(Warren) – Investigators say it was a fight over cigarettes that led to a fatal fight at the Maine State Prison last summer. Court documents say victim 28-year old Dana Bartlett and his alleged killer, 34-year old Zachary Titus, shared a cell at the Bolduc Correctional Center with two other men. Video surveillance apparently showed the fight that led to Bartlett’s strangulation. Titus had been in prison since last March for operating a vehicle while being a habitual offender.
(Augusta) – While state legislators have lots of important decisions to make in Augusta, there’s about to be a debate over the official state bird. Democrat Betty Austin of Skowhegan will present her bill to clarify which chickadee is the official state bird – the black capped or the Boreal. Austin said statute does not specify which one it is. Her bill doesn’t either – it proposes that the Legislature make the designation. The bill goes before a legislative committee this morning. By the way, the one on Maine license plates is the black capped chickadee.
(Augusta) – A convicted killer will not get a new trial based on DNA from a hair that wound up in his victim’s hand. Jeffrey Cookson has been serving life for the brutal murders of Mindy Gould and a 21-month old son of her best friend in Dexter in 2001. The State Supreme Court ruled that just because a hair had someone else’s DNA, Cookson presented no evidence that the person to whom it belonged was the actual killer. Cookson’s attorney argued that the man’s hair belonged to a person of limited mental capacity who confessed to the killing.
Responsible Beverage Training
(Ellsworth) Healthy Acadia is offering compliance training for employees of local bars, restaurants and taverns who sell and serve alcoholic beverages. Spokeswoman Tara Young explains that participants will learn techniques on ways to identify minors, fake IDs, and recognize signs of visible intoxication. The next Responsible Beverage Server and Seller training is March 5th at Fogtown Brewing in Ellsworth.
Underage Drinking Parties
(Ellsworth) Ellsworth police broke up two underage drinking parties during February vacation. The Ellsworth American reports officers stopped a car last Wednesday and determined there was an underage drinking party in town. Police issued several summonses for consumption of alcohol by a minor, and a 20-year-old Ellsworth man was charged with providing a place for minors to drink on the Shore Road. Then last Friday Ellsworth police were dispatched to a home on Water Street. A 19-year-old was charged with furnishing a place for minors to drink and 13 teenagers received summonses.
Interstate Threat Sentence
(Vinalhaven) A US District Court judge sentenced a 40-year-old Vinalhaven man Tuesday to more than 2-years in prison for threatening to slit someone’s throat. The US Attorney’s Office reports to Star 97-7 that trial evidence revealed Eric Malmstrom called and threatened an employee of the Swedish embassy in Washington DC last year on 3 separate occasions. Malmstrom also called the embassy and the employee hundreds of times between September 2017 and March 2018. A jury last August convicted Malmstrom for transmitting threatening interstate communications.
Alleged Killers Confession Hearing
(Portland) – A Superior Court judge will decide whether prosecutors can use a confession from alleged cop killer John Williams. His attorney says arresting officers beat the confession out of the 30-year old who is accused of gunning down Somerset County Sergeant Eugene Cole to death last April. Police caught Williams after a massive manhunt. During the arrest he supposedly told officers that he killed Cole because the deputy had arrested Williams’s girlfriend on drug charges a few days earlier.
Firearms Laws Violations
(Pittsfield) A Pittsfield man pled guilty Monday to conspiring to violate federal firearms laws. Court records say between February 2015 and September 2016, 24-year-old Ethan Rumery and his conspirators falsely reported that they were the actual purchasers of the firearm, when in fact the firearms were purchased for someone who lives out of state. Rumery faces up to 5 years in prison, a quarter-million-dollar fine, and 3 years of supervised release
BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) – A judge has sentenced a disbarred attorney in Maine to 2 1/2 years in prison and ordered him to repay more than $260,000 that he stole from clients. The Portland Press Herald reports 69-year-old James Whittemore was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to theft. Prosecutors say Whittemore held money for his clients in a trust account in three separate instances and took the money for his personal use.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Experts are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sharp increase in harp seal strandings along the East Coast. The Portland Press Herald reports about 70 of the marine mammals were found stranded in Maine since Jan. 1, compared to about nine the previous year. Federal officials and Marine Mammals of Maine say the harp seal strandings may be due to dehydration caused by a lack of coastal snow and ice this winter.
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) – A federal judge has awarded more than $100 million to the owners of three closed nuclear plants in New England because of spent nuclear fuel that has yet to be removed by the U.S. government. The Portland Press Herald reports the owners of Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, Maine, Yankee Rowe in Rowe, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Yankee in Haddam, Connecticut, won a partial summary judgment of $103.2 million from the federal government last week.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s top judge is calling for more mental health services and recovery centers for children and youth in crisis. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley has used her Tuesday address to lawmakers to push for more safe housing, well-trained advocates and mental health and addiction recovery services for young people. The chief justice also says the state’s moving forward with a new digital case management and e-filing system.
- Toronto Raptors 118 Boston Celtics 95 – Celtics host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight
- Boston Bruins 4 San Jose Sharks 1
- Red Sox rained out yesterday. They will face the Tampa Bay Rays in Spring training today.