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.
 
Andrew E. Demers

Sheriff: Former Maine State Police chief admitted sexual abuse, attempted suicide

By Beth Brogan on March 18, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Andrew E. Demers, a former chief of the Maine State Police, admitted to detectives that he had unlawful sexual contact with a young member of his family, according to Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce. Joyce on Tuesday declined to discuss specifics of the alleged admission by …

Three people injured in single-vehicle crash in Nobleboro

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
NOBLEBORO, Maine — Two people suffered broken bones and a third was injured Monday morning during a single-vehicle crash on East Pond Road. Police suspect that speed and alcohol were factors in causing the crash. Firefighters and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 11:45 a.m. to the crash …

Whitefield man indicted for allegedly choking girlfriend, cutting her with knife

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A 31-year-old Whitefield man has been indicted for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, attempting to strangle her and then cutting her with a knife. A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Richard C. Staples on March 11 for elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and obstructing report of a crime. …

Crews fight fire at East Boothbay shipyard

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — A fire in the ventilation system at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard Monday afternoon drew firefighters from several neighboring towns. The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Crews were still at the scene at 4:30 p.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Boothbay Harbor …

Wiscasset man arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to teen

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Wiscasset police have charged a 57-year-old man with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs after he allegedly sold a marijuana cigarette to a 16-year-old boy. Kris Sliker was arrested at his Wiscasset home at approximately 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Kline. Officers had been …

Boothbay man charged with possession of child pornography

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A Lincoln County grand jury has indicted a Boothbay man on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Joseph F. Pinkham, 27, is charged with possession of images depicting children younger than 16 and younger than 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The charges relate to Pinkham’s …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief charged with unlawful sexual contact with a child

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A former chief of the Maine State Police faces charges of unlawful sexual contact with a child younger than 12 years old. Andrew E. Demers, 73, of New Gloucester turned himself in to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 9 a.m. Monday. He was charged with …

Commercial lobsterboat burns in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A commercial lobsterboat stored in an outbuilding off Flying Point Road burned early Monday morning, drawing firefighters from three towns to the scene. Firefighters from Brunswick, Freeport and Topsham responded to the blaze on Johns Road just after 1 a.m. Freeport Deputy Fire Chief Eric Sylvain estimated …
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on Friday announced the conservation of 146 acres as the Lilly Pond Community Forest in the south end of Bath.

Land trust preserves 146 acres in South Bath as Lilly Pond Community Forest

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on Friday announced that it has preserved 146 acres in the south end of Bath as the Lilly Pond Community Forest. The parcel is part of one of the last large undeveloped tracts of forested land in the city, in an area …
Jerid Hall

Brunswick medical marijuana grower accused of illegally selling excess

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 2:40 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 25-year-old Brunswick man faces drug trafficking charges after police allegedly found him growing more marijuana in his home than his medical marijuana card allows and selling the excess. Jerid Hall was charged with Class C unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to Brunswick police Detective Rich …

Traffic stop for defective vehicle in Freeport leads to drug charges against Auburn man, Lewiston woman

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — An Auburn man stopped by police for driving a defective car faces drug trafficking charges after officers allegedly found him carrying 8.5 grams of cocaine. A female passenger was also arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in dangerous knives. William Tardif, 45, was stopped …
A Mawson & Swan hand-held camera from the 1880s, originally owned by artist Winslow Homer, was donated to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by Scarborough resident Neal Paulsen.

Winslow Homer’s camera donated to Bowdoin College Museum of Art

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A late-19th century camera originally owned by artist Winslow Homer and used while he lived at Prout’s Neck has been donated to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The camera is the latest addition to the museum’s collection of archival materials and more than 100 photographs from …
Randi Salley

Brunswick woman arrested for alleged drug possession a month after indictment on trafficking charges

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick woman indicted in February for aggravated trafficking in drugs was arrested Wednesday night after police allegedly found her in possession of a variety of other illegal drugs. Randi Salley, 34, was arrested at 7-Eleven on Maine Street at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday. She was charged by …
Hector Nieves-Martinez

Man to serve 4 years after police find cocaine strapped to thigh, in body cavity

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 19-year-old Massachusetts man who carried 168 grams of cocaine strapped to his inner thigh and in a body cavity has been sentenced to six years in jail with all but four years suspended and four years of probation. Hector Nieves-Martinez of New Bedford, Mass., was arrested …
Thomas Harmon

Trial of Brunswick man accused of gross sexual assault against child to begin Monday

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 5:09 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The trial of a 29-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old is scheduled to begin Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court. Thomas Harmon, who was 28 at the time of the alleged assault, is charged with gross sexual assault, a Class A felony, which allegedly occurred …
Andrew Leighton

Juror shortage delays trial of Falmouth man accused of killing his mother

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The trial for a Falmouth man accused of killing his mother in May 2013 has been pushed back to October because attorneys were unable to select a jury. Andrew Leighton, 47, had been scheduled for trial the last week of March. He is accused of murder after …
Scott Compeau

After watching alleged drug sales through station window, Brunswick police walk to man’s home to arrest him

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 46-year-old man was charged last week with heroin trafficking after detectives allegedly watched drug activity in his nearby apartment through the police station window. Scott Compeau of Brunswick was charged with Class A aggravated felony drug trafficking after the Brunswick Police Department’s Special Response Team executed …

Brunswick home ransacked, police identify suspects

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Intruders broke into a Pleasant Hill Road on Wednesday afternoon, prompting police to call in a Freeport tracking dog to assist in searching for them. Officers went to the home at 4:12 p.m. to find that it had been ransacked not long after the resident had left …
Bowdoin College is seeking to generate solar electricity with solar panels on roofs of the Farley Field House (foreground) and the Watson Arena (right).

Bowdoin College, other major Maine customers that produce their own energy balk at new Central Maine Power fee

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Opponents of a new fee proposed by Central Maine Power to charge customers who generate their own alternative energy say the fee would make those efforts unsustainable. But CMP says the fee is necessary to ensure all customers — residential, business and other entities — pay their …
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Gov. Paul LePage makes a pitch to shrink the power of Maine's labor unions while offering details about his "Open for Business zones" proposal at a press conference in Brunswick on Monday.

LePage touts Open for Business zones, where workers would not be required to pay union fees

By Beth Brogan on March 10, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday made his latest pitch to shrink the power of labor unions in Maine when he offered details about the “Open for Business zones” proposal he introduced last month in his State of the State address. LePage laid out his vision for the …
 
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