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    January 29, 2010

    Searsport police blotter

    An arrest or summons does not constitute a finding of guilt. An individual charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at criminal proceedings.Law enforcement officials with the Searsport Police Department reported the following activity between Jan. 18 and Jan. 25:Jan. 19Rosemary Leblanc, 49, of Belfast was making a left turn into Harborlight Square Apartments from Route 1 when she ...

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    January 29, 2010

    TRJ reporter Mitchell bids farewell after 13 years

    If a woman in her early 30s can be said to be a veteran in her field, Tanya Mitchell, who will be filing her last stories for VillageSoup/The Republican Journal this week, is that person. After 13 years of reporting the ups and downs of life in Waldo County under the banners of three weekly publications, Mitchell is leaving the paper to take a job with the city of Belfast. And though she hasn't ruled out writing ...

  • Published
    January 28, 2010

    Belfast chicken barn destroyed by fire Thursday morning

    A barn containing more than 70,000 chickens was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Jan. 28. The fire at the barn, located at 99 Back Searsport Road, was reported just after 2 a.m. Thursday morning, according to a dispatcher at the Waldo County Regional Communications Center. Owner Merle Grass said he was first notified at about that same time by Seacoast Security, which monitors the barn and ...

  • Published
    January 27, 2010

    Maine’s December unemployment rate 8.3

    State Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman announced the preliminary unemployment rate for Maine was 8.3 percent in December, up from revised rates of 8.0 percent in November and 6.5 percent a year ago. The number of unemployed totaled 58,300, up 12,000 from a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 10.0 percent, unchanged from November and up from 7.4 percent a year ago.Non-farm payroll employment increased ...

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    January 27, 2010

    Fuller named Journal editor

    VillageSoup has named Steven Fuller editor of The Republican Journal. Fuller, who most recently had been associate editor of the Journal, succeeds Interim Editor Holly S. Anderson, who was recently named editor of The Bar Harbor Times. Fuller joined the Journal staff in the fall of 2005 as a general assignment reporter, and in 2006 was promoted to assistant editor. He also became assistant editor of The Waldo ...

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    January 27, 2010

    Businesses back law enforcement effort to keep local women safe

    Red collection cans that are set out at several local businesses are aimed at giving women the tools they need to protect themselves should they find themselves in a threatening situation.Searsport Police Officer Jessica Danielson is a Rape Aggression Defense Systems instructor, and she is certified to teach basic physical defense. The nationwide program, commonly known as R.A.D., teaches women how to stave off ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Environmental activist asks court to halt offshore wind power project

    A Rockland man, who for much of the past two decades has tackled a variety of environmental issues, has gone to court to halt the proposed demonstration wind power project off Monhegan Island. Ron Huber claimed in his appeal filed Jan. 26 in Knox County Superior Court that the designation of waters off Monhegan as a test site violates his constitutional rights to practice his religious stewardship of Penobscot ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Commissioners approve new sheriff’s office

    On Jan. 26, a year after Waldo County Commissioner William Shorey shone a light on the county's aging sheriff's office, the commissioners voted to give the department a new $1 million building. Commissioner Donald Berry said the expenditure, to be taken from six existing county accounts, would come at no cost to taxpayers. For 18 years, the Sheriff's Office, which today includes 18 employees, has occupied the ...

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    January 26, 2010

    Local legislators oppose bill for mandatory sick leave

    Local legislators are lining up against a bill that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. LD 1665, titled "An act to prevent the spread of H1N1," is sponsored by state Senate president and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro. The bill requires a business with 25 or more employees to give a maximum of 52 accrued hours of paid sick leave per year to any ...

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    January 26, 2010

    January is Stalking Awareness Month

    Much like domestic violence, stalking is a crime of power and control that annually impacts the lives of millions of Americans. In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, which was released last year, 3.4 million people self-identified as victims of stalking in the study year, topping the last annual estimate of 1.4 million victims in 1998. Other statistics:• 75 percent ...


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