(Waterville) – A 2-year old boy is listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head after one of his siblings shot him during the weekend in Waterville. State Police report to Star 97.7 that the Waterville police department responded to the shooting at mid-day Saturday on Western Avenue. The investigation determined that one of three siblings living in the home found the gun in a closet, loaded it and fired, wounding the baby. Police have not released any names.
Coronavirus – the Sunday Numbers
(Augusta) – The total number of Mainers testing positive for Coronavirus topped the 25-thousand mark during the weekend. The Maine CDC reports 350-new cases as of Sunday. The death toll is 359-in Maine. Hospitals are currently treating 180-people with the virus, and 47-of them are in critical care with 20 on ventilators.
Collins Sworn in for Fifth Term
(Washington, DC) Maine’s Republican Senator made history Sunday when she was sworn in for a fifth term as a United States Senator. Collins remarked that she accomplished two things done by no previous senator – one, becoming the longest serving Republican woman Senator in history, and two, becoming the first Maine Senator popularly elected to a fifth term. Collins began her Senate career in 1996. In November, she defeated Democratic Senate Candidate Sara Gideon, winning 14 of Maine’s 16 counties. The 117th Congress was sworn in January 3rd at a ceremony officiated by Vice President Mike Pence.
Fort Fairfield DOT Building Destroyed in Fire
(Fort Fairfield) – Maine’s Department of Transportation says it will still be able to clear snow from highways in Northern Aroostook County despite a fire yesterday that destroyed a garage and the trucks and equipment inside. The blaze broke out just before 3:30 in the morning yesterday in Fort Fairfield. No one was in the building at the time. The DOT says the estimated loss of two trucks, a backhoe and other equipment is $2-and-a-half million dollars. It’s not yet known what started the fire.
Sunday River Loses Appeal
(Brewer) Back in May, the owners of Sunday River Brewing Company in Bethel defied Governor Janet Mills’ orders for operating during COVID-19. The restaurant lost its license as a result, and has now lost its appeal to get those licenses back. In August, Sunday River, along with several other business groups, attempted to sue Governor Mills for the matter but lost. The Portland Press Herald reports the state has cited 65 businesses, most of them restaurants, for failing to uphold face covering mandates
AOS 91 Switches to Remote Learning
(MDI) Effective today all schools in the AOS 91 which includes the towns on Mt. Desert Island and Trenton will switch to remote learning for a minimum of two weeks. Superintendent Dr. Marc Gousse issued a letter last week to the school community, informing them of the change, saying it was “necessary to support the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff and communities.” The letter went on to explain the action was due in part to the potential impact of holiday travel, gatherings, and community events in the area. The switch to remote learning remains in effect through Friday, January 15th, with school officials continuing to monitor the situation and keeping the community apprised from there.
Ellsworth Public Library Offers Winter Programs
(Ellsworth) The winter months can be great for catching up on some reading. Abby Morrow of the Ellsworth Public Library tells Star 97.7, there are several ways to access books during the pandemic. Morrow says they plan some great Zoom presentations in January as well.
Convenient MD Opens in Ellsworth
(Ellsworth) A new medical office in Ellsworth will open this week, and in the midst of the pandemic, it could be a key player. Convenient MD opens Wednesday on High Street at the Maine Coast Mall. Community Relations Director Lynn Derocher tells Star 97.7, the state-of-the art clinic will be offering rapid testing for the virus. If symptomatic after five days, Convenient MD will offer the “gold standard” PCR test, as well as asymptomatic testing for employers who want to offer testing for their employees. Derocher says they are currently working with the state to become a resource for COVID-19 vaccines.
Maine Places Fifth Vaccine Order
(Augusta) The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has placed a fifth order for doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The order includes a request for the vaccination of another 17,075 Mainers, the maximum number of doses available to Maine for new vaccines. The order is expected to arrive next week and includes 8,775 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 8,300 doses from Moderna. Combined with previous orders, Maine expects to have enough serum to vaccinate just under 83,000 people in the first four weeks of distribution.
- Boston Celtics 122 Detroit Pistons 120 (Jaylen Brown had 31 points)
- The Celtics play the Toronto Raptors tonight
- New England Patriots 28 New York Jets 14 (Patriots reportedly release quarterback Cam Newton after the game)
- The U-Maine men and women’s basketball teams both split with New Hampshire during the weekend.
- The NBA is mourning the death of former Celtics guard and Suns Coach Paul Westphal who passed away this weekend at the age of 70.