(Ellsworth) – A team of investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s office collected samples from a burned out trailer where two bodies turned up yesterday in Ellsworth. Spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that 67-year old Bruce Wallace and 58-year old Linda Tarvis perished in the early morning blaze that brought five fire departments out. Firefighters discovered their bodies in the kitchen after bringing the fire under control about an hour after finding the mobile home fully ablaze.
(Windham) The Maine Department of Corrections has confirmed a prisoner at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham has tested positive for COVID-19. The Maine DOC reports the prisoner is a male in his 20’s who began showing symptoms on Sunday, May 17th, at which time he was immediately moved into isolation. The Maine CDC has initiated testing for all staff and inmates at MCC who live or work in areas of potential exposure and has begun contact tracing procedures for staff and inmates who had close contact with the infected prisoner. The incident is the state’s first MDOC prisoner to test positive for the Coronavirus.
(Boston) – Police in Boston have recovered a gun stolen from a Maine state trooper’s cruiser nearly 2-years ago. Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 the AR-15 rifle turned up during an investigation by Boston Police. A 24-year old Fall River Massachusetts man pled guilty to stealing guns from trooper Jonathan Russell’s cruiser which was parked in his home driveway in Norway in June 2018. Police recovered a handgun also stolen from the cruiser shortly after the theft.
(Union) – A car pulled onto Route 17 in Union yesterday afternoon from Route 131, right into the path of a truck hauling logs. The crash killed the car’s passenger, 64-year old Daniel Bailey of Litchfield. The truck driver sustained relatively minor injuries and the car’s driver is hospitalized with serious injuries according to Village Soup dot-com. The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit is among those investigating the crash.
Ellsworth – Sewage spill fix
(Ellsworth) – It’ll cost about a million and a half dollars for the City of Ellsworth to repair a sewage pump that is often overwhelmed in heavy rains and allows raw sewage to spill into the Union River. The Bangor Daily News reports the city council awarded a contract to design a replacement pump station on Water Street. The city has a half-million dollar grant to help repair the pump station.
Helen’s Opens (Dine In)
(Ellsworth) Helen’s Restaurant in Ellsworth opened to dine-in customers this week. Owner Melanie Fox tells Star 97.7 everyone who came in to dine seemed to feel comfortable and at ease. But if that’s not your comfort level just yet, Helen’s has a way to serve just about everyone – including picnic tables at which to eat while enjoying beautiful weather. Helen’s is now open 7 days a week from 11 to 8 for dine-in, carry out, or outside eating.
(Augusta) Two elderly residents of Cumberland County have died from COVID-19 for a statewide death toll of 73. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there are 15-hundred-61 past and present cases across the state along with 180 likely positive cases. One-thousand-88 Mainers have recovered and 44 individuals are currently hospitalized.
Governor Updates Reopening Plans
(Augusta) The Mills Administration updated plans to restart Maine’s economy. The updates include allowing Maine residents to enjoy campgrounds beginning Memorial Day weekend, but delaying the full reopening of gyms, fitness centers and nail salons in light of emerging research and experiences in other states of COVID-19 transmission related to those establishments. The checklist for reopening campgrounds, including RV parks, was posted on May 14th. Gyms and fitness centers are currently allowed to conduct outside classes of less than 10 participants and one-on-one instruction inside. Maine remains toward the bottom compared to other states in its per-capita COVID-19 cases.
- Tom Brady worked out with some of his new teammates from Tampa Bay yesterday, apparently defying NFL rules.
- The Belmont Stakes will become the 1st leg of the Triple Crown of horse racing. It will be run June 20th without spectators. The Kentucky Derby is traditionally the first of the crown races, but was postponed due to Coronavirus.