Coronavirus – The Latest
(Augusta) – The Coronavirus numbers in Maine continue to spike. For the past three week, more than 100-people a day have tested positive for COVID-19 after months of relatively few infections. Currently, 2,098 people are actively infected. 165-Maine residents have died from complications of the disease since the pandemic began in March. Hancock County has 75 active cases, Washington County has 53, and Waldo County 39.
(Undated) – Power company crews have quickly restored the majority of the overnight outages from a fast moving weather front. At the height of the outages, more than 45-hundred Versant Power customers were in the dark at 4-AM. By 5AM that number was down to just over 13-hundred, and most of the outages were in Hancock and Washington Counties. 9-1-1 dispatchers sent several fire departments out in the wee hours to remove trees from roadways.
Fezitval of Trees Canceled
(Bangor) – The annual Feztival of Trees put on by the Anah Temple Shriners won’t happen this year, and they blame Coronavirus. The Temple posted on its Facebook page that it has canceled the annual December event because the restrictions put in place to try to stop the virus spread would prevent them from living up to the high standards of the event. The Feztival features dozens of Christmas Trees with gift packages. Attendees pay a small admission fee and enter raffle tickets into a bin by a gift package they’d like to win. The event draws tens of thousands of people annually.
SCOTME – Divorce
(Portland) – Maine’s highest court has ordered the founder of the Quirk Auto Group to pay his wife nearly $400-thousand dollars in back child support. The 14-page ruling last week came after John Quirk appealed a lower court ruling in favor of his former wife Frances that started in the 1973. She said she never received any child support from Quirk since 1977 and had amassed significant attorney fees trying to collect. A lower court ruled that between support payments, interest and fees, the bill totaled about $385-thousand dollars.
Angry Man Hurts Fist
(Blue Hill) A Deer Isle man is banned from entering Walgreens in Blue Hill for allegedly damaging the store and causing a scene. It happened last Thursday when 26-year-old Joshua Woods was allegedly intoxicated and angry when he left the store. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports Woods was caught on surveillance video punching a door as he walked out, breaking the glass and knocking the door off its rails. Deputies were able to locate him because footage showed Woods get into a vehicle with the license plate clearly visible. He was issued a Criminal Mischief summons to Ellsworth Unified Court for January 5th.
County Color Codes
(Augusta) A further rise in COVID-19 cases has the Maine CDC and the Department of Education keeping an eye on Hancock County. Also kept in close watch are Kennebec, Cumberland and York Counties. All are currently color-code green according to Governor Mills Administration’s Health Advisory System that classifies counties’ relative risk of COVID-19 transmission, which assists schools in determining their teaching plans. Androscoggin County is now in the yellow zone joining Knox, Franklin, Somerset, and Washington counties. Schools in those counties may consider precautions like limiting numbers of people in school buildings at once and suspending extracurricular activities.
MA Not Exempt
(Augusta) Ahead of the holiday season, Governor Mills’ administration says Massachusetts is no longer exempt from quarantine or the negative test requirement. Effective today Massachusetts residents must either quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken no more than 72 hours from arrival in Maine. This protocol applies to Maine residents returning from Massachusetts or other non-exempt states.
CDC Blames Wedding
(Portland) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say in a report that a deadly wave of coronavirus cases that hit Maine after a wedding is a case study in why it’s important to avoid gathering amid the pandemic. The outbreak, based around an August wedding and reception in the Millinocket area, killed at least seven people and sickened at least 177. The CDC’s report, issued Friday, states that an investigation into the wedding showed noncompliance with standard procedures to slow the spread of the virus.
Drugs & Weapons Cache
(Belfast) A parole check in Belfast netted several knives, a stun guns, flashlight, brass knuckles, and pepper spray. Maine state police report troopers last Wednesday paid a visit to 26-year-old Trevor Cannell who’s prohibited from possessing or using illegal guns and cannot possess any dangerous weapons. State police say troopers found a collection of cut drug straws with white residue, a pill crusher, a pill canister containing white powder, two digital drug scales and Suboxone strips. Cannell was found to be in criminal possession of the Suboxone and faces numerous charges.
(Orono) Police in Orono are reminding folks to lock their homes and their vehicles after receiving several reports of recent attempted break-ins. Police say it’s even happening during the daytime while people are home. They say folks should be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
- New England Patriots 23 Baltimore Ravens 17 (Jacobi Meyers threw a touchdown pass to Rex Burkhead in the 1st half, Cam Newton also hit Burkhead and ran for another score).
- The Pittsburgh Steelers move to a perfect 9-0 after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 36-to-10.
- Dustin Johnson won the Masters by a record 20-under par.
- Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda is hospitalized in intensive care but resting comfortably. He’s 93-years old and had a heart attack 8-years ago.