(Rockport) – A Camden Police officer kicked in the door of a burning Rockport motel room early yesterday morning and pulled a man from his room. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that Paul Thompson and another guest at the Schooner Bay Motor Inn on Route 1 tried CPR on victim Kevin Stanley but could not revive him. Six fire departments rushed to the scene at 3:30 in the morning and contained the fire to the burning room. Investigators say smoking is the likely cause of the fire which started in a mattress. Stanley was known to be a heavy smoker.
(Ellsworth) – School is closed for the day across Hancock County and for a good chunk of Washington County as the first storm of the month has coated the roads with ice. The storm is expected to leave 3-to-5 inches of snow across the Downeast area before the storm ends this evening. State government offices will open 2-hours later than usual this morning as well. A multi-vehicle accident shut down Route 1 in Sullivan last night, but the road has since reopened. No serious injuries in the crash.
(Belfast) – A judge is expected to rule today or tomorrow whether a woman accused of helping to kill her 10-year old daughter is competent to stand trial. Sharon Carillo’s attorney submitted sealed reports that he claims will show his client has limited mental capacity and cannot assist in her own defense. Carillo and her husband were accused of beating Marissa Kennedy to death in February 2018. The husband, Julio Carillo, pled guilty last August and is serving a 55-year prison term. If she is found competent to stand trial, jury selection was supposed to start tomorrow.
(Bangor) – A convicted rapist from Stetson will appear in Bangor federal court next week on charges that he illegally possessed guns. WVII-TV reports 53-year old Mark Karun was convicted of two rapes and an attempted kidnapping in the 1980s and is a suspect in a Connecticut girl’s death. As a convicted felon, he is banned from having guns. Police found 60 guns and 14-thousand rounds of ammunition at his Stetson home when they arrested him on the Connecticut warrant.
(Local) First there was Black Friday, then Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday, and now there’s Giving Tuesday. Today is a chance for folks to donate to one of their favorite charities. The Heart of Ellsworth is asking for support to help make downtown Ellsworth vibrant for residents and visitors alike. The Heart of Ellsworth promotes artistic, economic, educational, environmental, cultural, and historic activities in the downtown area. To make a contribution you can visit the Heart of Ellsworth Facebook page.
(Local) In an era when bargain shopping and maxing out credit cards is all the rage, society is shifting its thinking toward putting their money toward something useful. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that encourages people to donate to a charity of their choice. Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries aims to raise $10-thousand-dollars to expand programming and continue their mission to fish forever. The Board of Directors and others have announced they will match donations new and increased gifts up to $10-thousand-dollars. To contribute, visit the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries website.
(Local) On this Giving Tuesday the Schoodic Institute hopes you’ll donate to their SEA program. Hundreds of students from across the state participate in the Schoodic Education Adventure program by staying on campus and discovering new ways to explore the coastal landscape. Officials say many students have never seen the ocean but leave with a new love for the land, sea and sky. To learn more or to make a donation visit: Schoodic Institute dot Org.
Emera Storm Prep
(Local) Emera Maine has preparing been preparing for another round of winter weather. Extra staffing was put in place last night as Maine braced for wet and heavy snow through this evening. Emera officials urge customers to stay safe and plan ahead by having a supply of fresh water, nonperishable food, batteries and flashlights. They say be mindful of travel advisories and always follow manufacturer guidelines when using a generator. Customers can report power outages online or by calling Emera customer service.
Dairy Queen Dilemma
(Ellsworth) The Dairy Queen in Ellsworth is open again after experiencing a series of unfortunate events last week. The restaurant posted on Facebook that the High Street building suffered an electrical issue during the storm on Thanksgiving, causing several pieces of equipment to malfunction including the heat. On Friday they operated only the drive-thru but by Saturday it was too cold for the staff. The restaurant remained closed Sunday. An electrician made it in Monday to fix the equipment, but delayed their opening time. The Ellsworth Dairy Queen expects to be fully operational when they open at 10:30 this morning.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth-Sumner high school football team will search for a new head coach as the current coach announces he’ll hang up his hat after a decade of leadership. The Ellsworth American reports up until last season, Duane Crawford and his assistants worked on a volunteer basis raising money for uniforms, field equipment and other expenditures by independently fundraising as the Ellsworth Football League operated separately from the Ellsworth High School’s athletic department. Crawford’s role in the Ellsworth Football League was essentially a full-time job and he tells the newspaper it’s time for someone else to come in and hopefully help the program take the next step.
Drive Sober Campaign
(Local) Healthy Acadia encourages locals to drive sober this holiday season. Spokeswoman Tara Young says if you’re throwing a party you should be a responsible host. If you do have too much to drink, Young says call a cab or use a ride-sharing app on your phone.
- The Red Sox have traded away catcher Sandy Leon to Cleveland for a minor league pitcher.
- The Sox have tendered an offer to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., keeping him with the team for now.
- Monday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks 37 Minnesota Vikings 30
- The Bruins host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.