(Pembroke) – A man walked into the Dollar General Store on Route 1 in Pembroke last evening, pulled out a handgun and demanded money. He fled the scene on a bicycle. Police from Eastport, Pleasant Point and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department converged on the area shortly after the robbery and spotted 20-year old Joshua Fluke on a bicycle on Route 214. They found the cash and a weapon and carted Fluke off to jail. He’s no stranger to the criminal justice system – he got out of prison a few weeks ago after serving time for aggravated assault.
(Ellsworth) – Salt trucks got out early this morning to spread the ice melter on roads, and traveling is OK for now. A light rain fell overnight and in many parts of Downeast Maine the road surfaces got very slippery. Police in Ellsworth responded to several accidents, and officers said the Bucksport Road and Route 1-A were quite slick. No serious injuries reported.
(Temple) – Police have ruled the deaths of a Temple couple as a murder suicide. State troopers found Thomas and Michelle Masse inside their homes. Detectives say Mr. Massey shot his wife in the head while she was in the bath tub, then shot himself in the head while sitting in a chair. They found a handgun by his side. Mr. Masse called police early Tuesday morning and threatened suicide.
(Dixfield) Fire Marshals say the Dixfield man who suffered severe burns when his clothes caught fire last week has died from his injuries. Firefighters responded to 78-year-old Richard Roberts home on January 3rd. He had been using a propane kitchen stove when his clothing caught fire. Roberts was able to call for help but suffered burns to nearly half his body. He was being treated at Maine Medical Center and passed away Monday. It’s the second fire death of the year in Maine. The first happened in Skowhegan last Saturday when electrical wiring likely caused the fire that killed 53-year-old William Lashon.
(Bangor) – Police detectives in Bangor say a man’s death on Second Street is suspicious. Officers and paramedics responded to the apartment at 9:45 yesterday morning and found the man dead inside. They’ve not yet released a name or publicly said how they believe the victim died.
Plastic Bag Ban
(Blue Hill) – Blue Hill voters may decide whether to ban plastic bags at town businesses later this year. Selectman Jim Schatz tells Star 97-7 the town’s transfer station committee and a citizens group asked them to consider placing an ordinance to town meeting voters. Schatz says once they put an ordinance together the town would hold public meetings about prior to a vote at the annual town meeting.
Town Manager Hired
(Tremont) Tremont has hired a new town manager. Christopher Saunders moved to Maine in September when his wife took a job in Southwest Harbor. Board chair Kevin Buck tells the Mt Desert Islander that selectmen were impressed with Saunders and think he’s a good match for the town of Tremont. Community members can meet Saunders during a public reception on the 16th following the selectmen’s meeting. His first day on the job will be January 17th.
- The Celtics play the Philadelphia 76ers in London starting this afternoon.
- Tennessee running back Demarco Murray will not play against the Patriots in Saturday’s playoff game. He is still injured.
High School Basketball
Mount Desert Island 70, Ellsworth 55
Machias 52, Jonesport-Beals 41
Dexter Regional 45, Penquis Valley 21
Woodland 65, Hodgdon 46
John Bapst Memorial 53, Hermon 41
Jonesport-Beals 49, Machias 16
Central 63, Mattanawcook Academy 34
Old Town 48, Foxcroft Academy 36
Penobscot Valley 30, Greenville 14
Presque Isle 40, Orono 36
Dexter Regional 35, Penquis Valley 19