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.

Body of unidentified man found Friday near the Mousam River Dam in Springvale

By Beth Brogan on July 12, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
SANFORD, Maine — Sanford police said Saturday afternoon they have several leads but still had not identified the man whose body was discovered just after 6 p.m. Friday near the Mousam River Dam in Springvale. Officers were called to the area near the dam on Mill Street on Friday evening …
Leroy Herbert Smith III (right) stands in Kennebec County Superior Court where he appeared on a murder charge in this May 2014 file photo.

Gardiner man accused of murdering his father awaits psychiatric evaluation

By Beth Brogan on July 12, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A preliminary psychiatric evaluation determined that Leroy Smith III was not competent at the time to stand trial for the gruesome murder of his father in Gardiner this spring, but Smith’s attorney said Friday that the final report on his competency has not yet been filed. She …

Transient arrested after standoff with police while hiding under Brunswick bridge

By Beth Brogan on July 12, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick and Topsham police officers and firefighters spent several hours Saturday morning locating then negotiating with a 27-year-old man who scaled the Frank J. Woods Bridge then hid under the bridge to elude police. Erik Wallace, who police say is a transient, was arrested in the early …

South Portland gas leak prompts evacuations, closure of section of Route 1

By Beth Brogan on July 11, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A natural gas leak near the Maine Motel on Route 1 prompted emergency crews to close the road and evacuate people from about a dozen homes and businesses for about 90 minutes on Friday morning. A construction crew working near 606 Main St., which also is …
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles near the proposed location of the train layover facility in Brunswick in this May 2013 file photo.

Lawmakers question plan to build Downeaster layover facility in Brunswick, suggest South Portland

By Beth Brogan on July 10, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Six Democratic legislators are urging the organization that operates the Amtrak Downeaster to reconsider building a controversial, 60,000-square-foot layover facility in Brunswick and instead build it in South Portland. In a June 18 letter to Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, …

Windsor man seriously injured in Waldoboro motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on July 09, 2014, at 9:27 a.m.
WALDOBORO, Maine — A 66-year-old man was taken by Lifeflight of Maine to Central Maine Medical Center Tuesday evening following a motorcycle crash on Manktown Road. Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde on Wednesday identified the driver as Reginald Gay of Windsor. Gay was driving a 2010 Road King motorcycle Gay’s …
A superior court justice vacated a stormwater management permit for a proposed 60,000-square-foot layover facility for Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains because abutters did not receive proper notification.

Maine judge throws out stormwater permit for proposed Downeaster train depot in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on July 08, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Opponents of a proposed 60,000-square-foot layover facility for Amtrak Downeaster passenger trains claimed victory on Tuesday after a superior court justice vacated a stormwater management permit for the project because abutters did not receive proper notification. In a decision dated July 2, Justice Joyce A. Wheeler determined …

Southport residents say lighthouse preservation lost out to luxury

By Beth Brogan on July 08, 2014, at 12:39 p.m.
SOUTHPORT, Maine — A new luxury inn scheduled to open Sunday in a restored historic lighthouse off Southport Island has drawn the ire of some local residents, who say the project veered dramatically off-course from its original plan. But historic preservationists say that although the nonprofit Cuckolds Fog Signal and …
Powdered heroin is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

Maine physicians, drug agents brace for influx of fentanyl-laced heroin

By Beth Brogan on July 03, 2014, at 11:18 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — During one 24-hour period last week, the Eastern Maine Medical Center emergency department treated five patients who had overdosed on drugs. Dr. Jack Nicolet, a physician who works in EMMC’s emergency room, suspects they had all taken too much heroin, and likely heroin laced with the painkiller …
Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux checks a trap designed to catch invasive green crabs in Buttermilk Cove on Friday morning. The traps are part of a study designed to figure out the best way to defend valuable clams from the voracious crustaceans.

Midcoast researchers prepare for new battle with invasive green crabs

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — This time last year, Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux pulled back a clump of mud along the banks of Harpswell Cove and revealed a swarm of green crabs frenetically scurrying for cover. But when Devereaux dug a clam rake into the mud in Buttermilk Cove on …
Brunswick High School graduate Zach Miller, 18, ran a mile in swim flippers in 5 minutes, 48 seconds on Tuesday, tentatively breaking the Guinness World Record.

