(Bangor) – Two men with violent criminal histories face murder charges in connection with a Bangor man’s death in a fire last month. The Bangor Police Department reports to Star 97.7 they arrested 39-year old Cote Choneska and 30-year old Joseph Johnson for killing 59-year old Berton Conley. Rescuers pulled Conley from a burning home on Essex Street on November 1st. Choneska served an 18-year prison term for shooting a convenience store employee in Clifton in the 1990s. Johnson was charged in connection with a vicious fight about 9-years ago. Both are held at the Penobscot County Jail
(Bangor) – A Presque Isle woman faces up to 20-years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine for passing fake money. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 28-year old Vicky Leclerc pled guilty to counterfeiting yesterday in Bangor Federal Court. Leclerc made a deal to buy clothing over Facebook and paid for her $20-dollar purchase with a fake $50-dollar bill. The seller brought the bill to police, and prosecutors say Leclerc knew the bill was a fake. She’ll be sentenced later.
Child Porn Plea
(Bangor) – A former business manager for Bangor’s school department will spend 6-months in prison for possessing child pornography. Alan Kochis of Brewer entered a guilty plea, and will report to jail next month. Kochis admitted to acquiring child porn of boys under 12-years old on his home computer last February. The Bangor Daily News reports he will also have to register as a sex offender for 25-years.
(Belfast) – A judge has found accused child killer Sharon Carillo competent to stand trial, and testimony could start this week in the case against her. The 35-year old is charged with beating her 10-year old daughter to death in February 2018. Carillo’s husband is already serving a 55-year prison term after pleading guilty to murder earlier this year. Mrs. Carillo’s attorney says his client is also a victim of domestic abuse.
Blue Hill Tree Lighting
(Blue Hill) Folks will gather in Blue Hill later today for the annual Tree Lighting. The annual event is put on by the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Various activities are planned for this afternoon and tonight, and Chamber executive director Lori Sitszabee says more things are planned for this weekend. Sitzsabee says another big draw this evening is the arrival of Santa at 6 o’clock at the town hall.
(Bangor) The Bangor Police Department is once again holding their annual Toy Drive to benefit the Salvation Army. This year’s “Fill a Truck” campaign will collect toys at Wal-Mart on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor tomorrow. Anyone who wants to participate is asked to drop off an unwrapped toy between 10am ‘til 2pm.
Holiday Marketplace Party
(Ellsworth) The Holiday Marketplace is officially open for the season in downtown Ellsworth. The temporary set-up on Main Street allows local small business owners, who don’t have their own storefronts, to sell their crafts in a high foot-traffic venue. Heart of Ellsworth executive director Cara Romano says folks are invited to the Community Holiday Party tonight at the Marketplace. The Holiday Marketplace is open each Thursday through Sunday until the end of the year.
Christmas Food Baskets
(Ellsworth) The deadline is approaching to apply for a Christmas Food Basket from the Emmaus Homeless Shelter. Each year the nonprofit registers families-in-need to receive a basket containing a turkey, stuffing, veggies and pie, then distributes them before Christmas. Last year Emmaus handed out 112 Christmas Food Baskets. If you’re in need this holiday season contact the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth by this Friday.
(Augusta) Maine has seen its first flu-related death of the season. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports it happened last week but information was not available about the victim’s age or which county they lived in. The majority of flu cases have been reported in York and Cumberland Counties. More then 80 Maine residents died during 2017-18 flu season, which was one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent years.
(Augusta) Maine pest managers say this is the best time of year to get rid of a species of caterpillar that can cause a painful rash in humans. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says winter is prime time to remove browntail caterpillars. The caterpillars can cause a rash that resembles poison ivy. However, they spend the winter in silken wrapped leaves on the tips of branches. They are especially present on oak and fruit trees. The forestry department says December through mid-April is a great time to look for the webs, clip them and destroy them with an overnight soapy water soak. The webs can be identified by their bright white silk that ties leaves to the tips of branches. The caterpillars aren’t active until warmer weather arrives.
- Boston Celtics 112 Miami Heat 91 (Jaylen Brown, 31-points)
- The Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks tonight
- Thursday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
- The High School basketball season opens tomorrow.