Fatal Snowmobile Accidents
(Augusta) – Maine’s snowmobiling death toll rose to 9 during the weekend after two more people died while snow-sledding. The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 28-year old Thomas Henderson of Dixfield died when his ski-doo crashed in Carthage. A passenger riding with him managed to jump off before the snowmobile crashed into trees. And in Parlin Pond, a 45-year old Massachusetts woman died when her sled got off the side of a trail and crashed into trees on Saturday.
(Augusta) – Last November Maine voters approved a new method of voting for Governor, Congress and Maine Legislative seats when more than two candidates are running. The ranked-choice method, though, is likely unconstitutional according to Maine’s Attorney General, Secretary of State and key Republicans. The Bangor Daily News reports Attorney General Janet Mills argued before the State Supreme Court that the state constitution clearly states that a plurality is required to elect a Governor and other offices, and that towns and cities are in charge of vote counting. The ranked-choice method would have the Secretary of State’s office count in ranked choice races and go through a complex series of rankings in case no candidate has more than 50-percent of the vote. The State Supreme Court was asked to give an advisory opinion.
(Ellsworth) – The fire marshal’s office will likely look for the cause after fire tore through an Ellsworth garage during the weekend. Firefighters from several communities responded to Thera Way off the Surry Road late Saturday afternoon, finding the garage ablaze when they arrived. They kept the flames from spreading to the nearby home. No injuries reported.
Old Town Fire
(Old Town) – The fire marshal’s office and medical examiner’s office still await lab reports following last November’s fatal fire in Old Town that left a 34-year old woman and her two children dead. The Bangor Daily News reports the causes of death remain classified as pending following the fire. Maiysha Somers-Jones and her two children died – her husband was out for a walk when the fire broke out at night. The fire marshal’s office says it has sent material from the fire scene to a lab for testing. The home had no working smoke detectors.
Stockton Springs House
(Stockton Springs) – A Stockton Springs property owner has a few more days to fix up a home on Sandy Point Road, or the town could order it demolished. The Bangor Daily News reports Hollie Ann Beal has been working since the state supreme court ruled in favor of the town which had condemned the house. Beal says she’s strengthened the building, put in plumbing and electricity, but still has to put in heating and outlet covers to make it habitable. The town set a late April deadline to finish the work. Selectmen say the town has spent about $20-thousand dollars in legal fees in the past couple of years in the legal dispute over Beal’s attempt to turn a former grain storage shed into a home.
(Ellsworth) The Heart of Ellsworth’s public forum this month features Josh Torrance from the Woodlawn Museum. Torrance will share how the Woodlawn Museum highlights and preserves Ellsworth’s history through historical tours and events. He’ll also discuss reconstruction plans of the carriage barn into a community gathering place. The Heart of Ellsworth’s forum is this Wednesday night at 6 at the Ellsworth Public Library.
(Ellsworth) The internet connects millions of computers, and if your personal information gets into the wrong hands that can mean bad news. Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Gretchen Wilson says the Chamber is hosting a Lunch-and-Learn this Thursday to teach folks how to better safeguard their private information. The Cyber Security Lunch-and-Learn is from 11:30 to 1 Thursday at the Moore Community Center on State Street in Ellsworth.
(Ellsworth) “Game on at the Gala” is the theme of the next month’s 24th annual Chef’s Gala in Ellsworth. The fundraiser for Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s breast clinic is April 29th at the Ellsworth Ramada. Hospital Philanthropy Officer Joann Brown says it’s a fun evening with live music, but another highlight is the food. The Chef’s Gala is already sold out. However, Director of Philanthropy Jack Frost says if you’re interested in attending you should get your name on the waiting list. It helps the planning committee determine what size venue they need to book for next year’s Gala. Call Jack Frost at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for details.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth has made it through the first round of voting in a competition to be named Strongest Town. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano entered Ellsworth in the world-wide competition in which only 16 towns are selected. Ellsworth beat Wollongong Australia and now goes up against Traverse City Michigan. For details on voting Romano says find Downtown Ellsworth Maine on Facebook and follow the links to the Strongest Town competition.
(So Portland) State police say 3 teen boys who escaped from the Long Creek Detention Center are back in custody after stealing an SUV and crashing. The car was stolen early Friday morning in Carrabassett Valley then later spotted on the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle after it went through the Maine Mall exit, but the car took off. The chase ended when the vehicle rolled up a snow bank and overturned. 19-year-old Jesse Ramsdell of Acton, 18-year-old Christopher Harmon of Sanford, and 18-year-old Jonathan Vasselian of Sumner are charged with unauthorized use of property. The trio is also accused of stealing cash, wine and other items.
(Maine) Maine’s commercial fishing industry hit record value in 2016 raking in 7-hundred-million dollars. Preliminary data from the Department of Marine Resources says that’s an increase of nearly 1-hundred-million-dollars over 2015. Maine’s lobster fishery pulled in the most money, followed by Atlantic herring, softshell clams, then elvers.
High School Basketball Championships
Class “B” Boys – MDI 59 Wells 39
Girls – Gray New Gloucester defeats Houlton
Class “C” Boys – George Stevens 47 Winthrop 44
Girls – Monmouth 46 Dexter 37
Class “D” Boys – Machias 51 Greenville 39
Girls – Vinalhaven 55 Shead 44
College: U-Maine Women defeat #1 New Hampshire 61-52 Maine will face Albany for the America East Championship.
NBA: Phoenix Suns 109 Boston Celtics 106
Bruins skate at Ottawa tonight