(Machias) – Hancock and Washington Counties currently share a district attorney, but voters may have a say on whether each county should have its own elected prosecutor. The Ellsworth American reports Washington County lawmaker Will Tuell is floating a bill to split the large district so that each county elects a separate District Attorney. Current D-A Matt Foster says the problem is not that District 7 is large; it’s that he has had trouble finding and keeping Assistant D-As. He doesn’t favor splitting up the district, but Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis does.
(Holden) – The New Year’s holiday should mean less traffic on the roads early this morning, and that should give plow and sand trucks time to treat the slippery surfaces. A storm that left more than a foot of snow over Southwestern Maine moved out of the state overnight and temperatures dropped enough to create a glaze of ice on roads and parking lots. At one point last evening, police in Holden closed down Route 46 when an accident took out a utility pole and pulled down power lines. No serious injuries are reported.
(Waldoboro) A former Lincoln County high school principal is accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a female student. Village Soup dot-com reports the now 19-year-old woman filed a lawsuit last week against the former principal at Medomak Valley High School, and the school’s social worker. The lawsuit alleges the former principal sent the then-16-year-old student sexually suggestive text messages, bought her a car and repeatedly asked her to move in with him. He resigned from his position in December 2017 shortly after police’s investigation into a possible inappropriate relationship between a staff member and student came up empty.
(Augusta) – A state agency that has a say over placement of a high voltage transmission line says the proposal from Central Maine Power Company meets land-use regulations. The Land Use Planning Commission’s recommendation will meet next week after tabling the proposal from CMP. Planners say a change to the route that avoids a pond brings the power line into compliance. Petitions are circulating statewide to bring the proposed transmission line to a public vote.
Cooking Class for Parents
(Machias) The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free 6-session nutrition education program for parents beginning January 6th. “Cooking Matters for Parents” will focus on learning healthy, budget-friendly cooking tips and preparing healthy recipes as a group. Participants will receive ingredients to take home at the end of each class and a cookbook upon completion of the course. Classes meet on Monday mornings through February 24th. To register contact Rita Stephenson at the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Machias.
Sword Assaulter Sought
(Millinocket) – Police in the Millinocket area seek a man who allegedly wounded another man with a sword during a weekend fight. Authorities say 35-year old Jeremy Rideout pulled the sword during a fight in the Stearns High School parking lot on Sunday. The victim sustained a wound to his arm. Police have asked the public for help locating Rideout.
Winter Storm Reminders
(Local) Snow on your house, porch, garage or barn looks postcard-pretty, but Maine Emergency Management Agency reminds folks that it can weigh several tons. MEMA says people should clear off roofs to avoid potential problems. And while they’re at it, homeowners should make sure all heating system vents and chimneys are clear of snow. If they’re not, MEMA says carbon monoxide can back up inside your home and make for a dangerous health hazard.
Employees of the Year
(Machias) Down East Community Hospital announced their 2019 employees of the year during their annual holiday-recognition dinner. Seven employees were nominated. The hospital recognized Janet Monaghan, who’s the Nutritional Services Manager for inpatients and the Skylight Café. Also honored was Amanda Tozier, who works as a charge nurse in the hospital’s Surgical Department. During the ceremony DECH also handed out Years of Service Pins to its long-standing employees.
- Boston Celtics 109 Charlotte Hornets 92
- New Jersey Devils 3 Boston Bruins 2 (shootout)
- High School Basketball today – Ellsworth and MDI travel to Aroostook County to face Presque Isle and Caribou in makeup games.