(Bangor) – The FBI has charged a 31-year old Trenton woman with drug trafficking and firearms charges that could land her in prison for life. The Bangor Daily News reports Shelby Kleffman and two men from Massachusetts were part of a drug ring that was regularly bringing fentanyl into Maine. Much of the case revolves around cell phone records and videos showing the defendants discussed drug transactions and guns. Last December police say a Milbridge couple robbed Kleffman’s home off Oak Point Road in Trenton, stealing two safes and shooting her father. They were caught after a car crash in Holden.
Tree Branch Fatal
(Farmington) – High winds are blamed for a 31-year old Waterville woman’s death in Farmington. The winds brought down a tree limb on Knowlton Corner Road yesterday morning just as Rochelle Hager was driving underneath. The limb struck her car on the driver’s side, and she was dead at the scene before emergency responders arrived. The limb also brought down utility lines and poles, closing the road for several hours.
(Bangor) – Hundreds of Maine residents lost power yesterday as winds brought down tree limbs over power lines. Versant reports virtually everyone is back on this morning. Central Maine Power reported more than 5-thousand outages around 5:30 this morning. The winds have died down and line crews are working to restore everyone.
Petition Drive Fails
(Augusta) – Maine’s Secretary of State says a petition drive to add one word to the state constitution to ensure that only registered voters can vote in local elections has fallen well short of the more than 63-thousand signatures needed. The proposal backed by Winter Harbor State Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham was considered to be redundant, because only voters registered in a community can cast town meeting votes already. The petitions only had about 41-thousand signatures, with more than 25-thousand rejected mainly because they were not certified as belonging to registered voters.
Hancock County Food Drive
(Ellsworth) April marks the beginning of a month-long food drive to help end food insecurity in Hancock County. Healthy Acadia Food Programs Manager Rachel Emus tells Star 97.7, this year the need is greater than ever. On Saturday, April 3rd, between 10 and 2, look for folks dressed as fruits and vegetables, stationed at grocery stores across the county collecting food, toiletries, and cash donations that will help support at least 20 food support programs across Hancock County.
NLMCH to Open Ellsworth Vaccine Clinic
(Ellsworth) Beginning Thursday, Ellsworth area residents need go no further than the Reny’s Plaza on High Street to get their COVID-19 vaccines. Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital will open the doors at the site of the former Family Dollar April 1st and hope to vaccinate more than 300 people that first day. The clinic is looking for volunteers ages 16 and up to serve as validators and to direct people through the site. Pre-registration is required, and clinicians ask that people wait in the car if they arrive more than 5 minutes early to help with social distancing. Register or sign up to volunteer at northern light health dot org.
Conservation Groups Add DOE to CMP Lawsuit
(Augusta) Three of Maine’s largest conservation groups have moved to add the U.S. Department of Energy to their lawsuit challenging what they say were flawed federal permits granted to Central Maine Power for its controversial transmission line project. In their legal filing, the Appalachian Mountain Club, Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Sierra Club Maine say DOE committed a clear error in issuing the presidential permit just days before President Biden was inaugurated without first allowing for public comment.
North Atlantic Right Whales Return
(AP/Mass) The rare North Atlantic right whale has been sighted in Cape Cod Bay, with dozens returning to the waters off Massachusetts for the spring. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 89 right whales were spotted in the bay on March 21st, including three pairs of mothers and babies. The whales number only about 360, and they are particularly vulnerable to ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Maine fishermen say newly proposed rules for the whales’ protection unfairly target their lines and traps and endanger their livelihood.
Heat Pump Proposal
(AP/Portland) Maine’s U.S. senators are working on a proposal to incentivize less expensive heating and cooling units in homes. Because of the state’s long winters and reliance on heating oil, Mainers often pay high heating prices. Independent Senator Angus King and Republican Senator Susan Collins say their proposal would provide a refundable federal tax credit for costs associated with installing heat pumps. Because heat pumps can both heat and cool homes more efficiently, cleanly, and economically than fossil fuel options, the senators say encouraging their use is a good idea for the state.
Proposal to Expand Ranked Choice Voting
(AP/Augusta) A proposal to expand the use of ranked choice voting in Maine has succeeded in committee and now moves on to the Maine Legislature. Although the state has adopted the ranked choice system for Congressional races, the system has not been adopted in state races due to concerns about its constitutionality. Friday, the Maine Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee approved a proposal that could change that. Democratic Senator David Miramant’s proposal calls for an amendment to the constitution to implement the system more broadly.
- New Orleans Pelicans 115 Boston Celtics 109 (Boston without Jaylen Brown who is injured). There were more than 2-thousand fans allowed at the TD Garden for the 1st time this season.
- The Bruins host the New Jersey Devils tonight.
- Boston Red Sox 4 Atlanta Braves 0 (spring training)
High School Volleyball
Washington Academy 3 Calais 0
Today: MDI at Ellsworth, George Stevens at Sumner