Arson Arrest – Bangor   (Bangor) – A 56-year old Bangor man is charged with arson and burglary in connection with a fire that destroyed a storage shed at Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream on Odlin Road.  The Bangor Police Department reports to Star 97.7 that they arrested Michael Benfield for Sunday’s blaze.  Witnesses said they […]

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Local News – April 6, 2021

Arson Arrest – Bangor


(Bangor) – A 56-year old Bangor man is charged with arson and burglary in connection with a fire that destroyed a storage shed at Fielder’s Choice Ice Cream on Odlin Road.  The Bangor Police Department reports to Star 97.7 that they arrested Michael Benfield for Sunday’s blaze.  Witnesses said they saw someone flee the scene shortly before the fire engulfed the shed.   Benfield lives just down the road from the ice cream stand.


Internet Outage


(Boston) – Spectrum Communications says it was a pair of breaks in fiber-optic lines that led to a massive Internet outage last evening.  The problems began before 5:30 and went on for more than 3-hours, affecting most of the Northeast.  The outage caused some chaos with city councils in Bangor and Portland who planned to meet via Zoom.  Lamoine’s Planning Board hearing on a pair of gravel pit permit renewals was postponed for a month due to the outage.  Spectrum reports the problems appears to be resolved.


Grand Re-Opens

(Ellsworth)  After more than a year closed down, the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth will reopen this month.   Executive Director Nick Turner tells Star 97.7 the Grand’s reopening will start on School Vacation week with $1-dollar showings of Pixar’s “Onward”.  The PG movie is sponsored by the City of Ellsworth.  Doors open at Noon each day for the 1:00 p.m. matinee, and they’ll have all the safety protocols in place, plus the Grand’s famous buttery popcorn.


I-95 Chase


(Falmouth) – A 28-year old Portland man faces multiple charges after he led police on a chase that reached speeds of 115-miles an hour before crashing his car.  The chase began when police tried to pull over Abdiaziz Dahir on Interstate 95 in Falmouth Sunday evening.  Officers suspected him of driving drunk.  He pulled over and gave police a fake name, then drove off.  Dahir tried to get off the interstate at exit 53 and ended up flipping the car.


Help for Vets with Dementia

(AP)  The congressional delegations of Maine and Alaska want the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to work quickly to implement a law designed to address a gap in care for veterans suffering from early stage dementia.  Last year, Congress passed the State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act, which gives the VA the ability to waive eligibility requirements for private care for veterans with early state dementia.  The delegation seeks to have the VA implement provisions of that law which have not been put into practice.


Greenhouse Gas Initiative

(Augusta)  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is getting support from Maine’s two U.S. Senators.  Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King say they plan to join other senators on a legislative effort to expand the multistate effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The initiative proposes using the market to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the power industry.  Collins and King support a proposal that would establish an Office of Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Grohoski, McDonald to Serve on Maine Climate Council

(Augusta)  Democratic Representatives Nicole Grohoski of Ellsworth and Genevieve McDonald of Stonington have been appointed to serve on Maine’s Climate Council.  The Council was created in June 2019 in an effort to strategize a plan for climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050, in addition to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.  Both are serving second terms in the Maine House of Representatives.


Maine Receives RGGI Funds

(Hallowell)  Maine received 4 point nineteen million dollars from the 51st auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances traded the first quarter of 2021.  According to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, participating states limit CO2 emissions from power plants in order to reduce air pollution.  Companies then purchase allowances at auction that permit them to emit only so many millions of tons of CO2 gas from power plants generating more than 25 megawatts of electricity.  Eleven states participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.


HC Food Drive Kick-off Raises Record Funds

(Ellsworth)  Saturday’s kickoff for Healthy Acadia’s Hancock County Food Drive raised $9,125, making it the most successful kickoff to date.  This puts the fundraising total at $21,000, more than half way to this year’s goal, with the rest of April to go.  This year, Healthy Acadia is hosting several virtual events, including a Read-A-Thon for younger participants, and Miles for Meals.


Emerald Ash Borer in New Maine Locations

(AP)  The invasive emerald ash borer has destroyed tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada and has been found for the first time in Oxford County.  The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry said ash trees under attack by the borer were also recently found for the first time in the York County town of Saco and the Cumberland County city of Westbrook.  The Department asks residents who find the pest to report those findings immediately.


Citizen of the Year

(Ellsworth)  The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has named Trenton Selectman and part time police officer Fred Ehrlenbach as the Citizen of the Year for 2021.  Ehrlenbach just recently stepped down after 12 years on the chamber board, two of those years as President.  His community service career began when he served on the Trenton Planning Board from 1980 to 2011.  He has served decades in law enforcement as a deputy part time with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Reserve Sargent with the Ellsworth Police Department.  The Chamber will honor Ehrlenbach at their 65th Annual Awards night this June.




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