(Ellsworth) – There’s no school anywhere today, and even state government has closed down as a huge winter storms moves into the state. Shoppers yesterday flooded grocery stores to buy provisions as most folks expected to stay home from work while the blizzard pounds Maine.
Deer Isle Manager
(Deer Isle) – Deer Isle has finally hired a town manager. Jim Fisher who most recently worked for the Hancock County Planning Commission assumes the post created by voters at last year’s town meeting. The Ellsworth American reports Fisher will make $48-thousand dollars a year to start.
(Local) If you need to fire up a generator as a result of the storm, Ellsworth deputy fire chief Gary Saunders says follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and also practice good common sense.
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth school buses aren’t shuttling students to school today, but despite the recent stretch of extreme cold temperatures Transportation Director Don Saunders says the buses are running just fine. Saunders says bus drivers appreciate when parents have their children ready to board the bus to prevent prolonged idling.
Ticks Survive Winter
(Local) Many people are wondering if the extended period of freezing temperatures will have an affect on the tick population. Griffin Dill, coordinator for the tick identification program at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s pest management office says it takes the right recipe of winter conditions to impact ticks, and the current snow cover is acting more like a warm blanket.
(Dixfield) A Dixfield man is under treatment for serious burns caused when his clothes caught fire while using a propane kitchen stove. 78-year-old Richard Roberts suffered burns on 45-percent of his body Tuesday evening and is recovering at Maine Medical Center. Investigators say he was heating water on the stove when his clothing ignited. Roberts lives alone and was able to call 9-1-1. His Averill Hill Road home was not damaged.
Attempted Murder Charge
(Calais) A Baileyville woman has turned herself in to police who sought her on several charges in connection with an incident near the Calais Motor Inn on December 27th. An arrest warrant was issued for 25-year-old Brittany Wescott on charges for aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated drug trafficking. Westcott voluntarily went to the Washington County Jail Wednesday afternoon.
(Brooklin) The Lookout Inn in Brooklin will no longer serve dinner at the Winter House after it went up in flames Tuesday. Assistant fire chief Tom Morris says a commercial heater used to thaw frozen pipes ignited the blaze. The structure on Flye Point Road is a total loss, but Morris says it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. An excavator took down the building and help firefighters get to the blaze.
(Brewer) A car struck a 75-year-old woman crossing Wilson Street in Brewer Tuesday during the morning commute. Brewer police say Felicia King did not use a cross walk when she was hit. An ambulance transported King to EMMC in Bangor; her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. No charges have been filed.
Wife Endangers Husband
(Spruce Head) A grand jury has indicted a Spruce Head woman for endangering her bedridden husband by not providing him with care. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office began a criminal investigation last year after a report from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Village Soup-dot Com reports 83-year-old Ralph Cline died December 6th at Coastal Manor in Yarmouth. The indictment alleges that Shirley Cline intentionally or knowingly endangered the health, safety, or mental welfare of Mr. Cline, who couldn’t care for himself. Documents say Shirley Cline did not cooperate with DHHS or police about the lack of care for her husband when he got out of the hospital later that day.
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Old Town 53, Foxcroft Academy 46
Shead 55, East Grand (GHC) 41
Sumner Memorial 59, Searsport District 45
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Calais 73, Lee Academy 8
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