A judge ruled this week that Sharon and Julio Carillo will be tried separately on murder charges for the death of Sharon’s daughter, Marissa Kennedy. Her attorney had requested separate trials because they claim Sharon was abused by her husband. According to court documents, Julio will be tried first.

Maine may become the third state to ban single-use plastic bags, starting in April of 2020. The bill, which supporters say targets hard-to-recycle plastic bags, has passed its final vote in the Senate and is now awaiting Governor’s Mills signature or veto.

Funding is the only obstacle to a new bill that would boost needle exchange programs in Maine. The proposal sailed through the House and Senate but is now awaiting funding as lawmakers hash out the state’s two-year budget. The goal of the 1-point-seven million dollar program would be to decrease the rising number of Hepatitis C cases in the state.

The Ellsworth public library is partnering with the Grand Theatre to host an after-hours murder mystery night tonight, starting at 6:30. Participants will search the library for clues and watch video alibis to piece together the mystery. Find more information on the Ellsworth public library’s Facebook page.

A family FunDay is being held Saturday at Big Jakes go-Karts and Traditions mini-golf, on Route 1A in Holden, to benefit Camp Capella. For 10 dollars per person, or 25 dollars for a family of up to 5, folks can repeatedly ride the karts, play mini-golf, and enjoy refreshments and bounce houses between 11 and 3.