Beth Brogan


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.
Bouquets and a stuffed dog lay in the mulch in front of the RiverView apartment complex in Saco Monday morning where a family of five was found shot to death inside on Sunday.

Police: Saco killings likely murder-suicide

By Beth Brogan and Seth Koenig on July 28, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
SACO, Maine — State police said Monday that they suspect one of two adults found shot to death along with their three children Sunday was responsible for the killings. “We have not heard from the medical examiner as to whether we have five victims, or four and a perpetrator, but …
Invasive European green crabs have been wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry in Maine.

Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

By Beth Brogan on July 28, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of last week, they’ve increased considerably,” said …

Deputies suspect cat intentionally shot and killed in Bowdoinham

By Beth Brogan on July 25, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Sagadahoc County deputies suspect a cat that was killed on Pork Point Road on Thursday night was intentionally shot. Bill Stanton found the body of his 20-pound cat, named B, about 100 yards from his home around 4 a.m. Friday, Deputy Al Huntington said. The cat had …

Three-alarm blaze damages home on Balsam Lane in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on July 25, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office and Department of Environmental Protection were at a Balsam Lane home late Friday afternoon after a three-alarm blaze drew firefighters from eight communities. Initially reported at 1:25 p.m. as a basement fire, Freeport crews arrived to find smoke pouring from …

Westbrook woman convicted of helping boyfriend sexually assault developmentally delayed teen

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Westbrook woman was convicted Wednesday of gross sexual assault after a jury found she helped her boyfriend sexually assault a 14-year-old developmentally delayed girl. Holly Morrison, 34, was found guilty of one count of gross sexual assault but not guilty of two others, according to Cumberland …

Revised school budget gains initial approval in Appleton

By Beth Brogan on July 24, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
APPLETON, Maine — After defeating a proposed 2014-15 school budget last month, Appleton residents voted 65-9 at Tuesday’s special town meeting to approve a smaller increase over last year in their portion of the Union 69 budget. Voters must still approve the proposed $1.12 million budget by written ballot at …

West Bath to vote on settlement for firefighter who sued under whistleblower act

By Beth Brogan on July 23, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — West Bath voters will decide at a July 31 town meeting whether to accept a settlement with a local firefighter who is suing the town and two former fire chiefs for violating the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and the Maine Human Rights Act. Michael Drake of …
Andrew E. Demers

Mental competency exam ordered for former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault against child

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a young family member will undergo a mental examination after his attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual …
Tamika Dias

Gorham woman to serve 8 months in jail for aggravated sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham woman who — with two men — was charged with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her into prostitution will serve eight months in jail as part of a plea agreement. Tamika Dias, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cumberland County Unified Court …
A nanny, two small children and a dog are safe following a fire in Bath.

Investigators say two young boys set fire Monday in basement of Bath home

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Investigators for the state fire marshal’s office believe a fire that damaged a Washington Street home Monday morning was set intentionally by two young boys who live in the house. Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set in a below-grade addition to the home, Sgt. Ken …

Brake failure causes three-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — The brakes of a Chevrolet Cavalier failed Monday afternoon on Main Street, triggering a three-car crash and adding to heavy traffic on a busy section of Route 1. At about 3 p.m. Monday, an older model Cavalier driven by 81-year-old Ann Sparks of Wiscasset was headed east …
A nanny, two small children and a dog are safe following a fire at 1141 Washington St. in Bath.

Monday morning fire damages Bath home

By Beth Brogan on July 21, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Fire damaged the daylight basement of a Washington Street home Monday morning, but a nanny safely got herself and two small children outside without injury, while firefighters saved a dog from the building. Firefighters were called just before 10:30 a.m. to 1141 Washington St., a two-and-a-half story, …

Cumberland County grand jury indicts man accused of sword attack, more than 100 others

By Beth Brogan on July 21, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old New Gloucester man charged with attacking his mother’s boyfriend with a sword in June is among 104 people indicted last week by a Cumberland County grand jury. Karamon Davis was arrested the night of June 6 after Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies and Windham police went …
Philip S. Cohen

Waldoboro attorney accused of domestic violence assault reaches plea deal on lesser charges

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2014, at 5 p.m.
WALDOBORO, Maine — A prominent Waldoboro attorney charged in November with domestic violence assault has pleaded guilty to lesser charges as part of a plea agreement. Philip S. Cohen, 45, pleaded guilty July 11 to disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release and received a deferred disposition, according to …

Defense bill includes $3.43 billion for destroyer work at Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
BATH, Maine — The defense subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed the 2015 defense spending bill, which includes full funding of nearly $3.43 billion for the DDG-51 and DDG-1000 destroyer construction programs at Bath Iron Works. The bill, which goes to the full committee, includes $2.67 …
Gov. Paul LePage

Asylum seekers ask to join suit challenging LePage ban on aid to undocumented immigrants

By Beth Brogan on July 17, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two women seeking asylum from the country of Burundi have asked to join a lawsuit challenging a state policy proposed by Gov. Paul LePage that would eliminate reimbursement to communities that provide General Assistance to undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine …

Expert: Brunswick Junior High had strong system in place to combat bullying

By Beth Brogan on July 16, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski on Wednesday continued to defend the district’s efforts to prevent bullying, two days after the Maine Human Rights Commission found that the school department discriminated against a former junior high school student who was bullied by other students for more than …

Attorney: Lawsuit against Brunswick School Department remains an option for victim of bullying

By Beth Brogan on July 15, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A day after the Maine Human Rights Commission found reasonable grounds to determine that the Brunswick School Department discriminated against a former junior high school student who was bullied by other students for more than two years because of his perceived sexual orientation, the boy’s attorney said …
Hope elephants Rosie and Opal are the inspiration for The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine's upcoming production of "The Road to Hope: An Elephant's Story."

‘The Road to Hope’: Story of bullied circus elephant inspires theater director

By Beth Brogan on July 14, 2014, at 6:24 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When Reba Short, theater and artistic director for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, read about Rosie, a retired circus elephant who lives in a sanctuary in Hope, Maine, she knew she’d found a story for the stage. During her performing career, Rosie was pushed against …
Port Clyde fisherman Randy Cushman

‘That’s what it used to be like’: Oral history initiative preserves Maine fishing tales

By Beth Brogan on July 13, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — When Port Clyde fisherman Gary Libby started fishing in 1978, a good day at sea meant heading home with 6,000 pounds of fish on board. Today, a 21-hour trip nets anywhere from 1,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds — and he’s fishing far, far fewer days each year. …
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