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  • Four arrested as MDEA intercepts Downeast-bound drugs

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) has intercepted two shipments of drugs bound for Hancock and Washington counties and arrested four people. Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said two Waterville men were stopped and arrested in Brewer along I-395 Friday. The arrests came after drug agents assigned to MDEA’s Downeast District Task

  • Party bust results in arrest, numerous summonses

    Party bust results in arrest, numerous summonses

    ELLSWORTH — Police conducted several underage drinking details this week, one of which resulted in the arrest of an Ellsworth man and summonses for 22 youths. Officers entered a residence on Hallbrook Road on June 30 after receiving permission from the homeowners, who were not there are the time, Police Chief Glenn Moshier said. Alexander

  • Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    Hammond Lumber purchases EBS

    ELLSWORTH — Hammond Lumber Co. announced Wednesday that it had purchased EBS Building Supplies, which employs more 300 people across its 10 locations in Hancock, Washington and Knox counties. The announcement was made at the Ellsworth store. EBS also has locations in Bar Harbor, Belfast, Blue Hill, Bucksport, Calais, Camden, Cherryfield, Machias and Rockland. Hammond,

  • Ward withdraws from District 131 race

    Ward withdraws from District 131 race

    ELLSWORTH — Incumbent state Rep. Karl Ward (R-Dedham) has withdrawn his candidacy as the Republican nominee in House District 131. Ward submitted a formal letter to the Maine Secretary of State’s Office Tuesday withdrawing his candidacy. House District 131 includes the towns of Otis, Dedham, Orland, Penobscot, Verona Island, Prospect and Stockton Springs. Ward was

  • Drug bust nets five arrests this week

    Drug bust nets five arrests this week

    ELLSWORTH — Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three Franklin residents on drug charges earlier this week and also arrested two Florida residents Thursday night in connection to the case. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said the following were arrested: George Pickard, 57, of Franklin: trafficking in heroin. Christopher Abbott,

  • Motorcyclist dies following Bucksport crash

    Motorcyclist dies following Bucksport crash

    BUCKSPORT — An Orrington man died Friday due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Bucks Mills Road June 8. Police are still investigating how the crash occurred. Robert Bowley was 70. “We’re actively working on the case,” said Bucksport Police Sgt. David Winchester. “We will continue to work with the eye witnesses.”

  • State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    State suspends former Blue Hill doctor’s license

    ELLSWORTH — The state Board of Licensure in Medicine has suspended the license of Dr. Brandt Rice following allegations that he wrote fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of pain pills. As of June 12, Rice’s Maine medical license was suspended for 30 days pending an adjudicatory hearing. According to state records, Rice has been practicing in

  • Deputies investigate Route 9 fatal crash

    Deputies investigate Route 9 fatal crash

    TOWNSHIP 28 — Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Patten woman on Route 9 early Monday morning. The deceased is Tonya R. Leach, 37, Lt. Corey Bagley reported. A second person in the vehicle, Merrill H. Muncey, 32, of Pembroke, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical