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    December 2, 2011

    Home kerosene spill requires extensive Camden cleanup

    Maine’s environmental agency and an independent contractor are mopping up home heating fuel that spilled into a Camden yard and nearby brook, and are hoping that a portion of the toxic compounds can be pumped from nearby wooded wetlands. An estimated 200 gallons of kerosene began leaking from a full tank adjacent to a home at 7 Mountainside Park in Camden sometime over the Thanksgiving holiday, said Jon …

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    November 26, 2011

    Downtown Camden car fire melts plastic console

    Smoke and flames filled the inside of a 2007 Honda Accord parked on Mechanic Street in Camden Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26, drawing firefighters and police to a busy downtown. Firefighter Cheyne Hansen said the fire originated in the center console of the car, but its cause had yet to be determined. The fire occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. and was reported by someone in a nearby store. Plastic cup …

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    November 17, 2011

    Controlling the burn: Seven fire departments build skills, teamwork

    I asked the Chief, what is it like to go into a fire? “Don’t say ‘hot,’” I warned. “Dark and smoky,” he responded. “We have the possibility of doing a training burn in an acquired structure next month. Want to try it out?” “If you are really being serious,” I said, thinking he might quickly shut me down. “You’ll need a pulmonary function test and SCBA training first,” he shot back. “I guess I don’t know …

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    November 11, 2011

    Rockport police arrest Camden man for pharmacy robbery

    An appeal to the public for assistance in identifying a person who allegedly robbed approximately 400 Oxycontin pills from the Kennebec Pharmacy in Rockport on Nov. 8 paid off two days later when police arrested a Camden resident. Rockport Police Officer Craig Cooley said Nov. 11 that his department arrested William Glaude, 30, of Camden, charging him with stealing Class C drugs and possession of Schedule W …

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    November 9, 2011

    Knox County public safety bond approved

    At the Nov. 8 polls, Knox County voters favored a $2.5 million public safety project that includes buying property adjacent to the jail, relocating sheriff and emergency communications offices there, and investing in microwave technology and radio hardware. The project is to serve several county entities: Knox Regional Communications Center (KRCC), which handles all 911 fire, police and ambulance calls in the …

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    November 2, 2011

    LePage to Rotarians: Natural gas, lower income taxes, less welfare to stimulate Maine’s economy

    It was energy, education and retaining income of retired Mainers in the state that kept Gov. Paul LePage’s conversation flowing with Camden’s Rotary when he met with members in the Congregational Church over lunch on Oct. 25. LePage has been a Rotarian himself since 1978. The hour-long talk was a chance for LePage to locally roll out several initiatives he plans to introduce in Augusta when the Legislature …

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    October 28, 2011

    Patient causes $30,000 damage at hospital

    A Rockland police officer, one sheriff’s deputy and two Rockport police officers responded to a call for help from Pen Bay Medical Center Thursday evening, Oct. 27, to help with an agitated male, whom police suspect had been using drugs, perhaps bath salts. The 19-year-old patient had been given a ride to the hospital on the evening of Oct. 25 by Rockland Police Department from Rockland. Two days later, he …

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    October 26, 2011

    Rockland crews rescue worker from Big Dig cave-in

    A worker at the site of Rockland’s sewer construction project was injured Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 26 when a portion of the pavement he was standing on at street level collapsed, taking him and debris into a 7-foot-deep trench. The accident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. in front of the Rockland Post Office on Limerock Street, where crews were blasting and expanding the trench down the street. When …

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    October 26, 2011

    Bath salts surface at Camden Hills Regional High School

    A vial of a white and yellow granular substance was discovered in a chair at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport on Oct. 21, and an officer with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency identified it as bath salts. For Rockport Police Officer Craig Cooley, who is investigating its discovery there, the synthetic drug is a disturbing omen of more trouble to come. “This has got to be the scariest drug I’ve …

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    October 24, 2011

    Lincolnville trains firefighters with intentional burn

    Lincolnville’s fire department took advantage of an offer to burn down an old home on Route 52 to use it as a training opportunity for new, and seasoned, firefighters. “Training like this is very important especially for small volunteer towns that see zero to one structure fires in their own town per year,” said Lincolnville Fire Chief Jason Peasley. “We do respond as mutual aid to surrounding towns many times …

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