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Washington county leaders looking into events surrounding leak of social security data


MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Circumstances surrounding the leak of personnel data for dozens of current and former Washington county employees continues to dominate discussion here. County leaders say for a period of hours earlier this month the date of births and social security numbers for more than 50 workers were accidentally available for anyone to see on the internet.

Those listed in the documents -- which were hyper-linked to a Bangor Daily News Article published on April 7, 2014 -- included past sheriffs deputies at the Washington County Sheriffs Office as well as many others who still work in law enforcement. Some of those employees still work for the county and are now left asking what went wrong.

Belfast among Maine cities with rooted history on Patriots Day


BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Monday of course marked 'Patriots Day' across parts of New England.

The holiday commemorates the first fired shots of the American Revolutionary War, which is a conflict that impacted the lives of many Mainers.

A few of them lie in Grove Cemetery in Belfast, which is one of the cities oldest grave sites. Historians figure about 90 people buried there were original settlers.

One of them was John Cochran. He was a landowner in Belfast and one of only dozens of men who took part in the Boston Tea Party of 1773. That's where colonists raided cargo ships in Boston Harbor and tossed the tea they were carrying into the water to protest British tax laws.

Belfast itself also has a lot of history during the Revolutionary War as the threat of the British army forced settlers to abandon the city for five years during the conflict.

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

How you might get a little extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act

If you're having trouble enrolling in a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be able to breathe a short sigh of relief. The deadline for open enrollment is next Monday, March 31, but the Obama administration has decided to allow extra time for some people who haven't been able to do so yet. Read more ...

Former Bar Harbor Police Chief files suit against town


BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young confirmed to NEWS CENTER on Tuesday that he has filed suit against the town of Bar Harbor.

Young was fire from the position back in January after being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. In February, Young appealed the town's decision during a public hearing, but town council voted 5-2 against his reinstatement.

Young says there is evidence of predetermined outcomes from some of the council members.

He's filing suit in an effort to be reinstated as Police Chief of Bar Harbor. He's also looking to be awarded financial and other damages to be 'fair and equitable.'


Danforth couple charged with trafficking meth appear in court

MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Allen Richardson and Tabbatha Osnoe went before a judge in Washington County Superior court in Machias. Both are charged with trafficking meth.

Each charge is a Class B crime which carries up to 10 years in jail. According to a court affidavit, Richardson admitted to investigators to cooking meth for the past six to seven months, adding that he had cooked meth more than 1,000 times.

Osnoe allegedly told investigators she was aware that it was going on inside their residence for the last month, but says she was not at home while he was cooking the drug.

Both Osnoe and Richardson were on probation at the time of their arrests. The Danforth couple's next court appearance will be in May.

Hello Maine Maple Sunday

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Today is Maine Maple Sunday!

Sugar houses all over the state of Maine are opening their doors to show you the process of maple syrup starts as sap and ends up on your breakfast table.

Follow this link to the Maine Maple Producers Association to find a sugar house near you.

LINK TO MAINE MAPLE SUNDAY EVENTS

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Nurse wins ruling in Maine's high court in effort to keep license

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Registered nurse from Steuben who has been fighting in the courts for several years to keep his nursing license,  just won a major legal battle in Maine's highest court.
It's been more than three years since the Maine state board of nursing revoked John Zablotny's license.
Zablotny was the nursing supervisor at Down East Community Hospital in Machias who allowed a heavily medicated patient to leave during a snowstorm, wearing only light clothing.  That patient  was found dead in a snowbank outside the hospital the next day.
The board revoked Zablotny's license.
Zablotny appealed the case to district court and lost.
The district court based its ruling on information already gathered by the the state licensing board instead of re-holding the hearing and calling witnesses.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court felt that was the wrong decision..