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.
 

Service to 911 in Brunswick from Verizon Wireless phones restored

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 23, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Service from Verizon Wireless phones to 911 and the police business lines was restored early Saturday. “As of 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the third party company that processes 911 calls for parts of Maine confirmed that cellular calls to 911 were again being completed successfully for wireless carriers,” …

Brunswick police say emergency calls from Verizon phones not getting through

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:04 p.m.
Brunswick police alerted residents on Friday night that calls placed from Verizon Wireless phones to 911 and the police business lines are not getting through, and encouraged people to contact them by phone with another carrier or by email. An message posted on the Brunswick Police Department’s …

Damariscotta considers temporary ban on ‘adult’ businesses to allow time to craft local rules

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
Prompted by an inquiry from the owner of a Waldoboro business that sells “adult” items, the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen is scrambling to pass a temporary moratorium on such businesses until the town can enact a permanent ordinance regulating them. Damariscotta Town Manager Matt Lutkus said Friday …
POLL QUESTION

Wiscasset selectmen approve naming new, private road ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
Three years after the town’s new school district angered many residents by changing the Wiscasset High School mascot from Redskins to Wolverines, the town approved a request for a new, private road to be named “Redskin’s Drive.” The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted 3-1, with one …
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Firefighters from several communities launched boats Thursday morning to search the Presumpscot River for a man who was apparently swept over a dam.

Searchers recover body of man reportedly swept over Saccarappa Falls in Presumpscot River

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10:50 a.m.
WESTBROOK | Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, searchers found the body of a 35-year-old Westbrook man who reportedly had fallen into the Presumpscot River and been swept over the Saccarappa Falls about four hours earlier. The body was discovered a short distance downstream from the falls, according to a …
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Maine House Speaker Mark Eves. D-North Berwick, speaks with Eunice St. John, 76, in Brunswick on Wednesday before announcing a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

House speaker proposes $65 million bond to build senior housing, other measures to help older Mainers live at home

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Maine House Speaker Mark Eves on Wednesday announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age. Eves, a Democrat who is running for re-election in his North Berwick House district, said his …
Brunswick police rescued a woman from the Androscoggin River on Tuesday afternoon after the woman, who told police she could not swim, jumped from the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham.

Brunswick police, firefighters rescue woman who jumped off bridge into Androscoggin River

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 19, 2014, at 8:39 p.m.
Brunswick police pulled a woman from the Androscoggin River late Tuesday afternoon after she jumped from a bridge in an apparent suicide attempt. Maine State Police notified Brunswick police at 5:43 p.m. that a woman called 911 from the Androscoggin Swinging Bridge and told them she was …

Man charged with slashing girlfriend with knife to serve 30 days after plea agreement

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
WISCASSET | A 31-year-old Whitefield man charged in December with attacking his girlfriend, attempting to strangle her and then cutting her with a knife will serve 30 days in jail as the result of a plea agreement. Richard C. Staples was indicted by a Lincoln County grand jury in …
Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett

Presque Isle city manager, interim Brunswick manager finalists for Brunswick’s top post

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 19, 2014, at 2:18 p.m.
Presque Isle City Manager Jim Bennett and Brunswick’s interim town manager, John Eldridge, are the two finalists for the town manager position in Brunswick. The Town Council, working with a consultant from the Maine Municipal Association, town attorney Steve Langsdorf from Preti Flaherty and Brunswick School Board …

Police chief urges caution after 4 crashes on Saturday in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
A New Jersey man remained in critical condition Monday afternoon after a motorcycle crash Saturday on Route 1. The crash was the most serious of four collisions in town that day, prompting Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline to warn motorists to pay attention when driving through the …
The invasive European green crab population has exploded in Maquoit Bay during the last few years due to warming water temperatures.

