(Warren) – Two men are alive after their ATV broke through the ice on a pond in the Knox County town of Warren. Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Arthur Smith is being called a hero for jumping into the pond to save them. At a press conference recorded by Village Soup dot-com, Smith said he shed his gun belt and bullet-proof vest when he saw one of the men might not make it. The two men survived – 28-year old Donald Holbrook was flown to a Portland hospital in critical condition but has improved. The other man, 38-year old Craig Dennison was released Sunday.
(Bangor) – A 25-year old Bangor man is dead and another man is under arrest for murder after a fight in a parking lot of a Bangor nightclub. The Bangor police department responded to the parking lot outside the Half Acre Nightclub on Harlow Street early Saturday morning and found 25-year old Demetrius Snow fatally injured. Under arrest is 34-year old Rayshaun Moore. The night club said neither man was a customer. It’s not clear what led to the fight.
(Lynchtown Twp) – An elderly snowmobile operator is dead after he lost control of his sled on a snowmobile trail in Oxford County. The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 81-year old Raynold Chasse of Wilton died when he accelerated into a curve, lost control, and hit trees then went down an embankment. Others riding with Chasse tried to revive him and more snowmobilers rode 8-miles to a camp to call 9-1-1. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Orono) – An e-mailed threat to an Orono business remains under investigation as several Maine school districts remained on guard during the weekend. The FBI has not reported any progress in the hunt for the source of the terrorist threat that forced about 9-schools into soft lockdowns and canceled after school events in numerous districts. The profanity laced threat identified schools in Machias, Jonesport, Harrington, Bangor, Brewer, East Millinocket, Caribou, Houlton and Madawaska. It also mentioned Senator Susan Collins and the upcoming presidential impeachment vote. Investigators are trying to trace the source of the threat.
Emmaus – New Director
(Ellsworth) The Emmaus Shelter in Ellsworth welcomes a new director with a familiar face. Assistant director Stacey Herrick applied for the job and has been promoted as long-time director MJ Boylan retired Friday. Herrick tells Star 97-7 that her transition to director should be a smooth one. Herrick began as the Housing Navigator at the Emmaus Shelter nearly 5 years ago and has been the assistant director for 4 years.
Vaccine Choice Referendum
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills says she opposes a referendum that would overturn Maine’s law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations. In a Friday radio address, Mills said she signed the law last year to better protect the health and welfare of people across Maine. Opponents of the new law gathered enough signatures to put a referendum question on the March 3 ballot in hope of overturning it. They say they oppose what they describe as “Big Pharma” and government overreach while supporting parental rights. Mills says vaccines work.
(Ellsworth) Tickets are now on sale for a competition returning to The Grand. Back by popular demand The Grand will once again stage “Dancing with the Ellsworth Stars.” The fundraising extravaganza features local celebrities partnered with choreographers. Contestants will perform 2 dances. The audience votes for their favorite team using money. Each vote costs a dollar and proceeds benefit The Grand on Main Street in Ellsworth. For tickets or event details visit: Grand Online dot Org or call the box office.
(Trenton) Stanley Subaru and the SPCA of Hancock County are joining forces for a special adoption event. Anyone interested in adopting a pet is invited to Stanley Subaru on the Bar Harbor Road from 11 to 1 on February 8th. They’re also collecting donations and supplies for the SPCA that day. The dealership will match every $20 donation of supplies from its customers and provide shelter animals with Subaru pet toys and supplies, which will be given to adopters and shelter animals.
Free Fishing Weekend
(Beddington) Maine’s next free fishing weekend will be February 15th and the Downeast Salmon Federation is coordinating events out on the ice. Fisheries biologist Brett Ciccotelli [CHICK-A-tell-ee] will teach the basics of ice fishing on Chalk Pond in Beddington from Noon to 4. Equipment and advice will be provided to kids of all ages. There will also be a free snowshoeing adventure nearby at Little Narraguagus Preserve. Snowshoers will gather at Airline Snack Bar on Route 9 at 2 o’clock to begin their trek.
- Super Bowl 54: Kansas City Chief 31 San Francisco 49ers 20
- Boston Celtics 116 Philadelphia 76ers 95
- The U-Maine Hockey team swept Merrimack this weekend
- This is the final week of the regular season for high school basketball – playoffs start next week.