The Maine Warden Service wants to remind everyone that because of the last two weeks of warm weather, ice conditions around the state can be uncertain, and to use caution.
Corporal John MacDonald says there are some waterways that have seen ice open up or become thin, and he urges caution. “It’s still a smart idea to check the ice as you go and watch out for currents that can undermine the conditions. Please – everyone – play it safe in spite of the cold weather returning.”
Rivers and streams are of most concern, where water is constantly flowing and the warm weather has helped contribute to thin ice. And even with cold weather arriving this week it will be a while before ice conditions firm up on lakes as well, as thin spots have cropped up in some unusual places according to wardens in the field.
In short, ice conditions remain questionable for much of the State of Maine and anyone venturing onto the ice, whether it be for snowmobiling, ice fishing, or just hiking or skating, is urged to use caution.
A bad crash in Howland shut down a portion of interstate 95 this morning. Police say it involved a tractor trailer truck and a passenger vehicle. There aren't many details available other than a helicopter was called to rush a victim to the hospital. The southbound lanes of the interstate were closed because of the crash, but one lane has since been reopened. We'll have more details as the day rolls along.
Maine State Prison Inmate Death
The Department of Corrections today confirms the death of a prisoner of the Maine State Prison in Warren. The prisoner’s death occurred approximately 5:45 a.m., January 21, 2014 at the Maine State Prison. Consistent with the department policy and the Attorney General’s Office protocols, the State Police and the Medical Examiner were notified. Both are reviewing the death.
At the time of his death, Stephen Ray Gravel, age 53, had served approximately 5 years of a 16 year sentence for gross sexual assault.