NC firm encourages Maine fishermen to sell invasive green crabs to be processed into cat food

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
FREEPORT | As researchers from Casco Bay to Frenchman Bay study the lifestyle and diet of invasive European green crabs in an effort to control the predators, a North Carolina company hopes to find Mainers willing to sell the creeping crustaceans to be processed into cat food. Bay City …
Philip Cohen

Prosecutor seeks to revoke well-known Maine lawyer’s plea deal after alleged assault

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
WALDOBORO | A prominent Waldoboro lawyer charged in November with domestic violence assault avoided jail time through a plea bargain, but he will return to court — and could have that deal voided — after allegedly assaulting the same victim again one day after the plea agreement was granted. …

NH woman charged with bank fraud for allegedly bilking business of $750,000

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | A New Hampshire woman who worked as a bookkeeper for a Norway business has been charged by the federal government with bank fraud after she allegedly wrote nearly $750,000 in checks from the company’s account to herself and her son’s pizza restaurant. Janis F. Woods, 65, of …
Two women, one from Durham and one from Lisbon, suffered serious injuries when their cars crashed head-on Thursday morning on Route 196.

Drivers from Lisbon and Durham badly hurt in Topsham head-on crash

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 14, 2014, at 8:28 a.m.
Two women suffered serious injuries when their cars crashed head-on Thursday morning on Route 196. Ashlee A. Cleveland, 23, of Durham was headed westbound on Route 196 near the intersection of Old Lisbon Road when the 1995 Saturn SL she was driving crossed the center line and …
Scarborough resident Adam Chick waits for help Wednesday night in his car, which was disabled by high water on State Street in Portland's Deering Oaks Park. The record-breaking storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain in parts of southern Maine in a few hours, according to the National Weather Service – more than twice the average total for the month of August. Chick said a police officer waved him through and cautioned him to proceed slowly, moments before his car stalled in the water. Chick's was the last vehicle to enter the water before police closed the street.

Record rainfall in Portland causes flooding, road washouts, evacuation of hundreds

By Beth Brogan and Seth Koenig on Aug. 14, 2014, at 6:26 a.m.
A record-breaking storm topping 6 inches of rainfall overnight Wednesday forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in Portland, caused widespread flooding and washed out busy downtown streets. Portland city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin on Thursday told reporters the flash flooding forced the evacuation of eight properties in …
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust announced Tuesday the creation of Morse Pond Preserve in Georgetown, a 216-acre preserve that will connect Morse Pond to a trail to Reid State Park.

Land trust unveils 216-acre preserve adjacent to Reid State Park in Georgetown

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 12, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
A 216-acre preserve connecting Morse Pond to a trail to Reid State Park will premiere in 2015. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joined officials from the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust in Georgetown on Tuesday to announce the creation of Morse Pond Preserve and celebrate the 25th anniversary of …

Brunswick man charged with stalking former girlfriend in Bath

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 12, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
A Brunswick man was arrested Saturday night and charged with stalking his former girlfriend. Luke Toothaker, 22, was arrested as he sat in his car in a Commercial Street parking lot outside the woman’s workplace just after 9 p.m., Bath police Lt. Robert Savary said. The woman …
The Frank J. Wood Bridge is shown in June 2014

Off-duty Sweetser crisis worker talks man down from Androscoggin River bridge

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 12, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A 29-year-old Brunswick man climbed onto the railing of the Frank J. Wood Bridge on Monday night and threatened to jump into the Androscoggin River before he was convinced by an off-duty Sweetser crisis worker to seek mental health treatment. “He didn’t want to talk to us, …

Massachusetts woman drowns while diving off Monhegan Island

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 12, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
A Massachusetts woman drowned Saturday while diving off the eastern tip of Monhegan Island. Anna Krowczynska, 61, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was among a party of five guided divers from Massachusetts diving in approximately 25 feet of water Saturday morning when she failed to return to the …

Man injured while rescuing dog that fell off cliff in Phippsburg

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 07, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
A volunteer rescue worker injured his back after he reportedly fell off a cliff while attempting to rescue a dog Thursday afternoon at the end of Club Road in the Small Point area of Phippsburg. A dispatcher said Phippsburg Fire Chief James Totman would not release any …
 
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