Unity Fire Arrest
(Unity) – Fire investigators have charged a 38-year old Unity man with attempted murder and arson for one of three fires in that town in the past 10-days. The State Fire Marshal’s Office reports to Star 97.7 that they arrested Derek Creasy last night after searching an apartment and seizing a car in Unity. That office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department have been investigating the fires that began on December 22nd at a trailer on Turner Court. A second fire at the same trailer 4-days later and a fire at the Methodist Church on Depot Street have plagued the town.
(Hancock County) There’s going to be something special about turning the calendar to 2021 tonight, and Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane tells Star 97.7, it’s ok to celebrate, responsibly. Kane advises not to drive distracted, wear your seatbelt, and if you drink, be sure to designate a driver to help get you and everyone else home safely.
Bangor Death Ruled Homicide
(Bangor) A man who died at a home on Union Street in Bangor earlier this month is a homicide victim. Bangor Police tell Star 97.7 they responded to a 9-1-1 call on December 10th at 1702 Union Street and found 28-year-old Syies Adams of Brooklyn, New York, had died. The Chief Medical Examiner has determined the death to be a homicide after an autopsy. Detectives did not release further details about the cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.
Mills Extends Early Business Closures
(Augusta) The 9 p.m. early closing deadline for restaurants, indoor and outdoor amusement venues, movie theatres and casinos will continue indefinitely. The order was set to expire this coming Sunday but citing continued increases in the COVID-19 positivity rate and hospitalizations, Governor Janet Mills Wednesday said the order will stay in place until further notice. Affected businesses may still maintain daytime operations and can continue curbside pick-up and delivery service after 9 p.m. in order to limit disruption to the businesses.
Inmate at Bolduc Dies
(Warren) A 63-year-old inmate at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren has died, but authorities say the death is not related to the coronavirus. David Labonte (Luh-BONTEE) of Biddeford was sentenced in March 2015 and was serving 10 years for manslaughter stemming from a drunken driving crash in which he struck a family on bicycles as they rode on a sidewalk. The August 2013 crash killed Jamerico Elliott and injured his 17-month-old son and the boy’s mother. Labonte had previous OUI convictions and was not allowed to have alcohol in his system while driving. Officials tell Star 97.7 Labonte died Tuesday night at the corrections facility. Authorities did not release further details.
COVID-19 Stats – Wednesday
(Augusta) The Maine CDC on Wednesday is reporting 590 new cases of coronavirus across the state, as well as one new COVID-19 related death in York County. Total deaths from the virus now total 334 for the state. 23,499 cases have now been recorded in the state since the Maine CDC began keeping statistics in March 2020.
Hannaford to Offer Vaccines
(Scarborough) Hannaford said Tuesday it is preparing to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at its pharmacies in Maine and four other states. WMTW reports the company was approved in November by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer the vaccinations. But Hannaford officials say they have not yet received information on when the stores will begin vaccine doses.
DHHS Awards Relief Grants
(Augusta) The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $5.2 million dollars in grants to 54 health care organizations that serve residents with MaineCare. DHHS says it hopes the grants will help sustain vital health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program, which was announced in November, is modeled on the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Maine Economic Recovery Grant program. Healthcare organizations that were ineligible for funding through the DECD program, such as hospitals and nursing homes of any size and healthcare providers with over 250 employees, were eligible for the new grants.
- Boston Celtics 126 Memphis Grizzlies 107 (Jaylen Brown had 42 points for Boston)
- Zdeno Chara has left the Boston Bruins and signed with the Washington Capitals. The 43-year old had been the Bruins captain for years.
- Governor Mills and other New England Governors have suspended play for interstate youth hockey due to Coronavirus concerns
- Becky Hammon became the first woman to serve as an NBA head coach in a game. She coached the San Antonio Spurs when Gregg Popovich was ejected. The Spurs lost to the Lakers.