Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau

 
Aerial view Sears Island and Mack Point in Searsport, Maine.

Land trust promotes alternative to Searsport Harbor dredging

By Abigail Curtis on June 12, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — A land trust that opposes the controversial $12 million Searsport Harbor dredging project commissioned a study that reports it has found a cheaper, less environmentally damaging alternative. “It’s a game changer, no question about it,” Steve Miller of the Islesboro Island Trust said of the so-called non-structural …
City employees and customers dance at the Belfast transfer station to the song "Happy." They're part of a music video that will have its premiere Friday, June 13, at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast.

Belfast is ‘Happy’: Hundreds of people participate in local music video

By Abigail Curtis on June 12, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Paris. Tehran. Somaliland. Tahiti. Belfast? One thing these locales have in common is the fact that their residents have danced joyfully in videos featuring the hit song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams — videos that have led to lots of smiles and millions of clicks on YouTube. Belfast’s …
Some of the 164 cyclists riding with the L.L. Bean team finish the Trek Across Maine in Belfast in this June 2013 file photo.

Cyclist killed last year remembered as participants prepare for 30th annual Trek Across Maine

By Abigail Curtis on June 11, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — One year ago, ripples of shock and sadness spread out across Maine and beyond after David LeClair, a 23-year-old Trek Across Maine cyclist from Massachusetts, was killed in an accident just 10 miles after the start of the event. On Thursday, LeClair’s co-workers at athenahealth will hold …

Fireworks restrictions squeak through in Lincolnville vote

By Abigail Curtis on June 11, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Residents on Election Day decided by just five votes in favor of an ordinance that would put some restrictions on fireworks in this rural community. The 235-to-230 vote was music to the ears of Whitney Opporsdorff, who lives on Coleman Pond, where many nights last summer were …
Eight-year-old Halle Tripp enjoyed reading the 1880s diary of Josephine Tripp, a teenage schoolteacher from her town of Searsmont. The third graders at the Ames Elementary School illustrated portions of Tripp's diary, including Halle's picture of a bad dream the schoolteacher had of being thrown out the window by two big boys. "I really like history," Halle said.

Students use teen’s diary from 1800s to study, illustrate history of Searsmont

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
SEARSMONT, Maine — When Josephine Knight was 16 or 17 — she was never quite sure the exact date of her birth — she began a diary. The feisty Searsmont schoolteacher kept that diary from 1885 until 1888, writing just about every day in delicate, spidery handwriting about her home, …

Power restored after accident knocks out service in Belfast area

By Abigail Curtis on June 10, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A traffic accident on Swan Lake Avenue Tuesday afternoon left more than 500 homes in the dark, according to a police dispatcher and the Central Maine Power outage website. The accident happened a little before 4 p.m., according to a Waldo County communications center dispatcher. Although initial …
Robert Wright

Two men arrested after allegedly attempting to break into storage garages in Monroe

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
MONROE, Maine — Police put Monroe Elementary School on lockdown Monday morning after an attempted burglary at two nearby storage garages led to a confrontation and a gunshot. Deputy Nick Oettinger of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said that the owner of the garages interrupted two men breaking into his …
Cassandra Lucas

Belfast woman charged after night of disturbance

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A partially naked Belfast woman who allegedly disturbed neighbors early Monday morning was arrested and charged with several counts related to the incident. Cassandra Lucas, 22, was charged with disorderly conduct, refusing to submit to arrest, assault and terrorizing, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the …
James Dunleavy, left, a Presque Isle attorney, watches as his client, Roy Woods, 68, of Caribou, listens during his sentencing hearing in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

Human rights commission issues right-to-sue letter against city of Caribou

By Abigail Curtis on June 09, 2014, at 2:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Human Rights Commission unanimously decided Monday morning to issue a right-to-sue letter to a woman who was assaulted as a teenager by the Caribou fire chief. Whitney Nichols asked the commissioners last week for permission to sue the city of Caribou on grounds that she …

Police say Ohio woman veered into wrong lane, causing fatal Route 1 crash in Prospect

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on June 09, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
PROSPECT, Maine — Police said Monday that an Ohio woman crossed the centerline of Route 1 on Saturday afternoon, narrowly missing a tractor-trailer and a car before crashing head-on into a van carrying four people. The crash claimed two lives. Denise Shuck, 44, of Sardinia, Ohio, was driving north on …
Brandon Carpenter, an itinerant musician from Portland, plays with his dog, Arzy Kensington. The dog was killed in April by a Louisiana police officer from.

