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.
A man walks a dog in Bath's South End Park on Washington Street with the cranes of Bath Iron Works seen in the distance.

Full speed ahead for shipyard that beat BIW for Coast Guard contract

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 07, 2016, at 12 p.m.
BIW President Fred Harris had said that despite continuing work on four DDG 51 destroyers, with another three in the pipeline, without the Coast Guard contract, as many as 1,200 manufacturing employees, or 35 percent, of the shipyard’s workforce, could be laid off.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Feds award $20 million to help reduce rural poverty in Maine

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 07, 2016, at 8:09 a.m.
“This effort builds on our commitment to lifting up the economic prospects of communities that have not benefited from the revitalization of rural America,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Brunswick Fire Chief Ken Brillant, seen here at an April 2016 fire near Route 1, was named Fire Chief of the Year Wednesday by the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association.

Maine fire chiefs give top award to Ken Brillant of Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 06, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.

Augusta couple injured in Freeport motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 05, 2016, at 8:31 p.m.
“There’s no doubt that if they weren’t wearing helmets, this likely would have been a fatal crash.”

Serious crash closes I-295 northbound in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 05, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
Multiple injuries were reported, according to a Maine State Police dispatcher.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath in this May 2015 file photo.

BIW won’t protest awarding of Coast Guard contract to Florida shipyard

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 05, 2016, at 5:14 p.m.
The Bath Iron Works spokesman declined to comment on why no protest was filed to the federal Government Accountability Office.

Kitchen fire displaces one in Richmond

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Firefighters extinguished the flames within 15 or 20 minutes.

Brunswick man accused of threatening Bowdoin students with knife

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 03, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
A 24-year-old Brunswick man was charged early Sunday morning with threatening two Bowdoin College students with a folding knife as they walked near the campus.
Ervin Morrison III

Fraud charges pile up against Maine man facing 20 years in federal prison

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
A 24-year-old Maine man will be sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for scamming customers in Maine and Massachusetts out of tens of thousands of dollars.
John Dunne Jr.

Maine man pleads guilty in state’s first ‘revenge porn’ case

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Under terms of a plea agreement, a West Bath man pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday in the state’s first “revenge porn” case and received a deferred disposition for one year.
Bath police on Tuesday charged two people with felony possession of marijuana after seizing 17.5 pounds of processed marijuana from their home.

Police: 17.5 pounds of marijuana seized from Maine home

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 29, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
“We’re very grateful to have that off the streets,” police said.

Maine couple sentenced for stealing disabled daughters’ Social Security

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
A Topsham couple who used more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits paid to their disabled twin daughters for travel and items such as a motorcycle will serve five months in prison followed by five months of in-home detention.

Former school custodian pleads guilty to sex crime, sentenced to counseling

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A former Brunswick school custodian who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual touching of a minor will serve no jail time if he undergoes sex offender treatment to accept responsibility for the crime and abides by other conditions of a deferred disposition.
Lindsay Knight

Lisbon woman charged in overnight stabbing

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:33 p.m.
The victim declined medical attention.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Bath Iron Works cuts 160 jobs, including layoff of 30 workers

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
Bath Iron Works on Friday announced it would lay off 30 employees as part of a larger elimination of 160 positions in engineering and support areas such as human resources and finance.
Stephen L. McIntire

Maine man sentenced for taking nude photos of women at Bowdoin

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Bath police discovered a cellphone that contained nine videos and more than 100 photos of nude and undressing Bowdoin College students.
A collision between a pickup truck and a dump truck killed two young men in Durham on Wednesday.

Two killed, two injured when pickup, dump truck crash in Durham

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Two people died and two others were seriously injured in a Wednesday morning crash on Runaround Pond Road.

Freeport store owner who reported robbery accused of making false statement

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
A New Gloucester man who reported in August that he was robbed in his store on School Street in Freeport has been charged with unsworn falsification in connection with the incident.
Parkview Adventist Medical Center can be seen in this June 2015 file photo. On Aug. 20, 2015, Parkview was purchased by Mid Coast Hospital and the two merged into Mid Coast-Parkview Health.

Maine surgeon sanctioned for ‘substandard’ care

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 20, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
A Brunswick orthopedic surgeon has been placed on indefinite probation by state regulators after they learned that the now-closed Parkview Adventist Medical Center had suspended his privileges based on substandard or inadequate care.
Rosa Maria Peralta etches her initials into the keel plate of the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) in October 2014 with the assistance of Bath Iron Works welder Bob Morey. The ship is named after Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Peralta's sisters, Karen Peralta and Icela Peralta Donald also etched their initials into the ship's hull.

Destroyer being built in Maine to be named after Marine Corps general

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
The vessel is the final Arleigh Burke-class destroyer awarded to BIW in the Navy’s most recent multiyear contract for destroyers.