(Clinton) – Driver inexperience and speed are factors in a crash that left three young people dead in Clinton yesterday. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that the 16-year old driver did not have a license. He lost control of a Toyota Corolla on an icy patch on the Hinckley Road and the car slammed into a tree. Dead are 15-year old Thomas Porfirio and sisters Emily and Ashland Baker who were 14 and 12. A 12-year old passenger also survived. The crash was reported at about quarter past 7 yesterday morning.
(Ellsworth) – Plow trucks pushed back a layer of wet snow in coastal Maine overnight and it’s a slushy drive to work this morning. Further inland, temperatures remained below freezing for the night and about 3-inches of snow fell. Some schools have delayed opening for an hour or two this morning to give road crews and staff time to clean out their parking lots and entrances.
(Lamoine) – Folks in Lamoine are being asked to get their cameras and cell phones out tomorrow and take a picture in town. It was 150-years ago that then Governor Joshua Chamberlain signed a bill to make Lamoine a town, separating from Trenton. The town is in the midst of a year long birthday celebration and the committee organizing the events wants pictures from February 11th to put together a slide show and permanent display. Details of how to submit pictures are posted on the Lamoine 150 Facebook page and the town’s website.
(Trenton) – Town planners in Trenton want time to come up with rules for solar panel arrays in town. With federal and state funding encouraging solar energy production, the Mt. Desert Islander reports the Hancock County town does not have any standards for solar arrays in its ordinances. A public hearing on a proposed 6-month moratorium is planned for tomorrow evening. Selectmen could schedule a special town meeting to impose the moratorium in the near future.
(Boston) – Spectrum cable reports that all of its services are restored as of Sunday. The cable giant lost most of its service along the entire east coast Friday afternoon after fiber optic lines were cut in two places. The utility didn’t identify where the breaks occurred, but it knocked out TV, internet and phone service to millions of customers. A second TV outage was reported in Maine and New Hampshire on Saturday. The company reported that technicians were done splicing the fiber lines yesterday.
(Dedham) A Clifton man escaped injury by getting out of his vehicle when it began heating up and smoking. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the 68-year-old man was driving on Beech Hill Pond Road in Dedham early last Thursday and got out of his mini van as it became engulfed in flames. The van continued to burn and is considered a total loss. Dedham Fire Department assisted on scene.
(Bucksport) A Bucksport woman is charged with 2 counts of arson for allegedly setting 5 fires at her property on the Town Farm Road. The Bangor Daily News reports a Hancock County grand jury indicted 56-year-old Aza Jerome Vasylyk last week. She’s accused of torching an outbuilding that burned flat on November 11th last year, as well as setting fires inside her home then disappearing into the woods. An officer found Vasylyk 8 days later several miles from her home. Her husband paid her thousand-dollars bail in December.
(Portland) Democrats want to make Republican Senator Susan Collins’ vote to acquit President Donald Trump into another Brett Kavanaugh moment for her, invoking the last time the senator considered breaking from her party in such a high-profile vote. Democrats believe Collins’ mind was made up all along, before Wednesday’s vote. Maine Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathleen Marra called the senator’s actions a “craven political charade.” Collins said that whether or not people agree with her vote that she hopes they’ll see that she approached the impeachment trial in a deliberative, thoughtful manner.
Hospital Safety & Quality
(Ellsworth) Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital continues to be recognized for excellent safety and quality. Last month, Maine Coast Hospital received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, an honor given to only three other hospitals state-wide. The CMS acknowledgment follows the recent news that Maine Coast achieved an “A” safety grade from the Leapfrog Group.
A food processing plant in Biddeford plans to lay off nearly 100 employees by the end of March. The Portland Press Herald reports Growers Express announced it will be cutting jobs in an effort to become more efficient in the constantly evolving food processing market. The plant processes and packages fresh and frozen vegetables that are sold in bags under the Green Giant brand. The layoffs would take effect by March 24.
- Boston Celtics 112 Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (Kemba Walker 27-points)
- The Red Sox have reworked the deal that sends Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. In return the Sox get outfielder Alex Verdugo and two prospects.
State Cheering Championships:
Class “C” Sumner #1
Class “B” Hermon # 1, Ellsworth #2
Class “D” Central Aroostook
Class “A” Biddeford
Basketball preliminary playoffs start tomorrow.