Penobscot County commissioners have chosen a Bangor architectural and engineering firm to design a new jail for the county. But in the process of choosing WBRC Architects and Engineers, the county has again changed the cost and scope of its plans for a replacement of the current aging and overcrowded jail on Hammond Street. County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to pay WBRC $267,420 to design what is now expected to be a 250-bed, stand-alone jail estimated to cost $44.8 million — less than two months after commissioners sought bids from firms to design a 300-bed, $65 million jail.

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    A Waterboro couple were found dead from an apparent domestic violence murder-suicide in their home Saturday night. The bodies of Christal and Christopher Denis, both 45, were found just before 8 p.m. inside their New Dam Road home by York County sheriff’s deputies, who had been called to the house by relatives of the couple, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Christopher Denis shot his wife with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself, McCausland said. More
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