Articles by Alex Acquisto

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Woman found dead earlier this week in Cherryfield identified

By Alex Acquisto on July 21, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
A woman whose body was found earlier this week on the side of Route 193 in Cherryfield has been identified as 55-year-old Sally Shaw.
ROCKLAND, MAINE -- 07/21/2016 -- Don McLean (right) pleaded guilty to a series of domestic violence offenses while his attorney, Walter McKee, looks on Thursday in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland. McLean wore headphones to help him hear the proceedings. Stephen Betts | BDN

Don McLean pays $3,660 to end domestic violence case

By Alex Acquisto on July 21, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
American singer Don McLean paid $3,660 at the Knox County court in Rockland on Thursday to end a domestic violence case against him that dates back to January 2016.
Rockland Finance Director Tom Luttrell has been hired as the new city manager.

Rockland promotes finance director to be new city manager

By Alex Acquisto on July 20, 2017, at 10:29 a.m.
Tom Luttrell, the city’s finance director, will serve as the new city manager.
Police investigate the scene where a woman was found dead Wednesday morning in Cherryfield.

Police investigating woman found dead in Cherryfield as a homicide

By Alex Acquisto on July 19, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
A woman’s body was discovered Wednesday around dawn in Cherryfield.
Two researchers with the University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute work at the Technology Research Center, located in Old Town, Dec. 18, 2015.

Dangerous acid fumes leaked into a UMaine research building

By Alex Acquisto on July 19, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Sulfuric acid fumes leaked into a University of Maine building in Old Town.
Incoming freshmen at Colby College walk to the museum on Allen Island where they spent four days as part of the Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS). Allen Island is a private island owned by Up East Incorporated, a Wyeth family foundation. A partnership with the Up East foundation on Allen Island provide Colby students with unique learning experiences in several subject areas.

Wyeth family island a treasure trove for students

By Alex Acquisto on July 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
It’s not unusual for a college or university to have access to a field research station like Allen Island. But it is pretty unique for that station to also fold in elements of art and history, as Allen Island does because of its affiliation with the Wyeth family.
The General Store in Hope, Maine is for sale.

Midcoast general store that first opened in 1832 goes up for sale

By Alex Acquisto on July 12, 2017, at 10:42 a.m.
The Hope General Store, an anchor in its small midcoast Maine town, has been put up for sale.
Harvey Lembo of Rockland said he bought a gun Monday after his apartment at the Park Street Apartments in Rockland was broken into for the fourth time. He shot an alleged intruder Monday night trying to steal his prescription pain medication.

Rockland resident who shot intruder won’t be charged

By Alex Acquisto on July 05, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
Harvey Lembo, who is disabled, had bought the 7 mm Russian-made handgun that he used to shoot Christopher Wildhaber just days before the attempted burglary.
A Maine State Police Special Services truck at LincolnHealth

Suspicious package outside Maine health center painted to ‘look like a bomb’

By Alex Acquisto on July 03, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
A state fire marshal said the package found outside LincolnHealth’s Miles campus “was made to look like something more than it was.”
Michael Weston, 49, of Holden is wanted by local police on multiple charges of aggravated assault.

Holden man wanted for alleged domestic assault

By Alex Acquisto on July 03, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Michael Weston of Holden is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault and two outstanding state warrants.
Albert P. Cochran.

Inmate linked to deaths or disappearance of 6 people dies in state custody

By Alex Acquisto on June 28, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
He was convicted of killing his wife and accused of killing his three children.
Rachel Borch, 21, stands along an overgrown area of the trail she runs along Alford Lake, much like the section where she was recently attacked by a rabid raccoon while jogging near her home in Hope. The raccoon lunged at her and bit her on the thumb, not letting go. Borch drowned the animal in a puddle.

Maine jogger who killed rabid raccoon becomes overnight media sensation

By Alex Acquisto on June 16, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
“I didn’t choose the rock star life, the rock star life chose me,” Rachel Borch said with a grin, sitting at her kitchen table as her mom fielded another call from another reporter.
Rachel Borch, 21, stands in the woods near her home in Hope. Borch was attacked while on a jog in woods near her home by a rabid raccoon and had to drown the animal in self defense.

Mainer attacked by rabid raccoon drowns it in puddle

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
“I didn’t think I could strangle it with my bare hands,” Rachel Borch remembers thinking, but holding it under the water might do the trick. “With my thumb in its mouth, I just pushed its head down into the muck.”
Camden and Rockport voters approved a $25 million bond June 13 that will bring a new middle school to MSAD 28.

Camden, Rockport voters approve $25 million middle school bond

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Voters here and in the neighboring town of Rockport overwhelmingly approved Tuesday a $25.2 million bond to construct a new middle school for the two towns’ middle school students.
A sea gull stands on a large rock on the sand bar in Bar Harbor, April 29, 2016. Bar Harbor voters approved taking over a defunct ferry terminal and turning it into a cruise ship terminal.

Bar Harbor to turn defunct ferry terminal into new cruise ship terminal

By Alex Acquisto on June 14, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
In Bar Harbor, voters approved a proposal from the town to acquire a defunct ferry terminal for development into a new cruise ship terminal.
Chief Petty Officer Mervin 'Sonny' Grotton is shown in this undated photo. Grotton was shot and killed in his yard in Belfast, Maine in December 1983. Grotton's widow Norma Small, 61, was arrested Wednesday in Kansas, and two other men, were indicted for the murder. Police said Small hired Fuller to shoot her husband. Smith introduced the two, police said.

CBS to air program on NCIS investigation into infamous Belfast murder

By Alex Acquisto on June 13, 2017, at 2 a.m.
“The Sting,” a CBS “48 Hours” episode about Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who delved into an infamous 1983 murder of a Belfast Navy chief petty officer, will air on Wednesday.
MSAD 28 and Five Town CSD voters will cast their ballots on June 13 in favor of or against the construction of a $25 million bond for a new Camden-Rockport Middle School.

Camden, Rockport voters to decide on $25 million middle school proposal

By Alex Acquisto on June 09, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
Local residents and their neighbors in Rockport will vote on June 13 whether to sanction the construction of a new $25 million middle school.

Trenton man accused of trafficking, importing heroin

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
A Trenton man suspected of trafficking heroin has been arrested and charged after police say his vehicle was pulled over Monday afternoon and officers discovered drugs inside.
Audra Caler-Bell will be Camden's new town manager starting July 1.

Camden picks Rockland’s interim manager for top admin post

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
Audra Caler-Bell, longtime interim city manager in Rockland, will become the permanent town manager of Camden.
The building on the left is the focus of a court appeal filed by a neighbor to the Nebo Lodge on North Haven.

Maine’s highest court sides with island inn over neighbor’s complaint

By Alex Acquisto on June 07, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
Maine’s highest court has sided with the owners of Nebo Lodge.