(Augusta) – The attorney for a Stockton Springs woman convicted of helping kill her 10-year old daughter says his client is also a victim of Domestic Violence. Sharon Kennedy Carillo is serving 48-years for the little girl’s murder along with her ex-husband. Carillo’s attorney Christopher MacLean argued before Maine’s Supreme Court yesterday that she was also beaten by Julio Carillo and that led her to confess. Prosecutors say Sharon and Julio Carillo both beat the little girl who died in February 2018. The high court is expected to rule in a few weeks whether Sharon Kennedy can receive a new trial.
Hermon Town Office Closes
(Hermon) – Hermon residents needing to do town business will have to wait a while. A coronavirus exposure has led the town office to close. The town’s web page has posted that the offices closed a week ago today and would be closed until further notice. Media reports say workers were exposed to the virus and are following CDC guidelines. There’s no word on when office services might resume.
(Trenton) An eight year old boy who has become a symbol for the SPCA of Hancock County is spearheading a bake sale at the shelter this Saturday. Shelter Director Kaitlyn Mullen tells Star 97.7 News proceeds from Famous Seamus’s (SHA-mus) event will go toward covering the costs of a special little pup named Twitch whose simple neuter surgery nearly turned into a tragedy. While Twitch is recovering nicely, the non-profit faces an unexpected bill of about $6,000. Famous Seamus and crew will be in the shelter parking lot from 11 until 2 this Saturday selling sweets to help cover those costs.
WAA Reinstated at Arlington
(Columbia Falls) Arlington National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America after all. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy’s announcement follows Monday’s public cancellation of the event at Arlington. Karen Worcester of Wreaths Across America says everyone ultimately agreed the ceremony could be done safely. Worcester said wreath events take place at Arlington National Cemetery, and nearly 2500 locations across America.
Reny’s Closed for Third Day
(Ellsworth) – Reny’s Department Store in Ellsworth remained closed for a third day Tuesday. A spokeswoman tells Star 97.7 News they hope to reopen at 9 this morning. The Maine-based business posted on their Facebook page Sunday that out of an abundance of caution, the store would temporarily close due to a coronavirus scare. Store management reports they do not feel any additional employees or customers have been in close contact with potentially infected persons.
(Maine) Another record day of COVID-19 cases reported across the Maine. The Maine CDC reported 246 additional cases Tuesday, a one day record. The death of a York County resident brings the state’s COVID-related death total to 166 cases. The spike in number of cases has authorities pleading with the public to limit in-home holiday gatherings which seem to accelerate the spread of the virus. Statewide, 7,025 Mainers have recovered from the virus, and 2,172 cases remain active. 73 people are hospitalized in Maine, 29 in critical care.
Poinsettia Ball Cancelled
(Ellsworth) – Since its inception 29 years ago, the annual Poinsettia Ball has raised over one million dollars to benefit patient care at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth. Due to the pandemic, this year’s Ball will not be held. But it will be kept alive through a patient care campaign – “Shine a Light on Caring.” The public is invited to express their support by contributing funds and/or a message of thanks and support on the hospital’s website or dedicating a holiday light display to the healthcare team, using the hashtag shine a light on caring on social media.
Do Not Drink Order
(Skowhegan) A Do Not Drink order issued last week for Skowhegan residents remains in effect. State officials received a report of a “soapy odor” last Thursday and issued the order, which was expected to be lifted Monday. WABI-TV reports no contaminants were found in Upper and Lower Ponds, two spring-fed ponds which are the primary source of drinking water in Skowhegan. However, the Maine Water District learned late yesterday that a final test by an independent lab remains in progress. Results are expected later today (Tuesday).
Mills Administration Posts Checklist for Maine Ski Areas
(Augusta) Governor Janet Mills’ administration today (Tuesday) posted the Covid-19 Prevention Checklist for indoor activities at Maine’s ski areas. The checklist was written in collaboration with Ski Maine and public health experts, and requires social distancing protocols, face coverings for all staff, vendors, and guests, limits of the number of persons gathering in indoor spaces, as well as guidance for guests, operations and transactions, restrooms and locker rooms, and equipment rentals, along with other guidelines
- Former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein has stepped down from the same post for the Chicago Cubs. Epstein is credited with putting together the team that won the world series in 2004, the first in 86 years for Boston.
- The Giants, Raiders, Falcons and Washington have placed players on the Coronavirus list for this weekend’s NFL games.