Mills Sworn In
(Augusta) – Maine’s new governor sounded an optimistic and often humorous note during her inaugural speech last night. Janet Mills is the first woman elected governor in Maine, or as she noted, the first governor from Franklin County. Mills called for action to combat climate change and extend health care options for all Mainers. Mills replaces Republican Paul LePage after 8-years in the Blaine House. She says one of her first environmental acts will be to install solar panels at the Governor’s residence.
(Wiscasset) – A woman jailed for beating her daughter to death last year in Stockton Springs will go to court today to try to get her marriage annulled. 34-year old Sharon Carillo and her husband Julio are both charged in her daughter’s death. Mrs. Carillo’s attorney contends that the husband was not divorced from at least one of his former wives when the couple married in 2015. They have 3 children together who are in the custody of his parents. The last baby was born last year while Mrs. Carillo was in prison awaiting her murder trial.
(Sullivan) – An 80-foot tall building that resembled a lighthouse and visible from Route 1 in Sullivan is no more. The Ellsworth American reports demolition crews brought down the rotting structure. The building was not finished inside. Former property owner William Keddy built the tower in the late 1980s, intending to build a room on each floor with an elevator inside. He died in 2000 and the structure fell into disrepair and the new owners, Sullivan Falls LLC, opted to demolish the tower last week.
(Anson) – Firefighters from Anson and surrounding communities battled a blaze on Route 16 in the Somerset County town early this morning. WABI-TV reports the call came in at about 3:10 in the morning. The fire shut down a portion of the road. No word on any injuries.
FFCC- Day of Service
(Ellsworth) Newly sworn-in Governor Janet Mills has called for Mainers to be of service this Saturday. If your New Year’s Resolution was to do something meaningful this year, Families First Community Center in Ellsworth could use your help. FFCC needs volunteers this Saturday from 8 to 4 as they continue refurbishing an old farmhouse on North Street. Helpers should wear warm clothing and bring gloves. Anyone 15 or older is welcome to help as they renovate the farmhouse to become a transitional home for 6 homeless families with minor children. For details contact Families First Community Center in Ellsworth.
(S. Paris) Two children are in DHHS custody following the deaths of their parents in South Paris. The bodies of Dana Hill and Heather Bickford were discovered Tuesday night, in their downtown apartment by a man who knows the couple. Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the couple’s 8-year-old and 2-month-old children were home at the time and unharmed. The Medical Examiners Office is trying to determine how Hill and Bickford died.
Tanker Truck Fire
(Belgrade) State police say the drivers of a heating fuel tanker truck and SUV suffered relatively minor injuries after a collision in Belgrade yesterday morning that ignited the tanker truck. Police say the SUV operator, 74-year-old Robert Engdahl of Winthrop, stopped at the intersection of Routes 8 and 11, then drove in front of the on-coming tanker truck driven by 54-year-old Mark Tuttle of Albion. Route 27 was closed as the truck, hauling 95-hundred gallons of fuel oil, continued to burn under firefighters’ supervision.
Charges-Alcohol to a Minor
(Orono) Nearly a year after an Orono teen was found dead in a snow bank, six people have been charged and are due in court this morning. WABI-TV reports 19-year-old Alexie Adams’ cause of death was reported as acute intoxication with hypothermia. Her body was found along Colburn Drive in Orono last February. Six men are charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor and are expected to enter pleas in a Bangor courtroom this morning.
First ME Baby 2019
(Presque Isle) Hospital officials say Maine’s first new baby of 2019 arrived in the northern reaches of the state just minutes after the countdown. Danielle Doyle and Kyle Williams welcomed daughter, Karly, at 12:09 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle.
Bagel Central – New Owner
(Bangor) The new owner of Bagel Central in downtown Bangor says the restaurant’s loyal clientele can expect most everything to remain the same. The Bangor Daily News reports the popular eatery on Central Street is under the new ownership of Scott Bryson, who’s worked as a manager there for the past 18 years. Bryson has hired a pastry chef to step the pastries up a notch, but tells the newspaper he doesn’t have any plans for major changes.
(Dover-Foxcroft) Police in Dover-Foxcroft say the body of an elderly man who had been dead for a few days was found on his front porch by a neighbor. Dover-Foxcroft police did not immediately identify the man on Wednesday. They say the neighbor noticed the man’s driveway hadn’t been plowed so he plowed it, walked up to the porch and discovered the body.
(Belfast) The architects of a large salmon farm planned for Belfast say they will seek a sustainability certification once the facility is up and running. Nordic Aquafarms plans to build a land-based salmon farm capable of producing more than 60 million pounds of fish per year and has called the project one of the largest of its kind. The firm intends to seek certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council as a sustainable seafood producer. Nordic president Erik Heim says the certification is the “gold standard for fish farming.”
Ice Clearing Volunteers
(Lamoine) Volunteers are sought to help prepare a pond in Lamoine for ice skating. The Town of Lamoine and Frenchman Bay Conservancy will host an ice-clearing morning at Blunts Pond in Bloomfield Park. Anyone interested in helping out should meet at the park Saturday morning at 10. Volunteers will be thanked with hot cocoa and a bon fire. You’re asked to bring your own mug and ice skates. Shovels will be provided.
- Boston Celtics 115 Minnesota Timberwolves 102 (Gordon Hayward had 35 points for Boston)
- The Bruins host the Calgary Flames tonight
- U-Maine Women’s Basketball – Maine 67 New Hampshire 46
- U-Maine Men’s Basketball – Brown 75 Maine 67
High School Basketball
Jonesport Beals 49 Machias 38
Oxford Hills 53, Bangor 47
Brewer 49, Skowhegan 44
Hampden Academy 80, Nokomis 37
Piscataquis 59, Bangor Christian 49
Narraguagus 69, Woodland 51
Calais 81, George Stevens 38
Searsport 66, Sumner 46
Piscataquis 32, Bangor Christian 24
Penobscot Valley 43, Schenck 34
Mt. View 41, Belfast 37
Mattanawcook Academy 42, Houlton 38
Hermon 37, Orono 30