Alex Barber

Somerset Bureau

Alex Barber covers mid-Maine, which encompasses most of Penobscot County, from Newport.
Andrea Gerry

Newport woman arrested after three encounters with police

By Alex Barber on Nov. 19, 2013, at 1:12 p.m.
Police encountered a local woman three times Monday before arresting her on two separate charges. Newport police were called to a Spruce Street home at 8 a.m., Monday for a domestic disturbance, Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said Tuesday morning. Andrea Gerry, 32, was disorderly, yelling and …
Dan Stevens (left), owner of Captain Mowatt's of Portland, pours chips so a patron can try one of 17 varieties of his company's hot sauce at the Maine Harvest Festival at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday, Nov. 16. The event continues Sunday.

Maine small-business owners report ‘upbeat’ market at harvest festival in Bangor

By Alex Barber on Nov. 16, 2013, at 6:23 p.m.
Hundreds of people inside the Cross Insurance Center over the weekend navigated their way around dozens of vendor tables, eager to see the offerings of local businesses. The business climate in Maine is “getting better all the time. No question about it,” said Dan Stevens, owner of …

Waterville man indicted on charges of dealing crack, heroin

By Alex Barber on Nov. 16, 2013, at 12:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Waterville man was indicted Friday by a Kennebec County grand jury on three Class A drug charges. Indictments were returned against 40 people, including three indictments for felony aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs against Nathan L. Liberty. Liberty, 36, was also indicted for theft by unauthorized …

Police: Father overhears assault of daughter in Newport after phone thrown under her bed

By Alex Barber on Nov. 15, 2013, at 12:58 p.m.
A local man is in jail after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend for nearly an hour. The incident was overheard by the victim’s father, police said. At about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Newport police received a call from a man reporting that his daughter had been assaulted, according to …
Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid

Newport, Pittsfield school districts on alert after Walmart caller says he needs assault rifle ‘for school tomorrow’

By Alex Barber on Nov. 15, 2013, at 11:15 a.m.
Newport and Pittsfield schools were placed on alert Friday after a young male called a local Walmart on Thursday, asked if the store sold assault rifles and reportedly said, “I need it for school tomorrow,” according to Newport police. Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid said security at …
Tim Gallon shows off his beer making production area at Black Bear Brewery in Orono on Wednesday. Gallon has expanded his taproom to include a larger area where patrons can sip beer and listen to live music.

Orono brewery expands taproom as production continues to grow

By Alex Barber on Nov. 13, 2013, at 5:07 p.m.
Since opening in 2007, Black Bear Brewery has increased its beer production every year. Now it has expanded its physical space. Owner Tim Gallon unveiled the expanded taproom on Halloween. The 1,200-foot space includes more seating, a stage and room to breathe, said Gallon. “Everything was piling …

Two transported to hospital after head-on crash in Cornville

By Alex Barber on Nov. 13, 2013, at 2:12 p.m.
A Madison woman had to be extricated from her vehicle and an Embden man was injured after a head-on crash on Tuesday morning. Ralph Bigelow, 55, of Embden was traveling south on Shadagee Road in his 2011 Subaru stationwagon when he was struck by a 2009 Kia …
A resident places a vote in the ballot box at the Charleston Community Center in June.  The town voted to enact a 180-day moratorium on any east-west corridor development.

Charleston to weigh ordinance blocking east-west corridor

By Alex Barber on Nov. 12, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
Residents overwhelmingly voted to renew a moratorium on development of a corridor for a proposed east-west highway last week, and soon the town will have the opportunity to vote on an ordinance to prohibit the corridor. An informational meeting regarding a rights-based ordinance will be held at …
Wendi Willette

Winslow woman accused of stealing from wrestling boosters pleads not guilty

By Alex Barber on Nov. 12, 2013, at 5:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Winslow woman accused of stealing between $24,000 and $35,000 from a high school wrestling boosters club pleaded not guilty to two felony theft charges on Tuesday. Wendi Willette, 41, appeared in Kennebec County Superior Court, where she pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft by …
Wendy Farley of Brownville listens during her initial court appearance at the Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2012.

