Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


Belfast police looking for thief stealing plants, solar lights from cemetery

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 03, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Someone is pilfering plants and solar light fixtures from Grove Cemetery in Belfast, and Police Chief Mike McFadden wants to find and stop them. “I would very much appreciate any help in determining who has been doing this down at the cemetery,” the chief said Wednesday. “I …
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife would like Belfast to dredge the Muck, home to goldfish and other species of fish dumped there.

Giant goldfish in Belfast’s Muck? The state says that has to change

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Legend has it that giant goldfish, as big as 2 feet long, swim around the murky reaches of Belfast’s Kirby Lake after being dumped there years ago by their erstwhile owners. Those errant pets soon will disappear from the small pond that is known locally as the …

Motorcyclist seriously injured after collision with pickup in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Frankfort man was taken to a hospital by LifeFlight helicopter Wednesday evening after the driver of a pickup truck hit him while executing a U-turn on Route 3, according to a police accident report. Christopher King, 27, suffered numerous broken bones, head trauma and internal bleeding, …
Jerry Conary, 20, of Winterport.

Case reopened against Winterport man charged in sex assault against teenage girl

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — A Winterport man charged recently with gross sexual assault against a 13-year-old girl from Searsport may be facing further charges, police said Thursday. Police learned that something allegedly had happened between Jerry Conary, 20, and the girl at the end of June after the girl’s parents contacted …
The former Whittier Tavern on Primrose Hill was the site of a ball hosted by British soldiers during the War of 1812.

Celebrating ‘the inglorious surrender’: Belfast remembers the War of 1812

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Some cities commemorate solemn moments of bravery, heroism and tragedy that happen during wartime. But those cities aren’t Belfast, where a group of citizens is getting ready to mark the 200th anniversary of its uneventful five-day British occupation during the War of 1812. “That’s what we’re commemorating …
Michael Minard

Former Portland Pirates assistant hockey coach sentenced for sexual misconduct with 13-year-old

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 28, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The former assistant coach of the Portland Pirates hockey team was sentenced Wednesday at Waldo County Superior Court to two months in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl. Michael Minard, 37, who lived in Falmouth until recently, came …
Emergency personnel work Wednesday afternoon to cut a driver out of her car after a two-car crash in front of Waldo County General Hospital on Northport Avenue in Belfast.

Pair of car crashes in Belfast injure several motorists

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 27, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police and emergency responders raced Wednesday afternoon from one multiple-car accident on Swan Lake Avenue to a second two-car collision that happened right in front of Waldo County General Hospital. The second accident, which involved a man driving a pickup truck and a woman driving a Nissan …
Emergency crews tend to a cyclist who police said was hurt Wednesday morning when a vehicle ran into him at the corner of Main and Cross streets.

Car-bicycle collision sends man to hospital

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A local man on his way to work Wednesday morning was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after a driver hit his bicycle at the corner of Main and Cross streets in downtown Belfast. Belfast police did not immediately release the names of the bicyclist or …
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, …
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