Covid-19 – the latest
(Augusta) – The worst day so far in Maine for Coronavirus, as Maine’s CDC reported a dozen deaths and 258-new infections. The death count rose to 189 Mainer who’ve died from complications of Covid-19 since March. The only county with no new cases is Hancock County. Figures from the CDC showed 105 people hospitalized, 43 in critical care.
Human Rights Complaint
(Ellsworth) – The City of Ellsworth has received a human rights complaint. The Ellsworth American reports the Maine Human Rights Commission got a complaint that the city dealt with a member of the public by written correspondence instead of supplying a sign language interpreter. The city’s insurance carrier is covering the complaint.
City Manager Search
(Ellsworth) – The search for a new city manager for Ellsworth is down to one person, but city officials have not identified that person publicly. Interim manager Glenn Moshier told attendees at a League of Towns meeting yesterday that the finalist will meet with city department heads next week, but it’s not clear whether the city council is ready to make a job offer or reopen the search. Moshier said he’s looking forward to handing over the job and moving back to being the police chief.
Missing Fishermen Search Suspended
(Boston) – The Coast Guard says it has called off the search for four Maine fishermen who likely perished when their boat sank off Cape Cod early Monday morning. An emergency positioning beacon from the 82-foot Emmy Rose activated and rescuers found debris from the ship, including an empty life raft. The Coast Guard reports to Star 97.7 that planes and boats searched the choppy ocean for 36-hours before making what it called a tough decision to call off the search.
Winter Harbor Town Office Closed
(Winter Harbor) – Winter Harbor has closed down its town office after a positive Covid-19 test. Town Manager Cathy Carruthers tells Star 97.7 the town office staff has gone into a quarantine period to receive testing, prevent further exposure, and to recover.
Maine DOE Team to Support Contact Tracing in Schools
(Augusta) A team of Department of Education Contact Tracers will be deployed to support contact tracing in schools. The team is made up of a cadre of nurses, many retired from Maine schools, who have received training through the Maine CDC and who will be immediately called into service for school-specific contact tracing. The new program will complement the ongoing work of Maine CDC’s case investigation and contact tracing team, which now includes approximately 150 staff and volunteers.
Small Business Saturday
(Ellsworth) This Saturday is Small Business Saturday – an opportunity to support local businesses and non-profits. Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gretchen Wilson tells Star 97.7, American Express started the day back in 2010. Wilson says for every hundred dollars spent locally in small businesses, 68 dollars stays in the community.
Indian Township Arrest
(Bangor) A man who claimed he sustained a gunshot wound during an assault is now accused of holding his girlfriend hostage and shooting himself. Police responded to a call on November 7th and found 34-year-old Dustin Francis of Indian Township laying on Parkview Avenue in Bangor with a gunshot wound. Francis claimed he had been attacked and stabbed. A 9-1-1 call placed by Francis’s girlfriend, however, revealed she had been held captive and threatened by Francis. Investigators later determined his gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Francis was transported to a hospital in Bangor and was arrested upon his release Monday afternoon. He’s charged with multiple felony counts.
Fire Victim Identified
(New Sharon) The Maine State Fire Marshal’s office has identified a woman who died in a fire in New Sharon last weekend. Firefighters were called to the home on Mile Hill Road just before 3:00 a.m. Saturday. State public safety department spokeswoman Katy England reports to Star 97.7 that firefighters found 59-year-old Shaina Shaylin-Begin’s body in the home. Officials say the woman lived alone, and there is no indication of foul play. The fire is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office.
Maine Certifies Election Results
(Augusta) Maine has certified the results of the 2020 Election. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap tells Star 97-7, President-elect Joe Biden won the statewide vote and the first Congressional District, which gives the former Vice President three of the state’s four total electoral votes. President Donald Trump won the second congressional district. Maine and Nebrasko are the only states in the U.S. that awards single electoral votes for each congressional district, in addition to awarding two for the statewide victory.
Mills Administration Calls for Additional Stimulus
(Augusta) The Governor’s economic committee urged action on additional stimulus Tuesday to sustain Maine people and businesses and set the stage for future growth. The committee outlined eight strategies to sustain Maine people and grow the Maine economy in response to the disruption caused by the pandemic. Action was urged in the areas of early childhood care and education, broadband Internet access, and affordable housing options. The Committee noted the pandemic’s disproportionate impact across age, income geographic and racial lines, as well, and demanded a commitment to addressing what it called long-standing structural inequity.
- The University of Maine has suspended its athletics activities through at least December 8th due to a Coronavirus outbreak on campus.
- Searsport High School has named Troy Alley as its boy’s basketball coach. Alley was coaching at U-Maine Machias which has dropped its athletics program. He’s the son of legendary coach Ordie Alley.
- Patriots’ running back Rex Burkhead is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Houston
- Alabama is ranked #1 in the first college football playoffs ranking of the season.