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.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage removes Maine Technology Institute president

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Martin’s departure comes less than a week after Ascendant Energy filed for bankruptcy, listing $327,948 in debt to MTI

Former teacher at Freeport private school charged with federal drug crime

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 07, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
A former teacher at Freeport’s Coastal Studies for Girls was arrested by state and federal drug agents Tuesday and charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises. Noel Thibodeau, 43, of Lewiston faces a maximum of 20 years and a $500,000 fine if convicted of the charge. According to …

Transient barred from Brunswick parks, Bowdoin College after allegedly exposing himself

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:35 p.m.
A 25-year-old local man has been warned by police not to trespass in public parks and at Bowdoin College after several reports in recent weeks that he allegedly exposed himself in public places — most recently near the gazebo on the Brunswick Mall. Wesley James Real, who …
Zechariah S. Menchaca

Topsham man charged with trying to strangle girlfriend

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 06, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | A Topsham man was arrested Tuesday night and held without bail after police say he grabbed his girlfriend by the neck and tried to strangle her. Zechariah S. Menchaca, 22, remained in Cumberland County Jail on Wednesday morning, charged with Class B felony aggravated assault. Just after …

Dresden woman accused of injuring 1-year-old while driving SUV after argument

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 05, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A Dresden woman faces charges including felony aggravated assault following an incident Sunday in Brunswick that left a 1-year-old child with a minor cut on his head. After an argument erupted late Sunday afternoon during a family gathering at a Creekside Village apartment, Rachel M. Corson, 43, …

Road crew worker injured when trench wall collapses in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 05, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
A member of a road crew working at a site on Barrows Street was rushed to Maine Medical Center in Portland on Tuesday morning after the wall of a trench partially collapsed on him at about 8:45 a.m., according to rescue workers. The man, whose name and …
Eric Engstrom

Brunswick man charged with assaulting, threatening to kill 75-year-old mother

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 05, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
A 51-year-old Brunswick man was arrested Monday after police say he assaulted his 75-year-old mother and threatened to kill her if she called for help. Eric Engstrom was charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and obstructing report of a crime, according to Deputy Chief …
Ann Day sits on the hood of a 1967 Chevy Camaro in Freeport on Sunday, wearing the poodle skirt and matching horned-rim glasses she wears when visiting vintage car shows. Day needs a new liver and her mother is putting together a picture book of vintage cars to help raise money for her transplant.

Freeport woman on list to get liver transplant; mom creating classic car book to pay for surgery

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 04, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
Ten years after a doctor diagnosed her with a rare, potentially fatal liver disease that has ravaged her body and drained her bank account, Ann Day’s phone rang Thursday with the news she’s been waiting for. Day, 30, has been placed on the list for a liver …

Police investigating Camden home invasion

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 03, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
A group of tourists renting a house on Maple Street woke up Sunday morning to find a man had broken into the house and was still there. Camden police responded to the call just after 6 a.m. Sunday to find the intruder had already fled, according to …
Andrew Ian Dodge was an independent candidate for Senate in 2012.

Tea party activist, former Senate candidate Andrew Ian Dodge dies

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 03, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
HARPSWELL | Andrew Ian Dodge, a tea party activist and writer who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012, died Friday of cancer at the age of 46. According to his website,, Dodge died of a form of incurable cancer. “If you are reading this I will have succumbed …

Roads reopened after hazmat crews test suspicious white powder in Shapleigh

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
Route 11 in Shapleigh has reopened after a hazardous materials team determined that a suspicious white powder found on a rented DVD was harmless. Fire and rescue personnel from several communities responded to the scene late Saturday afternoon. Officials from various agencies would only confirm that crews …

Three struck and injured by Shriner go-cart during Maine Lobster Festival

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 79-year-old woman was treated at Penobscot Bay Medical Center Saturday after being struck by a Kora Temple Shrine go-cart during the Maine Lobster Festival parade. At about 10:23 a.m. Saturday, the go-cart drove onto the sidewalk on Main Street near AutoZone and struck the woman, as …

Two teen boys injured in Waldoboro crash involving box truck

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
Two teenage boys were injured Friday night after being struck by a box truck on Union Road. The two boys, ages 14 and 15, were apparently stopped on their bicycles talking to pedestrians in the southbound lane near 603 Union Road when a 2001 Mitsubishi refrigerated box …

Blasting to briefly close streets near former Holiday Inn in Bath

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
Blasting at the site of the former Holiday Inn on Route 1 in Bath will begin Monday and last approximately six week. Adjacent streets will be briefly closed during blasting, which will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, according to a release from Bath …

West Bath to pay firefighter $16,500 to settle whistle-blower lawsuit

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 11 a.m.
The town of West Bath will pay a captain in its fire department $16,500, and he will retain his position to resolve a lawsuit filed under the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. Michael Drake of West Bath filed the suit in February 2013 against the town and …
Mourners gather Tuesday night outside the Saco apartment where police say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself last Saturday night.

Father of Saco man who murdered family says son was fighting alcoholism

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 01, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
The father of a Saco man who shot and killed his family members in their beds last weekend says his son was ravaged by alcohol abuse and may have lost his grip on reality as he underwent detoxification. On Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith killed himself after …
Sierra Tarbox (left), 15, and Alicia Ellis, 9 , grieve at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night outside the Saco apartment where police say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself Saturday night.

Support network helping children, adults grieve Saco deaths

By Beth Brogan on July 31, 2014, at 5:56 a.m.
Grief counselors, school administrators and members of the clergy mobilized this week to respond to an increase in calls to a crisis hot line from people seeking support after the brutal murder-suicide involving a family of five. Late Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his …
William Gerardi

Man accused of providing alcohol to two teens killed in Boothbay crash

By Beth Brogan on July 30, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
A 21-year-old Connecticut man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police say he provided alcohol to two teens killed in an early morning car crash on Route 27. William M. Gerardi of Hebron, Connecticut, was charged with felony furnishing liquor to a minor after an investigation determined that …

Two teens killed in early morning crash on Route 27 in Boothbay

By Beth Brogan on July 30, 2014, at 9:12 a.m.
Two teenagers were killed early Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Route 27. Police responded to a 911 call reporting the crash just before 3:30 a.m. and discovered a 19-year-old from Boothbay and a 17-year-old from Boothbay Harbor deceased at the scene, according to a release …
Reggie Kimball, 12, breaks into tears talking about his "best friend" Jason Montez on Tuesday outside the apartment where Montez was shot and killed, along with his two siblings and mother, Saturday night in Saco.

Saco community gathers to grieve ‘unspeakable horror’

By Beth Brogan on July 29, 2014, at 10:16 p.m.
An hour before Tuesday’s candlelight vigil remembering slain 12-year-old Jason Montez and his family, Reggie Kimball rode his best friend’s skateboard up and down the sidewalk on Water Street. The two boys traded skateboards the other day, and Kimball didn’t have a chance to get his own …
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