(Ellsworth) – Depending on where you are this morning, roads are a bit slippery to treacherous. Schools in the Greater Bangor area have called off classes for the day, others closer to the coast have delayed opening in some cases. Salt and sand trucks have treated the roads in the coastal areas this morning. So far police have not reported serious accidents in the early going. Temperatures are expected to keep falling throughout the day as the precipitation changes from rain to freezing rain and snow.
Bank Robbery Anniversary
(Ellsworth) On February 3rd, 2014 a man walked into the Key Bank on High Street in Ellsworth, presented a green nylon bag to a teller, and said “give me all the money”. The man also apologized a lot during the robbery. Detective Harold Page recalls what happened that day 4 years ago and says it’s still top of mind for the Ellsworth PD
Retail Pot Sales Legal
(Augusta) The retail sale of marijuana in Maine is legal, except there is no way to get a license to do so. A moratorium banning sales expired today. The State Senate voted to extend a moratorium thru mid-April but the House nixed the moratorium by a vote of 81 to 65. Representative Louie Luchini tells Star 97-7 he’s disappointed with the outcome. Luchini says although it’s technically legal to sell pot in a storefront, no one can open up a marijuana shop until they get a state license and no one can do that, because there are no rules.
Police Merger Meeting
(Gouldsboro) Another public forum is planned to discuss the potential of merging the Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor police departments. The first public discussion in December drew about 40 people. The Ellsworth American reports if selectmen in the two towns agree on the idea, the issue will go to a vote during each town’s annual meeting this year. Some of the details that remain unclear are cost and scheduling if the departments merge. Town officials will hold the next public discussion at the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club on February 21st.
Citizens’ Police Academy
(Knox County) The Knox County Sheriff’s Department will host another Citizens’ Police Academy. Classes begin February 28th and run thru May 2nd. Participants will learn about the history of policing, Maine law, patrol procedures, evidence recovery, and impaired driving among other topics that help citizens better understand how police do their job. Sheriff Donna Dennison will lead the 10 week training. Space is limited to 15 participants who must apply by February 20th.
Murder Mom’s Requests
(Alfred) An Acton woman charged with killing her ex-husband is asking the court to suppress evidence in the case and to also allow her to write a letter to her young children. The Bangor Daily News reports last February 46-year-old Kandee Weyland learned her husband was awarded full custody of their 2 children when their divorce was finalized. Days later she drove the home where he was staying and allegedly stabbed him multiple times in the driveway while the kids watched from the car; one of the children called 9-1-1. The defense claims no Miranda warning was explained to Weyland when Maine State Police began questioning her and they also denied her the request to remain silent by continuing questioning.
Car Hits House
(Winslow) Winslow police have charged a resident with operating under the influence of drugs and driving to endanger after he crashed his car into a house. The Kennebec Journal reports 49-year-old Marc Ouellette did not suffer any injuries in the crash and the damage to the Halifax Street home was insignificant. Ouellette was released on bail with the condition that he cannot consume alcohol. He’ll be in court March 20th.
(Bangor) A local hospital says it lost track of a hard drive containing personal information for 660 patients. Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor announced Thursday that it will mail notices to patients to ensure that they take precautions to avoid identity theft.
Naloxone Age Restriction
(Augusta) The Maine Board of Pharmacy has agreed to an age limit proposed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage for obtaining an overdose-reversing drug without a prescription. The board’s decision on Thursday sets the stage for a 2016 law to widen access to naloxone to go into effect. The new age limit will be 21 instead of 18.
(Augusta) Maine health officials say 28 residents have died from the flu this season following four deaths last week. The Sun-Journal reports the Maine Center for Disease Control released the flu report Wednesday. According to the agency, there have been 2,307 influenza cases in the state this year.
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High School Basketball
Mount Desert Island 63, Orono 48
Calais 55, Woodland 45
Sumner Memorial 62, Bangor Christian 48
Washington Academy 69, John Bapst Memorial 53
Hampden Academy 98, Mt. Blue 44
Hermon 65, Foxcroft Academy 54
Camden Hills Regional 53, Medomak Valley 45
Ellsworth 57, George Stevens 26
Mount Desert Island 47, Orono 13
Narraguagus 69, Jonesport-Beals 29
John Bapst Memorial 71, Washington Academy 22
Mattanawcook Academy 53, Lee Academy 21
Medomak Valley 67, Camden Hills Regional 28
Penobscot Valley 50, Searsport District 34
Stearns 55, Schenck 39