(Machias) – The State has fined a Machias Veterinarian $10-thousand dollars for contempt of court and practicing without a license. The Ellsworth American reports the state pulled Cynthia Teer’s license in January 2018 and said she could get her veterinary license back if she completed her terms of probation. On at least three occasions the state contends Teer prescribed medicine and even performed surgery after her license was pulled. The State Board of Veterinary Medicine has investigated numerous complaints about Teer since 2014.
(Vassalboro) – When a woman returned to her Vassalboro home after work yesterday afternoon she saw it was full of smoke and called 9-1-1. A state trooper was nearby when the call came in and went into the smoke and pulled the woman’s son from the burning building. He tried to revive the young man, but could not, and Lt. Scott Ireland received treatment for smoke inhalation. Authorities have not released the victim’s identity pending other family notification. Investigators say a malfunctioning toaster is to blame for the fire.
Oil Truck Roll Over – Follow Up
(Bar Harbor) – Sand your icy driveways. That’s the message from a heating fuel delivery company in Hancock after one of its propane trucks tipped over in Bar Harbor this week. No Frills Oil expressed gratitude to the several fire departments that responded to the incident. Firefighters had to spray down the truck while rescuers cut the roof off the cab to get the driver out of the vehicle. The company says the driver is doing fine after the incident they blamed on the slippery driveway.
(Ellsworth) Valentine’s Day is one of the leading holidays for flower sales. Owner of the Bud Connection, Barbara Courshesne explains that the price of roses increases during the lover’s holiday because of supply and demand. Regardless of the demand, Courshesne says she tries to keep her prices fair for customers.
(Portland) Investigators found that a Maine hospital twice failed to protect its patients from physical abuse and thus violated the rules for participation in the federal Medicaid program. The Bangor Daily News reports that Maine Medical Center in Portland filed a corrective plan with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on October 4th to continue to participate in the program. The hospital released a statement detailing the corrective actions it undertook. Those include better de-escalation training for staff and the implementation of proper reporting standards. A hospital official says the subjects of the complaints no longer work for the hospital.
Hep A 2019
(Augusta) Public health officials say the number of reported hepatitis A cases in Maine climbed by dozens last year. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports cases of the disease rose from just 9 in 2018 to 45 last year. A dozen of those cases were linked to a food-borne outbreak in Aroostook County. Hepatitis A virus causes liver infection and leads to symptoms such as fever, fatigue, nausea and jaundice. Maine CDC officials say the best way to prevent the virus is with a vaccine, and practicing good hygiene.
(Augusta) Police in Augusta arrested a 44-year-old man for operating a lawnmower while under the influence. The Augusta PD posted a photo of two police cruisers pulling over a riding lawnmower. Police say people are occasionally arrested for OUI on a lawn mower on a public road in the summer. But it’s rare to find someone on a riding lawnmower in the winter.
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is challenging local bar tenders to create a unique drink recipe to help celebrate Maine’s 200th year. As part of their annual March Dine Around campaign the Chamber is holding a Cocktail Contest. To enter, you must submit the name of the professional bar tender and their employer along with a photo, cocktail name and a description of the drink by February 22nd. Citizens will vote online for their favorite. Contact the Ellsworth Chamber for more information.
(Ellsworth) A doctor from Northern Light Health in Bangor will give a talk at the Ellsworth Public Library about his book “Journey from Life to Life: Achieving Higher Purpose.” In his book Dr. Krishna Bhatta challenges the idea that science and spirituality often result in conflicting studies. Dr. Bhatta will share his years of research and travel. Books will be available for purchase and signing during the event Saturday, February 29th at 1 o’clock.
- Boston Celtics 141 L-A Clippers 133 (Double OT – Jason Tatum 39-points)
- Reports say the Red Sox have signed free agent outfielder Kevin Pillar to a one-year deal. Pillar is a defensive star who can also hit for power.
High School Tournament
Class “B” Quarterfinals begin today:
Girls: 3:30 PM Presque Isle vs. Winslow
5:00 PM Ellsworth vs. #2 Waterville
Boys: 7PM – Washington Academy vs. MCI
8:30 PM #2 Ellsworth vs. Winslow