(Augusta) The Department of Labor met with laid off employees of the Downeast Correctional Facility yesterday after Governor Paul LePage closed the prison last Friday. The Legislative session resumes again today; Representative William Tuell tells Star 97-7 beginning today Washington County residents will show up in droves in Augusta to have their voices heard. Tuell says his bill to fund the Machiasport prison through next year will be a hot topic.
(Rockland) – The tenants at a 4-unit apartment complex in Rockland spent last night with relatives or in a hotel after fire broke out in one of the units. Firefighters from Rockland, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Rockport and Camden rushed to the Rankin Street scene early last evening after tenants reported the blaze. No injuries are reported, but most of the tenants escaped with just the clothes on their backs. No word yet on a cause, the fire marshal’s office will investigate.
Union Treasurer Sentenced
(Bath) – A former union treasurer for the largest labor union at Bath Iron Works will spend a year and a half in prison and has to pay back more than $280-thousand dollars he embezzled from the union. The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that 35-year old Ryan Jones of Biddeford stole money to feed a drug habit during part of the 8-years that he served as treasurer of the labor union. Jones entered a guilty plea last fall and got his sentence yesterday.
District 134 Seat
(Stonington) A Stonington woman announces her bid for the District 134 seat in the Maine House of Representatives. The Mt Desert Islander reports Genevieve McDonald will run in the fall to fill the seat that will be open once Walter Kumiega’s term is over. The district includes Swans Island, Frenchboro, the Cranberry Isles, Tremont and Southwest Harbor. McDonald is a local commercial lobsterman and is politically active in the commercial fishing industry.
(Sullivan) A local foundation continues raising money to fulfill its mission of putting free books in the hands of people who love them. Phillip Carter Reading Foundation spokeswoman Jacqueline Wycoff says giving away free books is a way to keep her family member’s memory alive. The foundation will operate a concession stand at this Saturday’s Winter Fest on Flanders Pond in Sullivan. They’ll also host a raffle there to benefit the Mountain View Youth Sports Program.
(Bucksport) Two seafood companies will be the first to occupy new spaces in Buckstown Heritage Park on Route 46 in Bucksport. Village Soup-dot Com reports Greenhead Lobster will construct a building toward the far end of the industrial park. They intend to employ 30 to 45 workers who will process lobster and crab by extracting meat from claws and freezing tails. Pemaquid Mussel Farm will have 6 full-time employees and a few part-timers bagging mussels harvested from a farm of submersible floats in Lamoine. Both companies hope to be fully staffed by the end of 2019.
Trump Speechwriter’s Ex-Wife
(Portland) The ex-wife of a former Trump speechwriter says she’s left Maine amid news reports about her allegations of physical and emotional abuse. Jessica Corbett tells the Portland Press Herald that speaking out about her marriage was painful. Her ex-husband David Sorensen resigned as a White House speechwriter but denies the abuse allegations.
- Chloe Kim wins the 3rd gold medal for the US in women’s snow boarding.
- The Bruins are home tonight against the Calgary Flames
High School Basketball – Playoffs
Class “AA” Quarterfinals
Bangor Boys at Windham
Bangor Girls at Portland
Class “B” Play-ins
Ellsworth at Waterville
Orono at Winslow
Oceanside at Caribou
Calais at Central Aroostook
Penobscot Valley at Central
Penquis at Narraguagus
Jonesport-Beals at Washburn