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    March 4, 2010

    Waldo County Sheriff’s 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.The Waldo County Sheriff's Office reported the following activity between Feb. 23 and March 2:Feb. 23Dana A. Evers, 52, of Dixmont was summoned for speeding 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.Stanna M. Alton, 27, of Burnham was summoned for operating ...

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    March 4, 2010

    Cunningham promoted to detective’s post at Belfast Police Department

    An 18-year veteran of the Belfast Police Department has been promoted to detective. The Belfast City Council accepted Chief Jeff Trafton's selection of Bryan Cunningham at its March 2 meeting. The council also agreed to upgrade the detective position to the rank of sergeant. Cunningham, of Belfast, joined the department full time in January 1992 after serving as a part-time reserve officer for about a ...

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    March 3, 2010

    Local lobstermen see income drop sharply again

    Knox County lobstermen saw their income plummet 18 percent last year, according to preliminary landing reports. The amount of lobster landed across the state reached a record high but the price per pound paid to the harvesters continued to fall, resulting in a significant decline in income. The 75.6 million pounds of lobster landed in Maine were the most since the Maine Department of Marine Resources and ...

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    March 3, 2010

    Baldacci pitches partial funding restorations

    School boards that have been grappling with deep budget cuts for next fiscal year got a $20 million shot in the arm March 3, as Gov. John Baldacci announced he was restoring that much money in General Purpose Aid to the fiscal 2011 budget.And health and human services programs, which had been facing $67.8 million in state budget cuts, got more than half their cuts restored as Baldacci announced he was putting ...

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    March 3, 2010

    Athenahealth delays earnings report, raising suspicion among analysts, investors

    An announcement by athenahealth Feb. 25 that the company would delay its fourth-quarter 2009 earnings report caused a 12 percent drop in its stock value in one day last week. That delay, along with speculation that a 2009 accounting error may have benefited company executives, has prompted five law firms to investigate athenahealth on behalf of investors for possible securities violations. In the Feb. 25 ...

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    March 3, 2010

    Paton appears — briefly and insane — in ‘Shutter Island’

    In January of 2008, Peter Paton and two other actors from the Midcoast went to Boston University for an open casting call for a film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's 2004 thriller "Shutter Island," to be directed by Martin Scorsese. There were 3,000 people there, by Paton's count. He and his friends dropped off headshots and resumes and had their picture taken by the auditioners and went home. Of the three who ...

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    March 3, 2010

    Mitchell, Pingree unveil jobs bond

    Legislative and business leaders stood tall behind Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell and Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree on March 2, when they unveiled the details of a jobs bond at the Statehouse.The intent of the bond is to put people to work this summer building and rebuilding the state's infrastructure. Their goal is for the $99 million package to be voted on in June, in time for the construction ...

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    March 3, 2010

    School closures eyed for savings

    Faced with declining state funding and increasing operating costs, the RSU 20 school board is considering closing one or more of the district's nine elementary schools. Superintendent Bruce Mailloux addressed the subject with board members during a budget workshop held Feb. 25 at the district's central office, and said after researching all the options he felt that three schools — Frankfort Elementary, Kermit ...

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    March 3, 2010

    County cancels early review of proposed sheriff’s and EMA building

    County officials have withdrawn an application to the city planning board for a proposed sheriff's office and emergency management building to be built behind the former Waldo County Jail. Withdrawing the application effectively cancels an optional sketch plan review that was scheduled for March 10. The planning board requires approval of preliminary and final plans. The March 10 sketch plan review was initially...

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    March 3, 2010

    Two men face assault, burglary charges following Swanville incident

    Two local men racked up several charges after allegedly assaulting a former female acquaintance and her new boyfriend late Feb. 28.At about 11:40 p.m., the Waldo County Sheriff's Office received a report of a disturbance at an apartment on North Searsport Road in Swanville.As a result of that report and the subsequent investigation, Adam L. Skinner, 21, of Belfast has been charged with burglary, assault, aggravate...

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