Storm – Closures
(Augusta) – Roads in Downeast Maine are slick and slush covered in a lot of areas this morning as freezing rain coated the ground overnight. Schools have called off classes for the day, and even state government offices have closed down for the day. Sleet and Freezing rain are expected to fall throughout the day, making roads and parking lots treacherous at best. The weather is expected to turn sunny but cold tomorrow.
(Belfast) – A woman convicted of helping to murder her 10-year old daughter will find out her prison sentence today. Sharon Carillo faces at least 25-years in prison, and potentially up to life behind bars for Marissa Kennedy’s death nearly 2-years ago in Stockton Springs. Her former husband, Julio Carillo, is serving 55-years for the little girl’s beating death. Sharon Carillo was convicted of murder several weeks ago.
(Lincoln) – Speed, alcohol, and weather conditions are factors in a fatal crash in Lincoln. It happened on Main Street of Route 2 at about 5:30 last evening. WVII-TV reports a 46-year old man died in the crash, and another person in the vehicle was hospitalized. Police have not yet released names, and continue to investigate the crash.
(Ellsworth) – A young Eastbrook man faces manslaughter charges after the grand jury in Hancock County handed down indictments this week. Fox 22 News reports 23-year old Jaret Patten is accused of furnishing drugs that led to 22-year old Jessica Kane’s overdose death in Ellsworth last October. Police arrested Patten after emergency workers found Kane dead on Shore Road in Ellsworth. The grand jurors found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial for Patten.
(Augusta) A bill that would provide a tax credit for family caregivers in Maine got a public hearing at the statehouse yesterday. The bill aims to help low- and moderate-income earners providing at least 150 hours of caregiving a year to a loved one. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Kristen Cloutier, says this issue hits close to home because she helped take care of her mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The family caregiver tax credit would be up to $2-thousand-dollars.
(Machias) Police in Machias are investigating missing money from American Legion Post 109, the same place where a shooting suspect was taken into custody on Monday. The Bangor Daily News reports it’s unclear whether the money’s disappearance is connected to Legion member 63-year-old Thomas Bonfanti, who was arrested for allegedly killing 3 people and injuring another in Washington County. Machias police Chief Todd Hand declined to tell the newspaper how much money is missing, but did say that it could result in a felony theft charge if someone took the money on purpose.
Airport Manager Resigns
(Trenton) The manager of the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has resigned. The Ellsworth American reports Bradley Madeira made the announcement Tuesday during the County Commissioners’ regular monthly board meeting. Madeira has run the airport in Trenton since July 2013. Maintenance director Richard Gray will serve as the interim manager. Gray has worked there since 1988. Madeira’s last day will be next Friday. The Bar Harbor resident told commissioners he’ll be moving out of the area.
(Augusta) The Maine Senate has voted to override Governor Janet Mills’ veto of a bill to allow sports betting in the state. Mills vetoed the bill last month saying she was unconvinced that Mainers were ready to “legalize, support, endorse and promote betting on competitive athletic events.” The Senate’s 20-10 vote on Thursday sends the proposal to the House, where a vote is likely next week. The bill would allow casino operators, off-track betting facilities, Native American tribes and harness racing tracks to host sports betting with wagering taxed at 10%. Online and mobile betting would be taxed at 16%.
(Portland) An election watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over a $150,000 donation to a Super PAC that has spent money in support of Senator Susan Collins. The complaint from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center contends the outfit that made the donation, the Society of Young Women Scientists and Engineers LLC, was established to shield the original source of funding. The attorney for the legal center says it’s illegal for a wealthy donor to launder money through a limited liability company to keep the source of contributions off campaign reports.
(Augusta) The Maine Warden Service is staging a series of 13 informational sessions across the state for those who might be interested in becoming a game warden. The Bangor Daily News reports the Warden Service will open a hiring process in April. Preregistration for the meetings is suggested, but not required. The closest sessions will be held in Bangor on February 10th at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife conference room on State Street, in East Machias on February 27th at the Washington Academy Library, in Belfast on March 3rd at Belfast Area High School, and in Ellsworth on March 5th at the Ellsworth City Hall council room.
(Newry) Maine’s Sunday River says it intends to replace and upgrade six ski lifts, build a mountain observation tower and a mountain roller coaster, and add housing as part of a 10-year plan. Some of the steps outlined Wednesday, like building a multi-story observation tower and renovating the 6,000-square-foot ballroom at Grand Summit Hotel, could start in the next year. To enhance the summer experience, the resort plans to install a single-rail mountain coaster that would travel from the top of the North Peak down to South Ridge in a seated cart.
- The Boston Celtics host the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
- The equipment truck for the Red Sox has headed to spring training in Florida. The deal that sends Mookie Betts to the Dodgers is not yet complete – there are questions about the pitcher the Sox got from the Twins in the 3-team trade.
- High School basketball’s final night got postponed last night due to the weather. Those games were to be made up tonight, but all schools are closed today, so Saturday may see the final games of the season played. Playoffs start next week.