Election – Gov, Congress
(Augusta) – For the first time in Maine history, a woman will lead the state as Governor. Janet Mills captured just over 50-percent of yesterday’s vote, putting the Blaine House in control of a Democrat for the first time in 8-years. Mills, the state’s attorney general, out polled Republican Shawn Moody and state treasurer Terry Hayes. Democrat Chellie Pingree easily won re-election in Maine’s 1st congressional district and Independent Senator Angus King easily won re-election to the US Senate. Maine’s 2nd congressional district is still way too close to call, with Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden fluctuating back and forth by a few hundred votes. The state’s ranked choice voting system may decide the race, which could also be recounted.
Election – Hancock County
(Ellsworth) – The Hancock County area has taken quite a blue tint. The State Senate seat held by Republican Brian Langley has gone to Democrat Louis Luchini of Ellsworth. Langley was term limited and couldn’t run again, while Luchini moves from the House to the Senate. The only House seat to remain in GOP control was in the Eastern part of the county where Billy Bob Faulkingham won his race against Democrat Kylie Bragdon. The State Senate seat covering the western part of Hancock County will remain in control of Kim Rosen who outpaced Democrat Bev Uhlenhake handily.
County Gov’t Election – Hancock
(Ellsworth) – A long time County Commissioner in Hancock County was locked in a tight race for re-election. Incumbent Republican Percy Brown of Deer Isle was trailing Democrat John Wombacher, but by less than 100-votes. The Ellsworth American tally did not include vote totals from Brooklin and Penobscot. Meanwhile, a last minute campaign mailing from write-in candidate Michael Boucher of Sorrento looked to give him enough votes to capture the County Treasurer’s seat.
Ellsworth City Council
(Ellsworth) – Voters in Ellsworth chose a political newcomer for the city council and returned a former mayor to the council. Heather Grindle captured the most votes in the 4-way race for two seats. John Phillips also won election to the city council. They replace long time councilors Steve Beatham and Bob Crosthwaite. Abigail Miller won election to the city’s school board.
(Augusta) – Voters soundly defeated a measure to raise taxes on higher income Mainers to fund home health care for all Maine residents. Question 1 on yesterday ballot was losing by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio. Four bond questions appeared headed for easy passage, with extremely strong support for a road bond issue that would leverage matching federal funds for road repairs.
(Augusta) – It looks like Maine’s new Democratic governor will have a lot of allies in the Legislature. Democrats appear to have easily taken strong majorities in both the House and Senate, with a 5-seat majority in the State Senate and 14-seat majority in the House. The totals will likely shift as more results get reported from smaller towns across the state.
Drug Bust & Seizure
(Rumford/Mexico) A drug bust in Rumford-Mexico sent 9 people to jail for trafficking and some for probation violations. Drug agents and police executed 5 search warrants Monday evening and seized crack, heroin, methamphetamine, 800 Oxycodone pills, scales, and $20-thousand-dollars cash from suspected drug profits. Seven Mainers, a man from New York and 1 from Massachusetts were taken to the Oxford County Jail. All suspects are due in court today.
Rape & Endangerment
(Blue Hill) A Blue Hill man is charged with two counts of gross sexual assault and 3 counts of domestic violence assault. WABI-TV reports state police began investigating 31-year-old Bryce Babson in October after receiving a referral from the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office. Babson is accused of raping a woman, endangering the welfare of a child, and obstructing the report of a crime. Babson is free on $5-thousand dollars bail.
(Farmington) State police say an inmate at the Franklin County Jail in Farmington was found hanging from a bed-sheet in his jail cell Monday night. 35-year-old Stephen Tripp of Strong was arrested last Friday for gross sexual assault and possessing explicit photos of girls on his cell phone.
Unregistered Sex Offender
(Caribou) A sex offender living in Aroostook County faces jail time for failing to register after moving to Caribou. 58-year-old Stephen Olivo was convicted of sex crimes in New Hampshire in 1990 and was required to register as a sex offender for life. Court records say Olivo moved to Aroostook County about 4 years ago but did not register and also failed to tell New Hampshire authorities that he had moved. Olivo was arrested in September and faces up to 10-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
WCSO Overcomes Outage
(Machias) Saturday night’s windstorm left thousands in the dark and that included the Washington County Jail. Sheriff Barry Curtis tells WVII-TV that a 30-year old generator failed to provide back-up power for the sheriff’s administrative offices as well as the jail. With only their 9-1-1 line in operation, the Sheriff’s Office delegated dispatching duties to Harrington, Machias and Calais. Sheriff Curtis is expected discuss the generator issue next time he meets with Washington County commissioners.
(Bucksport) The town of Bucksport will unveil its redevelopment plans for the former Verso paper mill tonight. Ideas for the property have been tossed around for 2 years with much community input. WVII-TV reports the Eastern Maine Development Corporation and the town of Bucksport received a $200-thousand-dollar grant to draft redevelopment plans for the mill site in conjunction with downtown. The presentation and reception is this evening from 6 to 8 at the Bucksport Middle School Performing Arts Center.
Trail Run Winner
(Sullivan) A race of a different kind took place this past weekend and a woman from Bar Harbor claimed victory for her 6th straight year. The Double Trouble Challenge consists of 2 trail runs on conserved properties in eastern Hancock County. The first race was last month in Orland where Jennifer Britz was the top female runner. The second race was Sunday in Sullivan. Seventy runners sprinted through the woods and Britz defended her title.
(Belfast) Salmon may have won the day in Belfast. Three Belfast city council candidates who fought against Nordic Aquafarm’s proposal to construct a fresh water salmon farm each lost their bids for municipal office. The Bangor Daily News reports incumbent councilors Mary Mortier and Neal Harkness won their races, along with newcomer Paul Dean. The newly elected councilors will join Mike Hurley, Eric Sanders and Mayor Sam Paradis on the city council.
- Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was fined $25-thousand dollars for throwing the basketball into the stands the other night after losing to Denver.
- The Celtics and Bruins both had last night and tonight off
- U-Maine Men’s Basketball loses to Denver 60 to – 52
- The Yankees have signed CC Sabathia to a 1-year deal, likely the last for the 38-year old pitcher.