(Undated) – Even by Maine standards, this is a wicked decent snowfall this morning. School is closed, so are most local and state government offices. The Governor shut down state government offices until 10-thirty this morning, the Legislature is out for the entire day. Lots of businesses called it a day last night, even before the storm hit. Power company linemen are on the job, though. Emera Maine reported just under 2-thousand outages overnight, most of them on the western side of Mt. Desert Island. Plow truck drivers are out, too, pretty much the only traffic on the road.
Lamoine Town Meeting
(Lamoine) – Voters in Lamoine swiftly approved a municipal budget last night, getting the voting done before the snow started to fall. Among the funding is purchase of a used ladder truck for the fire department. That truck should arrive sometime next summer. The town also honored its fire department as the citizen of the year. The annual town meeting took less than an hour to complete.
SW Harbor Meth Lab
(Southwest Harbor) – It could cost a Southwest Harbor landlord $25-thousand dollars to clean up a mess left behind by his tenants. The building owner contacted police when his cleanup crew discovered remnant of a meth lab in the apartment. The Mt. Desert Islander reports officers called in the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency which has identified the suspects. They’re not releasing the identities yet pending further investigation.
(Bangor) – Maine’s drug enforcement agency has tapped the Sheriff in Aroostook County to supervise the northern section of the state. Darrell Crandall has stepped down as Sheriff as his term nears the end. Crandall is no stranger to the position – he held it before he ran for Sheriff. He replaces Peter Arno who retired from the drug enforcement supervisor’s position a few weeks ago.
(Greenville) Maine’s 6th snowmobiling-related fatality this season claimed a Greenville man. A game warden discovered the body of 46-year-old Matthew Dubien yesterday morning in Moosehead Lake near Hartford’s Point. Family member say Dubien left a restaurant around 11 Tuesday night and did not make it home. Game wardens are investigating to determine what factors may have played a role.
(Maine) Maine saw 5 more flu deaths last week, bringing this season’s total to 61. The Maine Center for Disease Control reports the number of newly confirmed cases has dropped 23-percent from the week before to 497, and the number of hospitalizations dropped by half to 54. Flu season runs October until May.
(Local) Because of the nor’easter hitting our area the Ellsworth School Department decided to postpone Wednesday night’s community forum on public safety. Instead it’s been rescheduled for this Monday evening at 6:30 in the cafeteria at Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School. Superintendent Dan Higgins says he and police chief Glenn Moshier will give brief presentations about current safety measures in place, and will then take questions from the audience.
OUI Crash w/ Kid
(Jay) Police say a Livermore mom drove drunk and crashed her car in the middle of the night with her 4-year-old in the car, but the child was not in a car seat. WGME reports 33-year-old Amanda Oliver crashed into a ditch in Jay around 1:30 AM Saturday. Oliver, her child and another adult in the car were not injured, but she’s charged with Operating Under the Influence and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
New WIC Location
(Washington Cty) The Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program has opened 2 new locations in Washington County. WIC clinics are now held at Eastport Healthcare and Harrington Family Health Center. These additions are a compliment to WIC’s main offices in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais with outreach sites in Bucksport, Stonington, and Swan’s Island. WIC participants save an average of $60 per month on household necessities.
(Vassalboro) The Maine Attorney General’s Office says police officers were justified in fatally shooting two people who were in a pickup truck that rammed a police cruiser. Investigators say that state police Lt. Scott Ireland and Trooper Jeff Parks acted in self-defense in the February 2017 when they shot 25-year-old Kadhar Bailey and 18-year-old Ambroshia Fagre. Police were investigating burglaries in Vassalboro when they discovered Bailey in a truck. Bailey refused to drop his gun and crashed into a police cruiser. The report says Fagre wasn’t visible in the truck when police fired. Fagre’s family says she was an innocent bystander.
BIW Tax Break
(Augusta) A $60 million tax break for Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works is gaining support from some lawmakers. Maine Public reports that the Legislature’s taxation committee voted 8-2 yesterday to support extending a tax break for BIW over the next 20 years. Critics question why a taxpayer handout is necessary when the shipyard’s parent company General Dynamics is making billions in revenue.
LePage Port Authority Veto
(Bar Harbor) Governor Paul LePage is opposing a bill that critics claim could lead to a massive cruise ship pier in Bar Harbor. On Tuesday LePage vetoed a bill to allow local voters to decide whether to create a port authority in Bar Harbor. The House and Senate strongly supported the bill. LePage called the idea “unnecessary municipal bureaucracy” that deflects accountability from the town. He said such autonomy can create “serious safety concerns.” Some residents in the coastal town worry a port authority would lead to a cruise ship pier that could worsen congestion and quality of life. Bar harbor plans to buy and convert a former terminal into a cruise and ferry passenger terminal. Town officials have said an independent port authority could ease congestion and avoid municipal debt.
(Washington) Maine Sen. Susan Collins is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that would require state authorities to be alerted when prohibited individuals fail a national background check. The Republican said that Maine and 36 other states aren’t automatically alerted when someone who’s prohibited from buying a gun because of a felony conviction or domestic abuse tries to make a purchase. The bill would require a notification within 24 hours. She called the bill commonsense, bipartisan legislation that “stop dangerous people from obtaining guns illegally while protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” The primary sponsors of the bill are Republican Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Bill Nelson of Florida.
Racial Slur Suit
(Augusta) A man who says one of the owners of a Maine-based jewelry company called him a “Big Indian” when he worked there has won $40,000 in a lawsuit. Jason Brown said comments his employers made about “Indians and firewater” made him feel his Native American heritage was reduced to a joke and a stereotype. Day’s Jewelers owners Jeff and Kathy Corey have denied making such statements. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy found last month that Brown was subjected to harassment based on his race.
(Washington) A grandmother and grandfather from Maine are sharing their story of getting duped out of more than a $1,000 to educate people about a scam. Rita and Stephen Shiman said they received a convincing call from someone claiming to be their grandson saying he’d been jailed in Atlanta. They say a man purporting to be a public defender told them that they need to pay $1,230 to get the matter resolved.
- The Red Sox lost both split squad games in Florida spring training yesterday, falling to the Phillies 2-to-1 and the Twins 8-to-1. JD Martinez went 0-for-2 in his spring training debut.
- The Sox take on Tampa Bay this afternoon.
- The Patriots have released tight end Martellus Bennett, freeing up $6-million dollars in salary cap space.
- The Celtics take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota tonight
- The Bruins are home against the Philadelphia Flyers