November 23, 2012

Local & State Dispatches

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Dresden firefighters battle blaze at home of colleague

Dresden firefighters found themselves battling a blaze at the home of a colleague on Thanksgiving Day.

The blaze, reported about 1 p.m. Thursday, destroyed the home of Albert Lilly, a firefighter and brother of Fire Chief Gerald Lilly.

No one was home at the time. Two firefighters were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Chief Lilly said the two-story home was totally involved when he arrived. Firefighters from Woolwich, Wiscasset, West Bath, Richmond and Pittston helped fight the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Chief Lilly said he thinks a wood stove may be to blame. It is not considered suspicious.


Restaurant owner accused of calling woman a Nazi

An Orono woman has sued a restaurant owner in Brewer, alleging that he called her a Nazi and did not hire her because of her German and Jewish heritage.

Elizabeth Eisenstadt said in the lawsuit that during an interview in May 2011 for a job as a server at Schooner's Seafood & Steakhouse, Michael Kessock asked her about her last name and called her a Nazi when she said it is German.

Eisenstadt is a member of a synagogue in Bangor.

She is seeking unspecified damages, reinstatement, back pay and attorney's fees.

Kessock's attorney told the Bangor Daily News that the allegations are "untrue and unfair," pointing out that Kessock is part German and Austrian. Kessock said Eisenstadt withdrew from the applicant pool.


Forester says 1,250 trees illegally cut from forest

A forester hired by Livermore has determined that about 1,250 trees were illegally cut from the town's Memorial Forest.

Town officials say they intend to recoup the value of the trees.

Town Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub told the Sun Journal that the forester is calculating the total value of the cut, based on the size of each stump. Ninety-nine percent of the trees were hardwoods.

Schaub said about 10 acres of town property was cut by a logger who cut over the property line.

A letter was sent in September to the logger responsible for the cutting, informing him of the town's intention to recoup the value of the trees, the cost of the survey and the cost of the timber valuation.


Police probe multiple thefts from vehicles at hospital

Police are investigating multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

Investigators are focusing on three men who were seen in a hospital security camera photo about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Edward Hastings said the department is asking the public for help identifying the three men.

He told the Sun Journal that cash, cigarettes and electronic devices valued at more than $500 were taken from the vehicles.

All of the vehicles were unlocked at the time of the thefts. No damage to property has been reported.


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