Jail – Tablets
(Ellsworth) – Jail inmates in Hancock County will get access to computer tablets. The Ellsworth American reports it won’t cost county taxpayers any money. If inmates want to send or receive e-mail, they’ll have to pay for it themselves, at 50-cents a message. County Commissioners say most every other county in Maine will soon make tablets available to inmates through a company that already provides for a video visiting system. Jail administrator Timothy Richardson says the program will likely begin in April.
Fire Truck Fire
(Mt. Desert) – The tanker truck for the Mt. Desert Fire Department is back in service after catching fire last month. The Mt. Desert Islander reports that rusted brackets that held the fuel tank on the truck let go and the diesel tank fell off, ripping out wires that short circuited and started the fire. Chief Mike Bender says the truck is only 13-years old, and he’d like to get at least 3-more years out of the vehicle.
(Bangor) – As horrendous ice storms go, the weekend precipitation was nothing, literally for parts of the state. From Bangor south, temperatures didn’t really get cold enough to produce significant icing as feared by the National Weather Service. Emergency Management Agencies had been prepared for major power outages. As of this morning, only 33-outages are reported statewide, all in the Central Maine Power service area in Western Maine. A few accidents on slick roads were reported yesterday, but for the most part, southern Maine roads are ice and snow free after a very warm Saturday.
(Portland) – Four men who camped overnight on Metinic Island off St. George will have to pay the federal government $15-hundred dollars each for trespassing on a federal wildlife refuge. The four cut grass and started fires on the island which is half owned by the federal government while Clayton Witham of Owl’s Head owns the other half of the island. He is one of the four fined in federal court for the trespass.
(Maine) With the awarding of $14-point-5-million dollars of the Senior Housing Bond, Maine is set to create 212 new, affordable housing units for folks 55 and older. The bond was approved by voter referendum in 2015, but wasn’t signed until last year by Governor Janet Mills. Maine Housing director Daniel Brennan says Maine has one of the oldest populations of any state in the nation. The National Low-Income Housing Coalition estimates that Maine needs more than 20-thousand additional units of affordable rental housing.
(Wilton) A grand jury indicted a Wilton woman on kidnapping charges in connection with a vehicle theft last November. WABI-TV reports when 42-year-old Shannon Dupree stole a running jeep parked at a variety store in Livermore there were 3 children in the backseat. The father of the children was inside the store paying for gas and returned to find his vehicle missing. Police say Dupree drove about 15 miles before running into a house and garage on a dead end road in Jay. They say Dupree was likely under the influence of drugs. The children were not harmed.
(Acadia Nat’l Park) Game wardens and park rangers rescued a deer that had fallen through the ice outside Acadia National Park. The mishap occurred last Wednesday at Hodgdon Pond and wardens say although the deer appeared to be extremely cold and exhausted it was alert. Both agencies remind folks to use caution before venturing out onto any ice-covered waterway. Conditions can vary greatly from one frozen lake or river to the next. They say check ice thickness every time before recreating on frozen water.
Gun Fire Escape
(Mexico, ME) Police say a woman and a girl escaped from their home in western Maine after a man hiding in the basement tried to kill them with a handgun that misfired — twice. Harry David Every faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence, and terrorizing with dangerous weapon for the incident earlier this month in Mexico, Maine. He’s held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on a quarter-million-dollars bail.
Guns in Court
(Portland) Courthouse security officers arrested a man in Portland after he brought two loaded handguns into the building. 46-year-old Michael Noble of Gray was in court for a traffic violation last week and tried to get through security at the courthouse with the guns and ammunition. Marshals patted down Noble after he set off a metal detector alarm and found two the weapons. Noble was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
- NFL Playoffs Sunday: Kansas City Chief 51 Houston Texans 31 (KC overcomes a 24-0 deficit)
- Green Bay Packers 29 Seattle Seahawks 23
- The National College Football championship is tonight as LSU takes on Clemson
- The Celtics are home against the Chicago Bulls
- The Bruins are in Philadelphia to skate against the flyers