Injured Girl – Arrest
(Dedham) – Police have charged a Dedham man with injuring a 2-year old girl. WABI-TV reports 22-year old Jason Brown is charged with aggravated domestic violence assault. The alleged assault against a toddler named Abbie prompted Facebook and Go Fund Me websites called Abbie Strong. Her grandparents say the little girl suffered severe brain damage and a broken arm. They said Brown’s story about how the youngster sustained the injuries didn’t make any sense.
(Hampden) – The board that oversees a plant that had processed trash for 115-Maine towns and cities that now sits idle in Hampden because of money problems hopes to find a new owner and operator quickly. Currently trash from those municipalities is going to landfills instead of the Fiberight plant. Municipal Review Committee attorney Jonathan Pottle told the board yesterday that the search is ongoing for a new plant operator. Fiberight’s current owner has 2-weeks left to reopen or they’re in default of the MRC contracts.
Emera to Versant
(Ellsworth) Utility company Emera Maine will spend the next few months changing its name to Versant Power following this year’s acquisition by Enmax. Spokeswoman Judy Long tells Star 97-7 that despite the name change some things will remain the same. Long says the utility’s new corporate parent company Enmax will incur all costs associated with the name change, and customers’ bills will not increase.
(Augusta) Cases of coronavirus continue to drop in Maine with just 459 active cases statewide. Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr Nirav Shah says positivity rates are on the decline. 102 Maine residents have died from coronavirus complications while 2,275 people have fully recovered from the virus.
Brewer Fatal ID’d
(Brewer) The owner of a Bangor tattoo shop was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday. The Brewer Police Department reports to Star 97-7 that 47-year-old Edwin Sheffer of Holden was dead when officers, firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene on Wilson Street around 8 PM. Another vehicle was involved but not word on that driver’s condition. The crash remains under investigation. Sheffer owned Diversified Ink in Penobscot Plaza.
Jax Lab Donation
(Local) Jackson Laboratory will now develop more accurate mouse models for COVID-19 research thanks to generous donations. The Lab reports receiving gifts from supporters totaling $100-thousand-dollars. They say the new genetically engineered mice will authentically mimic human responses to the viral life cycle, enabling the exploration of common and often lethal complications in COVID-19 patients who have hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular conditions.
(Searsport) Maine Ocean School celebrated its first graduation ever last week. The marine-oriented school based in Searsport opened in September 2018 and is a type of specialized public school known as a magnet school. It’s funded by both private donations and state funds. Village Soup dot-Com reports the 3 graduating seniors are Maine residents; two are headed to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine and the third will attend University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
(Bangor) Moe’s Original Barbeque has temporarily closed both its Maine locations because an employee has tested positive for coronavirus. Owner Dewey Hasbrouck says the employee at the South Portland location only works part-time and hasn’t worked in over a week, but he’s having all employees tested for the virus. Hasbrouck travels back and forth working at the South Portland location and the one on Broadway in Bangor. He says out of an abundance of caution he’s temporarily closed the Bangor restaurant as well.
(N. Belgrade) Maine state police are investigating a pair of burglaries at marijuana grow facilities on May 30th. The first attempt was at a facility on Route 8 in North Belgrade around 2:30 that morning. Police say the suspects failed to gain entry, but they damaged a door and outdoor heat pumps. The second burglary happened around 4 AM at a marijuana dispensary on Route 225 in Rome. A lone suspect entered the building and stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise and other property. Maine state police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspects.
(Statewide) Maine’s 16 counties are now in sync when it comes to reopening: Restaurants, fitness centers, and nail salons may allow guests inside if they choose to do so. Effective Wednesday, bars, breweries and tasting rooms also are allowed to open, for outdoor seated service. Governor Janet Mills announced the changes Monday, saying new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have stabilized in Cumberland, Androscoggin and York counties, allowing the state to loosen restrictions.
(Augusta) A law designed to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in Maine’s drug overdose epidemic is now in effect. The law took effect Tuesday and allows Maine to collect information from opioid makers and charge them a fee to do business in the state. The money from the fees is intended to help pay for treatment and recovery programs.
(Bangor) – Bangor police detectives have charged two men with robbery for allegedly breaking into an apartment early yesterday morning and threatening the occupants with a gun. Lieutenant Brent Beaulieu reports to Star 97.7 that 28-year old transient Nikolas Raines and 19-year old James Rogers of Boston used a handgun and took items from the First Street apartment. Residents said they woke up to a knock on the door at 4AM and refused to answer the door. The robbers got inside through a window.
- Major League baseball and the players have apparently reached agreement to play a 60-game season starting July 19th or 20th.
- NBA Rookie Zion Williamson won a motion to prevent his agent from asking about improper benefits Williams is accused of receiving in college. Williams sued to void his marketing contract and his agent countersued for breach of contract, and they want $100-million dollars in damages.