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Local News – December 28, 2017

Cold

(Undated) – As Maine enters a 3rd day of sub-zero wind chills and no end forecast for several more days, the state could be entering record cold territory.  The last time the Bangor area stayed below 10-degrees for six straight days was 1979.  National Weather Service senior forecaster Bruce Sullivan says another cold weather system will hit on the heels of the current system. No snow is forecast in Eastern Maine through next Wednesday.

 

Murder Sentencing

(Bangor) – One of the two men convicted of shooting a Bangor man to death and wounding another in a drug debt dispute faces sentencing today.  A judge found Thomas Ferguson of New York guilty of shooting 38-year old Robert Kennedy to death on Center Street in 2015.  Jurors also convicted another suspect a few weeks ago.  Ferguson faces at least 25-years and possibly up to life in prison when he’s sentenced today in Bangor.

 

Officer Tazed

(Millinocket) – A Millinocket man who used a police officer’s tazer gun on an officer now faces assault and other charges.  Officers spotted 46-year old Ra Romano acting drunk while walking along a road last October and confronted him about walking in and out of traffic.  WABI-TV reports that’s when Romano grabbed the officer’s tazer stun gun and fired at the officer.  Romano faces numerous charges in connection with the incident.

 

Plymouth Fire

 

(Plymouth) – Fire investigators will try to find the cause of a fire that destroyed a Plymouth home yesterday.  Firefighters from 7-communities responded to the Moosehead Trail in Pittsfield and WVII-TV reports they had to keep the homeowners from going back inside the burning buildings to retrieve valuables and pets.  Several pets perished in the blaze which remains under investigation.

 

Arson Indictment

(S. China) A South China woman is indicted on arson charges for allegedly setting her home on fire. Court documents say 65-year-old Rebecca Poulin and her husband were arguing about financial issues in September and her husband told her to leave. Her husband claims she did it to be vengeful. WABI-TV reports Poulin told fire investigators she set fire to a rolled up stocking and threw it into the living room.

 

Meth Bust Reduction

 

(Augusta) – Last year Maine drug agents averaged more than two meth lab busts a week. That number has dropped significantly for 2017, with just 56-methamphetamine incidents reported.  Drug agents credit a couple of things – strict regulation of ephedrine sales by keeping a log at pharmacies and the increased opioid problem.  During the first six months of 2017 185-people died from opiate abuse in Maine.

 

Shrimp Gig

(Midcoast) The Maine Department of Marine Resources is looking for a shrimp trawler to collect samples this winter in the midcoast area. The DMR wants to collect data on the timing of the egg hatch, and the size, gender and developmental stage of the shrimp. The application deadline is January 3rd and it pays up to $34-hundred-dollars. Contact the Maine Department of Marine Resources to apply.

 

DV & Assault

(Westbrook) A Westbrook man who eluded police has turned himself in to face domestic violence assault and aggravated assault charges. Police surrounded the home of 32-year-old Brandon Connolly Tuesday afternoon and evacuated the Lamb Street neighborhood. Connolly wasn’t there. Police had received a call from a female victim who said Connolly hurt her, then threatened to kill himself. The woman and her infant fled the home to call for help. Connolly is in police custody.

 

Fireworks Recall

(Nat’l) Matrix Fireworks is recalling one of its products just days before New Year’s Eve when celebrations will be held around the world. The recalled fireworks are overloaded with pyrotechnics to create a bigger bang, but that violates the federal regulatory standard as it poses burn hazards to the consumer. The Matrix Fireworks product is labeled as a fountain but functions similar to an M-80 or other large firecracker, which are illegal.

 

Williams’ Letters

(Biddeford) Most folks know Ted Williams as the Red Sox slugger and Hall of Famer. But a set of letters up for auction detail his hiatus from baseball to serve in the Korean War. 38 letters written to his mistress from 1952 to 1954 include one in which he describes crash-landing a fighter jet. Another describes Williams’ regret over having not spent more time with his father. The letters from Evelyn Turner’s estate will be auctioned January 3rd.

 

Sick Hospital

(Lewiston) A Lewiston hospital faces penalties for a second straight year for high rates of infection and patient injuries. The Sun Journal reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services named Central Maine Medical Center among 751 hospitals facing fines this year. CMMC President David Tupponce says it is unclear how much money the hospital will have to pay.

 

Sports

  • Boston Celtics 102  Charlotte Hornets 91
  • Boston Bruins 5  Ottawa Senators 1
  • Houston Astros 2nd baseman Jose Altuve named the AP’s Male Athlete of the Year

High School Basketball

Boys

Mount Desert Island 56, Caribou 49

Presque Isle 65, Ellsworth 42

Greenville 38, Deer Isle-Stonington 32

Bucksport 86, Sumner Memorial 37

Bangor 68, Hampden Academy 63

Belfast Area 65, Winslow 49

Girls

Caribou 67, Mount Desert Island 56

Presque Isle 72, Ellsworth 50

Calais 72, Sumner Memorial 49

Deer Isle-Stonington 40, Greenville 35

Hampden Academy 33, Bangor 31

Central 55, Searsport District 23