Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

The Verso paper mill in Bucksport.

Verso workers won’t be laid off until end of December

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 26, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | Millworkers who expected to be laid off as soon as Dec. 1 will get a monthlong reprieve, as Verso Mill officials announced this week they will not let workers go until the end of the month. Bill Cohen, spokesman for Verso, said Wednesday that the company will …

Man wrecks vehicle, antique water pump station in Belfast crash

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 25, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
Police say that a man allegedly driving drunk last week wrecked both his vehicle and an antique water pump station when he failed to navigate the sharp turn at the intersection of Head of the Tide Road and Route 7. The driver, Anthony Gillcrist, 32, of Jacksonville, …
Jeffery Moran

Lincoln County cyclist killed by alleged drunken driver, police said

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 23, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
WALDOBORO | A bicyclist was struck and killed Saturday night by an alleged drunken driver on Feylers Corner Road in Waldoboro, police said. Jessie Hayden, 31, had been riding his bike in the road at about 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by driver Jeffrey Moran, 27, according to …

Police: Woman dies, man hospitalized in Alna shooting

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 23, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
A man was hospitalized Saturday morning and a woman evidently took her own life in an Alna suicide that Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said had some “unusual circumstances.” The shooting occurred at a home on West Alna Road, he said Sunday. After it was reported …

Coast Guard rescues Northeast Harbor lobster boat, assists another off Portsmouth Harbor

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 23, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard were busy this weekend helping the crews of two disabled fishing boats — one off Southwest Harbor and the other located 50 miles off Portsmouth Harbor. A distress call from the crew of the Northeast Harbor-based Royal Fortune came in …
Malcolm Bedell of the food blog "From Away" and the newly funded sandwich truck, 'Wich, Please, will be making sandwiches in Rockland starting in the spring. Here, he's making a grilled cheese at last year's World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Funded: Rockland sandwich truck should be open for business in the spring

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 22, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
The ’Wich, Please sandwich truck should be rolling in to Rockland early next spring after an online fundraising effort exceeded the hopes of food blogger and avid home cook Malcolm Bedell. He had needed to raise $25,000 by 6 p.m. Friday through the online entrepreneurial fundraising site …
Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home -- the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same 699 Walker Road residence.

Police discover meth lab at same Hodgdon home second time this year

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 22, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Police found a clandestine methamphetamine production lab Saturday at a Hodgdon home — the second time this year police discovered a methamphetamine lab at the same residence. The Saturday morning search of the 699 Walker Road home resulted in the arrest of James Boyce, 31, of Hodgdon. …

Seven fire departments respond to Penobscot fire

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
Firefighters from seven towns spent several hours Friday night battling a structure fire destroyed a home on the Bagaduce River. One of the homeowners was treated for smoke inhalation. The fire on Dale’s Lane was reported at about 5 p.m., Chief Dennis Robertson of the Penobscot Fire …

Police seek information in York County hit-and-run incident

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 22, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
LIMINGTON | A 16-year-old girl who was hit by a car Friday evening while walking on Route 11 suffered multiple injuries, but police said none are considered life-threatening. The York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the hit-and-run incident that happened at about 5:30 p.m., near the intersection of the …

Man killed in apparent homicide in Portland

By Abigail Curtis and Seth Koenig on Nov. 22, 2014, at 7:10 a.m.
PORTLAND — Portland Police are investigating an apparent homicide that happened Friday night at an apartment building at 214 Brighton Ave, leaving one man dead. Responding officers arrived at the residence a little after 9 p.m., finding the victim but not a suspect. Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said in …

A family Thanksgiving specialty: Squirnip

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 21, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie. Sure, those are all important elements of most people’s Thanksgiving feasts, but when I go home to Orono for the holiday, my family augments these delicacies with something a little different. We call it ‘squirnip.’ This amalgamation of boiled squash and turnip …
Bangor Daily News veteran reporter, Walter Griffin, retired from the BDN on Jan. 8, 2010. Griffin passed away on Thursday after a battle with prostate cancer. He is seen in this file photo taken on Dec. 29, 2009 at his retirement luncheon at the BDN.

Former BDN reporter Walter Griffin dies at 68

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 20, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
BELFAST | Back in the 1990s, longtime Bangor Daily News reporter Walter Griffin told President Bill Clinton how to eat a lobster when they met as guests at the wedding of a mutual friend. But it would take a lot of asking before you’d hear that story from Griffin, …
Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell listens before the unveiling of his official portrait in the State House in Augusta on Jan. 28, 2014.

Lack of federal funding could jeopardize Mitchell Scholarship program

By Abigail Curtis and Seth Koenig on Nov. 20, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
A scholarship program that for 15 years has sent top American students to Ireland and is named for one of Maine’s best-known politicians has been denied continued funding by the U.S. State Department, a program official said Wednesday. Trina Vargo, founder and president of the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance, said the …
An SUV lost control on an icy road in Kossuth Township, left the road and ended upside down in about two and a half feet of water on Monday afternoon.

Good Samaritan performs successful CPR on 3-month-old following accident in Washington County

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP | Ever since he was in high school, Wade Shorey has taken CPR courses every two or three years. But the 32-year-old forester never needed to use those skills until he came upon an accident scene on Route 6 in Washington County Monday afternoon, and was able …
Men dressed as a law enforcement officers enter a medical marijuana grower's backyard garden in Winterport, Sept. 28, 2014, as seen in this surveillance image released by the Maine State Police Department.

Alleged Winterport police impersonators indicted by grand jury

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 18, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
BELFAST | A trio of men accused of impersonating police officers in September in order to steal medical marijuana from a Winterport man have been indicted by the Waldo County Grand Jury, which rose last week. Jeffrey Hurd, 48, of Glenburn, Scott Roberts, 35, of Glenburn and Kerry L. …
Mike Roberts, a marine systems engineer who has worked for many years on oil rigs, put his 1968 yellow submarine away for the winter in a Stockton Springs garage.

Maine, the land of submarines? Yellow submarine turns heads on Main Street in Stockton Springs

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 18, 2014, at 5:38 a.m.
Heads craned and passers-by stopped in their tracks last week as Main Street took on a Jules Verne appearance for a few days while Mike Roberts readied to put his yellow submarine away for the winter. “It’s been nonstop,” the 1996 Maine Maritime Academy graduate said …
Owen Adair

Suspicious pickup truck leads to arrest of Vinalhaven man

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 17, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
WINTERPORT | A pickup truck allegedly stolen from a Thomaston repair shop and spotted at the Winterport fire station this weekend ultimately led police to arrest a Vinalhaven man. Owen Adair, 23, was charged with theft of the truck and several other connected charges after a police investigation that …

Driver named in Winterport hit-and-run

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 17, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.
A driver has been issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly hitting and injuring a Winterport jogger. Rachel Curtis-Doliber, 28, of Winterport was summoned for the Class D offense on Saturday, Nov. 15. She was identified after the injured jogger provided information …
Mark Lessard

Unity man arrested after allegedly assaulting girlfriend, stepson

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 17, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
A Unity man who allegedly assaulted both his girlfriend and his stepson Friday night was arrested in connection with the incident. Mark Lessard, 45, had gotten into an argument with the 18-year-old stepson at about 9:40 p.m., Chief Deputy Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office …
Christopher Giggey

Police say Unity man choked girlfriend, hit her with tablet

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 17, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
A Unity man used his hands to choke his girlfriend Sunday afternoon and also hit her with a tablet computer hard enough to break the screen, according to a report from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. The woman, who called police to report the alleged assault against …
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