Abigail Curtis

Belfast Bureau


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 …

Ex-boyfriend and accomplice arrested in assault on Belfast woman’s new beau

By Abigail Curtis on June 02, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police arrested two out-of-town men on Sunday night, alleging that the duo came to a Belfast home to hassle and attack one of the men’s former girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Mitchell Dicenzo, 25, of Bath and Jason Durgin, 27, of Baileyville went to the door of a Back …
Leonard Maker

Northport man shot by state trooper after pointing shotgun at him in 2013 pleads guilty to threatening, resisting arrest

By Abigail Curtis on June 02, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A man who was shot and injured last fall by a Maine State Police trooper was sentenced on Friday at Waldo County Superior Court for charges brought in connection with the incident. Two troopers had been attempting to serve Leonard E. Maker, 43, of Northport with an …

Belfast police want video surveillance system for new Harbor Walk

By Abigail Curtis on June 02, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The new Harbor Walk stretches for more than half a mile along the city’s busy waterfront and boasts a multitude of places for walkers to rest their eyes while strolling along Belfast Harbor. But Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden would like for a different kind of eye …
The sophomore class at Searsport District High School worked hard this spring on designing a new exhibit for the Penobscot Marine Museum.

High school students create history sea chest exhibit for Penobscot Marine Museum

By Abigail Curtis on May 31, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — A crack team of historic archivists and designers worked this spring to assemble an exhibit that will be displayed for two years at the Penobscot Marine Museum — even before they finished their sophomore year of high school. “I learned a lot through this project. It was …
On Friday, Scott Hawthorne, president of Mathews Brothers manufacturing facility, stands in front of one of the large windows on display at the company's new Belfast showroom.

160-year-old window manufacturing firm opens new showroom in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on May 30, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — For eight years, the Mathews Brothers facility in downtown Belfast has been empty, but on Friday, the company celebrated its brand-new use for the long-vacant space with pomp, circumstance — and a lot of beautiful windows. The 160-year-old window manufacturing firm, the oldest in the country, held …

Northport man arrested for alleged theft of valuable coins

By Abigail Curtis on May 30, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Belfast police say that cooperation between three law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of a Northport man who allegedly walked away with a valuable coin collection. Christopher Patten, 44, had gone to Belfast Jewelry on Wednesday with a child and asked to look at some coin …
Ruth Moore of Milbridge is a military sexual trauma survivor who lives with PTSD and depression. She will receive $405,000 in back benefits for claims related to the assaults that had been denied by the Veterans Administration

Milbridge military sex assault survivor to receive more than $400,000 in back benefits

By Abigail Curtis on May 29, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — Ruth Moore was knee deep in mud and manure Thursday morning on her rural Washington County farm when she got a phone call from the Department of Veterans Affairs with news that is as vindicating as it is life-changing. Moore, 45, a military sexual assault survivor, learned …
Jeffrey Redmond

Baby caught in middle of domestic fight, police say

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Maine — A man was arrested Saturday evening after a fight with his wife allegedly turned violent, with the couple’s 12-month-old baby reportedly caught in the middle of the scuffle. Jeffrey Redmond, 38, of Frankfort, and the woman were arguing over their children when the interaction took a turn …
Members of the Maine Warden Service gather at the public boat access lot at Megunticook Lake in Camden as they prepare to send divers into the water in search of a James Wescott, who fell in on Tuesday morning.

Wardens find body of James Wescott, father of Olympic snowboarder

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on May 27, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The body of 71-year-old James Wescott, beloved coach and father of Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott, was found Tuesday night in Megunticook Lake, where he drowned Tuesday morning while rowing with a friend, according to John MacDonald, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Wescott …
Jason Brewster

Unity man who allegedly choked wife remains jailed

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — A man accused of assaulting his wife last week by grabbing her around the neck until she felt she couldn’t breathe remained in jail Tuesday, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Brewster, 31, of Unity came to the attention of police when the victim called …
Police and rescue workers assist at the scene of a two-car collision that required the Jaws of Life to cut two people out of their vehicle.

Route 1 collision sends 3 to hospital

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Emergency officials had to use the Jaws of Life Tuesday to cut two people out of a totaled pickup truck, but the injuries in the Route 1 accident were not life-threatening, police said. The collision happened before noon, police said, when a person driving a pickup truck …

Unity man held on domestic assault charges after allegedly throwing girlfriend into wall

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
UNITY, Maine — A 24-year-old man is being held in jail without bail after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend over the weekend in Unity and threatened the lives of her and their two children. Lucas Jones is accused of attacking his girlfriend on Sunday night, in an assault that culminated …

21-year-old who died in weekend accident in Frankfort identified

By Abigail Curtis on May 27, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Maine — Police have identified the 21-year-old man killed Sunday evening in a high-speed, single-vehicle crash on Loggin Road. Zachary Callahan of Frankfort was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday morning. Callahan had gone to …
Ashleigh Russell of Belfast purchases lacinato kale and mustard greens Friday morning from farmers Rachele Leonard (left) and Josh Oxley of Sol Farm in Monroe. "We've had a lot of early springs in the last seven years. This might be more typical," Oxley said.

Cold, wet spring means slow start for farmers, gardeners

By Abigail Curtis on May 26, 2014, at 5:25 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — On a cool, damp morning, an eager crowd of shoppers came to the Belfast Farmers’ Market, where they found live music, hot crepes, cheese, meats, bread and seedlings. What they couldn’t buy was much in the way of farm-fresh vegetables, even though it was the third week …
Tourists in Bar Harbor take pictures of the cruise ship AIDA Bella anchored offshore on in October 2013.

‘Most everybody’s fairly optimistic:’ Tourism outlook good, experts say

By Abigail Curtis on May 25, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Every year on Memorial Day weekend, Maine’s coastal communities shake off the sleepiness of the long winter and spruce up for the arrival of the summer tourists, whose dollars help fill the coffers of local businesses and keep many Mainers employed. This year, despite the cooler-than-usual temperatures …

Vehicle fire destroys garage in Benton

By Abigail Curtis on May 25, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
BENTON, Maine — Firefighters from three departments worked Saturday night to extinguish a fire that demolished a two-story garage on Bangor Road. The alarm came in at 8:11 p.m., according to firefighter Travis Leary of the Fairfield-Benton Fire Department. When crews arrived, they found that the garage was fully engulfed …

One rider in critical condition after motorcycle charity ride collision

By Abigail Curtis on May 25, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
WINDHAM, Maine — One man remained in critical condition Sunday after two motorcycles collided the previous day during a charity ride. Ricky Morse, 28, of Buxton was the most seriously injured, according to Windham Police Sgt. Peter Fulton. He and passenger Kaitlin Knight, 24, had been on his 2001 Yamaha …
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