(Augusta) – Maine is in a civil state of emergency by proclamation of Governor Janet Mills. She addressed the state last evening. The Governor said 7 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Maine and the number is expected to grow. Most schools have either closed today or will close at the end of today for at least two weeks. The Governor also asked that gatherings of more than 50-people be postponed until further notice.
(Ellsworth) – Restaurants in the Ellsworth area have started taking more precautions for customer safety. Owners met yesterday to talk about sanitation while they stay open. Union River Lobster Pot owner Brian Langley tells Star 97.7 extra cleaning will become the norm. Langley says restaurant operators rarely get a chance to meet with one another.
Local Gov’t Closure
(Ellsworth) – City Hall in Ellsworth is closing to public access beginning today. City councilors met in emergency session Sunday to outline how the city would operate. Chair Dale Hamilton says limiting public access inside city hall is one of the precautions. Doors to city hall will be locked today with taxpayers urged to use online services. A phone is set up on the Church Street entrance to reach the proper department.
Rhode Island Man Dies In Baxter State Park Snowmobile Crash
(T2 R9 WELS) – A Rhode Island man is the latest snowmobiler to die in Maine. The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 22-year old Timothy Lagesse was on the 112 trail on the south end of Baxter State Park when he got off the trail and struck a tree. Game Wardens say he was traveling at a high rate of speed when he left the trail. The death is at least the 11th this season in Maine.
Langley Announces Candidacy
(Local) Former state senator Brian Langley has submitted the signatures necessary to get on the primary ballot for the State Senate District 7 seat representing Hancock County. Langley tells Star 97-7 he was inspired to run again because the state has come up with an Economic Development Strategy. Langley faces John Linnehan on the Republican ballot. The primary election is June 9th.
The Grand-March CXL
(Ellsworth) After much consideration, The Grand in Ellsworth has decided to cancel programming through March 31st. Executive director Nick Turner tells Star 97-7 they’ll reassess the situation at the end of the month.
(Machias) Due to the high numbers of respiratory illness, Down East Community Hospital and all its provider practices in Machias, Jonesport, and Milbridge have implemented visitor restrictions until further notice. Visitors who are ill with flu or cold symptoms will not be permitted. Only one visitor, 16 or older, is allowed per patient. Members of the public coming to the hospital will be screened and asked to clean their hands. No visitors will be allowed for patients who have a pending or positive COVID-19 test.
BMV Mobile Closed
(Augusta) Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is suspending visits from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Mobile Units until further notice, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Maine. The BMV sends its mobile units to 19 locations across the State, in areas that are a significant distance away from one of the 13 BMV branches. These mobile units set up in municipal and community buildings 1-3 times per month to provide BMV services.
Open House Postponed
(Ellsworth) The 3rd annual Ellsworth Open House that was scheduled for Wednesday at the Ellsworth Public Library is postponed. Library spokeswoman Abby Morrow tells Star 97-7 that on the advice of public health experts to cancel large gatherings in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they will postpone the 2 hour event and will announce a new date sometime in the future.
(Liberty) – A man hit by a tractor trailer truck early Thursday morning in Liberty has died from his injuries. The Bangor Daily News repots 35-year old Alden Andrews died during the weekend at a Bangor hospital. Police identified the driver who hit Andrews as 47-year old Andrew Dinsmore of Washington Maine. He left the scene and did not call for medical assistance. Police have not yet filed any charges
Fatal Beating Sentence
(Bangor) A man who pleaded guilty to a fatal beating in Bangor that was captured on his cellphone, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. The Bangor Daily News reports 30-year-old Donald Galleck was sentenced on a manslaughter charge following a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in the 2018 death of Jason Moody. Galleck apologized to Moody’s family in court Friday. Friends and family of Moody described how they’ve been affected by his death. They said that the sentence wasn’t long enough.
- Professional sports seasons are likely on hold until May at the earliest. The NBA and NHL seasons are likely over for this season according to league officials
- The NFL Players Association has narrowly approved a new collective bargaining agreement.
- The Tennessee Titans have signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a $118-million dollar contract. That should end speculation that Tom Brady might jump to the Titans.