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Wayne man pleads guilty to V.A. fraud

A Wayne man plead guilty to charges he received VA unemployment benefits, when he had a job. The US Attorney’s Office reports 48 year old Lawrence Stewart received veterans administration disability compensation because he filed falsified documentation under reporting his unemployment between October 2011 and January 2015. Documents indicate he was overpaid 53 thousand dollars […]

Local News – April 9, 2015

Morse trial (Ellsworth) – Testimony began yesterday in the murder trial of an Otis man charged with killing a Trenton accountant then using his identity for several months after the deaths. Prosecutors say William Morse was driven by greed. In opening arguments, assistant attorney general Donald Macomber said Morse maxed out victim Richard Bellitieri’s credit […]

Tsarnaev convicted on all counts in Boston Marathon Bombing

BOSTON (AP) – A jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  of all 30 counts he faced stemming from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Of the 30 charges, 17 are punishable by death. Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he […]

Prosecution says William Morse driven by greed in murder trial

Opening arguments kicked off this morning in Ellsworth in the case of William Morse, Bill Tool, or 100 Dollar Bill as he was apparently known in the Bar Harbor area . 45 year old Morse is accused of murdering 61 year old Richard Bellittieri, dumping his body on the victim’s property on the Goose Cove […]

Local News – April 8, 2015

Nurse Strike Authorized (Bar Harbor) – Nurses at MDI Hospital in Bar Harbor have authorized a one day strike, though there are no specific plans to walk out just yet. The nurses and the hospital have not reached a contract agreement, and the hospital has frozen wages since the contract expired last spring. The Mt. […]

Maine Moose Permit Auction Raises Over $122,000 for Scholarships

From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:  AUGUSTA, Maine – Over $122,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2015 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Ten hunters bid a total of over $122,000 in an auction for the opportunity to hunt moose in Maine during the 2015 season. Proceeds from […]

Local News – April 7, 2015

 Police make arrest in Birdsacre fire  (Ellsworth) Police have arrested a man they allege set a fire  at a building at Ellsworth’s bird sanctuary. State police  announced Monday that 31-year-old Christopher Kidder  has been charged with arson, burglary and other offenses in  connection with the fire in March 2014 that damaged the  museum at the […]

Belmont man allegedly places girlfriend in choke hold

A Belmont man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and backed in to her vehicle. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office reports 27 year old Michael Lewis was in his truck when police arrived at a home on the Licolnville Road for a report of a domestic disturbance at about 10pm. Lewis […]

Mars Hill bath salts arrest

From Maine State Police:  A Mars Hill woman has been charged with selling bath salts from her home by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.  The arrest of  44 year old Leda Giggey follows a lengthy investigation by MDEA in Aroostook County.  Drug agents along with Deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, searched Giggey’s home […]

Police arrest homeless man and charge him with Birdsacre fire

A homeless man from Ellsworth was arrested over the weekend and charged with setting fire a year ago that badly damaged the museum at the Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary in Ellsworth.   Facing a long list of charges is 31 year old Christopher J. Kidder.  The arrest was authorized by the local district attorney’s office following an […]