mickey Gilley pled guilty in August and received his sentence this week. Gilley allegedly obtained heroin mixed with fentanyl from a Portland dealer. Gilley sold the mixture to his former girlfriend in September 2016; she died that evening from consuming it. Court records say when Gilley found the woman unresponsive he didn’t call for help because he was prohibited from having contact with her due to bail conditions resulting from a felony domestic assault conviction and he was afraid of being arrested for violating his bail.
NAPLES, Maine (AP) – Two good Samaritans pulled a Maine woman to safety after she became trapped in a burning car in a violent crash. Twenty-five-year-old Alicia Szostak says she was driving in Naples when she jerked her steering wheel to avoid hitting a deer. The Bangor Daily News reports she crashed into two trees and the car was left on its side – where a fire began burning.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Representatives at Toys R Us in South Portland say a husband and wife paid off $10,000 in layaway orders for other families. WGME-TV reports the couple is local and wished to remain anonymous. Store manager Jay Roes says the money is enough to pay off the balance on about 100 layaway accounts.
(Rockport) – Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport and Waldo County General Hospital and a couple other health care facilities have voted to move ahead with a merger with Portland based Maine Health. The Coastal Healthcare Alliance Board voted 13-to-6 to move ahead with the merger. That’s likely to take just over a year to complete. Opponents told Village Soup dot-com they’re leery about the lack of self governance for the local facilities which would have to remain open for at least 5-years following the merger’s completion. Both hospitals are currently affiliates with Maine Health which operates several other smaller hospitals around the state.
- Boston Celtics 97 Dallas Mavericks 90
- Former Patriots’ coach Ron Meyer has died. He was 76.
- Charlotte Hornets coach and Maine native Steve Clifford has taken leave from his post to deal with a medical issue.
- The San Francisco Giants have put together a trade package for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the National League’s MVP
- The Bruins are home against Arizona tonight.