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    January 30, 2010

    Mills to separating couples: ‘Don’t go back alone’

    "There are a lot of very depressing statistics within," said Maine Attorney General Janet Mills as she presented the 8th Report of the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel Jan. 28 at the Statehouse.In 2008, 31 homicides occurred in Maine, 20 (65 percent) of which involved domestic violence. Of the 25 homicides in 2009 in Maine, 10 (35 percent) were domestic-violence-related.Three red cutouts of human ...

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    January 30, 2010

    Maine State 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 Troop D of the Maine State Police responded to the following incidents in Waldo County during the past week. Anyone with information regarding ongoing investigations is asked to call 800-452-4664. Jan. 17 Troop...

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    January 30, 2010

    Fifth District Court

    The following cases were closed in Fifth District Court in Belfast between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22. Sasha Avila, 19, of Unity was found guilty of minor possessing liquor and fined $200. Jason A. Beal, 19, of Swanville was found guilty of operating while license suspended or revoked with a prior and fined $500. He also was found guilty of failure to register a vehicle and fined $150. Cheri C. Castellano, 59, of ...

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    January 30, 2010

    Speakers: Maine should adopt new PACE

    While testifying Jan. 28 on behalf of  LD 1717 in the Hall of Flags at the State House, Senate President Elizabeth "Libby" Mitchell referenced President Obama's State of the Union speech the previous night."The president said this country must lead the world in renewable energy," said Mitchell. "Maine got that memo before last night."A number of representatives and business owners joined Mitchell at the Hall of ...

  • Published
    January 30, 2010

    Waldo County Superior Court

    The following cases were closed in Waldo County Superior Court between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22. Jessica Robin Bailey, 31, of Thorndike was found guilty of criminal attempt and fined $400. A charge of criminal trespass was dismissed. Abigail R. Berry, 25, of Jackson was found not guilty of domestic violence assault. Sara N. Brown, 20, of Belfast was found guilty of five counts of false public alarm or report and ...

  • Published
    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 ...

  • Published
    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 ...

  • Published
    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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