Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

TV star and Islesboro summer resident Kirstie Alley congratulates two of the finishers of Saturday's Islesboro Crossing, a 3-mile swim fundraiser for LifeFlight of Maine.

Swimmers brave 3 miles of open water, raise $108,000 for LifeFlight of Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — Sixty swimmers had perfect conditions Saturday for a roughly 3-mile open-water crossing from Lincolnville to Islesboro, which they did to raise money for the LifeFlight of Maine Foundation. The first swimmers to make it to Islesboro had the chance to meet a celebrity, as television star and …
Janet Mathieson (right) protested in Murrieta, California on July 4, shortly before being arrested in a demonstration over immigration.

Maine woman fighting felony lynching charge after arrest during immigration protests in California

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
A college student who grew up in Maine is fighting a charge of felony lynching after she was arrested July 4 in a fractious immigration demonstration in Murrieta, California. Janet Mathieson, 22, grew up in the Belfast area and spent her teenage years in Portland. She is working toward a …

Police say Winslow woman accidentally shot husband

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — A Winslow man is in the hospital after his wife accidentally shot him with a handgun on Saturday night, according to police. Paul Labrecque, 55, is recovering in a Bangor hospital from injuries that weren’t life-threatening, according to Winslow police who responded to Labrecque’s home on Morrill …
Zachary Soule (left), 11, made the costume he wore to the Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Saturday at Harbor Park in Rockland. He was Nyan, an animated cat with a body that looks like a Pop-Tart and that has had more than 112 million views on YouTube.

Feline film festival draws hundreds to watch Internet cat videos in Rockland park

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — It’s a question as deep and resonant as the age-old philosophical mind-bender about the chicken and the egg: what came first, the Internet or the cat videos we watch on the Internet? A crowd of hundreds gathered Saturday night under the stars at Rockland’s Harbor Park to …

Police arrest Cumberland County Jail work release inmate accused of not showing up for work

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 24, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Cumberland County Jail work release inmate who went missing Friday afternoon was found Saturday and taken into custody by a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office detective, according to a news release issued Saturday afternoon by the agency. Preston Cooper, 50, who works at Ready Seafood in Portland, …
The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White, partner in Front Street Shipyard and owner of Brooklin Boat Yard, docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast on Wednesday.

Home sweet houseboat: Recycled shipping containers enliven Belfast waterfront

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 23, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Maine man, known for the elegant yachts he builds in Brooklin, is turning heads in Belfast with a very different type of vessel — a jaunty red houseboat made out of recycled shipping containers. Steve White, the owner of Brooklin Boat Yard and a partner at …

Two alleged sex abusers indicted by Waldo County grand jury

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 21, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Two men accused of sexually abusing children were indicted last week by the Waldo County grand jury. Jason Baldwin, 40, of Palermo came to police attention last summer after a teenage girl’s mother complained that he was harassing her daughter. The mother said that Baldwin was “obsessed …

Belfast council: Two leaving, two running, but who’s the third?

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Belfast is looking for a few good candidates for public office. On Election Day, residents will vote to fill three seats on Belfast City Council. But with only one week before the deadline to return nomination papers, Belfast remains one candidate short. “I hope somebody steps forward,” …
Todd Gilday (center) sits with his attorneys Jeremy Pratt (left) and Philip Cohen at the Waldo County Superior Court Wednesday. Superior Court Justice Robert Murray sentenced Gilday to 50 years for killing Lynn Day Arsenault in Belfast last year.

Man sentenced to 50 years for ‘utterly senseless’ shooting death of Belfast woman

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Justice Robert Murray told admitted killer Todd Gilday that his actions of last August were “utterly senseless” before sentencing him Wednesday morning to 50 years in prison for the shotgun death of Lynn Day Arsenault. “This court cannot answer the question posed to it today of ‘why?’” …

Rights panel finds housing agency discriminated against man suffering from alcoholism, PTSD

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — A Gray man with problems including post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism was discriminated against by the assisted living facility that evicted him last summer, the Maine Human Rights Commission unanimously decided earlier this month. James Nichols had been living at Richmond Eldercare Coalition Inc., a facility for …
Children take swimming lessons Monday morning at Belfast City Park Pool. Police are searching for a man believed to have tried to entice two small boys away from the pool last Wednesday.

