Police Shooting Investigation
(Machiasport) – An investigation into a police shooting in Machiasport in December 2017 has concluded a Marine Patrol Officer acted in self-defense when he shot an armed robbery suspect. Attorney General Aaron Frey said Officer Matthew Carter was justified in believing his life was in danger when he wounded 34-year old Jason Jackson and Jackson’s girlfriend, Tiffany Smith at a duplex in Machiasport. The events began early in the day when an East Machias resident reported a robbery and identified Jackson as the suspect. Police finally found Jackson hiding in the duplex and Jackson repeatedly pointed a handgun at Officer Carter with his finger on the trigger before Carter fired and wounded Jackson.
(Bangor) – A man convicted of a murder in January 2018 will spend 42-years in prison, but he says he didn’t do it. Justice Ann Murray sentenced “F” Daly, who has no given 1st name. He was convicted of shooting 51-year old Israel Lewis to death. Murray says Daly has shown no remorse for the killing. Daley says someone else shot Lewis and his lawyer says he plans to appeal the conviction to the state Supreme Court.
(Kenduskeag) – A Kenduskeag home sits in ruins this morning after fire swept through it overnight. Firefighters got awakened to go to the Morey Road at about 3-o’clock this morning and found the house fully ablaze. Everyone inside got out OK, and they were able to move horses from a nearby stall to safety. The fire marshal’s office will look for the cause.
(Belfast) – A Waldo County man convicted of bilking a customer out of nearly $100-thousand dollars will spend three years in prison. A judge sentenced David Webber of Monroe yesterday after he was convicted in February for stealing the money from another man, charging him for contract work that was never done. Police arrested Webber in October of 2018, charging him with theft by deception.
(Trenton) Trenton Marketplace reopens this morning under the new ownership of Jeremy and Jason Edwards. The business on Route 3 has been closed this week for renovations. Jeremy Edwards tells Star 97-7 that folks in the area will enjoy this one-stop-shop that offers Hannaford products and more. The bottle redemption is expected to reopen July 27th. Edwards says they’ve contracted with Shell to maintain the gas pumps and keep them in operation.
(Augusta) Maine has tallied 3,598 present confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began. The CDC reported Thursday no new deaths have been recorded, freezing the statewide death toll at 114. There are currently 13 residents hospitalized with complications from the illness. So far 3,094 individuals have made a full recovery.
(Ellsworth) The Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth is holding its annual E-waste collection tomorrow. The organization will accept old and broken electronics in the Home Depot parking lot in Ellsworth from 7 AM ‘til Noon. Any Maine resident can participate and must remain in their vehicle during the process while Rotary Club members will help with unloading. It’s free to drop off old televisions, computers, monitors and other electronic devices, but donations are accepted to help fund scholarships for local high school students.
(Augusta) An effort to reconvene the Maine Legislature for a special session has been thwarted by Republicans who want to limit business to coronavirus-related legislation. Refusal of Republicans to respond to a survey sent out by Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker Sara Gideon, both Democrats, puts the kibosh on a special session for now. The Maine Legislature requires a majority of members from both parties to agree to a special session. Republicans contend it’s reasonable to have an agreement on the scope of work before returning to session in a pandemic.
Census Takers Visit
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is following up with households in Maine that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. Workers began in-person visits on Thursday to households which have not yet responded. The first visits will be focused on six locations, West Virginia, Idaho, Maine, Kansas City, New Orleans and the Oklahoma City area. Nationwide, about 56 million households have not yet responded to the 2020 questionnaire.
- Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy will likely decide today whether their fall sports programs will be scrapped due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Major League Baseball’s season is set to start next week. Teams in Canada got clearance to play games at the Rogers Center in Toronto.