(Ellsworth) – It was so slippery on MaGown’s Hill leading into Ellsworth on Route 1-A this morning, even a fire truck couldn’t make it up the hill. Police and fire crews had to shut down the road for a while to allow a salt truck to treat the hill and get traffic moving again. Scattered black ice made traveling a bit tricky early on today. Yesterday’s snow and rain caused some bad accidents in Central Maine. An Oakland man died on Route 3 in Liberty near Lake St. George when another truck slammed into his. And in Kingfield, one person died and two sustained critical injuries in a two vehicle crash last evening. Meanwhile, the Seawall Road in Southwest Harbor remained closed after the storm threw large rocks into the roadway and undermined the road surface. The Maine DOT planned to work on the road today. It’s not clear how long the road will remain closed.
(Belfast) – A unanimous and sharp rebuke for the mayor in Belfast from the city council last night after she penned an editorial in the local paper accusing the city council of bigotry, ageism and sexism. The council voted to bar Samantha Paradis from speaking on behalf of the city. They also voted 3-to-2 to discontinue membership in the mayor’s coalition. Paradis, who is in her early 20s, won election last year over long time Mayor Walter Ash. She called the column in the Republican Journal her first amendment right.
(Ellsworth) – A part time corrections officer with no government finance experience beyond a shortened term as an Ellsworth city councilor is the next treasurer of Hancock County. The position had no candidates on the ballot earlier this month, and Michael Boucher got 478 write in votes after a last minute campaign flyer. A current worker in the county finance office, Pamela Linscott, received 404 write in votes. Linscott will continue to work in the finance office. Boucher works for the county jail, and county commissioners are looking to see if he will have to resign that position to take the county treasurer’s job.
(Ellsworth) – There was no wrongdoing by the Hancock County jail when a woman incarcerated on drug charges hanged herself earlier this year. The Ellsworth American reports a state inspection of the jail gave it a passing grade on operations. A corrections officer who had not received CPR training resigned after Monica Johnson died in September. She’d been arrested in a drug raid in Bucksport.
(Liberty) State police say an Oakland man was killed yesterday when his pickup truck was struck by a box truck on Route 3 in Liberty. Dead is 55-year-old William Chadwick. Troopers say the box truck crossed the centerline and collided with Chadwick’s GMC Sierra head on. The box truck operator from Washington State was not injured. Route 3 was closed for three hours during the crash investigation. DEP also responded to clean up oil that spilled from the larger truck’s fuel tank.
(Augusta) Police in Augusta say a man died when he was struck while walking along a busy road. Witnesses who tried to render aid told police that the man was hit by a car on the west side of Memorial Bridge near Gage Street. 60-year-old Dana Williams died at the scene. Augusta police continue investigating and want to hear from anyone who witnessed the accident.
(Bangor) A Brewer man admits he made false statements during a purchase from a licensed firearms dealer. Court documents say in February the Brewer police department seized a handgun while executing a search warrant for narcotics at the home of 48-year-old Floyd Chase. Police discovered the gun he had purchased locally about 10 days earlier. Further investigation revealed Chase accompanied two people to a firearms dealer and instructed a woman to purchase the firearm for him. Chase pled guilty Tuesday and faces up to 5-years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine when he’s sentenced.
(SW Harbor) A road in Southwest Harbor is closed until further notice due to erosion caused by the roaring ocean. The Southwest Harbor fire department posts on Facebook that Seawall Road was closed yesterday at the “S” curves where waves have been crashing over the roadway. The Maine DOT intends to have crews work on it today. Barricades are in place to prevent motorists from driving over the unsafe portion of the road.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Democratic winner in a Maine congressional race says Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s recount request is “dragging out this inevitable transition of power only hurts the people.” Jared Golden issued a statement Monday evening, several hours after Poliquin cited distrust of the computer algorithm used in ranked-choice voting. A spokesman for Poliquin there will be “a traditional ballot recount conducted by real people.”
- The Celtics and Bruins were both off last night and are off again tonight.
- The Portland Red Claws beat Salt Lake City 118-112