(Greenbush) – When neighbors noticed that a vehicle on the Spring Bridge Road in Greenbush still had snow on it, they got concerned and called State Police to check things out. Police found two bodies inside the house – a man and a woman whose names they’ve not yet released. A team of homicide investigators spent yesterday at the scene and have indicated the deaths are drug related.
(Troy) – The State Fire Marshal’s office says one person died in a fire in Waldo County last evening. It happened on the North Dixmont Road. Firefighters responded to the scene at about 4:30 last evening. Authorities have not yet released the middle-aged man’s name. They were on scene late into the night looking for the fire’s cause while the Medical Examiner’s office tries to confirm the identity and cause of death.
Ellsworth – Council Chair
(Ellsworth) – Ellsworth has a new city council chair. Dale Hamilton will lead the 7-member city council after two new councilors took the oath of office yesterday, along with an incumbent re-elected last week. Hamilton replaces Marc Blanchette as chair who narrowly won re-election to the council last week.
Jax Lab – PILOT
(Ellsworth) – The City of Ellsworth may receive a payment from Jackson Laboratory, even though the non-profit facility’s land and buildings are tax exempt. The Ellsworth American reports the lab is discussing a payment in lieu of taxes, but with no specific figure yet. The lab paid a tax bill in excess of $140-thousand dollars last year. City officials tell the paper the lab made a $25-thousand dollar donation this year.
Belfast Chamber Awards
(Belfast) The Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce will present the annual Chamber Awards this Saturday to businesses and individuals who’ve made significant contributions to the prosperity and vitality of Belfast and Waldo County. The Belfast Chamber says over 300 people cast votes in this year’s polling and the 2019 winners are: New Business Award – Maine Ocean School, Growth Award – Toddy Pond Farm, Hometown Heritage Award– Belfast Co-op, Waldo County Business Award – Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Chamber Appreciation Award – Ryan Otis of Rollie’s Bar & Grill, and the Citizen of the Year Award winner will be revealed at the event.
(Local) The National Weather Service says several areas in Maine hit record-low temperatures this week as wintry weather arrived early in the region. Even colder temperatures arrived late Wednesday into this morning. Now that snow has arrived early, Ellsworth deputy fire Chief Gary Saunders has some winter safety tips. Saunders also stresses the importance of having your furnace or heating system professionally cleaned on an annual basis.
Border Patrol Arrests
(Rangeley) US Border Patrol agents during Veterans Day weekend arrested 17 men who were allegedly in the country illegally from Mexico, Ecuador, and Honduras. Twelve of the men arrested in Auburn had been working in the country legally but violated their visa conditions when they failed to leave the US in August. Three other men arrested in Stratton allegedly admitted to entering the country illegally from Mexico and traveling to Maine from out of state to work as contractors. And 2 men from Ecuador and Honduras were arrested in Turner; the agency said the men were working without authorization.
Change of Ownership
(Ellsworth) An auto body shop in Ellsworth changed ownership about a year ago and a new sign recently installed on the building now reflects that. Moody’s Collision Center acquired Glidden Auto Body in Ellsworth and Bangor, and now has 11 locations throughout Maine. With the death earlier this year of Glidden’s founder Bob Glidden, Moody’s received a blessing from the Glidden family to change the sign at the Short Street business in Ellsworth.
(Caribou) A hospital in Aroostook County has been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million-dollars in damages to a woman in a medical negligence lawsuit. A jury found that Cary Medical Center in Caribou didn’t properly treat internal bleeding suffered by Patricia Akerson of Perham. Akerson’s attorney says his client endured “three needless surgeries and permanent injury” due to the inappropriate treatment of a hematoma in her leg. Akerson sought damages of $500,000 to $700,000, but the jury awarded more.
(Bangor) Testimony is scheduled to begin this week in the trial of a Hampden man accused of killing his sister-in-law at the home they shared. The Bangor Daily News reports 56-year-old Philip Clark has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of 49-year-old Renee Henneberry Clark in July 2018. A key witness is expected to be Henneberry Clark’s spiritual advisor, Reverend Anthony Cipolle. He was a Catholic priest in Bangor who urged her to keep a journal and then gained possession of the diary after she was killed. Cipolle is not expected to testify about the diary, but will be asked about a physical altercation he allegedly had with Clark two days before Henneberry Clark’s body was found in her Hampden apartment.
- Boston Celtics 140 Washington Wizards 133 (Celtics 9-and-1, best record in the NBA)
- Justin Verlander won the Cy Young Award in the American League. Jacob deGrom in the National League as the best pitchers in baseball.
- Thursday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns