Beth Brogan

Reporter

Beth Brogan writes about the greater Bath-Brunswick area, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties for the Bangor Daily News. You can reach her on Twitter at @beth_brogan.
 
After Brunswick town councilors voted to reject a petition seeking a townwide vote on overturning the council's decision to sell a waterfront lot, petitioners have filed a lawsuit that alleges the decision violated municipal statutes.

Brunswick residents sue town after council rejects petition on coastal park

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 23, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
A conflict between residents and Brunswick officials over public access to coastal property is likely going to court.
A crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth caused traffic to back up in both directions, Aug. 29, 2013.

State to reduce speed limit on crash-prone stretch of Interstate 295

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
A nearly 30 percent increase in crashes along a stretch Interstate 295 has prompted the state to permanently reduce the speed limit between Topsham and Falmouth beginning next month.
Firefighters from several communities traveled by boat to Sheep Island in the New Meadows River for a large woods fire. Many small Maine communities depend on volunteer firefighters.

When Maine island homes catch fire, there often aren’t enough volunteers to save them

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
Like many small Maine communities, Harpswell depends on volunteer firefighters.
Wayne Little

Jefferson man wanted for aggravated assault turns himself in

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 21, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
A Jefferson man sought by police following a domestic dispute on Saturday has turned himself in.

‘Mime’ accused of attacking professional MMA fighter

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
Police have not received other reports involving men in white face paint and black clothing.

Warren man struck by car in Brunswick has died

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 20, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.
A 20-year-old Warren man struck by a car on Mill Street in Brunswick Sunday night died Monday morning.

Warren man struck by car in Brunswick has died

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
Caleb Maxham was crossing Mill Street in Brunswick just after 8 p.m. Sunday when he was struck by a car.

Anti-LGBT group led by Michael Heath added to Maine hate group map

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 17, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
A Lewiston-based anti-LGBT organization leading an effort to remove protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation from the Maine Human Rights Act has been identified as a hate group in the 2016 Hate Map released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Red's Eats in Wiscasset.

Wiscasset property owners sue town, state over Route 1 project

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 16, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
Gary Lawless reads a poem during the inaugural Beech Hill full moon poetry reading event at Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport in a 2015 file photo.

Maine poet to be honored for giving voice to refugees, disabled and homeless people

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:32 p.m.
The Maine Humanities Council will honor Lawless for decades contributing to public humanities.
Leroy Smith III (right) is escorted back to his seat during a competency hearing before Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Donald Marden on Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta.

Expert: Forcing accused Maine murderer to take meds has not made him fit for trial

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 14, 2017, at 3:06 p.m.
A psychiatrist testified that a Gardiner man charged with killing and dismembering his father has improved substantially since being forcibly medicated.

Fire in Lisbon

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.

MDOT pulls plow trucks off the road

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 13, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
Snow blankets the supersized L.L. Bean Boot outside the Freeport retailer's Main Street store in this January 2015 file photo.

LL Bean offers employee buyouts, ends contributions to company pension plan

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 09, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The changes “are designed to ensure L.L. Bean continues to be a thriving outdoor company for the next hundred years and beyond,” company Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman said in a statement.

Three arrested after Brunswick resident finds two men in home

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 08, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Three midcoast men were arrested early Wednesday morning after police allegedly spotted them fleeing from a Brunswick home, where the resident had just reported a burglary.
Vaughn (right) and Jodie Anthony (center), with Paula Ragsdale, stand near their home on Gaecklein Road in Boothbay recently. Next door, contractors for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens have clearcut to the Anthonys' property line to make way for a $30 million expansion.

Beauty or beast? Neighbors fight Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ expansion

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:50 a.m.
When the expansion is complete, the garden complex will include a new visitor center and gift shop, a restaurant in the existing visitor center, a 16,000-square-foot horticulture research and production facility, and a nearly six-story conservatory, along with expanded parking, formal gardens and trails.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

Anti-war activists convicted for protest outside Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 03, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
Ten peace activists arrested in June while protesting outside Bath Iron Works were found guilty of misdemeanors.
Freeport artist Abigail Gray Swartz drew on her experience at the Jan. 21 Women's March in Augusta to create her first cover for The New Yorker. The cover, "The March," depicts a black Rosie the Riveter wearing a pink, knitted hat.

‘Everything has been insane’ for Maine artist who drew black Rosie the Riveter for The New Yorker

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 02, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
Abigail Gray Swartz painted a magazine cover that reimagines Rosie the Riveter as a black woman wearing a pink knit hat that has come to symbolize opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies and persona.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.

War and peace on the Maine coast: Trial of shipyard protesters revives Vietnam-era conflicts

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 01, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
Ten of the 12 people charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a public way last year pleaded not guilty in connection with the protest outside the shipyard’s south gate.
Jack May of South Freeport found these KKK fliers, folded and sealed in plastic baggies, in the driveways of his neighbors early Monday morning.

Maine House speaker to host community meeting in response to KKK fliers

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 31, 2017, at 9:26 a.m.
“The values they represent … is not ones any of us share and that we will absolutely, loudly drive them away.”