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.

Brunswick woman arrested after allegedly attacking ex-boyfriend, threatening him with a bat

By Beth Brogan on June 06, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 33-year-old woman was arrested Thursday night after police say she struck her former boyfriend with her hands and then chased him, threatening him with a baseball bat. Harmony Pottle of Brunswick was charged with domestic violence assault and felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, Brunswick …
Klein Fernandes

Gorham man sentenced to five years for aggravated assault, sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on June 06, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham man charged in March with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her to engage in sex acts pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated assault and misdemeanor sex trafficking and was sentenced to five years in prison. Klein Fernandes, 27, was initially charged, …
Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria reads the letter of commendation to Nicholas Burnham, 9, of Portland, while his family and friends look on.

Portland boy honored for actions during grandmother’s emergency

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 9-year-old boy has been honored by the Portland Fire Department for helping his grandmother through a medical emergency. Nicholas Burnham of Portland was at his grandmother’s house May 26 when she experienced the medical emergency while working in her yard, according to a release from Portland …
This aerial view of Brunswick Landing outlines plans by Tempus Jets to relocate its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul business to the former Navy base.

Brunswick base development authority pays off Navy loan 10 years early

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — On Thursday, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority paid off a $3 million loan from the U.S. Navy 10 years early, which executive director Steve Levesque said Thursday is a sign the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station is ahead of schedule. The MRRA is the …

Yarmouth Fire-Rescue Department lands $38,000 federal grant for gear

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Yarmouth Fire and Rescue has secured a federal grant worth more than $38,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera, a gear washer and boots and helmets for firefighters. The funding comes from the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) program administered by the U.S. Federal …

Design work for Coast Guard cutters to begin anew at Bath Iron Works after feds reject competitors’ appeal

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
BATH, Maine — The Government Accountability Office on Monday denied appeals by Huntington Ingalls Industries and VT Halter Marine to reopen bidding on a U.S. Navy contract for the design and engineering of a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters, clearing the way for Bath Iron Works to move forward …
Melvin Givens

Brunswick police arrest New York man accused of possessing club drug ‘Molly’

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police arrested Brooklyn, New York, man Thursday and charged him with possession of MDMA, the club drug also known as “Molly.” Melvin Givens, 34, was charged with Class B possession of MDMA and the civil charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana, Brunswick police …

Fire damages garage at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A fire Thursday morning destroyed a woodworking and paint shop in a three-bay garage at Two Bridge Regional Jail, but the garage remains standing. Firefighters responded just before 6 a.m. to the jail and found heavy fire in the south end of the garage, which is approximately …

Brunswick woman cited for keeping pets in inhumane conditions

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 41-year-old Brunswick woman faces more than a dozen counts of failing to provide humane living conditions for her six dogs and a cat after police found her home “littered with feces, urine, garbage and clutter.” Brunswick police visited the home Monday evening after neighbors reported not …

Portland police officer accused of using excessive force in 2012 arrest

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A civil suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court accuses a Portland police officer of using excessive force when arresting two men in September 2012. The suit alleges that Portland Police Officer Eric McCusker handcuffed the two men on railroad tracks off Canco Road, threatened them, punched …

Bath woman accused of stealing prescription pads to obtain Suboxone

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
BATH, Maine — A Bath woman has been charged with stealing prescription pads from her Lewiston workplace and using them to illegally obtain Suboxone over several months. Kate Obrien, 37, allegedly forged prescriptions at the Bath Walgreens, prompting the pharmacist to notify Bath police, according to Bath Police Detective Andrew …

Fire destroys building at Topsham landscaping business

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — A large metal maintenance garage at a landscaping business on Augusta Road was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Firefighters were called just before 8 p.m. to respond to a shed fire at Linkel Construction at 288 Augusta Road. When crews arrived, they instead found fire consuming a …

Richmond police stop ‘wannabe’ police officer in truck with blue lights

By Beth Brogan on June 03, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said Tuesday that a 19-year-old man stopped this weekend while driving a light blue pickup truck with flashing blue lights is likely “a wannabe” officer, and police are less concerned as they’ve continued the investigation. Everett Perry was stopped at about 9 …
Maine drug agents and the Department of Environmental Protection seized evidence at an alleged methamphetamine lab in the York County town of Newfield on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities raid reported meth lab in York County

By Beth Brogan on June 03, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
NEWFIELD, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday remained at the scene of a reported methamphetamine lab at 481 Stone St. in this York County town. Assisted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the local Fire Department, agents have seized 10 “one-pot” laboratories, among other evidence, …

Family of five escapes fire that guts West Bath home

By Beth Brogan on June 03, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
WEST BATH, Maine — The American Red Cross is finding housing for a family of five whose home was gutted by fire early Tuesday morning. The blaze gutted a single-story home on 26 Mountain Road, but the family of Emily and Don Trimbley and their two pets were unharmed, according …
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovations of the city ferry terminal in September 2013.

Casco Bay Lines secures $2.56 million grant for Portland terminal project

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Casco Bay Lines has been awarded a $2.56 million federal grant for continued work on its ferry terminal improvement project. Casco Bay Lines operates a ferry service that connects the islands of Casco Bay with each other and the mainland. The ferries also offer freight, passenger and …

Pa. man arrested, accused of owing more than $67,000 in child support to Portland woman

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man was arrested Monday and charged with failing to pay child support to a Portland woman for more than two years. James Christopher Blyler, 43, faces up to two years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted of the federal charges, according to …

Amtrak releases identity of woman struck, killed by train in South Portland

By Beth Brogan on June 01, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A 39-year-old South Portland woman was killed Saturday evening when she was struck by a southbound Downeaster train about one mile south of the Portland Transportation Center. Nyla J. Howard was hit by Train 698 at 6:55 p.m., according to an email from Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly …

Winthrop home heavily damaged by early morning fire

By Beth Brogan on May 31, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
WINTHROP, Maine — A two-story home was heavily damaged, but its occupants were unhurt after a fire at 4 Pine Knoll Road early Saturday morning. The family of three, as well as an adult guest, were already out of the home when firefighters arrived just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Winthrop …

State requires Lincoln County Healthcare to provide urgent care round-the-clock on Boothbay peninsula

By Beth Brogan on May 29, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A state agency has determined that Lincoln County Healthcare must once again provide urgent care 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week in the Boothbay area. In a letter Tuesday, Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew authorized the merger of Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta and …
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