Louisiana police officer who shot Maine man’s dog charged with aggravated animal cruelty

By Abigail Curtis on June 06, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
The former Louisiana officer accused of shooting and killing Arzy, a Maine man’s leashed dog, was indicted Thursday by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Brian Thierbach, who resigned in May from his position …
Travis Tatro

Former coach accused of sexual assault barred from Islesboro after arrest on new charges

By Abigail Curtis on June 05, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — Former Islesboro Central School basketball coach Travis Tatro has been banned from the island where he’s been living after recent allegations were made that he contacted one of the three teenage girls he is accused of sexually abusing. The 30-year-old Tatro, who is facing multiple counts of …

Richard Couch leaves post as town manager of Stockton Springs after two years

By Abigail Curtis on June 05, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine —The small coastal community of Stockton Springs has parted ways with its town manager of two years, a municipal official confirmed Thursday. Richard Couch ended his employment at Stockton Springs in May, according to Selectman Wayne Kraeger, who said officials will begin advertising for a new town …
The Belfast Ultimate Frisbee high school club team plays a match on Saturday at the Class B state championships in Portland.

Underdog Ultimate Frisbee team from Belfast triumphs in state tournament

By Abigail Curtis on June 05, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The athletes lay panting Saturday afternoon in a shady patch of grass before their next — and final — game in the Class B Ultimate Frisbee state championships. The scrappy team from Belfast had been a long shot to make it to the championship game after a …

After explosive summer of 2013, Lincolnville to vote on new fireworks restrictions

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Last summer, fireworks flared in the normally quiet community of Lincolnville — both in the skies and inside, when residents came to sometimes-heated selectboard meetings to complain about the displays they said were colorful and constant. This year, some residents are hoping to stave off the second …
Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse in August 2013.

Fatal Belfast shooting trial scheduled for August

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Superior Court judge denied on Wednesday the attempt by a defense attorney to delay the August trial date of Todd Gilday, accused of killing a Belfast woman last summer. Justice Robert Murray ruled against court-appointed co-counsel Jeremy Pratt’s motion asking for more time before his client’s …

Belfast rail trail gaining steam after federal OK to pull up tracks

By Abigail Curtis on June 04, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — City officials are excited to be finally gaining ground on a long-planned rail trail that will start at the downtown waterfront and extend for about two miles along the Passagassawakeag River. In May, the federal Surface Transportation Board approved Belfast’s request to “rail bank” the two miles …

Mother accused of intentionally burning 6-year-old son dies, charges dropped

By Abigail Curtis on June 03, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The woman accused in January of intentionally burning her 6-year-old son’s hand on a wood stove died in May and all charges in the case have been dropped, an official from the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday. Michele Dunworth, 30, who recently had moved to …

Police: Swanville driver who caused power outage by crashing into pole was drunk

By Abigail Curtis on June 03, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
SWANVILLE, Maine — A man who hit a telephone pole with his vehicle early Sunday morning, causing a power outage in the neighborhood, was spotted trying to drive away in his damaged Saturn, according to police. Police said Andrew Feener, 25, of Swanville had been driving while intoxicated, with a …

Police say Troy woman cited for speeding almost 50 mph over limit was intoxicated

By Abigail Curtis on June 03, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
PROSPECT, Maine — A woman caught speeding nearly 50 mph faster than the speed limit early Friday morning on U.S. Route 1 in Prospect was intoxicated, according to police. Lauren Smith, 20, of Troy had been traveling south toward Stockton Springs at about midnight, when a Waldo County Sheriff’s Office …
 
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