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.

Former bank executive pleads guilty to theft for spending $220,000 of bank funds at ‘gentlemen’s clubs’

By Beth Brogan on June 10, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former TD Bank vice president pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to felony theft after using a company credit card to pay for $220,000 in charges at “gentlemen’s clubs.” Jeffrey C. Burnham, 41, of Arundel faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million …
Police and emergency personnel respond Tuesday morning to a fatal workplace accident at 136-140 Main Street in Freeport. A man was killed while working on the building that houses Olympia Sports, Subway and Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro, according to Freeport Police Chief Gerald Schofield.

Limington man killed in landscaping accident on Main Street in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on June 10, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A 59-year-old Limington man was killed Tuesday morning in a landscaping accident on Main Street. Scott W. MacDonald was assisting the operator of a Bobcat skid steer loader, who was moving slabs of granite, when the forks of the forklift dropped on MacDonald and crushed him, said …

Police say threat unlikely after students report possible gun near Brunswick school

By Beth Brogan on June 10, 2014, at 8:22 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police said Tuesday that inconsistent reports by students about a person with a gun near a Brunswick elementary school Monday lead them to believe there is no threat. Still, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan said additional officers would continue to patrol the area around Harriet Beecher Stowe …

Belgrade man suffers serious head injury in Alna motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
ALNA, Maine — A Belgrade man was in satisfactory condition at Central Maine Medical Center on Monday evening after a motorcycle crash Sunday in Alna. Carl Cooke, 55, suffered a serious head injury when he was thrown from his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle after it crossed the southbound lane of …

Brunswick woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $300,000 from former employer

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2014, at 6:01 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Brunswick woman pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to embezzling more than $300,000 from Coastal Enterprises Inc. in Wiscasset and failing to report that money on her tax return. Stacey A. Backman, 41, was a fund accountant at the private, nonprofit charitable community development corporation …
The Bath Iron Works-built USS Michael Murphy, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.

Bath Iron Works could land contract for additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The fact that the Marine Corps usually gets what it wants bodes well for Bath Iron Works’ chances of winning a contract to build another DDG-51 destroyer, a leading defense industry analyst said Monday. Naval industry analyst Jay Korman of The Avascent Group said Monday that a …
Patrick Ridley

Man indicted on charges that he kidnapped, attempted to strangle ex-girlfriend in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Cumberland County grand jury has indicted a 28-year-old man for allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend, tying her up and attempting to strangle her in April in Brunswick. Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was Bath, was indicted last week on a charge of Class A …

Brunswick woman arrested after allegedly attacking ex-boyfriend, threatening him with a bat

By Beth Brogan on June 06, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 33-year-old woman was arrested Thursday night after police say she struck her former boyfriend with her hands and then chased him, threatening him with a baseball bat. Harmony Pottle of Brunswick was charged with domestic violence assault and felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, Brunswick …
Klein Fernandes

Gorham man sentenced to five years for aggravated assault, sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on June 06, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham man charged in March with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her to engage in sex acts pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aggravated assault and misdemeanor sex trafficking and was sentenced to five years in prison. Klein Fernandes, 27, was initially charged, …
Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria reads the letter of commendation to Nicholas Burnham, 9, of Portland, while his family and friends look on.

Portland boy honored for actions during grandmother’s emergency

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 9-year-old boy has been honored by the Portland Fire Department for helping his grandmother through a medical emergency. Nicholas Burnham of Portland was at his grandmother’s house May 26 when she experienced the medical emergency while working in her yard, according to a release from Portland …
This aerial view of Brunswick Landing outlines plans by Tempus Jets to relocate its aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul business to the former Navy base.

Brunswick base development authority pays off Navy loan 10 years early

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — On Thursday, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority paid off a $3 million loan from the U.S. Navy 10 years early, which executive director Steve Levesque said Thursday is a sign the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station is ahead of schedule. The MRRA is the …

Yarmouth Fire-Rescue Department lands $38,000 federal grant for gear

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Yarmouth Fire and Rescue has secured a federal grant worth more than $38,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera, a gear washer and boots and helmets for firefighters. The funding comes from the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) program administered by the U.S. Federal …

Design work for Coast Guard cutters to begin anew at Bath Iron Works after feds reject competitors’ appeal

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
BATH, Maine — The Government Accountability Office on Monday denied appeals by Huntington Ingalls Industries and VT Halter Marine to reopen bidding on a U.S. Navy contract for the design and engineering of a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters, clearing the way for Bath Iron Works to move forward …
Melvin Givens

Brunswick police arrest New York man accused of possessing club drug ‘Molly’

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 10:23 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police arrested Brooklyn, New York, man Thursday and charged him with possession of MDMA, the club drug also known as “Molly.” Melvin Givens, 34, was charged with Class B possession of MDMA and the civil charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana, Brunswick police …

Fire damages garage at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A fire Thursday morning destroyed a woodworking and paint shop in a three-bay garage at Two Bridge Regional Jail, but the garage remains standing. Firefighters responded just before 6 a.m. to the jail and found heavy fire in the south end of the garage, which is approximately …

Brunswick woman cited for keeping pets in inhumane conditions

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 41-year-old Brunswick woman faces more than a dozen counts of failing to provide humane living conditions for her six dogs and a cat after police found her home “littered with feces, urine, garbage and clutter.” Brunswick police visited the home Monday evening after neighbors reported not …

Portland police officer accused of using excessive force in 2012 arrest

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A civil suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court accuses a Portland police officer of using excessive force when arresting two men in September 2012. The suit alleges that Portland Police Officer Eric McCusker handcuffed the two men on railroad tracks off Canco Road, threatened them, punched …

Bath woman accused of stealing prescription pads to obtain Suboxone

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
BATH, Maine — A Bath woman has been charged with stealing prescription pads from her Lewiston workplace and using them to illegally obtain Suboxone over several months. Kate Obrien, 37, allegedly forged prescriptions at the Bath Walgreens, prompting the pharmacist to notify Bath police, according to Bath Police Detective Andrew …

Fire destroys building at Topsham landscaping business

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2014, at 9:19 a.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine — A large metal maintenance garage at a landscaping business on Augusta Road was destroyed by fire Tuesday night. Firefighters were called just before 8 p.m. to respond to a shed fire at Linkel Construction at 288 Augusta Road. When crews arrived, they instead found fire consuming a …

Richmond police stop ‘wannabe’ police officer in truck with blue lights

By Beth Brogan on June 03, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
RICHMOND, Maine — Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster said Tuesday that a 19-year-old man stopped this weekend while driving a light blue pickup truck with flashing blue lights is likely “a wannabe” officer, and police are less concerned as they’ve continued the investigation. Everett Perry was stopped at about 9 …
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