Things You Need to Know: Two Women Died in Head-on Crash in Union
Here are the things you need to know today……
A Fort Kent ambulance was totaled today when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, hitting a pole and rolling it over. According to WABI they did not have a patient and the driver and other crew member were taken to a hospital with non life threatening injuries.
The 20th annual Maine International Film Festival opens Friday. According to centralmaine.com the 8 day event bring in about 100 independent and American and foreign-made films to the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema.
From the Associated Press:
A New York man charged with killing 2 people on Christmas Day 2015 is scheduled to return to court in Portland today. David Marble Jr. of Rochester, NY is charged with shooting 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer in Manchester. The case was moved out of Kennebec County due to the publicity the case has received.
Two women have died in a head-on crash. 52-year-old Sherry Cloutier, of Augusta, was driving on state Route 17 in Union Wednesday when she drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed into a car driven by 49-year-old Angela Knight-Boege of Warren. Both motorists were pronounced dead at the scene.
The owners of a historic general store in Hope say it’s up for sale. The Hope General Store is in a building that was first built in 1832. The building has had past lives as an antique store, general meeting place and post office.Its owners of three years thanked community support and said they made investments to ensure the store’s success.
A Maine Democratic lawmaker says he regrets an “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate” Facebook post criticizing President Donald Trump. Rep. Scott Hamann on Tuesday called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.” Hamann says he shouldn’t have used such language and was trying to make a point about the state of political discourse.
Maine lawmakers are returning to Augusta this week to deal with vetoes, bonds and unfunded bills. The Legislature’s appropriations committee met Wednesday to decide the fate of a pile of bills needing funding to survive. The governor recently vetoed a solar bill that he says would make the poor subsidize the cost of solar panels for the rich. (More from WABI)
The U.S. Postal Service is issuing stamps commemorating the centennial of artist Andrew Wyeth, who it says found “inspiration” in his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and in rural Maine. The Postal service says each one of the dozen Andrew Wyeth Forever stamps will feature a detail from one of his paintings, including perhaps his most famous painting, 1948’s “Christina’s World.” The artist’s son attended Wednesday’s announcement at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford.
While homelessness has decreased 9 percent, the director of Maine’s Statewide Homeless Council is urging businesses and the private sector to donate more to make up for a lack of public money. Cullen Ryan, the acting director of the council, says there’s still a lot of work to be done despite the encouraging decrease. The Kennebec Journal reports Maine experienced a 9 percent reduction in homelessness from fiscal year 2016 to 2017.
President Donald Trump says there’s one question he wishes he would have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Germany last week: “Were you actually supporting me?” That’s what Trump tells Reuters in a White House interview Wednesday before departing for Paris, France.
President Trump’s choice to lead the FBI says he does not believe a special counsel investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch hunt.” Christopher Wray’s comments to a Senate panel represent a break with President Donald Trump, who has described the probe in those terms. Wray also told senators at his confirmation hearing that he would never let politics get in the way of the bureau’s mission.
Investigators say they’ve found the body of one of four missing young men along with other human remains buried on a Pennsylvania farm. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said early Thursday morning that cadaver dogs led them to the spot on the farm in Solebury Township where they found human remains inside a 12 ½-foot-deep (3.66-meter-deep) common grave. The body identified was that of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro. The other remains have not yet been ID’d.
President Donald Trump’s visit to Paris on Thursday will take him to a city he has repeatedly derided _ and at the side of a French leader best known to Americans as the young man with the endless handshake. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said last month in announcing he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Now French leader Emmanuel Macron is using the city to make a symbolic point: Trump will be his Bastille Day guest of honor.
An Indiana senator who railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico profits from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads. Democrat Joe Donnelly’s financial disclosure reports he owns up to $50,000 in stock with Stewart Superior Corp. However, the company’s use of Mexican workers for some of its production seems to contradict Donnelly’s fierce opposition to free-trade policies.