Dog Killing   (Ellsworth) – A Winter Harbor woman who drove her boyfriend and another man to Bangor in August of 2018 has entered a guilty plea to hindering apprehension, but if she remains out of trouble for a year, she can withdraw the plea and prosecutors will drop the charge.  26-year old Maria Lockhart […]

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Local News – January 7, 2020

Dog Killing

 

(Ellsworth) – A Winter Harbor woman who drove her boyfriend and another man to Bangor in August of 2018 has entered a guilty plea to hindering apprehension, but if she remains out of trouble for a year, she can withdraw the plea and prosecutors will drop the charge.  26-year old Maria Lockhart agreed to the plea deal yesterday in an Ellsworth courtroom.  Her boyfriend at the time, Justin Chipman, is due to be sentenced today for his role in killing his boss’s dog, better known as Franky the pug mix.  The other man, Nathan Burke of Hancock, was captured this past weekend after he’d been missing since last August.

 

Augusta Fatal

(Augusta) – An elderly Jefferson man is dead after a 3-vehicle crash in Augusta last evening.  The Augusta Police Department reports to Star 97.7 the crash on Route 17 occurred just before 5-o’clock last evening.  The three drivers all went to the hospital, and 77-year old William Ames of Jefferson passed away at the hospital.  Officers say inclement road conditions appear to have contributed to the crash.

 

Motel Fire

 

(Bangor) – Fifty people escaped from a burning Bangor motel late yesterday afternoon without injury, but they had to scramble to find other accommodations for the night.  WVII-TV reports a room on the 3rd floor of The Comfort Inn on Bangor Mall Boulevard caught fire at about 4:30.  The motel’s sprinkler system is credited with containing the fire to the one room.  The person staying in the room called the motel’s front desk to report a problem when his lights went out, then reported smoke coming from the ceiling.

 

Eagle Found

(Sullivan) – An eagle found on the ice at a Sullivan pond is unlikely to survive.  WGME-TV reports the bald eagle has lead poisoning.  Ice fisherman Tyler Strasenburg found the eagle while ice fishing yesterday and called game wardens.  He put a coat over the bird to try to keep it warm, and the warden service took the bird to Avian Haven for possible rehabilitation, but say because of the lead, the bird is unlikely to survive.

 

Fatal Crash – Pembroke

 

(Pembroke) Deputies in Washington County continue investigating a fatal crash in Pembroke. The 9-1-1 call to Front Street came in after 9 o’clock Sunday evening. 27-year-old Levi Woodman of Pembroke was seriously injured when his pickup truck hit a tree. Rescue personnel tried to save 59-year-old Perry Shain of Robbinston, but deputies say he died at the scene.

 

 

Clark Sentencing

(Bangor) The Hampden man who shot his sister-in-law 10 times is due for sentencing. Philip Clark was convicted of murder in November in the killing of Renee Henneberry Clark in July 2018. He told investigators that he snapped because the victim pushed “every button.” Clark will face 25 year to life in prison when he’s today in Superior Court in Bangor.

 

Interstate-95 Gunman

(Augusta) Part of Interstate-95 in Augusta was closed Monday morning when state police responded to the report of a man inside a car with a gun. Maine State Police say the incident started around 6 AM yesterday at the Exit 113 off ramp. The off-ramp reopened about two hours later and only northbound traffic was affected. Police say the man took his own life and was the only person in the vehicle.

 

Loon Count

(Falmouth) The Audubon Society says Maine’s annual loon count showed a slight drop in the number of birds, but the population appears strong and steady. Common loons live on Maine’s lakes and ponds, and are known for their plaintive call, called a tremolo. Maine Audubon says it’s estimating the 2019 loon population to include 3,219 adults and 372 chicks. The 2018 count tallied 50 more adults and 34 more chicks. The number of adults is more than twice the count from the mid-1980s, and the number of chicks has also trended up over the decades.

 

Delayed Bonds

(Augusta) Maine Housing has awarded contracts for senior housing that were held-up for years because former Governor Paul LePage declined to sign-off on the voter-approved bonds. Officials say $14.5 million-dollars from the bond issue, along with other funding, will generate $45.8 million-dollars to build 212 new affordable housing units for Mainers age 55 and older. The seven projects are in Scarborough, Ellsworth, Belfast, Hartland and Farmington.

 

Unpaid Tolls

(Maine) Maine Turnpike Authority data shows the agency is owed more than $800,000 in unpaid tolls dating back to 2013. The Portland Press Herald reports most of the money is owed by out-of-state vehicles, including commercial trucks. The turnpike authority says it can be difficult to find violators because most states won’t share information on drivers. Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have an arrangement regarding the prevention of vehicle re-registration for people who owe toll fees.

 

Sports

 

  • Washington Wizards 99  Boston Celtics 94 (Celtics never led in the game)
  • The Bruins play the Predators in Nashville tonight

High School Basketball – Boys

Mattanawcook Academy 45, Lee Academy 40

Piscataquis 49, Bangor Christian 42

Girls

Calais 83, Bucksport 33

Deer Isle-Stonington 35, Schenck 25

Dexter 49, Mattanawcook Academy 36

Narraguagus 100, Sumner 43

Searsport 33, Penquis Valley 24

Shead 78, Jonesport-Beals 47

George Stevens 54, Lee Academy 13