Livermore Fatal (Livermore) – One person is dead following a car crash early New Year’s morning in Livermore, but it might not have been the crash that killed him. WABI-TV reports 41-year old Shawn Berry was experiencing a medical incident and a friend was driving him to the hospital and had pulled to the side […]

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Local News – January 2, 2017

Livermore Fatal
(Livermore) – One person is dead following a car crash early New Year’s morning in Livermore, but it might not have been the crash that killed him. WABI-TV reports 41-year old Shawn Berry was experiencing a medical incident and a friend was driving him to the hospital and had pulled to the side of the road when their vehicle was rear ended. It happened at 1:20 in the morning on Route 4 in Livermore. The medical examiner’s office will try to determine whether the crash or a medical problem caused Berry’s death.

Police Chief Resignation

(Ellsworth) – “We may not like each other all the time and we’re not perfect, but we’re a family”. That’s how Ellsworth police officer Dottie Small puts it on a Facebook post following the abrupt resignation of the city’s police chief. Harold “Pete” Bickmore stepped down immediately after submitted a one sentence resignation to the city manager last week. No one is saying what’s happened behind the scenes, but Bickmore was reprimanded by city manager David Cole a few weeks ago in what he called a personnel matter. Newly promoted police captain Glenn Moshier will be the acting chief while the city seeks a replacement.


Power Restored
(Bangor) – Linemen from Maine’s two major utilities have fixed all the power outages reported during Friday’s Nor’easter in Maine. At one point nearly 60-thousand Mainers had lost power thanks to the heavy wet snow and near hurricane force winds that hit early Friday morning. Another storm Saturday evening dumped a little more snow on the state, but did not cause huge numbers of outages. Central Maine Power company called in out of state crews to help with the restoration effort which was completed early on Sunday.

New Fire Truck
(Cranberry Isles) – The Cranberry Isles has a brand new fire truck to help protect homes on the tiny island. The nearly quarter-million dollar fire truck rolled off a barge just before Christmas. The Mt. Desert Islander reports the truck replaces a 1965 pumper truck the department had purchased about 12-years ago. The old truck has been sold to former Hancock County EMA director Ralph Pinkham.

Rockland Fire
(Rockland) – The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause of a New Year’s Day fire in Rockland that led to injuries to one firefighter. The Pen Bay Pilot reports the blaze on Old County Road brought firefighters from seven area departments to the scene just before 3-thirty in the afternoon. The injured firefighter ended up at Maine Medical Center, but may be released today. The fire was contained to a building next to Shorty’s Garage. Firefighters shut down the road for about 2-and-a-half hours.


School Burglary
(Hancock) Two 15-year-old boys are released to their parents’ custody after Deputies caught them stealing from a local school. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports to Star 97-7 the security system at the Hancock Grammar School alerted police someone was in the building on last Wednesday. Deputies Travis Frost and Dana Austin responded to the school where they found the 2 teen boys inside. The juveniles were charged with 2 counts of burglary that occurred over the course of 2 nights. Deputies say several stolen items will be returned to the school.

Girls Who Code
(Blue Hill) The national non-profit group Girls Who Code says by the year 2020 there will be 1-point-4 million jobs in computing related fields, and women are on track to fill just 3% of those jobs. The group’s mission is to close the gender gap in technology. Free programs are being established, made possible by a grant from Cornerstones of Science. The local Girls Who Code program will be at George Stevens Academy each Wednesday from 4 to 6PM starting January 11th for girls ages 12 to 18. It’s sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and will be led by Michelle Keyo, webmaster for the library’s website. The program runs through the end of the school year, and girls can register using the library’s web calendar, found at BH PL dot Net.

Snowmobile Safety
(Maine) The Maine Warden Service and the Maine Snowmobile Association offer safety tips to reduce snowmobile crashes and rescue incidents. Before heading out on the trails, Wardens and the Snowmobile Association say tell a family member where you’re riding and when you intend to return. They say carry a phone in the event you need to make an emergency call. Bring means to make a fire, extra gas, snowshoes, hand warmers, and food and water should you get delayed or unexpectedly need to spend the night in the woods. Stay on marked trails, never drink and ride, and with ice conditions they say – if you don’t know, don’t go. More safe riding tips are online at: Maine dot Gov slash IFW.
Nutrition Class
(Ellsworth) One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is vowing to live a healthier lifestyle. Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is offering a free seminar this month called “New Year, New You – Making healthy food choices”. Hospital Nutrition Services supervisor Amy Henderson will conduct the presentation on Monday, January 16th at 5:30 in the hospital’s classroom. Henderson will discuss conflicting information about fad diets, and how to make permanent healthy choices with foods that also taste good. To register for the free class log on to: Maine Hospital dot Org.

Madison Mill
(Madison) The buyers of a recently shuttered Maine mill say they’re looking forward to bringing “new economic life” to the property. Madison Paper Industries closed in May, putting about 200 people out of work. The Morning Sentinel reports a sale of the property was announced Friday and that the new owners plan to re-market the property for industrial use.

New England Patriots 35 Miami Dolphins 14 (Patriots finish the NFL regular season with the best record in the league)

The Chargers have fired coach Mike McCoy after finishing last in the AFC West for a 2nd straight year. The team may also move to Los Angeles.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak may step down 11 months after winning the Super Bowl due to health reasons.

High School Basketball -boys (Today)
Sumner at Bangor Christian
Machias at Deer Isle/Stonington
Brewer at Messalonskee
Girls (Today)
Sumner at Bangor Christian
Machias at Deer Isle/Stonington
Narraguagus at Woodland
Lee at Calais

NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils tonight