Maine Supreme Court Upholds Kennedy Conviction   (Augusta) – A woman serving 48-years in prison for helping to murder her 10-year old daughter will remain in prison.  Maine’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict and prison sentence for Sharon Kennedy.  Emergency workers responded to her condo in Stockton Springs more than 3-years ago and found Marissa […]

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Local News – April 2, 2021

Maine Supreme Court Upholds Kennedy Conviction

 

(Augusta) – A woman serving 48-years in prison for helping to murder her 10-year old daughter will remain in prison.  Maine’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict and prison sentence for Sharon Kennedy.  Emergency workers responded to her condo in Stockton Springs more than 3-years ago and found Marissa Kennedy dead.  Investigators said Kennedy and her then husband severely beat the girl for months.  He pled guilty and is serving 55-years.  Kennedy had claimed she was also an abuse victim.

 

 

Brewer Man Missing

(Brewer) – Authorities are looking for a 24-year old Brewer man who may be in the woods of Washington County somewhere.  WABI-TV reports family members are concerned about Albert Schultz’s well being.  He was last seen on Tuesday on Route 9 in the Beddington area.  He was operating a dark blue Nissan Rogue.  Police in Brewer ask anyone who might spot Schultz or his car to call them.

 

Astronomy Center

 

(Bangor)  The Versant Power Astronomy Center at the University of Maine invites folks to ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into a hurricane, come face-to-face with whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.  Director Shawn Laatsch tells Star 97.7, it’s happening every Friday night in April.  The program also takes a look at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and how they’re studying climate.  But get your tickets early, as seating is limited due to COVID restrictions.

 

CDC Briefing

 

(Augusta)  Governor Janet Mills has sped up the state’s vaccination timeline.  Beginning Wednesday, April 7th, anyone age 16 and over can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine.  On Wednesday, the state set a record with more than 20,000 shots administered that day. Northern Light Health Thursday opened Ellsworth’s mass vaccination clinic on High Street next to Shaw’s.

 

Former Chief Assisting in Gouldsboro

(Gouldsboro)  Former Gouldsboro Police Chief Glenn Grant is temporarily helping out the town in an administrative role, pending the resolution of a personnel matter between current Chief John Shively and Officer Adam Bracket.  The Ellsworth American reports both officers remain employed by the town but are off duty, with emergency calls currently being handled by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.  Town administrators declined comment on the officers’ grievances.  The Gouldsboro selectmen are expected to discuss at tonight’s regular meeting whether to budget for a police chief as well as one full-time police officer or a police chief assisted by two part time reserve officers.

 

City of Ellsworth Hiring

(Ellsworth)  The City of Ellsworth is looking for a finance director, although City Manager Glenn Moshier is quick to point out neither the current director Jennifer Merchant nor the assistant deputy treasurer Stacie Roberson is leaving.  Moshier tells the Ellsworth American the department is simply understaffed; and once they hire the right person, the department will be restructured.  The city is also looking for a tax collector/deputy treasurer.   Moshier said the position of fire chief is close to being filled and that they’ve narrowed that applicant pool to two very qualified individuals.

 

“Intexticated” Drivers

(NNE)  A new survey by Triple A reveals half of drivers admit to being “intexticated” when in the car alone.  The online survey revealed 51 percent admitted they text and/or email while alone in a vehicle.  Those ages 25 to 34 are even more likely – at 59%.  And 26% of those surveyed say it’s OK to use a cell phone if they’re alone and at a complete stop with no other passengers in the vehicle.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, distracted driving crashes killed more than 3,000 people in the U.S. – an average of 9 deaths per day.  That number was up 10% from the previous year.

 

Department of Labor

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Labor reported about 1600 claims filed for state unemployment insurance and 400 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the week ending March 27th.  Those numbers held relatively steady from the week before.

 

DOL Apprenticeship Program

(Augusta)  The Maine Department of Labor offers an apprenticeship program designed to meet the needs of Maine employers through on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction.  The program involves 2000 hours per year of on-the-job training, along with 144 hours of related instruction.  Maine DOL says more than a thousand different occupations can be apprenticed – not just the trades – and the program was recently expanded in Maine after becoming eligible for federal funding.  Employers and potential apprentices should contact the Maine Department of Labor.

 

Fraud Update

(Augusta)  The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website for people to understand unemployment insurance identity theft, and how and where to report stolen benefits if they are victims.  If you think someone else has used your personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment application, you’re encouraged to immediately notify the DOL.  Forms are available at maine dot gov.  During the week ending March 27th, Maine DOL cancelled 613 initial claims and one weekly claim suspected of being fraudulent.

 

Fake Vaccination Cards

(Augusta)  Maine State Police have posted an FBI warning on their FB page, cautioning anyone who makes or buys a fake COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is not only endangering themselves and others, they’re also breaking the law.  The FBI said fake cards have been advertised on social media sites, e-commerce platforms, and blogs.  The warning also reminds folks to never post photos of your vaccine card to social media websites, as your personal information could be stolen to commit fraud.

 

Custodian Charged

(Standish) A custodian at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish is accused of hiding in a ceiling space above a girls restroom and recording girls changing out of their athletic attire.  WMTW reports 28-year-old Kyle Hamilton of Biddeford was charged with a Class D misdemeanor crime of Invasion of Privacy and will be arraigned in August.  Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office report two girls entered the bathroom Tuesday and noticed a damaged ceiling and a cell phone facing them.  The girls reported the finding to their parents, who told school officials and law enforcement.

 

Sports

 

  • The Red Sox opener for the regular season got rained out yesterday – it’s today at 2:00 instead.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins 4  Boston Bruins 1
  • The Celtics host the Houston Rockets tonight.

High School Volleyball

Woodland 3  Calais 0

Today:  Brewer vs. Nokomis