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.

Edgecomb woman in critical condition in single-vehicle Wiscasset crash

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 08, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
A 25-year-old Edgecomb woman is in critical condition at Central Maine Medical Center after a crash Saturday morning. Kristin Ramile was traveling south on Route 27, also known as Gardiner Road, when the 2007 Toyota Yaris she was driving crossed the center line, struck a ditch on …
Hundreds of striking FairPoint Communications workers marched from a rally in Monument Square to FairPoint offices on Forest Avenue on Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of striking FairPoint workers rally in Portland’s Monument Square

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 08, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
Striking FairPoint workers from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont gathered in Monument Square on Saturday afternoon to rally for what they say is a fair contract that would maintain “good jobs and good service” in northern New England. “No contract, no peace,” the crowd chanted, led by …
Burglars who allegedly vandalized the vacant Huse School building in Bath the night before Halloween wore Guy Fawkes masks and caused more than $20,000 to the former school.

Burglars in Guy Fawkes masks cause $20,000 in damage to vacant Bath school

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 06, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Vandals who broke into the former Huse School building on Andrews Road on the night before Halloween caused more than $20,000 in damage, according to police. Bath police said Thursday that the vandals were likely wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which were left behind, as were hundreds of …

Woman’s body found Thursday morning on Moody Beach in Wells

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 06, 2014, at 9:17 a.m.
Wells police and fire officials are at Moody Beach, where the body of an elderly woman was discovered just after 7 a.m. Thursday. A resident walking her dogs along the beach found the body face down in the surf, according to a release from Wells police Sgt. …

Bath Iron Works lands $78.6 million contract modification for destroyer, frigate work

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 05, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
Bath Iron Works has secured a $78.6 million contract modification to provide planning of maintenance and upgrades for the DDG 51 destroyers and FFG 7 class of frigates. The DDG 51 line — or Arleigh Burke-class — was due to be replaced by a new line of …
Gary Brown

Former Brunswick town manager, dismissed in February, hired in North Carolina

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
Brunswick’s former town manager, Gary Brown, who in February was dismissed by the Brunswick Town Council, has been hired as administrator for the town of St. James, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. The St. James Town Council unanimously appointed Brown to the position Tuesday, the State Port …
Matthew Farrar

Harrison man charged with gross sexual assault of a child

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
A local man was arrested Saturday at Spring Harbor Hospital and charged with gross sexual assault of a child. Matthew R. Farrar, 43, was charged with the crime, which was elevated to a Class A felony because the child is younger than 12, according to Capt. Don …

Police charge 14 Portland-area teens after raiding alleged drinking party in vacant Freeport home

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 05, 2014, at 10:57 a.m.
Fourteen teens from the Portland area face multiple charges after Freeport police broke up what they say was an underage drinking party Saturday night in a vacant home on Sea Rose Lane. The teens, 16 or 17 years old and from Portland, Scarborough or South Portland, were …
Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester.

Former Maine State Police chief to serve 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting child

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 04, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former chief of the Maine State Police will serve four years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl earlier this year. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Andrew Demers, 74, of New Gloucester, pleaded guilty to …

Man charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pushing pedestrian with truck in L.L. Bean parking lot

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 04, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
FREEPORT | A Glenburn man was charged with felony aggravated assault Saturday afternoon after allegedly pushing a woman with his truck while she stood trying to reserve a parking spot at L.L. Bean. John Ronan is scheduled to appear in Portland Unified Court to face the Class B charge …
Bow Street Market in Freeport was closed Monday morning while crews ventilated and cleaned up after what officials called a small fire. The market reopened by noon.

Bow Street Market closed Monday morning after fire in back room

By Beth Brogan on Nov. 04, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
FREEPORT | An alert employee was quick to put out an electrical fire in a receiving area at Bow Street Market Monday morning, but the store was closed until afternoon while firefighters ventilated the building and some produce was removed. The fire already was out when firefighters arrived at …

Moody’s Diner co-owner accused of discriminating against employee based on religion

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 31, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
WALDOBORO | A Maine Human Rights Commission investigator reported finding reasonable grounds to believe that Dan Beck, co-owner and manager of Moody’s Diner, discriminated against a longtime employee because of her religious beliefs. Beck also allegedly created a hostile work environment and retaliated against the 11-year employee after she …
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency'’s Clandestine Drug Laboratory Enforcement Team, Bath police and fire departments, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection investigated a suspected methamphetamine lab at 50 Elm St. on Friday.

Two arrested Friday at suspected meth lab near Bath police station

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 31, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
Bath police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two people they say were operating a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab out of a foreclosed, multi-unit apartment building at 50 Elm St., just two buildings behind the Bath police station. Stacey Dykes, 36, and James Scheider, 38, both of …

Police: Couple reported fake robbery as ploy to get into shelter after hours

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 30, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A couple staying at a local homeless shelter allegedly called police to report a robbery in order to fabricate an excuse for missing the shelter’s curfew. Brian Bois, 31, of Brunswick was arrested Wednesday night and charged with making a false public alarm or report, a Class …
Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen during an appearance in Superior Court in Augusta on Aug. 26.

Lawyers’ oversight board considers sanctions against convicted Waldoboro attorney

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 30, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
A prominent Waldoboro attorney faces possible sanctions, including suspension of his license to practice law or disbarment, following his conviction earlier this month on charges of disorderly conduct and violation of conditions of release. Philip Cohen, 45, is currently serving 28 days in the Lincoln County Jail …

Bath woman accused of driving drunk with children in car, resisting arrest by biting officer

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 29, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
A 39-year-old woman reported by witnesses to be driving “dangerously” on Route 1 with two small children in the car was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Amy Small of Bath was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as the following misdemeanor crimes: operating under …

East Boothbay fisherman rescued after nearly an hour afloat in Damariscotta River

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 29, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
An East Boothbay fishermen survived nearly an hour in the 54-degree Damariscotta River after getting caught in ropes and falling overboard Sunday morning. Mike Lewis apparently became pinned in the ropes while lobstering in a boat called Victoria’s Secret. Jody Durgan, a fellow fisherman, was headed downriver …

Harpswell woman injured after crashing vehicle into building that houses Brunswick restaurants

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 29, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
A Harpswell woman who seemed to be pulling into a parking space on Maine Street reportedly hit the accelerator of her Subaru on Wednesday afternoon and drove into a wall separating the Gelato Fiasco and Little Tokyo restaurants. The 68-year-old woman, whose name was not released pending …

Brunswick woman sentenced to 20 months for embezzling more than $300,000 from employer

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 28, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Brunswick woman will serve 20 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $300,000 while employed as an accountant at Coastal Enterprises Inc. Stacey A. Backman, 41, who pleaded guilty in June to federal program and tax fraud, was sentenced Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court. …

Bowdoin College graduate Anthony Doerr a finalist for the National Book Award

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 27, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Anthony Doerr, a 1995 graduate of Bowdoin College, was named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. Doerr’s novel “All the Light We Cannot See” tells the stories of a German boy and a blind French girl whose paths cross as she flees Nazi-occupied …
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