(Brunswick) – A well respected retired lawmaker turned political pundit who regularly appeared on television has died following an illness. John Richardson served as Speaker of the House during his terms in the Maine House and later led the Department of Economic and Community Development. Richardson began his life in public service as a volunteer firefighter and was badly injured when he tried to rescue someone from a burning building. He was part of Newscenter Maine’s political brew feature, giving the Democratic perspective on issues. The former lawmaker from Brunswick was 62-years old.
(Eastport) A nearly 800-foot cruise ship from Miami arrived in Eastport on Sunday to wait out the pandemic while the cruise ship industry is on hold. Port Authority executive director Chris Gardner tells Star 97-7 there was a lot of concern among local residents at first about the vessel arriving, but he thinks folks are warming up to the idea. The Oceania Riviera’s holds about 12-hundred-and-50 guests and 800 staff, but Gardner says there are NO passengers and only 131 crew members on board.
Sexual Assault Arrest
(Ellsworth) Bail is set at $100-thousand-dollars for an Ellsworth man arrested for Gross Sexual Assault. Ellsworth police charged 37-year old Wayne Rameau with sexual assault involving a 14-year-old girl. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services assisted in the investigation that led to Rameau’s arrest. He allegedly assaulted the victim during the past 5 years and in at least two other states. More charges are pending.
(Brewer) – One person is dead following a motorcycle crash in Brewer last night. It happened in front of the Leadbetters Shell Station on Wilson Street at about 8-o’clock. Police spent the night reconstructing the accident. They’ve not yet released a name.
(Trenton) A Lamoine man is in critical condition following a crash on Route 3 in Trenton near the Bar Harbor town line. The accident happened around 11 AM Tuesday on Thompson’s Island, just south of Trenton Bridge. State police tell Star 97-7 that 61-year-old Bruce Gott’s motorcycle was traveling off the island when he crossed into the path of an on-coming SUV driven by a New York woman. Gott suffered serious injuries and was taken to MDI Hospital then flown by helicopter to a Bangor hospital. The other driver was not injured in the crash.
(Augusta) No new coronavirus deaths reported Tuesday, leaving the death toll at 101. The CDC reports there are currently 30 people hospitalized with COVID-19, and 2,233 individuals have fully recovered. Overall Maine has recorded been 2,499 confirmed cases and another 320 probable cases since the outbreak started 3 months ago.
(Brooklin) – Some anxious moments in waters off Brooklin yesterday as emergency responders raced to reach a man reported under water after a kayak accident. Lt. Colin McDonald of the Maine Marine Patrol reports to Star 97.7 the man’s daughter saw his kayak overturn and could not see him in the water. It turned out the man had a lifejacket on and was behind the kayak. The unidentified man was able to swim to shore with his kayak and another craft and returned without injury.
- Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone says he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Malone said he was not feeling well when the season was halted by the pandemic.
- NBA players await the start of play at the Disney complex in Florida. While safety is the top concern for the league, players have access to luxury amenities.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett says he’s tested positive for Coronavirus and that’s why he is not in the TV booth providing race analysis. Jarrett is 63.