A Hermon man is in custody after a standoff with police that shut down Route 2 for about four hours last night. The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office responded after learning that two people had allegedly been assaulted by a male family member and that he may have firearms.

Despite the efforts of Coast Guard ice breakers, a flood warning has once again been issued for areas surrounding the Kennebec River. Officials say ice jams are unpredictable and residents of Augusta, Hallowell, and Gardiner should remain alert. The flood warning is in effect until 1:00 this afternoon.

A new program at the University of Maine will help students prepare for engineering careers in the state. WVII-TV reports Maine companies have more than fourteen hundred vacancies in the field annually, so U-Maine is launching the Maine Engineering pathways program in the fall that will allow students to begin their studies at one of the smaller campuses.

A food pantry in Palmyra is in desperate need of donations, as people struggle to feed their families and provide heat for their homes. The Palmyra Baptist Worship Center Soup Kitchen and Food Bank is looking for donations of canned goods, dry products, and cash which can be dropped off at their location on Main Street Thursday through Saturday.

A Casco woman is the proud owner of a tiny house and a brand new Ford F-350 pickup truck, after she entered her losing Powerball ticket into a second chance drawing through the Maine Lottery. In addition, Kathleen McCarty won three thousand dollars in cash and all state and federal withholding taxes paid, for a total prize value of over eighty-seven thousand dollars. She told WGME-TV that she plans to sell the truck and the house and buy a new SUV.

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