(Augusta) – Maine’s new governor officially takes office tonight after her inauguration in Augusta. The civic center is expected to be packed as Janet Mills takes the oath of office to succeed Paul LePage. The outgoing governor says he does not plan to attend, and is leaving the Blaine House early so that Mills can enjoy a luncheon in her new residence for the next four years. Mills will be the first female governor in state history and LePage ends a controversial 8-year as the state’s chief elected official.
(South Paris) – State police detectives and evidence technicians spent the night in South Paris after discovery of two dead bodies inside an apartment. Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that someone discovered a man and a woman dead inside the apartment in the Market Square complex around 8-o’clock last night. Police will likely release names and other details about the deaths later today.
Lamoine Comp Plan Hearing
(Lamoine) – A committee that has worked up a comprehensive plan for Lamoine hopes to put the finishing touches on tonight. A public hearing on some proposed changes to the plan is set for 6:30 at the town hall. The committee held a hearing last fall and citizens brought up some possible changes to include. Voters in March may consider the plan that will guide town leaders in decisions for the next 10 to 15 years.
Plow Truck Fire
(Twp 30) – A Maine Department of Transportation snow plow truck caught fire while working part of Route 9 in Washington County yesterday. WABI-TV reports the two men inside the truck got out safely. The truck is a total loss. The fire cut traffic on the highway to one lane while firefighters put out the flames.
(Belfast) – What has become a New Year’s Day tradition in several communities saw people brave the cold air and water and take a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. Tremont’s fire department organized the effort in that Mt. Desert Island community. A couple dozen people braved the cold, while in Belfast, more than 50-people walked into the waters of the Passagassawaukeag River yesterday. The weather was relatively warm for January 1st – in the 40s after it stopped raining. The water was even warmer.
(Penobscot) Quick thinking by a North Penobscot man whose engine was on fire may have saved him from a worse outcome. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports 57-year-old Glen Ashe was driving his Ford pick-up truck on Front Ridge Road in Penobscot on Monday when he smelled something burning. He pulled over and lifted the hood to discover a small fire and smoke coming from the battery area. Ashe threw snow on the engine which stopped the fire and allowed him to disconnect the battery. The Sheriff’s Department says the damage was minimal.
DVA Suspect Sought
(Monroe) State police are looking for a Monroe man they’d like to question about a reported domestic violence assault. The incident on Ellis Road in Monroe drew troopers to a home early on New Year’s Day. The victim was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries. State police say 27-year-old Brian Hybers fled before police arrived. Anyone knowing of Hybers whereabouts is asked to call Maine State Police in Augusta.
Depressed Man Rescued
(Warren) Knox County Sheriff’s deputies rescued an intoxicated, despondent man who survived a car accident but then tried to take his own life. The Pen Bay Pilot reports a 52-year-old man sent text messages to family Sunday night stating that he had just wrecked his pick-up truck and was going to jump into South Pond. Deputies found the damaged truck at Depot Road and Station Lane in Warren, and then heard the man yelling from the middle of South Pond. The Maine Warden Service, Warren Fire and EMS and other agencies assisted in the rescue. They took the man to Pen Bay Medical Center for exposure and a mental health evaluation.
(Whitneyville) A pile of debris illegally dumped in Washington County has authorities searching for the person or people responsible. A load of garbage consisting of furniture and other materials was found along the Northfield Road in Whitneyville. Anyone who knows how it got there should call Maine State Police.
(Bangor) Motorists traveling Interstate-95 in Bangor late Sunday evening should expect traffic delays as Emera Maine crews continue to replace aging utility poles off Sylvan Road that cross I-95 between the Hogan Road and Stillwater Avenue exits. Travel lanes will be closed for several minute-intervals beginning at 11 Sunday evening to allow workers to safely complete the task. Motorists may want to consider alternate routes. No interruption of service to area customers is expected. The first phase of the work began last evening and wrapped up around 5 this morning.
(Augusta) Proposals are due today (1/02) to the state of Maine for a project designed to get a better handle on the growing black bear population. The state issued a request for proposals to develop a bear population model that state documents say would “inform the management of black bears”. Maine has the most black bears on the East Coast, and one of the largest populations of the animals in the country. There are more than 35-thousand of the animals here. The state manages the population with an annual hunt, and officials say it’s possible the hunting rules could be tweaked based on the new population model.
- Boston Bruins 4 Chicago Blackhawks 2 (NHL Winter Classic played @ Notre Dame)
- Rose Bowl: Ohio State 28 Washington 23 (Urban Meyer’s last game as a college coach)
- Fiesta Bowl: LSU 40 Central Florida 32 (1st loss for UCF this season)
- Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight
- The U-Maine basketball teams play tonight. The women host New Hampshire at the Cross Center in Bangor while the men travel to Brown University in Rhode Island.