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    January 8, 2010

    Fifth District Court

    The following cases were closed in Fifth District Court in Belfast between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1. Michael A. Gushee, 47, of Searsmont was found guilty of violating condition of release and sentenced to two days in jail. Leo S. Law, 58, of Montville was found guilty of loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle and fined $200. Zachary P. Overlock, 19, of Montville was found guilty of failing to stop for an ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Nickerson School hosts ‘wicked good’ time for Frankfort guests

    Juggling, plate-spinning, unicycle-riding and character skits were part of an ongoing lesson about not bullying at the Nickerson School Jan. 6.As part of the school's mission statement to "reach out in friendship," the elementary school hosted students from Frankfort Elementary for the first time since SADs 34 and 56 consolidated to form RSU 20 last summer.NES Principal Abigail Frost said Library and Media ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Vehicle strikes pedestrian in Route 220 accident

    An 80-year-old Knox woman is being treated at a Portland hospital for injuries she sustained when she was struck by a vehicle while walking Jan. 6.According to Waldo County Chief Deputy Bob Keating, Caroline Barnes of Knox was walking along Route 220 approaching the Route 137 intersection just before 5 p.m. Keating said Barnes commonly walks that route, and she often wears a bright orange vest to make herself ...

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    January 8, 2010

    ‘It’s like a dream, we can’t believe it’

    When news of James Cummings' death was delivered to the family of Amber Cummings, her relatives say their first reaction was elation at the fact that she was alive."We lost touch with Amber for 10 years, it was like she just disappeared," said Jenny Shattuck, who is Amber Cummings' cousin. Shattuck and Cummings were raised together, and Shattuck said they were best friends while growing up in California.Shattuck ...

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    January 7, 2010

    Judge orders Cummings’ 8-year sentence fully suspended

    Though Amber Cummings pleaded guilty to shooting her husband, James Cummings, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ruled Jan. 7 that her eight-year sentence would be fully suspended.Cummings was charged with the Dec. 9, 2008, murder of her husband at their High Street residence in Belfast. The couple’s then-9-year-old daughter was at home at the time of the shooting. Cummings told police her husband had threatened to kill ...

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    January 7, 2010

    Maine State Society scholarships available

    Maine college students who were born in, or are legal residents of, Maine are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the Maine State Society Foundation of Washington, D.C. Applicants must have completed at least one year at a Maine college or university with a GPA of at least 3.0. Since 1991, the foundation has made awards to Mainers from Sherman Mills, Patten, Winterport, East Machias, East Brownfield, ...

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    January 6, 2010

    State police arrest Skowhegan woman accused of murder

    Following her release Wednesday morning from an undisclosed hospital for an undisclosed issue, Maine State Police arrested Karen McCaul for the murder of 63-year-old Richard Howe of Troy. Police were called to McCaul's apartment on High Street, near the Somerset County courthouse, around 2 p.m. Dec. 24. There, they found Howe's body and it was later determined by a state medical examiner that he had been ...

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    January 6, 2010

    ‘Shining example’ in hand, Future makes pitch to tackle sports

    Vicki Kupferman remembers the early days of Future MSAD 3. The group describes itself as a not-for-profit charitable corporation "working to raise funds for enhancements to the new Mount View school." Members of the organization went to all kinds of public events — dances, dinners and parades, to name a few — and handed out bright yellow cards to tell people what Future was all about. Collecting various coins ...

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    January 6, 2010

    Council cautiously regards rail plans

    The Belfast City Council commended the efforts of the rail enthusiasts at the Brooks Preservation Society Jan. 5, but stopped short of granting permission to use city property to extend the reach of its rail excursion service. BPS signed a lease agreement in October for a three-mile stretch of track extending from the Waldo-Belfast town line to Veterans' Memorial Bridge. The group previously held lease agreement...

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    January 6, 2010

    An emergency home away from home

    Dogs and cats living in Waldo County now have a shelter to go to when their owners need to go to an emergency shelter. The pet shelter, which will be run by a five-person volunteer team, will be activated if the American Red Cross opens a shelter at the Troy Howard Middle School on Lincolnville Avenue in Belfast. The pet shelter will be located in a garage behind the school. The Red Cross has an agreement ...

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