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Marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs and $26,000 in cash were found when authorities raided a Swanville home Wednesday morning. Three people were arrested and charged following the execution of search warrant. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WALTER GRIFFIN

3 arrested in Swanville drug raid; authorities seize $26,000 in cash

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 30, 2009, at 8:59 p.m.
SWANVILLE, Maine — Three people were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after a police search of a home on Bings Boulevard. The 9:30 a.m. raid at the home of Arthur Stevens uncovered more than 3 pounds of marijuana, 500 prescription pills, cocaine, scales and more than $26,000 in cash. Stevens, …

Hampden man injured in truck crash

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 29, 2009, at 7:41 p.m.
MONROE, Maine — A Hampden man was treated for minor injuries after his pickup truck and the empty horse trailer it was hauling skidded off the road and crashed Monday night. Christopher Hitchcock, 31, was taken by Brooks Ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast complaining of head and …

Stockton Springs man arrested on assault charge

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 29, 2009, at 2:47 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Stockton Springs man already on bail for domestic violence assault was arrested on charges he assaulted the same woman on Monday. Kirt Damon Jr., 20, of Damon Road, was charged with domestic violence assault and violation of bail conditions following the incident at Penobscot Terrace, Police …

Hampden man hurt in crash in Monroe

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 29, 2009, at 11:08 a.m.
MONROE, Maine — A Hampden man was treated for minor injuries after his pickup truck and the empty horse trailer it was hauling skidded off the road and crashed Monday night. Christopher Hitchcock, 31, of Bog Road was taken by Brooks Ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast complaining …

Jackson selectmen to address moratorium on wind power

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 28, 2009, at 7:41 p.m.
JACKSON, Maine — The town’s Board of Selectmen will meet tonight to consider extending a moratorium on wind energy projects for another six months.
Pingree with US Soldier in Afghanistan   PHOTO COURTESY OF REPRESENTATIVE PINGREE

Legislature primed Pingree for work in Congress

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 27, 2009, at 8:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The first year in office may have been a madcap whirlwind for Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, but she said recently that her experience in the state Legislature made the transition to the national stage a smooth one.

Belfast gears up for 13th New Year’s By the Bay

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 25, 2009, at 8:32 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The city is ramping up for its 13th annual New Year’s By the Bay celebration on New Year’s Eve.

Belfast church shares Christmas meal

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 25, 2009, at 7:32 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — In what members hope will be an annual tradition, the Belfast United Methodist Church opened its doors Friday afternoon and offered the community a free Christmas dinner.

Census office in Bangor could hire 1,000 workers

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 21, 2009, at 7:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Census Bureau is gearing up for the process of counting every person in Maine beginning early next year.
Dale Rowley, director of Waldo County's Emergency Management Agency, looks over examples of municipal building projects designed by WBRC Architects. The Bangor firm has been selected to build the county's new Emergency Operations Center. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WALTER GRIFFIN

Waldo County to get new emergency center

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 20, 2009, at 9:32 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The director of Waldo County’s Emergency Management Agency hopes to be sitting in the planned new Emergency Operations Center a year from now. EMA director Dale Rowley said work on the $492,000 center should begin in June with an estimated completion date of December. The 2,600-square-foot brick …

Fire destroys Brooks home

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 20, 2009, at 8:03 p.m.
BROOKS, Maine — Fire departments from surrounding communities arrived at a house fire on Moosehead Trail on Saturday afternoon. The fire was reported at 4:10 p.m. and the small, wood-frame structure was in flames when firefighters arrived. “It is pretty much flattened,” Monroe Fire Chief Keith Nealley said at the …

Early 1900s utilitarian patterns now art

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 19, 2009, at 7 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Hundreds of handmade wooden patterns salvaged from the former Waterville Iron Works are currently on sale to benefit Waterfall Arts and the Belfast Maskers.

House ‘flattened’ by fire in Brooks

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 19, 2009, at 5:30 p.m.
BROOKS, Maine — Fire departments from surrounding communities responded to a house fire on Moosehead Trail Saturday afternoon.

Waldo County plans new emergency center

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 19, 2009, at 5:04 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The director of Waldo County’s Emergency Management Agency hopes to be sitting in the planned new Emergency Operations Center a year from now.
Matthew Sylvester at his court appearance, December 18, 2009 escorted by Waldo County Corrections Officer Dave Lindahl.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WALTER GRIFFIN

Accused shooter appears in court

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 18, 2009, at 10:03 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — With his wounded left arm in a sling and showing a blackened left eye, the Searsport man who was shot by a state trooper attempting to arrest him for allegedly shooting a friend, …
An investigator checks the scene of a shooting near a home on Porter Street in Searsport.  It was one of two shootings in Searsport early Thursday morning that also involved a state trooper who was not injured.  Two people were transported to the hospital according the press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)

Suspect shot by trooper in Searsport

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 17, 2009, at 9:07 a.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — A local man who was shot and wounded by a Maine state trooper attempting to arrest him has been charged with trying to kill a Frankfort man early Thursday morning. Matthew …

RSU 20 to accept applications for superintendent

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 16, 2009, at 7:57 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The RSU 20 board of directors has voted to solicit applications for the position of superintendent of schools now held by Bruce Mailloux.

Belfast begins waterfront walkway project

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 08, 2009, at 10:19 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — After years of discussion, the city has started the process of establishing a walkway along the waterfront. Armed with a $200,000 commitment from the City Council and a $250,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation, the city’s planning department has started laying out the Coastal Walkway …
Waldo County General Hospital executive director Mark Biscone with the Leapfrog Award given to the nation's top ranking hospitals for the delivery of quality health care and the wise use of resources. WCGH was one of three rural hospitals nationwide honored this week at The Leapfrog Group's annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Waldo County hospital receives national honor

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 04, 2009, at 9:34 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Waldo County General Hospital has been recognized nationally for its quality of patient care and management of resources.

2 teenage boys charged in Palermo break-ins

By Walter Griffin on Dec. 04, 2009, at 2:02 p.m.
PALERMO, Maine — Two local teenage boys have been implicated in the arson and vandalism of two hunting camps last month. Waldo County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Bosco on Thursday arrested a 17-year-old boy and charged a 16-year-old by in connection with the Oct. 10 break-in at the rural hunting camps. …
 
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