Things You Need to Know Today: Fairfield Woman Accused of Killing Son Goes to Trial in February
Here are the things you need to know today......
Firefighters recovered a body from an abandoned well in North Anson. According to centralmaine.com there was a call to check on 74 year old Wilbert Bailey after his son was unable to reach his dad. A body was found in an abandoned well on the property. The incident is still being investigated.
A Fairfield woman accused of killing her newborn son is going on trial in February. According to WABI Kayla Stewart is charged with murder and manslaughter. Her lawyer says Kayla had a miscarriage and panicked.
From the Associated Press:
A farm where a teenager died in a hayride crash in Maine has acknowledged for the first time that criminal negligence played a role in the tragedy. Harvest Hill Farm pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of driving to endanger. Under the plea agreement, most of a $7,500 fine will go to charity; restitution will be sorted out later.
The University of Maine System is reporting an increase in enrollment across its seven campuses. The Portland Press Herald reports final figures presented at a Monday board of trustees meeting show that fall 2016 enrollment is 29,465 students, up 1.6 percent from last year.
The White House says Donald Trump's transition team has taken a step toward resolving the paperwork problem that's been preventing it from communicating with the Obama administration about the transfer of power. A White House spokeswoman says Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed a key document Tuesday evening. The formal transition process has been stalled since last week when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was replaced by Pence as the transition chair.
President-elect Donald Trump emerged from his New York skyscraper Tuesday night for the first time in days to have dinner. Trump spent about two hours at the 21 Club, a restaurant a few blocks from his Trump Tower residence. He made the trip after the Trump campaign had already told journalists he wouldn't be venturing out for the rest of the day. Every president and president-elect in recent memory has traveled with a pool of journalists when leaving the White House grounds.
New Zealand's military says it has almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from the township of Kaikoura (ky-KOOR'-ah), which was hit hard by Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Crews have been loading some 380 people onto a navy ship, which will then travel to a port near Christchurch. A military official says another 340 people have been evacuated by helicopter since Tuesday. Some tourists have left by chartering private helicopters.
A jury that convicted a 21-year-old man in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop is set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether he should get the death penalty. Douglas Shine Jr. was convicted this month of opening fire inside a Warrensville Heights barber shop in 2015, killing the owner, an employee and a customer. The jury also convicted Shine of conspiring to kill a witness.
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved a measure to cap Airbnb and other short-term rentals at 60 days a year. Tuesday's vote was an initial one. A second vote is needed. The proposed ordinance would apply to hosts who register their homes with the city on or after Tuesday, and it would not affect the roughly 1,700 hosts who have already registered. Those who oppose Airbnb say it encourages San Francisco's landlords to take units off the market. Hosts say they need the extra income to survive.