Bangor, Maine News Update: January 27, 2021
The Maine CDC reports 663 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 more people who have died. More Mainers are now eligible for the vaccine, including residents 70 and older, and people with high-risk health conditions. Governor Mills says she applauds President Biden’s promise to increase the vaccine supply, after the state has dealt with less consistent shipments than expected.
Bangor Police are investigating after a car struck the Eastern Fire Protection building on Harlow Street Tuesday night, for the second time in six months. In this case, the driver fled the scene before police arrived. Police hope to hear from anyone with information about the crash.
A rigger at Bath Iron Works is hospitalized after being critically injured in an industrial accident while working with a crane in the Shipyard over the weekend. A spokesman for the Local S6 of the Machinists Union says Garret Lynn Bailey’s injuries are among the most severe they’ve ever seen. A GoFundMe page has been established to help cover the costs of Bailey’s hospitalizations and surgeries.
State Police are investigating the deaths of two people in New Sharon in what they say was a domestic violence murder-suicide. Officials say 55-year-old Robert Dapolito shot 42-year-old Jessica Dapolito before turning the gun on himself. Police went to the home for a wellness check and discovered the couple’s bodies.
Scammers are targeting Maine’s elderly who are eager to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Nirav Shah of the Maine CDC says they’re calling people, claiming to be scheduling an appointment, and asking for their social security number. He says residents who suspect a call is false should ask for the caller’s name and ID, and then call the Maine CDC at 287-8016 and ask for their information to be traced to see if they’re legitimate.
Hannaford is donating a hundred thousand dollars to support after school programs for central Maine families impacted by the pandemic. Three agencies will benefit from the grant, including the YMCA, the Alfond Youth and Community Center in Waterville, and the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor.
Maine State Police are celebrating their 100th anniversary with some new cruisers, uniforms, and badges. Earlier this year, nine new black SUV’s with vintage door seals harkened back to the 1930’s, while the other cruisers are sporting orange and black license plates. Some Troopers are also sporting vintage-looking badges, that they purchased with their own money.