Bangor, Maine News Update: April 26, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 229 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. Dr. Nirav Shah says the Maine CDC is seeing a very pronounced drop in cases of the virus in residents over the age of 60, which has caused a decrease in hospitalization rates in that age group. However, they're also seeing an increase in transmission rates and hospitalizations among people in their 20's, 30's, and 40's.
A Lewiston man faces multiple charges after leading State Police and Androscoggin County Sheriff's Deputies on a high speed chase, with speeds topping out at 154 mph. Devin Jeselskis managed to elude police on the motorcycle, but Troopers caught up to him as he stood in the driveway of an Auburn apartment building. Police cut off the pursuit twice, as speeds reached dangerous levels.
Corporal John Cote, Chief of the Maine State Police, issued a statement on Monday in response to allegations, made in newspaper articles, about secrecy in the department surrounding disciplinary actions taken against Troopers. He says, while the department believes in transparency, Troopers are state employees. By law, Cote says, there are details that must be kept private.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine's population growth has slowed over the past decade. The new census data, released on Monday, places Maine's population at slightly more than 1,360,000. That's an increase of about 2.6% from 2010. The population change didn't warrant any alteration to the state's congressional makeup.
A spaghetti dinner at the Kenduskeag Fire Department on Sunday will benefit a local family who lost their home, and their husband's business, to fire. People can eat-in or pick up take-out meals, with the proceeds helping Chelsea and Deven Flynn, and their two children, get back on their feet.
Hampden Academy's Music Association is raising money to send their jazz groups to Florida in 2022, where they will perform, be judged, and attend music workshops. On Thursday night, Moe's Barbecue in Bangor will donate 10% of sales to the cause.