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Police arrest couple for selling heroin in Belfast

BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency have arrested two people and charged them with selling heroin in Belfast.

39-year-old Asgard Tarik Gilbert and 24-year-old Anna Congdon of Belfast have both been arrested and charged with selling heroin.

Officials say on Wednesday evening, agents, Belfast Police, and Maine State Troopers served a search warrant on a room at the Admiral's Ocean Inn in Belfast where the couple was staying.

They seized 100 bags of heroin, 36 Oxycodone pills, digital scales and $1000 in cash. Drug agents say the couple was intending to sell the heroin in Waldo County.

Both were taken to the Waldo County Jail where bail was set at $250 for Anna Congdon and $10,000 for Gilbert. State police say the investigation continues and further arrests are expected.

Public restrooms could be relief for Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of Maine most popular tourist towns may be missing something---public bathrooms.

Rockland gets lots of attention for its waterfront, downtown shops, galleries and restaurants, but some business owners say the city also needs public restrooms. Johanna Strassberg, who's owned the Grasshopper Shop for 16 years, says the most common question she hears from shoppers is, "Is there a bathroom here?"

Now the director of Rockland's Wastewater Treatment Plant has a plan to fix the problem. Terry Pinto is proposing to build a new bathroom building just a block off Main Street. He says such a facility is long overdue, and that the treatment plant property is the logical location."We are the city's biggest bathroom," he says. Business owners say the idea has been talked about for years, but has never gone beyond the talk.

Four towns get new ambulance service

ROCKPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --  People in the Camden area face a big change as of Monday -- after more than 70 years, they have a new ambulance service.

Northeast Mobile Health Service has taken over emergency ambulance service for Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville as of midnight July 1.

The towns voted last month to make the change because the subsidy to continue operating the non-profit Camden First Aid Association (CFAA) became unaffordable. CFAA announced last fall it was facing severe financial problems for a variety of reasons, and would need to increase the $58,000 annual operating subsidy it received from the towns.

Biologists work to protect piping plovers

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Like the tides, the population of piping plovers ebbs and flows.  After crashing to just over twenty nesting pairs in 2007, the population has begun to rebound, with roughly 45 pairs now raising their young in the sandy beaches of southern Maine.

"They are tough, they are resilient, but they just need our respect, really," explained Maine Audubon wildlife biologist, Laura Minich Zitske.  "They have always been able to handle a certain amount of predator activity, but the problem is we come to the beach, we use it, and we leave our mark."

She says there are many things that can have a negative impact on plovers, including natural predators like foxes, heavy rains and astronomical high tides, but what really concerns her are the careless actions of people and their pets.

Results from State championship Saturday

NEWS CENTER - Finals from Saturday's state championship schedule for baseball, softball, and lacrosse.

BASEBALL

CLASS 'A' - Morton Field Augusta

MESSALONSKEE         0
WESTBROOK               2*

*Blue Blazes second state title, first since 1951

CLASS 'B' - St. Joseph's College

WINSLOW     1
YORK            4*

*Wildcats first state title

CLASS 'C' - Mansfield Stadium, Bangor

Thursday's baseball/softball/lacrosse regional final results

NEWS CENTER - Highllights and finals from all 13 regionals in baseball and softball

BASEBALL

CLASS 'A' EAST

(6) MESSALONSKEE 3  (1) OXFORD HILLS 2

CLASS 'B' EAST

(4) WATERVILLE 2   (2) WINSLOW 3  F/9

CLASS 'C' WEST

(2) ST. DOMINIC 3  (1) DIRIGO 15  F/5

CLASS 'C' EAST

(2) BUCKSPORT 0  (1) STEARNS 1

CLASS 'D' WEST

(3) RICHMOND 5  (1) BUCKFIELD 7

CLASS 'D' EAST

(4) SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK 0  (2) BANGOR CHRISTIAN 17  F/5

SOFTBALL

CLASS 'A' EAST

(7) BANGOR 0  (4) SKOWHEGAN 2

CLASS 'B' EAST

Advocates Seek to Prevent Elder Abuse

MADISON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Rita Wood was living and working in a senior housing complex in Massachusetts when her daughter suggested she move to Maine and live with her and her husband.

"She sounded real sincere, so I did come back," she recalled.  "Then I found out, big mistake."

Wood says the plan was to buy a house and split the expenses three ways.

"I kept paying and paying, and that was it.  She always had some excuse why she couldn't afford to help," she said.  Five months after settling down in the central Maine town of Madison, her daughter packed up most everything Rita owned, and took off.

"She lied to me and she decided she was going to take all my stuff," said Rita.  "She just loaded it in to the truck and left with it."

Rita was left alone with a crumbling house and a mountain of debt.