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Stephen Betts has been covering the news from the Rockland area since January 1982.

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    March 19, 2010

    Legislative bill aimed at helping to find lost adults

    The Maine House of Representatives has given its support to a bill that would create a program to better train police on how to respond to missing adults with disabilities. There was some opposition, however, including from local legislators. The House voted 102-41 on March 16 to approve LD 1610, which would establish the Silver Alert Program. This bill would require all law enforcement agencies to adopt …

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    March 19, 2010

    Passenger sues Regional School Unit 13 for bus accident

    A Thomaston woman has filed a lawsuit against Regional School Unit 13 for a bus accident that occurred 11 months ago in Warren. Cheryl A. Weaver is claiming she suffered serious and permanent injuries as a result of the April 27, 2009, incident that occurred on Route 131 in Warren near Stetson Auto. She claims the crash was due to the negligence of the district, which was then Maine School Administrative …

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    March 19, 2010

    Rockland to decide on overhaul of dump fees

    Commercial haulers may be charged a per ton fee to dispose of trash and area residents may face a hike in the cost of a dump sticker. But, in exchange, residents would not be paying for dump operations through property taxes. The Rockland City Council will decide during its spring budget process whether to overhaul how the city pays for dump operations. The council has held two meetings in the past two …

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    March 18, 2010

    State Senate calls for study on motorcycle noise

    The state Senate has backed a bill that would tackle the issue of motorcycle noise. The Senate voted 29-6 on March 16 for LD 1675. The bill would direct the Maine State Police to convene a group to study the issue of motorcycle noise, including industry sound testing standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency labeling guidelines for noise emissions, and motorcycle safety inspection requirements. The aim …

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    March 17, 2010

    Retail sales slump resumes

    Retail sales in the Midcoast in January were down from a year ago, ending a one-month break from a 16-month string of lower sales. Overall retail sales in January for a region that includes all of Knox County as well as the adjacent Waldo County towns of Islesboro and Lincolnville were $21 million, down 3 percent from January 2009. The figures for 2010 were down 17 percent from the record January sales set in …

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    March 17, 2010

    Drug bust nets four

    Three people were arraigned in 6th District Court in Rockland March 17 for allegedly dealing cocaine. A fourth person was arrested earlier in the week. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police are continuing the investigation into the cocaine dealing ring. Amy Ashley, 31, of Rockland and Josselyn Robbins, 25, of Rockland had bail set at $5,000 cash by Judge Patricia Worth during the March 17 …

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    March 17, 2010

    Representatives split on bill to prevent cutoff of health insurance payments

    Midcoast state representatives split along party lines on a bill that would prohibit insurance companies from cutting off payments to customers with high medical costs. The bill, LD 1620, An Act to Protect Health Care Consumers from Catastrophic Debt,” was approved 99-38 in the House on March 11. The bill “prohibits individual or group health plans covering Maine residents from including provisions that …

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    March 17, 2010

    Home sales show signs of strengthening

    The number of sales and the prices of homes in Knox County increased during the past quarter, according to a real estate organization. The Maine Real Estate Information System Inc. reported that 82 homes were sold in Knox County for the three months ending Jan. 31. This was an increase of 32 percent from the 62 homes sold for the same three months a year ago. The 82 sales were the most in three years. Prices …

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    March 16, 2010

    Penobscot Bay Media, bank, property manager settle dispute

    A Camden company, the bank that holds the mortgage on the former Knox Mill and associatedĀ buildings, and the firm that has been managing the properties have dismissed the legal actions against each other. Penobscot Bay Media LLC filed a notice of dismissal March 16 in Knox County Superior Court in the lawsuit it filed March 10 against Gray & Associates of Baltimore, Md., as well as PNC Bank, National Associates …

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    March 16, 2010

    Candidates emerge for county, local legislative seats as deadline arrives

    Democrats and Republicans turned out to file nomination papers March 15, setting the June 8 primary ballot. The candidates who filed March 15 included former Rockland Mayor Michael McNeil, who filed as a Republican to challenge Democratic Rep. Edward Mazurek. Katherine Cosgrove of Union filed as a Democrat to challenge Republican Rep. Wes Richardson in Maine House District 59. And Mark Berger and Olivia …

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