(Ellsworth) – No serious accidents overnight, some roads are kind of slippery this morning after freezing drizzle fell overnight. Salt and Sand trucks got called out early this morning to put some ice melter on the highways. Parking lots are a bit slippery too.
(Belfast) The Stockton Springs mother accused of killing her 10-year-old daughter is 7-months pregnant and will likely give birth in jail. The Bangor Daily News reports 33-year-old Sharon Carrillo is due in May. She and her husband Julio Carrillo are charged with depraved indifference murder for the death of Marrissa Kennedy, found lifeless by first responders in the couple’s basement on February 24th. The Carrillo’s are held on a half-million-dollars bail. The Department of Health and Human Services would likely get involved after the baby’s birth. The couple’s two other children, ages 1 and 2, are currently in DHHS custody.
(Bangor) – Police in Bangor say they responded to abuse reports involving Marrissa Kennedy’s parent when they briefly lived in the city. Sergeant Wade Betters reports to Star 97.7 that officers found no evidence of abuse when they visited, and they’ve turned their reports over to the Attorney General’s office. Superintendent of Schools Betsy Webb says teachers made several reports to DHHS and police when Kennedy attended school. Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau has called for an investigation of how DHHS handled the case before the 10-year old girl’s death.
(Stockton Springs) – A vigil is planned Sunday night in Stockton Springs in the memory of Marrissa Kennedy. It begins at the Stockton Springs town office parking lot at 6PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles and can start to gather at 5PM.
(Augusta) The LePage administration is bargaining with lawmakers to surrender authority of the Downeast Correctional Facility in exchange for a new pre-release center in Washington County. The center would help about 20 low-risk prisoners with job training and other services to create a smoother transition back into society after serving their sentences. Senator Joyce Maker of Calais is in favor of the pre-release center and presented a concept bill Wednesday, but it contains no language and will be developed in the coming weeks before being proposed for consideration by the full Legislature. Meanwhile, the fate of Downeast Correctional Facility is still unknown.
Millinocket Murder Update
(Millinocket) – Police have charged a 21-year old North Carolina woman with murder in the death of a Millinocket man. Federal marshals arrested Alexis Locklear yesterday. A Penobscot County grand jury indicted her this week. Two other men, Locklear’s boyfriend Christopher Murray and her father, Tony, also face murder charges. Murray’s in jail, the elder Locklear is still on the run.
Chart Room Crash
(Hull’s Cove) – For a second time in less than a year a vehicle has crashed into the Chart Room Restaurant in the Hull’s Cove section of Bar Harbor. Police tell Star 97.7 that 63-year old Hubert Godin of Bass Harbor didn’t stop at the Crooked Road stop sign and rear ended a car, flipping it over, and proceeded through the intersection and crashed into the restaurant. No serious injuries in the crash. Last September a Virginia man who was allegedly high on drugs and sleep deprived crashed into the parking lot of the Chart Room, killing a pedestrian. He died a few weeks later.
Mt. View – Charge
(Thorndike) A 16-year-old female student at Mount View High School in Thorndike is charged in connection with an evacuation due to a chemical smell. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department reports the unnamed minor is charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal use of Disabling Chemicals for spraying mace inside the school. Four area fire departments and local ambulance units responded Wednesday. Students and staff remained outside the building until officials gave the “all clear” to return inside.
(Local) With a storm predicted to bring strong winds to the area today and tomorrow, Emera Maine is preparing for any related outages. Emera’s storm response team is monitoring the forecast and will adjust restoration plans if predictions change. External and internal crews will be positioned in areas where the storm is expected to have the most impact. Customers are also urged to make advanced preparations in case they’re affected by the storm.
The Grand’s Roof
(Ellsworth) A crane downtown Ellsworth this week is helping to replace the roof at The Grand. The historic theater on Main Street was built in 1938. Executive director Nick Turner says soon patrons will enjoy a much drier entertainment experience. Turner says construction should wrap up in about another week, weather permitting.
(Augusta) Maine legislative leaders differ about what to do, if anything, with a projected $128.5-million-dollar surplus this year. Republicans are praising conservative fiscal policies and the elimination of a voter-approved surtax on the wealthy.
(Rockport) The Maine Fishermen’s Forum is bringing one of the state’s most important industries together in Rockport for the next 3 days. The forum began Thursday at the Samoset Resort and continues thru Saturday. The event includes a trade show, seminars, a Friday night fish dinner, and a Saturday banquet and dance.
- Boston Bruins 8 Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (Donald Krejci with a hat trick for Boston)
- Spring Training – Houston Astros 10 Boston Red Sox 5
- Red Sox play against the Cardinals today
State Class “A” Basketball Championship
Girls: Greely 53 Hampden 38
Boys: Greely 47 Hampden 46 (free throw with 5.5 seconds left wins it for Greely)
Today: Class “B” State Finals in Bangor
Girls: Winslow vs. Lake Region
Boys: Hermon vs. Wells
Class “AA” State Finals in Portland
Girls: Edward Little vs. Gorham
Boys: Edward Little vs. Scarborough