Non Essential Closure
(Augusta) – For the next two weeks, non-essential businesses in Maine will have to close down following orders from Governor Janet Mills. The governor issued the closure order yesterday as health officials announced the number of COVID-19 cases in Maine has reached 118. Those cases are now spread around 10-counties in Maine, and more than half in Cumberland County. The Governor has also asked large stores like Wal-Mart and Hannaford to limit the number of customers inside their stores to no more than 100-at a time. The governor released a list of essential service businesses that can stay open, including grocery stores, health care facilities, trash disposal services and veterinary care.
Waldo County First Case
(Belfast) – Waldo County officially has its first Coronavirus diagnosis. A nurse at Waldo County General Hospital tested positive according hospital officials. The hospital says it has notified patients who came into contact with the nurse, and the facility is following guidelines from the US CDC. In all, Maine has 118-reported COVID-19 cases spread over 10-counties. No cases are reported in Hancock or Washington Counties yet.
(Ellsworth) – Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has turned down a dam license renewal for a hydro-electric facility in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth American reports the DEP found Black Bear Hydro’s operation of the Union River Dam violates water standards in Leonard’s Lake and Graham Lake. The Downeast Salmon Federation which has long opposed the dam says it expects the company to appeal the denial.
Public Works Dept
(Ellsworth) Like many Maine municipalities, the Ellsworth Public Works department had to break out their stored winter equipment to deal with yesterday’s snowfall. Director Lisa Sekulich says her department will revise their spring project plans. Sekulich tells Star 97-7 the crew is also adapting to their new shift arrangements. Sekulich says the Public Works crew will be filling pot holes and continuing spring clean up.
(Stonington) – Investigators say a Stonington man’s death is a suicide. State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that investigators determined that 41-year old Matthew Billings took his own life. Troopers responded to the scene Monday evening after getting a 9-1-1 call when someone discovered Billings’s body inside his home. Investigators spent most of yesterday at the scene.
(Hanover) A Camden man is charged with domestic violence assault and criminal threatening following a standoff with state police and Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies. 40-year-old Paul Legasse allegedly held police at bay at a home in Hanover beginning at 2:30 Tuesday morning when his girlfriend escaped and called for help. They say Legasse beat the woman and threatened her with a knife. Legasse surrendered around Noon Tuesday after talking with State Police negotiators for 90 minutes.
(Ellsworth) The community has stepped up to donate about 30 N-95 face piece masks to the Ellsworth Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders tells Star 97-7 they appreciate the support and hope that the gesture will extend beyond city limits. To donate, call the Ellsworth Fire Department and make an appointment to drop off the equipment.
Chamber-Pay It Forward
(Ellsworth) The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce has joined many chambers across Maine to promote the Pay It Forward Maine campaign – Mainers are encouraged to buy gift cards and order take-out from local establishments to keep them afloat during this time of social distancing. Ellsworth Chamber executive director Gretchen Wilson says local small-businesses have been impacted by coronavirus mandates.
- A minor league player in the Red Sox system has tested positive for Coronavirus. The team did not identify the player.
- The Tokyo Olympics are postponed until next year.
- Mets ace Noah Syndegaard will undergo Tommy John Surgery
- The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Cam Newton.