(Ellsworth) – A 1-year old baby from Ellsworth is recovering from hypothermia and frostbite after police found the child strapped into a car seat in a freezing vehicle. Relatives reported the child missing last week, and mother Ashley Bragg recalls last seeing the baby late Wednesday night. Police found the baby the around mid-day on Thursday, strapped upside down in a car seat. They’ve charged Bragg with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. DHHS is arranging for the baby’s care.
(Madrid) – A Massachusetts man is dead following a snowmobile crash in Central Maine. The Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 34-year old Ryan Ducharme of Spencer Massachusetts died in the crash in Madrid late Friday night. Investigators say he was traveling with his brother and two others when they noticed he was missing. They searched and found him off the trail after the sled crashed into trees. Speed appears to be a factor.
(Augusta) – The number of new Coronavirus infections in Maine continues to hover between 100 and 200 a day. Sunday the Maine CDC reported 131 new cases and no new deaths. To date, 658-Maine residents with the virus have died since the pandemic began nearly a year ago. Hospitals in Maine report 75 patients are receiving in patient treatment, with 24 in critical care.
(Dedham) Winter is time for ice fishing, cross country skiing, and The Polar Dip to raise money for Camp Capella. Because of COVID, this year’s 14th annual plunge has options. Executive Director Harvey Chesley tells Star 97.7, Key Clubs across the state are already jumping into the virtual plunge. Those planning to jump into the cold lake must register for the February 27th event at Camp Capella dot org.
DECH Intends to Buy Calais Regional
(Machias) A Washington County hospital that filed for bankruptcy in 2019 could soon be in new hands. Downeast Community Hospital announced last week it is interested in purchasing Calais Regional Hospital. DECH filed paperwork in bankruptcy court on Friday. President Steve Lail says plans for Calais Regional are for it to remain a fully functioning hospital and that they hope to bring back full-time general surgery, add primary care providers, and eventually bring in additional specialties that will benefit all of Washington County.
Talbot Ross Racial Impact Statement
(Augusta) A measure designed to help stem a bill’s potential negative impact on historically disadvantaged racial populations in Maine moved forward in the state legislature Wednesday by an 8 – 5 vote. LD2, a proposal by Assistant House Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross, is the first step in recognizing many of Maine’s laws have produced disproportionate outcomes for generations of Black and indigenous populations in Maine, according to Talbot Ross. The Bill faces further votes in the House and Senate.
Killer Requests New Trial
(Portland) – A lawyer says convicted cop killer John Williams should get a new trial. Williams was convicted of shooting Somerset County Deputy Eugene Cole to death while Cole was trying to arrest Williams on drug charges. A judge sentenced Williams to life in prison in 2019. Williams’ attorney told the Maine Supreme Court that one of the officers who arrested Williams in 2018 was disciplined the day before he testified at the murder trial, and that should warrant a new trial.
Return to In-Person Learning Unlikely in Lewiston This Year
(Lewiston) The Superintendent of Maine’s second largest school district says a return to full time in-person learning is unlikely this school year. WMTW reports Lewiston Superintendent Jake Langlais said while a return to in-person learning must be a goal, it must be safe. Langlais pointed to several factors, including that teachers remain unvaccinated. He estimated it will be at least May before the nearly 1500 adults connected to Lewiston schools receive the necessary shots.
- Boston Bruins 7 Philadelphia Flyers 3 (game played on Lake Tahoe)
- New Orleans Pelicans 120 Boston Celtics 115 (OT – Celtics blew a 24 point lead)
- U-Maine Women’s Basketball beat New Hampshire 82 to 53 Saturday to close out the regular season. Maine will play in the America East Semi Final on March 7th.
- Red Sox Operations Manager Chaim Bloom says he’s optimistic about the team’s season as Eduardo Rodriguez and JD Martinez hope to bounce back from last season.