Fatal Crash – Appeal
(Bangor) – Federal prosecutors plan to appeal a ruling from a federal judge that throws out blood test results from a fatal crash. The Bangor Daily News reports the appeal was filed a week ago. The initial blood test from Praneeth Manubolu followed the crash in Acadia National Park in 2019 in which three passengers in the car he drove died in the early morning hours. A judge has yet to rule on a second blood test drawn at the hospital following the crash. That test came back with some level of alcohol in his blood – the first test reportedly showed his blood alcohol level was at 0-point-95 an hour after the crash. Manubolu is charged with manslaughter.
(Augusta) – Lawyers for a convicted Maine cop killer will present their oral arguments this morning on why they think he should get a new trial. John Williams is serving life in prison for killing Deputy Eugene Cole in Norridgewock in 2018. His attorneys will argue before the State Supreme Court today that prosecutors should not have been allowed to recreate the killing at the trial, and that Williams’ confession when he was captured after a massive manhunt should not have been allowed because he did not waive his Miranda rights.
Hangin’ the mask
(Augusta) – Looking for a handy place to keep your mask while driving? Don’t pick your rear view mirror. Maine’s Secretary of State posted an advisory yesterday that having a mask dangling from the mirror could be considered obstructing a driver’s view and result in a hefty fine. The post on Twitter says any obstruction in a driver’s field of vision can result in a minimum $325 dollar fine.
Lincolnville Selectman dies
(Lincolnville) – A tractor accident in Lincolnville has left one of the town’s Selectmen dead. Village Soup dot-com reports 64-year old David Barrows dies Sunday while he was harvesting firewood and his tractor tipped over and landed on top of him. Barrows wife discovered his body on their property. Barrows had served several terms as a Selectman, and was in the middle of his latest after getting elected in 2019.
Dump Truck vs SUV
(Hancock) Two drivers suffered broken bones during an accident on the Washington Junction Road in Hancock. Maine state police report around 7:20 yesterday morning the operator of the dump truck, 56-year-old Michael Fraser of Holden, crossed into the opposite lane. The driver of an oncoming SUV, 64-year-old Jason Farnsworth of Bucksport, tried to avoid the dump truck but was struck on the passenger side door. The dump truck rolled onto its side while the SUV was crunched up like an accordion. State police, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock Volunteer Fire Department and Northern Light Ambulance responded. The Washington Junction Road was shut down from Thorsen Rd to Route 1 for a few hours.
Child Iris Scan
(Ellsworth) The Children’s Identification and Location Database Project is a secure national database using eye scans to identify people. For example, if a child becomes lost, this technology allows law enforcement and social service agencies to help identify children who are found and are in the network. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane says the technology is more accurate than finger printing, and simply involves scanning the child’s iris. The free event is Saturday from 9 to 3 inside the Maine Coast Mall in Ellsworth.
Boil Water Order
(Ellsworth) – A boil order remains in effect this morning for residents of one Ellsworth Street. The City advised Mountain View Drive residents to boil their water following a water line break yesterday morning. The order is in effect from about 400-feet off Route 172 to the end of the street.
(Bangor) Maine is preparing this week for the first court trials since March. In Penobscot County, a man charged in a 2017 killing in Cherryfield will go on trial on a murder charge. In Kennebec County, two juries already have been selected for a couple of drunken-driving trials. Court officials have described these cases as pilots, meant to iron out the wrinkles that will surely arise during a pandemic. Judges, clerks, attorneys and advocates are watching closely. Maine has had more than 4,900 cases of the virus.
(Augusta) Maine’s bear hunt has entered the final two weeks of the part of the year in which most bears are harvested. The state uses its bear hunt to try to control the population, which has climbed steadily in recent years. Most of the bears are harvested during the stretch of the season in which it’s legal to lure bears with bait. Bait is legal until Sept. 26th. Yesterday (9/14) also marked the beginning of the part of the season in which it’s legal to pursue bears with hunting dogs – that’s allowed until Oct. 30th. The bear season continues until the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but it slows down considerably after bait season ends.
- Game One between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference NBA finals is tonight at 6:30.
- The Denver Nuggets and L-A Clippers play game 7 tonight – the winner goes to the Western Conference finals against the Lakers.
- The Red Sox take on the Miami Marlins tonight in Florida
- Former Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed two field goal tries before nailing the game winner last night as the Tennessee Titans upended the Denver Broncos 16-to-14.