Fire Prevention Month
(Ellsworth) It’s Fire Prevention Week, and Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Gary Saunders tells Star 97.7 News, those smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home may be due for replacements. Saunders says it’s been documented that children will sometimes not awaken to the beep of a smoke detector but will awaken to a parent’s voice.
(Ellsworth) Today Ellsworth Public Works will pave Franklin Street, Spruce Street and Kingsland Crossing. There are times when these roads may be closed, so motorists are advised to seek an alternate route if possible. Again, Franklin Street, Spruce Street and Kingsland Crossing in Ellsworth will be getting paved today.
Robbinston Fatal Fire
(Robbinston) Authorities have recovered the body of a 66-year-old man following a Wednesday night house fire in Robbinston. Investigators say they are looking into the circumstances surrounding the blaze. The Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office tells Star 97-7 News, crews were called to the Ridge Road residence around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Investigators have not yet released the victim’s name.
(Pittston) A Pittston man is facing OUI charges after crashing and rolling a cement truck Wednesday evening. The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office reports 39-year-old Cory Williams was driving a truck owned by Maine-ly Concrete Corporation of Warren about 7:30 Wednesday evening when he crashed the vehicle. Williams is charged with operating under the influence and illegal possession of schedule W drugs in the single vehicle accident. The road was closed for three hours while authorities investigated and cleared the scene.
(Skowhegan) Maine State Police continue to warn the public to use caution as two men who are considered armed and dangerous eluded authorities for a second night Wednesday. The men, 32-year-old Christopher Terence Farrow and 29-year-old Dayshawn Middleton, may be accompanied by a young-looking woman. Wednesday night, police received a tip that the suspects may have been headed toward Skowhegan, but they have not been located. One of the men has a warrant from Connecticut for robbery. The suspects have managed to evade police following a multi-town high-speed chase Tuesday night when they crashed in Richmond and fled on foot.
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Labor reports about 17 hundred people filed initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week ending October 3, with 670 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Continued claims numbered 22,300, and the DOL reminds recipients that claims filed this Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12 will see a one business day delay in payments due to Monday being a holiday.
(Augusta) The Maine CDC is warning of possible COVID-19 exposure surrounding a hockey referee who was on the ice during games on October 3rd and 4th. Director Dr. Nirav Shah says people on the ice and their families during hockey games on October 3rd and 4th in Biddeford, for morning games on October 4th at North Yarmouth Academy, or at the 5:45 p.m. game at Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia, New Hampshire, should consider themselves in close contact of COVID-19 and should quarantine for 14 days from potential exposure and also consider getting tested.
(Augusta) No new Coronavirus-related deaths reported Thursday. The state’s death toll remains at 142. At Thursday’s briefing, Director Dr. Nirav Shah noted new investigations have been opened at BEK, Incorporated in Brunswick, Kids Count Child Care Center in Augusta, Lonza Group – a Biotech facility in Rockland, and the Maine Department of Administration and Financial Services in Augusta. Between 2 and 5 cases have been documented at each facility.
Voting and COVID
(Augusta) – As absentee votes continue to roll in by the tens of thousands, Maine’s Secretary of State is encouraging all voters to cast ballots ahead of Election Day. Matt Dunlap says in-person voting will be available on November 3rd, but the coronavirus situation means that fewer voting booths will be available at polling places and lines will likely be long. Four years ago about 42-thousand Mainers voted by absentee ballot. So far, more than 270-thousand voters have requested ballots prior to Election Day.
(Millinocket) – An editor at the Boston Globe died when he fell about 50-feet from the Knife’s Edge on Mt. Katahdin. Baxter State Park rangers found 75-year old Donald MacGillis after he and his 25-year old nephew got lost on the mountain Wednesday morning. Rangers had told the two to stay in place until daylight. When they reached them they found MacGillis badly injured and the life-flight helicopter flew him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he died.
- The Patriots game with Denver is postponed from Sunday until Monday afternoon following Stephon Gilmore’s positive COVID-19 test.
- Thursday Night Football: Chicago Bears 20 Tampa Bay Bucs 19
- L-A Dodgers 12 San Diego Padres 3 (Dodgers win series 3-0)
- Atlanta Braves 7 Miami Marlins 0 (Braves win series 3-0)
- NY Yankees 5 Tampa Bay Rays 1 (Series tied 2-2)
- Houston Astros 11 Oakland A’s 6 (Astros win series 3-1)