(Orono) – Fire damaged an Orono home last evening, but everyone inside escaped without injury. Four fire departments battled the blaze on Forest Avenue after the occupants called 9-1-1 at about 7-o’clock last night. WABI-TV reports a smoke detector alerted them to the fire. The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.
(Troy) – State police charged a 32-year old Waldo County woman with murdering her 7-week old son after emergency crews responded to her home late last week. Miranda Hopkins is held at the jail in Wiscasset after her arrest during the weekend. Emergency workers found the infant boy named Jaxson dead early Friday morning at their home in Troy. Hopkins has two other children and they’re staying with relatives.
(Maine) The Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after receiving 37-thousand fewer donations than expected in November and December. Spokeswoman Mary Brant says when blood drives are canceled in other parts of the country due to weather, donors in New England can step up and make donations. To find a blood drive near you Brant says log on to: Red Cross Blood dot Org.
Suicide Prevention Training
(Ellsworth) Do you know how to talk with someone who is contemplating suicide? A training program in Hancock County can help. Healthy Acadia Community Health Program Coordinator Tara Young says the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, teaches what signs to look for and how to talk to someone who may be having suicidal thoughts. The training is February 9th and 10th from 8am to 4pm both days in Ellsworth. Scholarships are available. Contact Tara Young at Healthy Acadia for details.
(Northport) A Northport father has been indicted for assaulting his infant son. Police tell WABI-TV that 19-year-old Neil Lagasse brought his 11-week old son to a Belfast hospital with serious injuries including broken bones. Their investigation revealed the father had caused the injuries over the course of several days. Lagasse has been formally charged with aggravated assault and assault on a child.
Explosive Dad Indicted
(Troy) A Waldo County grand jury has indicted a father from Troy for setting off explosives around one of his children. The Bangor Daily News reports 30-year-old James Kuhn previously served 10 days in jail for kicking one of his children in the back and using a shock collar on two of his kids in 2014. He’s now officially charged with criminal use of explosives, reckless conduct, and endangering the welfare of a child for blowing up homemade explosives around his 7-year-old son last year, causing injuries when sticks fell out of trees and hit the boy.
Fake Rabies Certificates
(Brewer) State officials are warning city and town clerks to be on the lookout for fake rabies certificates. The Bangor Daily News reports Brewer’s Deputy Tax Collector discovered a fake, noticing a flaw on the certificate and contacting the veterinarian who supposedly issued the certificate. The vet notified the state Animal Welfare Program. Local vets tell the newspaper that rabies is a fatal disease and not vaccinating pets could lead to a public health issue.
Thrift Store Burglary
(Blue Hill) The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department says they’re investigating a burglary and vandalism at businesses in the same Blue Hill neighborhood. Detectives responded to Turnstyle Thrift Shop around 9:30 Friday morning. They determined someone forced their way in and stole $100 in cash and several keys. And the Tradewinds Market reports someone vandalized their gas pumps, pulling the cash collection devices during overnight hours. Anyone who may have information about the incidents should call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
NFL Playoffs: (AFC) – Pittsburgh Steelers 18 Kansas City Chiefs 16 (Steelers meet Patriots for AFC Championship)
(NFC) – Green Bay Packers 34 Dallas Cowboys 31 (Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons for NFC Championship)
NBA – Charlotte at Boston 7PM
NHL – NY Islanders at Boston 1PM
College Basketball: Maine men at Hartford
Maine Women host Hartford this afternoon