Belfast police believe they have identified poolside man sought for questioning

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police in Belfast think they’ve identified the man alleged to have been lurking around the Belfast City Park Pool last week and who may have walked away from the pool with a 7-year-old boy. The man, whose name is not being released to the media, is believed …
In this August 2013 file photo, Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse.

Woman’s admitted murderer will be sentenced this week, and sued in civil court

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The man who pleaded guilty earlier this summer to murdering a well-loved local woman last August will be sentenced this week at Waldo County Superior Court to 50 years in prison, according to a deal worked out with state prosecutors and his defense attorney. Todd Gilday, 44, …
Police are looking for this man who they believe tried to entice two boys away from the pool on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Police searching for man who allegedly attempted to lure boys away from Belfast public pool

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:16 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police in Belfast are seeking a man they believe tried to lure two boys away from the Belfast City Park swimming pool last week. The man, said to be athletic, in his mid- to late 40s and wearing Spandex swim trunks, did draw one boy “a substantial …
The volunteer workers of the planned Water Street Learning Center worked last month on shingling the space in the old corn cannery. By fall, organizers expect the home school enrichment program to be open for business in downtown Liberty.

From cannery to children’s enrichment center: Liberty learning center offers promise of new life in old building

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 17, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
LIBERTY, Maine — For families that choose to homeschool their children, the days can be busy, long and sometimes difficult and isolated. That’s why a group of Waldo County families has been spending its free moments over the last year hauling scrap metal out of an old corn canning factory …

Maine soldier sentenced in connection with Washington murder

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — A soldier from a Maine island pleaded guilty this week in Washington state to acting as an accomplice in the murder last fall of another soldier after an altercation broke out between two groups of troops stationed at Fort Lewis. Spc. Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 22, of Islesboro was …
Crater Pond, near Brownville Junction, is one of the remote Maine lakes that has its water quality sampled periodically by research scientists.

‘This is a huge success story’: 2 Maine scientists say acid rain effects reversing much faster than expected

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 15, 2014, at 4:11 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — Two Maine scientists are celebrating good news about the environment, after a decades-long study has shown that the negative effects of acid rain have been reversed much faster than expected. Steve Kahl, a sustainability professor at Unity College, said Thursday that the study looked at lakes throughout …
Local artists Russell Kahn, left, and David Hurley celebrate completing a 300-square-foot mural they painted in an airplane hangar at Belfast Municipal Airport.

Giant mural featured on airplane hangar at Belfast Municipal Airport

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Local artist David Hurley has painted on his share of walls, but nothing compares to the 300-square-foot mural he and another artist recently completed on the side of a hangar at Belfast Municipal Airport. The hangar belongs to Mike Sobota, who commissioned the painting and also owns …

Digging through ground, records uncovers truth about early African-American settlement in Waldo County

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 13, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
TROY, Maine — When Chris Marshall first came to central Maine, he heard rumors about a long-ago African-American settlement in the Waldo County farming town of Troy. The settlement disappeared into the mists of time, but it remained in stories and in part of town referred to as “Negroville.” Marshall, …

GOP candidate for District 97 has moved out of district but remains on ballot

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 13, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Republicans in House District 97 have a candidate running this fall against incumbent Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, and Green Party challenger Paige Katharine Brown, but there’s a problem. That Republican candidate, Ben Bryant, moved out of the district that contains the communities of Belfast, Northport and Waldo …
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Brooks man charged in connection with illegal marijuana growing operation

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 11, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.
BROOKS, Maine — Waldo County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Friday suspected of cultivating 129 marijuana plants found on a patch of land in the woods in July. Police learned about the growing operation after they received an anonymous tip in July, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the …
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