Fatal Accident Sentence
(Belfast) – The state dropped manslaughter and OUI charges against a 33-year old Winterport man after he pled guilty to lesser charges in connection with a fatal accident in Prospect in 2016. Adam Littlefield will spend 3-and-a-half years in prison. WABI-TV reports police could not prove that he was driving the vehicle which hit a utility pole and threw all three men from the vehicle. John Moriarty of Bangor and Brad Pomeroy of Searsport died in the crash. A judge sentenced Littlefield yesterday.
Belfast Council Reversal
(Belfast) – A week ago it was bitter acrimony before the city council in Belfast. The city council forbade the mayor from speaking on behalf of the city and pulled her membership from a Maine mayors’ coalition. Last night they made up. WVII-TV reports city councilors voted to let Mayor Samantha Paradis speak for the city again and reinstated the mayors’ coalition membership. Paradis who wrote a scathing editorial in the local paper says she meant only to show how she had experienced discrimination and called the city council honorable.
(Rockport) – A couple from Cushing who managed a motel in Rockport is accused of embezzling more than $10-thousand dollars from the facility. Police arrested James and Shannon Pierce during the weekend, taking him to the hospital when he claimed he was having a heart attack. Village Soup dot-com reports the Pierces are accused of stealing the money from the 7-mountains Motel between October 2016 and October 2017.
Blue Hill Happenings
(Blue Hill) The Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust have organized the town’s annual tree lighting. The celebration gets underway at 4:30 tomorrow at the town hall with family-fun activities. Chamber executive director Lori Sitzabee says there will be lots of local entertainment to enjoy. Santa is due to arrive on the scene at 6 tomorrow evening. For details check out the Blue Hill Chamber’s website.
(Newport) Maine drug agents with the Downeast District Task arrested three people on Interstate-95 in Newport on drug charges. Officers searched of the vehicle Saturday and turned up heroin and crack cocaine valued at 3-grand. Two men from New York and 41-year-old Holly Inman of Machias were carted to the Penobscot County Jail where Inman’s bail was set at $35-thousand dollars cash. The Drug Enforcement Agency reports to Star 97.7 the trio is charged with drug trafficking and other crimes.
Hannaford & BAHS
(Bangor) Hannaford Supermarkets will present a $50-thousand-dollar check to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter this morning. The funds support the Shelter’s warming center for drug-free and sober homeless people looking to stay warm during Maine’s winter months. It’s the second year in a row that Hannaford Supermarkets has presented a check of this magnitude to the Shelter, making Hannaford the largest corporate donor in the Shelter’s history.
MDI HS Precaution
(Bar Harbor) – Police and staff shut down a section of MDI High School yesterday to deal with a student undergoing a personal crisis. That briefly interrupted classes at the high school yesterday. The school says the situation was resolved smoothly as they and officers intervened and assisted the student off campus. They say no other students were in any danger during the incident.
(Augusta) In observance of the National Day of Mourning for the late president George H W Bush, all executive branches of the State of Maine offices will be closed today. That includes the Secretary of State’s offices, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. And post offices have announced closures. Regular business hours will resume tomorrow. Most banks and local municipal offices are open today.
(Augusta) Governor Paul LePage will not administer the oath of office today when the new batch of lawmakers are sworn-in. Instead the Governor will undergo back surgery. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will direct the oath of office in place of LePage. Maine’s Governor recently returned from Washington, D.C. where he paid respects to late President George H.W. Bush.
Belfast PD Warning
(Belfast) Belfast police are reminding citizens to lock the doors of their homes and cars after several calls about suspicious activities Tuesday that included the theft of property and attempts to get in peoples’ homes. The Belfast PD encourages folks to call them if they see something suspicious, saying on their Facebook page they’d rather respond to something innocent than to later find out a crime had occurred. They also warn against leaving unattended packages on doorsteps and suggest having items shipped to a trusted friend or neighbor if you know you won’t be home when boxes are delivered.
Business Continuity Program
(Brewer) A seminar designed to teach small business owners and executive-level managers how to develop a comprehensive business continuity strategy is planned for next year. The Business Continuity Program is an 8-hour instructor-led course that teaches participants how to identify key functions necessary to their business operations and assess the likelihood of potential emergencies in their communities. The seminar is January 10th in Brewer. Online registration must be complete by December 20th at: Rural Training dot Org.
- Florida Panthers 5 Boston Bruins 0
- Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer plans to retire after this season.
- The U-Maine women’s basketball team defeated Harvard 67-60
- The U-Maine men’s basketball team beat Fordham 75-68.