Two people in Hancock County have been arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking offenses following a joint drug investigation among MDEA’s Down East Task Force, the Maine Warden Service, and the Maine Marine Patrol.
Seized during the search warrant were drugs, cash and 46 firearms.
From the Maine State Police:
A Deer Isle man and his girlfriend have been arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking offenses following a joint drug investigation among MDEA’s Down East Task Force, the Maine Warden Service, and the Maine Marine Patrol. This case began early November when 42-year-old Dexter Bray was the subject of a night hunting investigation being conducted by the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Marine Patrol. During this incident, Bray was found to be in possession of 3 firearms, approximately 10 grams of fentanyl and over $3000 in cash. Utilizing this information along with independent investigative information gathered by MDEA, investigators were able to obtain a search warrant for Bray’s home which was served Wednesday afternoon, November 30, 2022. Bray’s home is located on GOA Way in Deer Isle.
Seized during the warrant Wednesday was approximately 23 grams of fentanyl, 6 grams of crack cocaine, over $16,000 in suspected drug proceeds, along with 46 firearms.
Arrested and charged in connection with this investigation are Heather Davis and Dexter Bray, both 42 and both of Deer Isle. No bail was set for either Bray or Davis. Both are expected to make an initial appearance in Hancock County.
This morning, Dec. 1, just before 6:30am, Maine State Police Troopers responded to a crash on Route 27 in Belgrade at a railroad crossing.
From the Maine State Police:
The driver of a blue Hyundai Elantra, 83-year-old William Bockman of Smithfield, was travelling south on route 27 when he collided with a machine called a railroad tamper which was being operated by 19-year-old Bryce Willette of Madison. Bockman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Willette received minor injuries. The southbound lane of 27 was shut down and the Belgrade Fire Department directed traffic through the northbound lane. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York has been elected the next Democratic House leader, making history as the first black lawmaker to lead a political party’s caucus. The 52-year-old Jeffries was elected on Wednesday in a unanimous vote, as Democrats prepare to relinquish control of the House in January. Jeffries will take over for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who announced earlier this month she would not seek leadership next session. Pelosi has served as the House Democratic leader since 2003.
Jeffries was first elected to Congress in 2012; his top deputy will be Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., 59, who served under Jeffries as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus and rose to assistant speaker in this Congress. The trio represents a generational shift for Democrats, who are currently led by a trio in their 80s. Jeffries told reporters in the Capitol: “This is a moment of transition We stand on the shoulders of giants, but are also looking forward to being able to do what’s necessary at this moment to advance the issues.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Jeffries’ election a turning point in the history of the United States Congress: “It’s not surprising that House Democrats are turning to someone from Brooklyn to lead the way next year, because when you’re from Brooklyn, you learn quickly traits like persistence and serious mettle. It’s a crowded place and a diverse place. You learn how to work with all kinds of different people. You learn how to stand your ground. You learn to not take things personally.”
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to avoid a railroad strike; national railroad workers had vowed to strike on Dec. 9 if no agreement was reached. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 290-137, and still needs to be approved by the Senate. If enacted the measure would require companies and railway employees to adhere to a tentative agreement that was brokered earlier this year by the Biden administration.
President Joe Biden issued a personal appeal for Congress earlier in the week, saying in an official White House press release: “I am calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators — without any modifications or delay — to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had expressed his intention to hold up the legislation unless a measure was added to guarantee seven days of paid sick leave to railroad employees, tweeting: “At a time of record profits in the rail industry, it’s unacceptable that rail workers have zero guaranteed paid sick days. It’s my intention to block consideration of the rail legislation until a roll call vote occurs on guaranteeing seven paid sick days to rail workers in America.” A separate piece of legislation, mandating paid sick leave for railroad workers, passed the House by 221-207.
The National Railway Act allows congress to intervene in labor disputes related to national railroads but the law has not been invoked since the 19
The TidalWave Music Festival will return in 2023, with headliners Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn and Thomas Rhett set to perform on the Atlantic City Beach in New Jersey on Friday, August 11th through Sunday, August 13th. The fest shared the news on Instagram: “Your 2023 #TidalWaveFest lineup is here! Passes go on sale to everyone Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 am ET. See you on the beach #ridethetide Layaway plans will be available for $43 down if you buy before Jan 3. Mark your calendar, and buy fast!”
