(Bangor) – A Benton man who ran a medical marijuana shop in Waterville has admitted he also sold cocaine and marijuana at the facility. The US Attorney’s office reports to Star 97.7 that 32-year old Daniel Hall entered the guilty plea yesterday in Bangor Federal Court. A confidential informant bought cocaine and pot at Hall’s Green Thumb Organics shore last January. Police raided the store and his apartment a few weeks later and recovered processed marijuana, about $16-thousand dollars in cash and guns. He faces up to 20-years in prison and a million dollar fine when he’s sentenced later.
(Bucksport) – A Bucksport apartment dweller went to visit a neighbor and forgot he’d left supper cooking on the stove top. A short time later the apartment was on fire. Village Soup dot-com reports firefighters from Bucksport, Orland and Orrington quickly got the flames out Monday evening and kept the fire from spreading to other apartments at Bucksport Square Apartments on Broadway. No one’s hurt, but the apartment sustained significant damage.
(Ellsworth) Each year, the Hospice Foundation of America presents a “Living With Grief” Conference, covering a variety of timely topics. For the past 20 years, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County has hosted the conference locally. Executive Director Jody Wolford-Tucker tells Star 97.7, this year’s topic is Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss. Tomorrow’s conference is free, but attendees have to register by 4PM today. Register for the free January 7th Zoom conference by 4 p.m. Wednesday at info at hospice of hancock dot org or by calling 667-2531.
Leadership HC to Go Remote in 2021
(Ellsworth) Leadership Hancock County will be presented through remote workshops in 2021. LHC has been providing programming to managers, directors, owners and upwardly directed employees for 10 years, usually through a five-month intensive, led by facilitators with a small class size. Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the program this year is a workshop series on a Zoom platform held on Tuesdays, beginning January 12th and running through May. Participants must preregister on the Ellsworth Area Chamber website by Monday at noon the day before each session. More than 45 organizations and businesses have hosted Leadership Hancock County, and the program has well over 100 alumni employed in businesses and organizations in the area.
Princeton Ice Rescue
(Princeton) A 63-year-old Princeton man owes his life to local rescuers and a Game Warden and after falling into the icy waters of Long Lake Monday morning. The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 Rick Crowe put on a life jacket and took a canoe onto the ice to rescue a deer that had fallen through. The canoe tipped, dumping Crowe into the freezing waters. Rescue crews reached Crowe, who was conscious but severely hypothermic, and got him to shore, took him to a hospital. The rescuers also retrieved the canoe and rescue the deer. Game Wardens remind everyone ice can be treacherous this time of year and remind folks to check ice thickness before heading out for any activity.
(Maine) The addition of local solar energy to New England’s overall power consumption resulted in a series of positive impacts. A study by Synapse Energy Economics, reviewed data in New England from 2014-2019, including Maine. The Maine Renewable Energy Association reports among the findings were a significant reduction in energy cost, saving consumers in Maine $69-million dollars and $1.1 billion throughout New England.
Coronavirus Numbers – Tuesday
(Augusta) The latest numbers released by the Maine CDC on Tuesday show nine more residents have passed away with coronavirus complications, bringing the state’s death toll to 369. Three deaths were reported in York County, two each in Cumberland and Aroostook counties, and one death each in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. The Maine CDC also reported 599 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began in March to 26,565.
(Augusta) The State of Maine turned 200 in 2020, but the pandemic delayed the myriad celebrations planned. The key word is “delayed” as the Maine Bicentennial Commission said a slate of events is scheduled for later this year as part of a “200-Plus-One” campaign. Mark your calendars for a Maine Statehood Day Ceremony planned for Augusta this summer and a “Time Capsule Sneak Peek and Participation Kickoff” event sometime in the spring. Who says belated birthday wishes can’t come true?
H&R Block Acknowledges Stimulus Delays
(Portland) H&R Block customers who have used the IRS Get My Payment tracking tool may find their second stimulus checks were deposited in accounts with account numbers they don’t recognize. The Tax Preparation Company says customers who used the Refund Transfer option in 2019 may have had their stimulus sent to that temporary account. However, H&R Block states they are working on the issue and have sent the payments on to the method customers chose for Refund Transfer – direct deposit, check, or Emerald Card. H&R Block says the money should be in clients’ accounts by the end of the day (Tuesday).
- Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith has won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, the first receiver to win the award in 29-years.
- The Celtics take on the heat in Miami tonight.
- The Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as a minor league baseball coach. She is the first Black woman to coach pro baseball in history.