Central Maine News: February 8, 2016
These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.
(KJ) – Winslow residents will get a chance to have their say on proposed changes to the town’s noise ordinance at a public hearing Monday. According to the KJ, the Town Council is scheduled to discuss possible changes to the Fourth of July celebration including the idea of relocating the event. The hearing will be held at the town office at 7 p.m.
(AP) — A blizzard warning has been issued for parts of the East Coast. The National Weather service says southeast Massachusetts could get the brunt of the snowstorm, that's expected to begin Monday morning. New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey could get from 2 to 3 inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday night. And the snow could stretch into Wednesday.
(AP) — Tuesday is the presidential primary in New Hampshire. But with less than two days before voters head to the polls, some of the candidates are looking ahead. Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and looking beyond to South Carolina and Nevada, the next two states up in the nomination process, and Clinton even spent part of Sunday in Michigan.
(AP) — Lawmakers of different political stripes put aside their differences in Maine to strengthen restrictions on gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence crimes. The state Legislature passed a law last year that keeps domestic violence criminals from owning guns for five years after the end of their sentences.
(AP) — Property owners in Maine could end up footing the bill for an estimated $20 million gap in school funding next year. The state Department of Education released projections this week for funding under the essential programs and services model. More than 130 districts of the 248 in the state would lose money under the projections.
(AP) — Police are looking for a 28-year-old man who fled on foot when his car crashed after a high-speed chase. State Police say Steven Black exceeded 100 miles per hour while fleeing a state trooper in Manchester, before Black's Pontiac Grand Am crashed into a tree near West Gardiner's town line. With the help of a police dog, troopers followed tracks along the shore and on the ice of Cobbossee Lake for more than 5 miles, but couldn't find Black.
(AP) — An expansion aimed at relieving overcrowding in the Kennebec County jail is moving forward. Kennebec County Commissioners have approved spending for engineering plans to add beds to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta. Interim Sheriff Ryan Reardon said that 24 beds and bathroom facilities for inmates would be created by converting the jail's indoor recreation area. That addition would increase the jail's capacity from 147 to 171, but even then there could still be some overcrowding. The $35,000 engineering study will pave the way for construction, which is expected to take about nine months once the project is under way.
(AP) — Officials in Maine say two people were treated for burns after fleeing a fire that engulfed their mobile home in Oakland. The Fire Chief David Coughlin says smoke detectors "absolutely saved their lives." The four people in the house escaped from the burning home at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday — three through a door and one had to climb out a window. An electrical wiring problem caused the fire and that the home is a total loss.
(WMTW) —Maine game wardens said a Baldwin man died in a snowmobile crash late Saturday. Officals say 56 year old Bradley Flint died. It is Maine's third snowmobiling-related death in 2016. Flint had left his brother's house Saturday night and did not return home. He was killed when his snowmobile hit a tree, MacDonald said. Flint was not wearing a helmet.