Washington County Shootings   (Machias) –Police have charged a 63-year old Northfield man with shooting four people in Washington County, killing three of them.  Deputies arrested Thomas Bonfanti in the parking lot at the American Legion Hall just down the road from the Sheriff’s Department about a half hour after getting reports of multiple shootings […]

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Local News – February 4, 2020

Washington County Shootings

 

(Machias) –Police have charged a 63-year old Northfield man with shooting four people in Washington County, killing three of them.  Deputies arrested Thomas Bonfanti in the parking lot at the American Legion Hall just down the road from the Sheriff’s Department about a half hour after getting reports of multiple shootings in Machias and Jonesboro.  State Police Major Crimes Lieutenant Troy Gardner told a news conference recorded by the Machias Valley News Observer that Bonfanti knew all the victims, and they’ve recovered a gun.  Gardner identified the victims as 57-year old Shawn Currey and 49-year old Jennifer Bryant Flynn both of Machias, and 33-year old Samuel Powers of Jonesboro.  A fourth person, a woman, was wounded but is alive.  The bodies were found at three different homes.  Gardner said they’re not sure what caused Bonfanti, who is listed as the American Legion Post adjutant, to allegedly shoot the victims.

 

Brooklin Fire

 

(Brooklin) –Firefighters from at least six departments scrambled Monday afternoon after neighbors reported a house fire in Brooklin.  When the first firefighters arrived shortly after the 1:30 call, they found Paul Swanson’s home fully ablaze.  Help came to Brooklin from Sedgwick, Blue Hill and Deer Isle, while Surry and Penobscot firefighters covered all the towns.  No one was hurt, the Ellsworth American reports Swanson is in Florida.  The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.

 

Boil Water Order

 

(Ellsworth) The potential for unsafe drinking water has prompted the Ellsworth Water Department to issue a Boil Water Order for specific streets. The order issued at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon says residents on Birch Avenue, Viola’s Way, and Fox Street must boil all water for at least 5 minutes before consuming in any way. The order remains in affect until further notice. Anyone with questions should contact Reggie Winslow at City Hall during regular business hours.

 

Overdose Increase

(Augusta) Southern Maine has recently seen a spike in the number of drug overdoses related to illicit drug use. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 10 cases were reported during the weekend. Individuals required emergency care at local hospitals, and emergency workers administered naloxone to patients who experienced symptoms associated with an opioid overdose. No deaths are attributed to these overdoses, but in some cases it took multiple doses of naloxone to revive patients.

 

2019 Fraud Cases

(Augusta) The Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Fraud Investigations and Recovery Unit received more than 11-hundred complaints about potential fraud cases in 2019. Of those, 783 were found to be legitimate and have been processed for further review and possible investigation. Some of the allegations were referred to other agencies that handle drug trafficking or child abuse complaints. Investigators presented 14 cases to the attorney general’s office for potential prosecution. An additional 21 cases were filed with local District Attorneys’ Offices.

 

COA One-Day Fundraiser

(Bar Harbor) College of the Atlantic’s 8th annual 24-hour Challenge fundraiser is next week. The college in Bar Harbor hopes to raise $48-thousand-dollars during the 24-hour period in order to receive a matching gift of $24-thousand-dollars from an anonymous donor. Money raised will help bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the real cost of a COA education through the COA annual fund. The fund also supports enhancements to the academic curriculum and helps underwrite community outreach and events. The fundraiser begins next Tuesday the 11th at midnight.

 

Deer Disease

(Augusta) Maine wildlife managers are trying to keep a neurological disease that affects deer out of the state, and say hunters can help. Biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are concerned about chronic wasting disease, which affects deer, elk, and moose. The disease results in abnormal behavior, weight loss, and death. The department is providing a presentation about the current status of chronic wasting disease and the impact of the disease on deer populations and hunting at an event at Augusta Civic Center today.

 

Plant Milk

(Augusta) Maine’s two U.S. senators are among a group of lawmakers pushing for the federal government to crack down on the use of dairy terms on plant-based products. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to work with the Congress to prevent what they see as misuse of dairy terms on products that contain no dairy. Collins and King joined a bipartisan group of seven senators who say the use of dairy terms such as milk on “imitation products in the marketplace” is confusing.

 

 

Sports

 

  • Boston Celtics 123  Atlanta Hawks 115 (Jason Tatum 28-points)
  • The Bruins host the Vancouver Canucks tonight

High School Basketball – Boys

Machias 45, Narraguagus 43

Hampden Academy 63, Gardiner Area 28

Bangor 67, Deering 48

Brewer 70, Erskine Academy 40

Girls

Calais 92, Jonesport-Beals 35

Hermon 60, Mount Desert Island 41

Dexter Regional 62, Bucksport 51

Narraguagus 51, Washington Academy 37

Old Town 38, John Bapst Memorial 26

Erskine Academy 41, Brewer 28

Foxcroft Academy 42, Orono 38

Hampden Academy 38, Gardiner Area 31