Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


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 …
Phil Mulville of the Maine Lake Society asks some of the 17 children at this summer's Lake Keepers Camp what is an endoskeleton, or internal skeleton, while he talks to them about fish. The free day camp is designed to teach lake ecology to children who live year round or in the summers in Liberty.

‘A lot of people take the lake for granted’: Children learn about lake ecology at Lake St. George

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 11, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
LIBERTY, Maine — The waters of Lake St. George are blue, clear and clean — and a small army of children have been learning how to keep it that way. For the ninth year in a row, the Citizen’s Association of Liberty Lakes has held the free Lake Keepers Camp …

5-year-old dies, grandfather’s body recovered from Penobscot River in Bucksport

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 08, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — A 5-year-old boy died after falling into the Penobscot River while fishing Friday morning, and a Maine State Police diver recovered the body of his 54-year-old grandfather who jumped in to try to save the boy. The victims were identified Friday evening as Aiden Bulkley of Bangor …
Brianna Spaulding (right) and her sister Julieanna Spaulding play in their room in Belfast on Tuesday.

‘She’s strong, and she’s full of faith’: Maine girl with serious illnesses to co-write new children’s book

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Brianna Spaulding, 8, loves normal girl stuff, such as fashion, her brand-new kittens, riding her bike, twirling like a ballerina, Barbie dolls and going for swims. But she also has had to cope with some serious illnesses that make acting like a normal kid very hard to …

Police: Fight over crowded house leads to arrest

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
LIBERTY, Maine — A local man who was fighting with his girlfriend about a large, recent influx of house guests ended up getting arrested last week and charged with domestic violence assault and domestic violence criminal mischief. James W. Ross, 57, was at his Stevens Pond Road residence when he …

Police investigating second break-in in a month at Liberty eatery

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
LIBERTY, Maine — Police said that a popular eatery on Route 3 was broken into and robbed sometime Tuesday night — the second time in a month that it was burglarized — and they are looking for help from the public with the investigation. Staff at Lori’s Cafe discovered the …

Belfast grocery store fire determined to be arson, police say

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 06, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police said Wednesday that the fire that gutted the Goose River Grocery on Swan Lake Avenue on July 15 was intentionally set, and they are investigating the arson along with the Maine fire marshal’s office. According to a news release from the Belfast Police Department, officials are …

Grocery store locked down during police search for ‘out of control’ man who pointed bow at Route 3 traffic

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 06, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
CHINA, Maine — The man who allegedly pointed a compound bow at people driving on Route 3 Wednesday morning and caused a grocery store to be put on lockdown was taken to an Augusta hospital for a mental health evaluation, police said. “It was an obvious mental health issue,” Lt. …
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