(Dennysville) – The Life Flight helicopter flew at least one person to the hospital after a two vehicle wreck in Washington County last evening. It happened on Route 1 in Dennysville. WABI-TV reports the crash closed the road for quite a while, but has since reopened. No other information has come out about the crash.
(Oakland) – A 92-year old woman is dead after a vehicle accident in Oakland. Jeanette Vigue of Winslow was a passenger in a vehicle operating on Kennedy Memorial Drive. A pickup truck hit a patch of ice and slammed head on into the car in which Vigue rode. Several others suffered injuries.
(Enfield) – An electrical problem may have started a fire that destroyed an Enfield home during the weekend. Firefighters responded to Old County Road North on Saturday evening, finding the house in flames, but everyone outside safely. Fire officials say the bitter cold temperatures hampered them – freezing up hoses, fire truck pumpers, and even the airpacks that firefighters wear to get inside burning buildings. No injuries reported.
(Undated) – At least two more days of bitter cold temperatures will grip Maine, marking a solid week of nearly intolerable cold. Numerous older home residents have reported water pipes have frozen, and more than usual house fires are reported across the state. That poses a problem for firefighters a hoses and pumper trucks freeze up in the below zero temperatures, as do air packs that firefighters have to wear to enter burning homes.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
(Local) Frozen pipes are a common problem among homeowners during temperatures like we’re experiencing. Ellsworth deputy fire chief Gary Saunders says preventative maintenance such as making sure your home is well insulated is a good idea.
(Ellsworth) Multiple consecutive days of freezing cold temps are good for at least one thing. The Ellsworth ice rink was filled with water on Friday evening and has been forming over the weekend. Volunteer Morgan Sarro says once the ice rink is officially open the rules are fairly lax. Keep your eyes on the Ellsworth Ice Rink Facebook page to find out when it’s ready for skaters, or stop by Knowlton Park to check the sign.
Winter Hike Series
(Sedgwick) Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s winter hike series is back for the third year. Outreach director Chrissy Allen says the first hike on January 15th is at Cooper Farm in Sedgwick beginning at 10AM.
Credit Card Misuse
(Ellsworth) Police issued a summons to an Ellsworth man for theft after a local organization discovered their credit card had been misused allegedly by an employee. The Ellsworth PD’s investigation led them to 46-year-old Robin Freeman of Ellsworth. The estimated loss is around $6-thousand-dollars. Freeman allegedly took the money from the local Masonic lodge.
More Animals Seized
(Sorrento) State officials returned to a farm in Sorrento to remove more animals after already seizing 44 animals from the same farm last month. State animal welfare officials worked in below freezing temperatures Thursday to remove the animals found to be living in unfit conditions. Three birds were also found dead at 51-year-old Mark Calcia’s property. Calcia had obtained more animals after a search warrant was served on December 5th. Calcia has a history of animal cruelty charges.
Emergency-Oil Driver Proc
(Augusta) Maine’s governor signed an emergency proclamation to allow heating oil delivery personnel to stay on the road longer. Governor Paul LePage on Friday said the order is in effect until Jan. 5 or when he declares the emergency over. The governor is reminding drivers who are picking up extra hours to stay safe on the roadways.
2nd Arson Arrest
(Bangor) Bangor police have made a second arrest in connection with vehicle fires this fall. The first was October 23rd at Linnehan’s Rightway Auto, the other happened November 3rd at Kenny U-pull. In both cases multiple vehicles were set on fire and destroyed. Police arrested 21-year-old Matthew Huntington on Friday, charging him with 2 counts of arson. Co-defendant Ethan Getchell was previously arrested December 20th for the same crimes.
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- The coach firings began after the final weekend of the NFL’s regular season. First to go: Raiders coach Jack DelRio, followed by the Colts Chuck Pagano
- Boston Celtics 108 Brooklyn Nets 105
- College footballs semi-finals begin today. Georgia meets Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl; Alabama and Clemson play in the Sugar Bowl and the winners will meet for the national championship game in a couple weeks.