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Local News – January 24, 2017

Winter Storm
(Undated) – Students and teachers have a day off from classes today as most school districts swiftly canceled classes this morning. A freezing rain and sleet storm combined with high winds prompted superintendents of school to make the closure call first thing this morning. The storm, at least along the coast, is expected to produce an inch of sleet before it changes to freezing rain that will coat wires and tree limbs with about a 10th of an inch of ice. The weather will turn warm enough to change over to rain. High winds bring the threat of power outages.


Cornville Fire
(Cornville) – Firefighters from a dozen communities spent five-hours battling a barn fire in Cornville last night. The blaze on Spurwink Road broke out shortly after 5-o’clock. No injuries are reported – WABI-TV reports the fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.

Fatal Fire

(Washington, ME) – A father and son have died in a house fire in Knox County. The Fire Marshal’s office reports to Star 97.7 firefighters pulled the bodies of 53-year old Steven Rhodes and his 25-year old son Isaac from the burning building on Cattle Pound Road in Washington. The fire was reported at about 5:45 yesterday morning. 56-year old Elizabeth Rhodes was lifeflighted to a Portland hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. Investigators are looking for the fire’s cause.


Heroin Arrests

(SW Harbor) – Two Hancock County men face drug trafficking charges after police busted them during the weekend. A Southwest Harbor police officer pulled over a car with 43-year old Leon Jacobs of Southwest Harbor and 29-year old Jesse Couto of Trenton inside. A drug sniffing dog alerted police to 40-grams of heroin inside the car. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency led the investigation.

ACA Replacement
(Washington) Susan Collins of Maine was one of 2 US Senators to announce a replacement for Obamacare. Collins says the Patient Freedom Act of 2017 will provide Americans with solutions to problems they ran into with the Affordable Care Act. Collins says she’s heard the same complaint from citizens. Collins and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy say the Patient Freedom Act will begin to bring coverage to nearly 30-million Americans who still do not have health insurance.

Crack Sentencing
(Bangor) A former Bangor resident will spend 5 years behind bars for distributing crack. 52-year-old Wendell White was sentenced in US District court Monday and will also be under supervised release for 3 years for conspiring to distribute cocaine base between January 2010 and August 2013. Court records say White got the drugs from Connecticut and dispersed it in Penobscot County and elsewhere. He also allowed the sale and use of drugs in his Sanford Street apartment where he lived with his 3 year old son.

Man Turn Himself In
(Gouldsboro) A Gouldsboro man has turned himself in about 3 weeks after police first set out to arrest him on active warrants. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reports 36-year-old Joseph Dennison showed up voluntarily at the Hancock County Jail just after 6 o’clock Friday night. In late December an officer met with Dennison at his South Gouldsboro Road home to discuss recent incidents, but when the officer returned later that evening to arrest Dennison – he was gone. Dennison was being sought on 2 active failure to appear warrants for Violating Conditions of Release, Assaulting an Officer, Refusing to Submit to Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct.

Bail Hearing
(Troy) A bail hearing has been postponed for a Troy mother accused of killing her infant son. 32-year-old Miranda Hopkins is charged with murder in the death of her 7-week-old son Jaxson. Earlier this month Hopkins called 9-1-1 to report her baby was unresponsive. Police say the baby suffered blunt force head injuries, and an examination showed additional injuries. Hopkins allegedly told police one of her other two autistic sons may have accidentally caused the baby’s death, then later she admitted to police she had been drinking the night before and must have blacked out. A clerk at the Waldo County court tells WABI-TV a new bail hearing date has not been scheduled.

Casino – Ballot
(Augusta) The Maine Secretary of State says a drive to get a question on the 2017 ballot about a potential casino in the southern part of the state has succeeded. Matthew Dunlap says a citizens’ initiative petition to allow slot machines or a casino in York County has submitted the required number of signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Barefoot Man Dead
(WALTON COUNTY, FL) A Maine native walking barefoot across the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change has been struck and killed on a Florida highway. Police say 33-year-old Mark Baumer was walking along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 90 on Sunday when a driver lost control and hit him. Baumer was also raising money for a Rhode Island nonprofit group that opposes the natural gas industry. He had raised more than $14,000.

High School Basketball – Boys
Bucksport 60, Deer Isle-Stonington 41
George Stevens 96, Sumner Memorial 56
John Bapst Memorial 60, Washington Academy 55
Machias 85, Shead 35
Searsport District 47, Bangor Christian 40
Ellsworth 57, Washington Academy 53
Bucksport 55, Deer Isle-Stonington 31
Hermon 44, Central 43
Orono 40, Old Town 18
Searsport District 58, Bangor Christian 38

NBA: Celtics at Washington Wizards tonight
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Boston tonight