The festival’s main stage will also host performances by Cooper Alan, Priscilla Block, Lindsay Ell, Randy Houser, Corey Kent, Dustin Lynch, Jo Dee Messina, Jelly Roll, Lily Rose, Dylan Scott, Nate Smith, Cole Swindell, Mitchell Tenpenny, Hailey Whitters and DeeJay Silver. TidalWave will also continue to introduce fans to country music’s most exciting acts, bringing a stacked second stage lineup, dubbed “Next from Nashville.”
Three-day passes for the one-of-a-kind experience will go on-sale beginning Friday, December 16th At 10 am ET at tidalwavefest.com.
Jimmie Allen and Elle King will host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash along with Entertainment Tonight host Rachel Smith. The special will air live on Friday, Dec. 31 from Music City at 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. CT to 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT on CBS. It will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
Says Smith: “This hometown gal is thrilled to be back for round two of Nashville’s Big Bash. Hanging with my talented country friends in Music City on New Year’s Eve is the ultimate way to kick off the new year!”
Allen added: “When I got the call to host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, I was super excited and started looking forward to it right then. I was part of the show last year as a performer, so being able to co-host it this year with Elle King and Rachel Smith and see all the great performances that are lined up – it’s going to be awesome. Hosting is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to do it on CBS is a big deal. I get to represent not only Nashville and country music but my home state of Delaware – primetime television on New Year’s Eve! Let’s bring this new year in right!”
King also shared: “New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite nights to celebrate because we get to reflect on the year we’ve had while getting a fresh start. Nashville has been so amazing and welcoming to me this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am so excited to be hosting the festivities live from Music City!”
New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will ring in 2023 with performances by some of country music’s biggest stars such as Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, and more. Additional performers and information will be announced at a later date. The five-hour celebration will also include the famous Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight.
Universal Pictures shared news of the release of the second trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
The trailer shows plumber Mario (voice of Chris Pratt) battling Donkey Kong, the ape whose game first introduced the character. Villain Bowser (Jack Black) interrogates Mario’s brother Luigi (Charlie Day), who was introduced in the game Mario Bros. Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Toad (Keegan-Michael Key) join Mario on his adventure, which mimics gameplay from the original Super Mario Bros. side-scroller game for Nintendo Entertainment System. A flaming flower and flying raccoon Mario are shown. Mario also races a go-kart like the spinoff game Super Mario Kart.
The animated The Super Mario Bros. Movie opens April 7. Check out the trailer – here.
Amazon Studios announced that 53-year-old actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has signed a deal to write, direct and produce four films for release on Prime Video. Perry said in a statement: “I’m excited and grateful to start working with Amazon Studios to bring movies to Prime Video. Jennifer Salke and the entire team have welcomed me with open arms, and I’m looking forward to continuing telling unique stories and bringing my next projects to the global audiences that they reach.”
Amazon Studios headJennifer Salke added: “Tyler Perry is undeniably one of the most prolific creators of our time. He is a true multihyphenate who has defined his own incredible brand of storytelling and inspired people all over the world with his series and films. We are excited to collaborate with Tyler and his teams to bring even more of his fantastic signature films to our global audiences.”
Perry is known for creating the ‘Madea’ film franchise, along with such series as House of Payne, The Haves and the Have Nots and Sistas. His most recent film, A Jazzman’s Blues, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was also released on Netflix.
Fleetwood Mac singer and keyboardist Christine McVie died on Wednesday at age 79 after a short illness. McVie’s family released a statement announcing her passing: “On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.”‘
Fleetwood Mac posted in their social media statement: “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.
McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, playing alongside her ex-husband John McVie as well as Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood. Over the course of her career with the band, she sang on some of the band’s biggest hits including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me” and “Songbird.” Despite John and Christine McVie divorcing in 1976 they remained with the band, with Christine eventually leaving over her fear of flying. However, after an 18-year hiatus Christine returned to Fleetwood Mac’s recording and touring lineup in 2014.
McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as part of Fleetwood Mac, and was also later honored by the Recording Academy as the band received the MusiCares Person of the Year honor in 2018. In addition to Fleetwood Mac, McVie issued three solo albums as well as a collaborative album with fellow Fleetwood Mac musician Lindsey Buckingham. Her biggest solo hits included “Got a Hold on Me” and “Love Will Show Us How.”