Trial of Brownville woman accused of murder-for-hire plot again delayed

By Alex Barber on Nov. 12, 2013, at 12:11 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Brownville woman accused of trying to hire a hitman to murder her husband last year has again had her trial delayed. Wendy Farley, 47, was indicted in January for criminal solicitation, a Class A felony. Jury selection for her trial was set to begin in Piscataquis …

Brewer man accused of peeping in windows of Newport home charged with violation of privacy

By Alex Barber on Nov. 08, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.
A man accused of peeping into windows of a woman’s house on Thursday has been charged with violation of privacy, according to Newport police. Nerio Brandolini, 51, of Brewer was seen looking into windows of an Elm Street home where a woman and her daughter live, according …

Police: Man seen peeping in windows of Newport house arrested after being chased by neighbor

By Alex Barber on Nov. 07, 2013, at 10:51 a.m.
A Brewer man seen peeping into the windows of a woman’s house was chased by a neighbor and eventually arrested, according to Newport police. At about 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Hunter Prew said he saw a man dressed in black near a neighbor’s house on Elm Street. After …

Newport woman allegedly chokes roommate after disagreement

By Alex Barber on Nov. 04, 2013, at 8:54 p.m.
A local woman was arrested Monday morning for allegedly choking a roommate after the two got into an argument, according to police. Newport and Dexter police as well as a Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to a New Road residence at 1:16 a.m. Monday. Samantha Morin, …

NY man sentenced to 10 years for selling drugs in Waterville

By Alex Barber on Nov. 01, 2013, at 5:36 p.m.
PORTLAND | A New York man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for his role in trafficking drugs in Maine. Havier Olmo, 30, was sentenced in the Cumberland County Courthouse for the Kennebec County Superior Court case. He also must pay a $2,000 fine, according to Kennebec …

Police searching for man who drove off after damaging utility pole in Hermon

By Alex Barber on Nov. 01, 2013, at 5:17 p.m.
Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputies are searching for a man who drove off after striking a utility pole guy wire causing the pole to split. At about 7:50 a.m. Friday, a man left C&K Variety after making a purchase and pulled onto Billings Road, according to Deputy Michael …

Less than 5 gallons of heating fuel spilled onto Oakland roads

By Alex Barber on Nov. 01, 2013, at 1:56 p.m.
Home heating oil that spilled from a delivery truck as it drove along several miles of road reduced traffic to one lane on Belgrade Road along Route 11 on Friday. Maine State Police, Oakland police and fire departments as well as Oakland public works and the Maine …

Grand jury indicts Skowhegan man accused of threatening to kill staff at Cornville school

By Alex Barber on Nov. 01, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
A 42-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill staff at the Cornville Charter School in September was one of 14 people indicted by a Somerset County grand jury on Thursday. James L. Mayo II of Skowhegan was indicted on two charges of terrorizing, two counts of refusing …
One of several T-shirts at Olympia Sports at the Bangor Mall commemorating the Boston Red Sox appearance in the 2013 World Series. The Red Sox are one win away from clinching its third World Series title in the past 10 years.

Red Sox fans in Maine hoping World Series ends Wednesday night

By Alex Barber on Oct. 29, 2013, at 6:10 p.m.
BANGOR | The Boston Red Sox are headed back to Fenway Park Wednesday night, where they can clinch their third World Series title in the past 10 years and first on their home field in Boston since 1918. And fans in Maine are eagerly hoping their beloved Sox will …

Maine Red Sox fans eagerly await Game 6

By Alex Barber on Oct. 29, 2013, at 6:09 p.m.
The Boston Red Sox head back to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Sox fans in Maine hope the Series ends with Boston taking its third World Series title in the past 10 years.

Driver who left truck in neutral caused fatal Skowhegan accident, police say

By Alex Barber on Oct. 29, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
Human error led to an Oakland man’s death when his own truck rolled over him in front of a Pizza Hut on Monday, according to police. The driver left the truck in neutral and the parking brake was not set, Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais said on …