Maine Maritime – COVID
(Castine) – A coronavirus outbreak at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine will see the school shift to remote learning starting on Monday. The campus has 13-active COVID-19 infections and will wrap up in-person learning today for a handful of students. The school declined to say how the infections break down between students and staff. MMA has conducted 29-hundred Coronavirus tests since the first three cases were reported in September.
(Bangor) – Fire damaged a multi-unit apartment building in Bangor overnight. Firefighters from several communities responded to Essex Street and found flames on the first floor. WVII-TV reports the blaze closed down the intersection of Essex and State Streets. The fire marshal’s office will try to find the cause.
Morelli – Fine
(Bangor) – The former deputy mayor of Brewer will pay a $650-dollar fine after admitting that he lied to police about his Facebook account being hacked. Thomas Morelli’s attorney that his client had been drinking last May when he made a politically controversial Facebook post, then claimed that his account was hacked. Morelli later admitted that he had made the post. The Bangor Daily News reports a judge said the fine covers the approximate cost of the police investigation.
Game Warden Fine
(Bangor) – A game warden paid a $300-dollar fine and the state has dropped sexual assault charges against him. The Bangor Daily News reports warden Jeremy Judd made a plea agreement with prosecutors last January and stuck to the bargain by not drinking, and attending counseling. Judd had been drinking with a group of wardens at a concert on the Bangor waterfront in July 2019 when he slapped a woman’s buttocks and reached under her shorts.
COVID School Closure
(Jonesboro) Jonesboro Elementary School closed yesterday after learning that a school member was identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive with COVID-19. AOS 96 Superintendent of Schools Scott Porter made the announcement Wednesday after consulting with school nurses. The memo did not detail whether the close contact was a student, teacher, or faculty member. Students in Jonesboro will transition to remote learning today.
(Augusta) A resident from Androscoggin County has died from complications of COVID-19 – that’s the 7th death in the past 3 days. The Maine CDC reports the statewide death count now stands at 159. Hancock County recorded 13 new cases of the virus. There were 207 new cases across Maine reported yesterday, and 1,944 cases are considered active. 62 people are hospitalized, 16 in critical condition.
No Shave November
(Ellsworth) Things are getting hairy at the Ellsworth Police Department, though it may be hard to tell as all the officers are masked. It’s No Shave November at the EPD, an annual fundraiser that supports local causes in the fight against cancer. Police chief Glenn Moshier tells Star 97-7 this year, all proceeds will go to Ellsworth Fire Department Captain Bobby Dorr, who is battling cancer. The police department is accepting contributions on its Facebook page, by mailed check, in person at city hall.
(Auburn) A Buckfield man was injured while pouring gasoline on a brush fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports to Star 97-7 that 66-year-old Richard Freve received burns to his upper body and the LifeFlight helicopter flew him to Maine Medical Center. They say Freve was burning brush on a property in Auburn when the gas ignited him on Wednesday. The Forest Service and State Fire Marshal remind folks it can be incredibly dangerous to use accelerants on a fire.
(Appleton) Two men from Rockland are charged with arson in connection with a truck fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports investigators were called to a gravel pit in Appleton where a truck, parked there overnight, had been burned. Charged are 20-year-old Corey Spear and 24-year-old Edward Van Dyke the Third. Spear is also charged with Tampering with a Witness for violating his bail by contacting one of the witnesses.
Burglary & Theft Charges
(SW Harbor) A Surry woman is charged with Burglary and Theft for alleged crimes in the Tremont area. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation led to the arrest Tuesday of 39-year-old Tina Sieber. Deputies located her at a local campground but say she refused to come out. Authorities entered the camper, found Sieber hiding in a closet and took her into custody without further incident. The investigation continues.
Lost in the Woods
(Porter/Old Town) Game Wardens and their dogs were busy Wednesday night locating two different groups of people lost in the woods. In Old Town game wardens located two people who wandered off a trail as it got dark. 33-year-old Lisa Morelli of Bangor and 34-year-old Erik Jackson of Ellsworth were hiking near Perch Pond without a flashlight. The pair became disoriented and called for help before the cell phone battery died. Morelli and Jackson were found about ¾ of a mile into the woods. In Porter, 66-year-old Jude Bradley failed to return home from hunting. Two of Bradley’s relatives entered the woods trying to locate him and they also got lost. By 10:30 that evening everyone was found and accounted for.
(Augusta) Maine’s governor says employees at local stores who encounter people who won’t comply with the state’s mask requirements shouldn’t have to enforce the rules themselves. Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order last week that requires people in the state to wear a mask in all public places, regardless of their ability to socially distance. She said during an appearance on Maine Public that too much of the burden of enforcement often lands on store employees. She says those employees shouldn’t have to be the “COVID cops.” Mills recommends residents who encounter people who aren’t following the mask rules talk to store managers or local authorities. Cases of the virus are increasing in Maine.
(Augusta) – Two legislative recounts scheduled for today will take place next week instead. Both involve house districts in Waldo County. Both recounts will likely be complete by the end of the day on November 20th. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Coronavirus is the reason for the delay after an employee in the Bureau of Elections tested positive for the virus.
- The Patriots have a tough assignment as they meet the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night. The Patriots snapped their 4-game losing streak by beating the winless Jets Monday on a last second field goal.
- Indianapolis Colts 34 Tennessee Titans 17 (Thursday night football)
- Major League baseball MVP’s – Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves (National League) and Jose Abreau of the White Sox (American League)
- Paul Casey has the lead at the Masters, shooting a 7-under 65 but the first round was suspended by darkness.