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  • Published
    December 29, 2010

    Prison hostage taker gets 40 more years behind bars

    A 35-year-old man who held a librarian and inmate hostage for seven hours more than two years ago will likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced Michael Chasse Tuesday, Dec. 28, in Knox County Superior Court to 40 years in prison for a crime spree that occurred over seven hours on June 30, 2008 at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The 40 years will not begin being …

  • Published
    December 15, 2010

    Arsenic widespread in well water

    More than half of Maine residents get their water from wells and many of those have high arsenic levels, according to a new joint federal and state report. Among Waldo County communities, Northport had the highest percentage of domestic wells that had arsenic levels greater than that considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Those are the findings of a report issued by the U.S. Department …

  • Published
    December 1, 2010

    Local residents claim regional road planning is international plot

    A group of local citizens has voiced strong opposition to an effort for Midcoast communities to coordinate their local transportation plans, claiming it is part of an international movement for a one-world government. Horatio “Ted” Cowan III of Rockland, who ran for the Maine House of Representatives this year, was one of several members of the Maine Tea Party to speak out at a Nov. 10 meeting of the Gateway 1 …

  • Published
    October 13, 2010

    Lincolnville crash cuts power, nets arrest

    A 23-year-old Searsmont man faces a variety of criminal charges after he crashed a stolen pickup truck into a utility pole early Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, knocking out power. Gabriel Piszcz was charged with operating under the influence, operating after suspension, violating a condition of release, theft by unauthorized use, and possession of drug paraphernalia, following the 3:30 a.m. crash, said Maine State …

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    September 13, 2010

    Methadone clinic director, counselor make court appearances

    The founder of the Turning Tide methadone clinic — which was shut down last month by federal officials — and a drug counselor who worked at the facility made their initial appearances in court Monday, Sept. 13 on felony drug charges. Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head made no plea at the brief hearing held Sept. 13 in 6th District Court on the charge of felony possession of cocaine. She was accompanied by …

  • Published
    August 12, 2010

    Thorndike woman, counselor at methadone clinic, charged with cocaine offense

    A counselor at the Turning Tide methadone clinic in Rockland has been charged with attempting to buy nearly an ounce of cocaine, a case tied to the arrest last month of the clinic’s founder and operator. Carol Gardiner, 49, of Thorndike was issued a summons July 16 for felony attempted possession of cocaine, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor James Pease. Gardiner was a counselor at Turning …

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    July 30, 2010

    Child dies in overheated car

    A young child died July 29 in Rockland after apparently getting in a car that overheated due to the hot temperatures. Paul Giamsiracusa Jr., who was a few weeks short of his third birthday, died at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport about an hour after being taken there by Rockland ambulance, according to Sgt. Rick Fowler of the Maine Criminal Investigative Division with the Maine State Police. Rockland …

  • Published
    July 1, 2010

    Thomaston barrack gets final salute

    The 70-year-old Maine State Police Troop D barrack in Thomaston has been dismissed for the final time. The barrack closed June 30. Starting July 1, Troopers will be based out of offices in Augusta at 36 Hospital St. State officials said the closure will save $48,000 annually. The move was made as part of a budget balancing act by the governor. The Thomaston barrack was the only one closed. The barrack, built …

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    May 14, 2010

    Teacher disappointed in Knox County Republicans’ actions

    The teacher whose classroom social studies project became a subject of interest among members of the Knox County Republicans said he was both disappointed and puzzled by their actions. “They came into my room, went through things, stole a poster and then criticized what they saw at a snapshot in time,” said Paul Clifford, who teaches eighth-grade social studies at the King Middle School in Portland. The Maine …

  • Published
    May 13, 2010

    Knox Republican activists shake up party platform

    Four members of the Knox County Republican Committee were behind the overhaul of the party’s platform at the past weekend’s state political convention. The move has left some party members concerned that the stances will cost Republican candidates the support of moderate voters. Steven Dyer of Rockland said the group had been working on revising the county Republican platform for 18 months. Dyer ran for the …

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