A flippered-feet feat: Brunswick teen stomps world record by running fastest mile in swim fins

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Running in swim flippers isn’t so hard, according to recent Brunswick High School graduate Zach Miller. You just have to lift your feet a little higher. On Tuesday night, Miller, 18, strapped some old flippers he found in his parents’ basement onto his size 10 feet and …
Georgette Curran of Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell feeds and talks to her pet koi in the basement of her house in this June 2012 file photo.

Maine wildlife officials deny Harpswell woman’s appeal to reunite with flightless blue jay, neutered squirrel

By Beth Brogan on June 30, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — An appeal by a 67-year-old Harpswell woman hoping to convince Maine wildlife officials to return the pet gray squirrel and blue jay seized in March has been denied, and the 47 koi fish she kept as pets — which the state deemed illegal — have been euthanized. …

Harpswell man accused of criminal threatening, crashing SUV into tree after Topsham fight

By Beth Brogan on June 30, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — A Harpswell man was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Sunday night following a fight on Bunny Lane that involved several people. Joshua Wolf, 21, was also charged with eluding an officer, driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident after …

Burglars hit Brunswick jewelry store Sunday night

By Beth Brogan on June 30, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police on Monday released few details about a Sunday night burglary at Day’s Jewelers on Bath Road. Just before 8:30 p.m., Brunswick police responded to a call from the store’s alarm company alerting them to a break-in at the shop in the Merrymeeting Plaza shopping center, …
Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2008 and was held captive for 460 days before being freed. Lindhout spoke about her ordeal and her bestselling book, "A House in the Sky," in Damariscotta on Thursday.

Survivor of kidnapping in Somalia tells of compassion, forgiveness in bestselling book

By Beth Brogan on June 29, 2014, at 7:01 p.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Amanda Lindhout said she survived more than a year of captivity in Somalia by remembering the many countries she visited as a freelance journalist and imagining what life might hold if she were ever set free. “The ‘House in the Sky’ for me was my memory and …
A family member runs her hands across the name of a loved one inscribed on the Maine Murder Victims Memorial.

Family members gather to remember, dedicate monument to murder victims

By Beth Brogan on June 29, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Sandy Miller of Nobleboro said Sunday the granite monument that bears the names of her son, daughter-in-law and grandson will provide a place for her to visit and remember the family that was taken from her Feb. 20, 2008. Miller’s son, Christopher Bolduc, his wife, Carol Bolduc, …
Suavis Furaha, an asylum seeker who came to Portland from Burundi with her four children last fall, said Saturday that the governor's proposal would leave many families homeless.

Immigrant community, advocates decry ‘morally indefensible’ LePage proposal to cut assistance for refugees, asylum seekers

By Beth Brogan on June 28, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Members of the immigrant community and their advocates gathered Saturday in Deering Oaks Park to protest a mandate by Gov. Paul LePage to cut all General Assistance reimbursement to communities that provide that assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants. As faith leaders called the order …

Oil tanker, tractor-trailer among vehicles involved in Friday crash in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on June 28, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A broken-down school bus pulled to the shoulder of Interstate 295 triggered a series of collisions involving a fully-loaded oil tanker, a tractor trailer and a couple of cars, but all involved escaped injury. At about 2:30 p.m. Friday, Maine State Police were notified of a crash …

Tractor-trailers crash on I-295 in Freeport, clogging traffic

By Beth Brogan on June 27, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — Northbound traffic on Interstate 295 has been reduced to a single lane following a multi-vehicle crash Friday afternoon. Fire and rescue personnel were at the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. No injuries were reported, according to a Freeport police dispatcher. The crash reportedly involved several tractor-trailers and …

Firearms, electronics stolen during Brunswick burglary

By Beth Brogan on June 27, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Three firearms and electronic equipment were stolen from a Casco Road home during a burglary Wednesday evening, homeowners told police. The residents of the home phoned police just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and reported that they’d just arrived home to find that their home had been burglarized, …
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