(Orrington) – As firefighters from a dozen departments pulled onto the Snow’s Corner Road in Orrington late last night, flames shot out of the 2nd story of a home. WVII-TV reports the only person home jumped from the upper story and suffered leg injuries, but refused transport to the hospital. Firefighters spent much of the overnight on scene – initially pushed back from the home by intense heat and flames. One of them suffered injuries when he slipped on ice. The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.
Wal-Mart – Abatement
(Ellsworth) – Ellsworth is the latest city Wal-Mart is targeting for a tax break. The retailer has submitted a tax abatement request to the city to cut the store’s valuation in half. The company has tried the same tactic with little success in a number of Maine cities. The Ellsworth American reports a 2017 filing will end up before the State Property Tax Review Board after the city assessor denied the request because Wal-Mart didn’t supply additional information requested. That board generally asks communities and taxpayers to enter into mediation sessions first.
Missing Man – Acadia
(Acadia National Park) – A search is under way in Acadia National Park as a Hancock County man is reported missing. The last time anyone saw 45-year old Adam “AJ” Bennett was on Monday near the Schooner Head Overlook in the park. A spokeswoman tells Star 97.7 anyone who might have seen Bennett is asked to call the Maine Warden Service.
(Perry) – Two people from Perry face charges after the Maine Patrol caught them with eels in Southern Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports 25-year old Saucony Apt and 26-year old Tabitha Carroll didn’t have an elver license when officers caught them in Cumberland. The arrests took place last Friday. For Apt, it’s his 2nd summons for elver possession in three days.
Small Town PDs
(Gouldsboro) – Voters in a pair of coastal towns will decide whether their communities will continue to provide local police coverage or contract it out to the county Sheriff’s Department. A petition forced the question that will go to Gouldsboro voters in June on whether the part-time 3-person patrol force will continue. The town’s police budget is a little over $200-thousand dollars a year and a sheriff’s department contract would likely cost more. In Thomaston, voters will decide the same question. That town has a half-million dollar police budget, and a contract with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department would cost less.
Treasurer – Not Guilty
(Ellsworth) A jury has declared a former Blue Hill town treasurer not guilty of stealing more than $17-thousand-dollars of town funds. The Weekly Packet reports that issues with missing cash deposits, payroll irregularities and other discrepancies between October 2016 and September 2017 raised a red flag for auditors. 39-year-old Jody Murphy was placed on administrative leave and resigned 5 weeks later in November 2017. The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Tuesday and found Murphy innocent.
Conspiracy to Commit Murder
(Waterville) A 13-year-old boy, who pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit murder, received the maximum sentence and will remain in juvenile custody until his 21st birthday. WABI-TV reports the unnamed teen was accused of helping to kill his friend’s mother, 47-year-old Kimberly Mironovas, who died in her Litchfield home in April last year. Court documents say Mironovas was strangled by her 15-year-old son Lukas and his friend 15-year-old William Smith. Lukas Mironovas and Smith are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder and will be sentenced later.
(Warren) An inmate due to be released next Tuesday from the Maine State Prison in Warren died Wednesday. The Department of Corrections announces 53-year-old Paul Rivera of West Gardiner was just days away from finishing his second robbery sentence. His criminal history consists of robbing 5 banks since 2008. Authorities say they do not suspect foul play and Rivera’s death does not appear suspicious.
Portland Pie Co
(Bangor) A Portland-based restaurant is branching north and will open a new location in downtown Bangor. Portland Pie Company will serve pizza, sandwiches, salads and Maine craft beers in the former Verve Burritos location at 89 and 91 Main Street. Owner Jeff Perkins tells the Bangor Daily News he anticipates opening sometime in June.
(Ellsworth) Maine places more than 90-percent of children in foster care with families, making it one of the top six states for family placements rather than in group homes – that’s according to a new report by the Annie E Casey Foundation. Kids-Peace executive director Ken Olson says Maine is doing a good job because the state and private agencies are training more foster families to support children with complex needs. The report also acknowledges a need for residential care facilities for some young people with acute needs.
(Bangor) The Bangor mother accused of exposing her infant to methamphetamine through breast milk has been arrested and charged with operating a meth lab. WABI-TV reports police were called to a Bangor hospital last December where a 7-month-old baby had lost consciousness after ingesting the drug. The infant “came to” by the time officers arrived. In January 21-year-old Alyssa Murch was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated furnishing of drugs, and domestic violence assault. Murch was due in court Wednesday afternoon to face the new charge.
Wildlife Park Delayed
(Gray) Wintry weather lingering into spring has caused another Maine park to delay its opening. The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray had originally scheduled to open for the 2019 season this Saturday. But due to the unseasonably cold spring and snow in the last few days the park has opted to wait and will open on Monday the 15th, Patriots Day and the beginning of school vacation week.
(Augusta) Maine could end non-medical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines required by schools and certain health care facilities. The Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee is set to hold a work session on the bill today. Federal data shows Maine had among the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in 2017-2018.
(Augusta) A proposal to amend the Maine Constitution to outlaw gender-based discrimination is moving through the Legislature. The Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 Tuesday in favor of the Democrat-led effort. Supporters include Democratic Gov. Janet Mills who says Maine could become the 27th state to embody the Equal Rights Amendment in its constitution. The proposal requires legislative and voter approval.
Ranked Choice Voting Expansion
(Augusta) Maine could expand its new voting system and allow voters to rank gubernatorial candidates from first to last on November ballots. The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held hearings Wednesday on proposed constitutional amendments. Republicans have proposed repealing the voter-approved system, which Mainers endorsed in two statewide votes. It works like this: Voters rank candidates on the ballot, and a candidate garnering a majority of first-place votes is the winner. Otherwise, last-place candidates are eliminated and votes are reallocated until there’s a majority winner. Maine used the ranked-choice voting system for the first time in November federal races. But Maine’s constitution prevents it from being used in governor general elections.
- The Boston Bruins open their playoffs tonight at the TD Garden against the Toronto Maple Leafs
- The Celtics will be without Marcus Smart for the playoffs after he tore an oblique muscle. Boston has the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round.
- The Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park. Nathan Eovaldi starts for the Sox.