Cop Shooter Arrested
(Skowhegan) – An accused cop shooter from Harmony is out of the hospital, but now sits in the county jail in Skowhegan, charged with aggravated attempted murder. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 29-year old Richard Murray-Burns was released from a Bangor hospital New Year’s Day and investigators were there to cart him off to jail. Murray-Burns fired a couple of shots at a Waterville police officer on December 22nd, wounding the officer in his arms. The officer gave chase and other police agencies joined in. That chase ended in Canaan at a gas station when police officers shot and wounded Murray-Burns.
(Augusta) – If you own a home in Maine and claim a homestead exemption, you’ll get a check in the mail soon from the State. The State Treasurer’s office plans to start mailing out $104-dollar checks this week. The state requested names and addresses of all those who received a homestead exemption from municipal governments last year. The state is required to send tax relief checks when the tax relief fund reaches an amount that will provide at least $100-dollars.
Carillo Marriage annulled
(Camden) – Two convicted child killers are now officially un-married. WVII-TV reports a judge granted an annulment in the marriage between Julio and Sharon Carillo who will now use Kennedy as her last name. The judge ruled the marriage was never legal as Mr. Carillo never divorced a former wife. He pled guilty last summer to killing Kennedy’s 10-year old daughter, Marissa and is serving a 55-year prison term. A jury convicted Kennedy of murdering her daughter by participating in a series of beatings that ended with the death in February 2018 in Stockton Springs.
(Statewide) Maine public safety officials will launch another program to promote pedestrian safety following a deadly year on roads and highways. The state recorded 154 traffic deaths in an unofficial tally for the year that came to an end on Tuesday. Of those, there were 16 pedestrian deaths, compared to just six the previous year. Bureau of Highway Safety director Lauren Stewart says there will be grants to law enforcement agencies to step up enforcement of pedestrian laws and public education campaigns to promote pedestrian safety.
Financial Literacy Class
(Lubec) Downeast Community Partners in Washington County will offer a class that teaches financial literacy and education. The four points they’ll focus on are: budgeting, debt, credit and savings. Class participants will have the opportunity to ask questions following the instructional portion of the program. The financial literacy class is January 22nd at 11 AM at the Lubec Community Outreach Center. For details contact Joe Connors of Downeast Community Partners.
(Stonington) A rough start to the New Year for a couple in Stonington who woke up to find their wood shed ablaze. Fire Chief Ryan Hayward tells Star 97-7 his crew had no problem getting to the scene about a half-mile away on the Indian Point Road, but the commute was a little dicey for firefighters called in from Deer Isle and Sedgwick. All things considered, Hayward says things went smoothly Wednesday morning. The shed is a total loss, but Hayward says there’s no damage to the nearby home. The fire was caused by an electrical outlet issue.
(Passadumkeag) A Passadumkeag man credits his lucky rock with helping him win a million dollars just moments after the New Year began. The Bangor Daily News reports Blaine Marston was one of 300 Powerball winners from across the country who won a trip to New York City on New Year’s Eve. Fifteen other Mainers joined Marston for the first-ever Powerball “First Millionaire of the Year” drawing. After taxes, Marston takes home $710-thousand-dollars.
New Year Babies
(Statewide) A couple hospitals in Maine celebrated the births of their first babies in 2020. A Falmouth couple welcomed their daughter at 12:24 Wednesday morning at Maine Medical Center in Portland. A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle saw its first baby arrive at 12:35 AM followed by another birth at 1:33 AM.
ME Firefighters-CA Parade
(Farmington) Two members of the Farmington Fire Department were in the Tournament of Roses Parade yesterday in California. WMTW reports Steve Bunker and Patty Cormier received word of the all-expenses paid trip just before Christmas. The Farmington community has been recovering since a September 16th explosion killed Fire Captain Michael Bell and wounded several others. The Maine Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s organization paid for their trip to Pasadena. The theme for this year’s Odd Fellows float was “First Responders Bring Hope”, designed with a large fire truck that was accompanied by a select number of firefighters.
(Augusta) Maine’s minimum wage has increased from $11 to $12 per hour. It marks the fourth annual increase in Maine under a 2016 ballot measure when the state’s minimum was $7.50 an hour. Lawmakers subsequently changed the law to allow restaurants to continue paying tipped workers a lower hourly wage. State labor data indicates about 8% of Maine’s 679-thousand workers earned at or below minimum wage in 2018.
- Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has died at the age of 77
- Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history has died
- The Bruins play the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston tonight.
High School Basketball-Boys
MDI 92 Presque Isle 61
Caribou 74 Ellsworth 42
Presque Isle 41 MDI 39