(Undated) – The snowfall amount will be a bit less than first predicted, but a winter storm will still slow things down a bit today. School is canceled for much of Hancock County as the snow started falling overnight. A winter weather advisory is posted for the day. The National Weather Service says up to 5-inches will accumulate today, then the weather will turn bitterly cold, and it’ll be windy.
Triple Fatal Suppression
(Bangor) – A man accused of killing three people while driving drunk in Acadia national Park last fall will have a suppression hearing in March. WVII-TV reports attorneys will argue whether a blood sample taken from 28-year old Praneeth Manubolu should be allowed as evidence. Police obtained a sample showing him over the legal limit when he crashed the car on the Park Loop Road last Labor Day Weekend. Three people riding in the vehicle died in the crash.
Bank Robberies Sentence
(Ellsworth) An Ellsworth man will spend 7 years behind bars for robbing two banks in Bangor. A judge Wednesday sentenced 28-year-old Timothy Myers, who pled guilty to the crimes last June. Court documents say Myers entered a TD Bank branch in Bangor in December 2018 and handed a teller a threatening note. The teller gave Myers cash and he fled. Five days later he robbed a Key Bank branch in Bangor in a similar manner.
Blood & Platelets Needed
(Bangor) The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday. Spokeswoman Mary Brant says there’s an extra incentive for donors who give between now and this Sunday. The nearest Red Cross Blood Donation Center is located at 900 Hammond Street in Bangor. Also Maine Maritime Academy will host a blood drive today from 1 to 7 PM, weather permitting.
Second Fatal Fire
(Ft. Fairfield) The Aroostook County town of Fort Fairfield has experienced its second fatal fire in just two days. The State Fire Marshal’s Office recovered 39-year old Hope Phillips’ body from her destroyed two-story home on the Sam Everett Road. The fire was reported about 6:15 Tuesday evening. Much of the house collapsed into the basement and that’s where fire marshals located the body Wednesday morning. Phillips and her boyfriend shared the house. He was away when the fire broke out.
Eagle Info Sought
(Peru) The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information about the shooting of a bald eagle. Last Sunday someone discovered an injured eagle near Route 108 and the Androscoggin River in Peru. The caller stayed with the bird until a game warden arrived. The eagle later died, and x-rays showed the eagle had been shot. Rewards of up to $45-hundred dollars are offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information should contact either agency.
Fairbanks Murder Case
Auburn) A judge in Alaska says the state did not violate the right of a suspect in a Fairbanks murder case to a speedy trial. A defense attorney on Tuesday argued that delays in transporting 45-year-old Steven Downs from Maine to Fairbanks made it impossible for him to be tried within 120 days. Superior Court Judge Thomas Temple agreed with state prosecutors that extenuating circumstances, including mechanical delays in aircraft, meant Downs’ rights were not violated. Downs is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault in the 1993 death of Sophie Sergie at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory.
(Portland) Authorities say a fisherman who fell from a fishing vessel into the water as the boat was preparing to dock at the Portland Fish Pier has died. The 51-year-old fisherman has not yet been identified by name by authorities. Portland officials say he fell from the vessel at 8:43 Wednesday morning. He was pulled from the water by a rescue boat and transported to Maine Medical Center, where he died a short time later. The medical examiner’s office is expected to determine the man’s cause of death.
(Monroe) A Waldo County man is charged with 6 counts for passing a Belfast officer while allegedly driving about a hundred miles per hour. The Pen Bay Pilot reports it happened before 12:30 AM last Saturday on Swan Lake Avenue. The officer was already dealing with another motorist on the roadside when 20-year-old Jacob Rose of Monroe flew by him. The officer gave chase and eventually caught up to Rose who was arrested without incident. He’s charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger, exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more, operating without a license, illegal possession of liquor by a minor, and illegal possession of marijuana by a minor. Rose is due in court on February 21st.
Opioid Treatment Law
(Augusta) A new Maine law sets a licensing fee of $55,000 for manufacturers of opioids doing business in the state as part of an effort to hold the companies accountable for opioid use disorder. Senate President Troy Jackson proposed the law change, and it became law over the weekend without the signature of Governor Janet Mills. The law change allows Maine to collect information from the opioid manufacturers, and the state will use funds from the fees collected to help pay for treatment and recovery programs.
Ag Marketing Strategy
(Augusta) Maine’s agriculture department has unveiled a new marketing program that officials believe will better represent the state’s products. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry released the new “Real Maine” logo on Tuesday. The move coincided with the annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show. The new logo is part of an increased marketing and advertising initiative that is being led by the department, officials said.
(Portland) Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world. China is one of the biggest export destinations for lobster, which are trapped by American and Canadian fishermen and are worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year. But President Donald Trump’s trade hostilities with China resulted in heavy tariffs on U.S. lobster exports, and Canada has taken firm control of the business over the last 18 months. Trump and China announced a new trade agreement Wednesday that could change that.
(Ellsworth) – Weekly timeshare unit owners will continue to get tax bills from the city of Ellsworth as city councilors this week rejected a plan to send just one tax bill to the company that manages the resort. The company said the bill would bankrupt them, as they’re not in the business of collecting taxes. They’ve asked that the city re-value the time-share units so taxes are more fair, and City assessor Larry Gardner says he working on that, but it’s not easy. The city has foreclosed on several hundred weeks of time share, offering them up for sale at $100-dollars a week.
- Detroit Pistons 116 Boston Celtics 103 (Celtics face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight)
- The Bruins are home tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins
High School Basketball-Boys
Ellsworth 50, Hermon 49
Mount Desert Island 54, Old Town 49
Bucksport 75, Central 73
Jonesport-Beals 90, Narraguagus 72
Machias 62, Bangor Christian 42
Orono 55, John Bapst Memorial 37
Penobscot Valley 29, Searsport District 24
Schenck 73, Stearns 65