(Newport) – A 40-year old Newport man is charged with murder following his wife’s death at their home. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland reports to Star 97.7 that Frederick Allen is held at the Penobscot County jail, charged with killing 37-year old Anielka Allen. Detectives gathered evidence from the couple’s home on North Street in Newport. Local police responded to a 9-1-1 call at 10-o’clock yesterday morning. Investigators classified the death as a domestic violence homicide.
(Ellsworth) – The former sheriff in Hancock County is now the County Commissioner chair. Bill Clark voted for himself and Commissioner Joseph Wombacher also backed Clark. The 3rd commissioner, Antonio Blasi, did not vote for Clark, with whom he’s had strong disagreements in the past couple of years. Blasi steps down as the chair. Clark says he’ll run for re-election in the fall.
Diocese Investigates Priest
(Hampden) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is investigating the actions of a priest who got into a fight with a man hours before the man shot a woman 10 times. A Superior Court justice said this week that the Reverend Anthony Cipolle “inflamed” the course of events that led to the death of Renee Henneberry Clark in July 2018. She was shot to death hours after Cipolle got into a fight with her killer, who was her brother-in-law Philip Clark. He was sentenced this week to 43 years in prison.
(Portland) – The lobster catch for 2019 is likely down compared to the year before, but the Department of Marine Resources it won’t be by as much as first feared. Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the catch is likely about 100-million pounds. That’s a drop of 20-million pounds from 2018, but still much more than the industry was catching 20-years ago. Preliminary figures last fall showed a nearly 40-percent drop, but that eased as fishing picked up in the fall.
LL Bean HQ
(Freeport) L.L. Bean’s headquarters will stay put in the same community where the mail-order company was founded. The company disclosed at a Town Council meeting this week that it intends to renovate and expand its corporate headquarters in Freeport after reviewing options that included locations in other towns. A company spokeswoman says the review of alternatives was part of the company’s due diligence. The company’s 1 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution hub is also in Freeport.
Mom Opioid Treatment
(Augusta) Maine will receive federal funding for a program to help new mothers and pregnant women with an opioid use disorder get treatment. Officials say that the $5.3 million-dollars will boost the state’s ability to provide compassionate and effective support to mothers who struggle with opioids. The Portland Press Herald reports that 10 states have been selected by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to create the Maternal Opioid Misuse model for Medicaid patients.
Native Plants at Nat’l Parks
(Bar Harbor) A pair of U.S. senators believes restoring native plants in national parks around the country could help beautify and improve some of America’s most beloved public places. The effort is led by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Maria Cantwell of Washington. They’ve called the bill the Native Plant Species Pilot Program- Act and say it would encourage the National Park Service to increase use of native plant materials on land the service stewards. The Senators say the use of native plants would benefit wildlife, human health and the environment.
Cancer Center Grants
(Ellsworth) A local cancer center has received two grants that will help them provide transportation for cancer patients. The Maine Cancer Foundation awarded a total of $60-thousand-dollars to the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth. The money benefits people living in Hancock or Washington Counties who travel long distances to receive cancer treatments. The Beth Wright Center offers a financial assistance program that can help ease the monetary and emotional stresses of accessing any type of cancer treatment.
(Ellsworth) More than 800 utility customers in the High Street area of Ellsworth briefly lost power yesterday. It happened a little before 9:30 in the morning, affecting traffic lights as well. Emera Maine spokeswoman Judy Long tells Star 97-7 that a piece of equipment broke, causing the cross arm on a utility pole to catch fire. Power was restored to all customers within a few minutes.
- Philadelphia 76ers 109 Boston Celtics 98 (3rd straight loss for Celtics)
- Boston Bruins 5 Winnipeg Jets 4 (David Pasternak with a hat trick for Boston)
High School Basketball – Boys
Mount Desert Island 53, John Bapst Memorial 27
Belfast Area 54, Oceanside (Coop) 46
Brewer 74, Messalonskee 62
Hampden Academy 61, Skowhegan Area 45
Hermon 43, Old Town 40
Calais 71, Washington Academy 52
Bangor 49, Portland 36
Hampden Academy 41, Skowhegan Area 33
Messalonskee 58, Brewer 38
Oceanside (Coop) 61, Belfast Area 40