(Gouldsboro) – No injuries reported overnight as firefighters battled a blaze in Gouldsboro. A dispatcher says the call to Gouldsboro Point Road came in around quarter past two this morning. Firefighters from Winter Harbor, Steuben, Sullivan, Sorrento, Hancock and Franklin responded to the scene, while Eastbrook and Lamoine stood by.
(Calais) – No nurses’ strike in Calais next week. The union representing nurses reached a tentative agreement with Calais Regional Hospital more than 2-years after their last contract expired and called off the strike. The Bangor Daily News reports the two sides reached the deal late Tuesday after negotiating on time off and health insurance.
(Augusta) Eight Maine residents have died from coronavirus complications within the last week. That includes 2 people who the Maine CDC reported Wednesday died from COVID-19, upping the statewide death tally of 158. Overall there are 148 new cases reported across Maine. Hancock County records 10 new cases while Washington County has 5 as of Wednesday. The number of active cases now tops 18-hundred, 49 are in the hospital, and 14 listed yesterday in critical condition.
Domestic Violence Grant
(Local) The NextStep Domestic Violence Project will receive the 2020 Domestic Violence Shelter grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. The Ellsworth American reports the $20,000 grant supports of the work that NextStep does in Hancock and Washington counties to provide families with a sanctuary where they can discover dignity and empowerment. The organization’s mission is twofold: to assist people affected by abuse and to foster a culture in which abuse ceases to exist. This year, the Mary Kay Foundation is providing a total of $1.1 million-dollars to shelters throughout the United States.
(Bucksport) A former dispatcher from Bucksport is accused of stealing guns while he worked at the Bucksport Police Department. The Ellsworth American reports 55-year-old Dan Joy is charged with felony theft in connection with stolen firearms. District Attorney Matt Foster says “it’s alleged that Joy took 3 firearms that were surrendered to the Police Department into his custody as an employee of the PD and took them home.” One of the firearms was recovered; Joy allegedly sold the other two. Police issued a summons last month.
(Rockland) The New England herring fishery is slowing down for the rest of the year because fishermen are approaching their quotas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ruled fishermen will be unable to fish for or possess more than 2,000 pounds of herring per trip in the inshore Gulf of Maine until Dec. 31. The rules went into effect on Wednesday. Herring are the subject of a large fishery on the East Coast, but the industry has struggled in recent years due to a decline in population. Fishermen caught less than 25 million pounds of the fish last year after catching more than 96 million pounds during the previous year.
Legislators at Civic Center
(Augusta) Lawmakers in Maine plan to hold their first legislative sessions at the Augusta Civic Center instead of the Statehouse as coronavirus cases grow. The 49,000-square-foot civic center, located not far from the Statehouse, is typically used for events such as concerts, agriculture conventions and conferences. A spokeswoman for outgoing Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon tells the Portland Press Herald it would provide more space than the Statehouse, and that would make it easier to observe social distancing. The full Maine Legislature last met in March. The top priority for lawmakers will be crafting a new two-year state budget at a time when Maine finances have been stressed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Safe Injection Sites
(Portland) Most people who testified in front of a Portland City Council committee in Maine’s largest city said they favor the establishment of sites where people can inject drugs under medical supervision. Creating a consumption site in Portland could be the first of its kind in the country. Cities around the U.S. are debating the issue due to the nation’s overdose epidemic. The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland City Council’s Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committee took testimony on Tuesday, but no action.
- Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber has won the Cy Young award for the American League.
- Trevor Bauer of the Reds wins the National League Cy Young award.
- The Red Sox say pitcher Chris Sale should be back by the middle of next summer after Tommy John surgery.
- The Masters golf tourney gets under way today.