(Ellsworth) – As blizzards go, yesterday’s storm in Maine was fairly routine in terms of public safety. There were a few power outages first thing this morning, mostly in the Caribou and Lincoln areas. High tides and storm surge covered roads in low lying areas. Snow plows are working the roads, driveways and parking lots this morning and some schools are closed for a second straight day. On the Deer Isle Causeway yesterday plow trucks also moved seaweed off the road surface. Police say Mainers mostly stayed off the roads yesterday and there are no reports of serious accidents this morning.
(Bangor) – Another store closure in the Bangor Mall, and this time it’s one of the anchors. Sears announced it would shut down the Bangor Mall Store in April, one of 100-Sears and K-Mart stores to close across the country. Sears says it’s reorganizing the way they do business, and they’re closing unprofitable stores.
(Lubec) – One of the last herring smokehouses in the nation collapsed into the ocean in yesterday’s storm in Lubec. Former State Representative Katherine Cassidy posted pictures on her Facebook page of the so-called brinery. The local historical society had raised funds to try to mount the derelict building onto new pilings, but the storm brought down the structure yesterday.
(Millinocket) – A North Carolina man accused of murdering a Millinocket man and wounding his wife will fight extradition to Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports Christopher Murray remains in a North Carolina jail. He’s accused of breaking into Wayne Lapierre’s home and fatally shooting the business man and wounding his wife. While Murray is jailed, another suspect remains at large and is believed to still be in North Carolina. There’s a warrant for 43-year old Tony Locklear who once worked as a truck driver for Lapierre.
Clam Digger Missing
(St. George) – A clam digger who failed to return home yesterday is the subject of a search in mid-coast Maine. Local fire departments, the Coast Guard and Marine Patrol are looking along the shoreline for the man whose father reported him missing late last night. They found the unnamed man’s pickup truck and a skiff, but no sign of the man.
(Machias) Leaders and law enforcement in Washington County meet today to discuss the increase in violent crime and drugs. Commissioner chair Chris Gardner says the intent to gather police officers, emergency personnel and town officials was prompted by many recent events, but most notably because of the drive-by shooting in Calais last week followed by a strong-arm robbery at the Machias Motor Inn. Gardner says meeting is at the Courthouse in Machias this afternoon at 2. Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis says the meeting will catch the attention of town representatives and give them an understanding of how serious the problem is.
New Year Baby at DECH
(Machias) Down East Community Hospital has released the name of the first baby born at their facility in the new year. On January 2nd Mackenzie Lynne Ross was born just before 5:30 in the evening, weighing 6-pounds and 13-ounces. Parents Justina Morang and Matthew Ross of Robbinston received a large gift basket overflowing with donations from DECH and area businesses.
Deputy Chief Med Ex
(Augusta) Maine has a new deputy chief Medical Examiner. Attorney General Janet Mills on Wednesday swore in Doctor Lisa Funte. Dr. Funte most recently served as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Mississippi for 5 years and has worked as a medical examiner since 2006. She has also taught undergraduates and medical students in biology and pathology for 30 years.
- The Bruins and Florida Panthers did not play last night – postponed due to the blizzard.
- The Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
- Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australia Open. She gave birth 5-months ago.