Bill Trotter

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An Atlantic salmon at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland.

Federal officials mark 125 years of breeding salmon in Orland

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 22, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
A lot has changed at a site on the eastern shore of Alamoosook Lake since the late 1880s, but there is one thing there that federal officials are determined to preserve: wild Atlantic salmon. The Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife …
Leanne Lacombe

Two arrested, accused of illegal evergreen harvesting in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 21, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.
LUBEC | It may not get the attention that conventional types of theft get, but this is the time of year when the state’s forest rangers are out in the woods making sure no one is stealing branches off of trees. Last week, those efforts netted six people suspected …

Calais man who sold pesticide that killed lobsters admits lying to agents

By Bill Trotter and Judy Harrison on Nov. 20, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | A Calais man waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement to federal agents in connection with the illegal use of a pesticide in Canada five years ago. Clyde Eldridge, 65, owner of local feed and pet store C&E Feeds, was …
Tom Boulet holds up an empty green crab shell after using the machine that Zhou Peng Fei, a Chinese inventor, made that can extract meat from green crabs Wednesday at the Oriental Jade in Bangor.

‘Next big thing’: Demo of machine that extracts meat from crustaceans draws seafood industry execs

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 19, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
BANGOR | With a loud beep and a whooshing intake of air, a roomful of Maine seafood processor representatives got an up-close look Wednesday at a machine intended to address several problems the industry faces. The device, about the size of a dormitory room refrigerator, was brought to Maine …
Two pets -- a cat and dog -- were killed in this mobile home fire Tuesday morning in Meddybemps. A woman was able to get safely, however, before the fire destroyed the home.

Dog, cat die in Washington County trailer home fire

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
MEDDYBEMPS | A local woman escaped harm but two of her pets died Tuesday morning after her gas stove caught some curtains on fire inside her trailer home, according to a local official. Ike Winchester, Meddybemps’ fire chief, said the fire was reported around 8:15 Tuesday morning. The woman …
Jordan T. Lord

Blue Hill teen gets 60 days behind bars for burglaries

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Blue Hill teenager has been ordered to serve 60 days in jail for participating in several burglaries earlier this year. Jordan T. Lord received an overall sentence of 3½ years with all but 60 days suspended after pleading guilty to felony burglary and other misdemeanor charges …
James Stanton

Trenton man sentenced to 2 years for assaulting woman with hammer

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 17, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
A Trenton man who assaulted a woman with a hammer at his house last winter has been sentenced to serve two years in prison, according to court documents. James R. Stanton, 49, received an overall sentence of eight years with all but two years suspended after he …
Lobster sits in a crate on the Stonington waterfront in August. Lobster industry officials say a slight decrease in landings this year has been outweighed by increased demand and dockside prices.

Cooler water, sustained demand buoy lobster prices

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 16, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | After two years of unusually high catches of lobster off the Maine coast, commercial landings of the iconic crustacean may be falling back a little in 2014. People in the lobster industry say that might not be such a bad thing. Lobsters may have started appearing in …
A juvenile black guillemot

Brooklin island becomes part of federal wildlife refuge

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 15, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
A small island separating Eggemoggin Reach from Blue Hill Bay has become the latest addition to a chain of islands owned and maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mahoney Island, a 6 acre island approximately one mile off Naskeag Point in Brooklin, has been acquired …

Former Dunkin’ Donuts employee in Ellsworth charged in $13,000 theft

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 15, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
A now-former employee at a local Dunkin’ Donuts has been summoned on a charge of felony theft after she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the business. According to Ellsworth police Detective Dotty Small, Jessica Woodman, 33, of Ellsworth is accused of embezzling $13,693.40 from the doughnut, …

Four face drug charges after Ellsworth incident

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 15, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
Police have added two more names to the list of people facing charges as a result of an alleged drug deal last month. On Oct. 14, John I. Gordon III, 25, and Jarrod J. Burns, 30, were arrested after Gordon allegedly sold Burns 5 milligrams of oxycodone …
Barry Curtis

‘I’m anxious to step up’: Washington County sheriff-elect eager to start new job

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 15, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
CHERRYFIELD | Barry Curtis, former state trooper who earlier this month was elected sheriff of Washington County, is not an easy man to find right now. Curtis said Friday he’s not hiding out — he did go to the county commissioners’ meeting Thursday — but he is maximizing his …

FairPoint complaints tick upward as strike, storm effects linger

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 12, 2014, at 6:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | As power companies finish restoring electricity to the more than 100,000 Mainers who lost it during the Nov. 2 snowstorm, some FairPoint customers say they are still waiting to get a response from the telecommunications firm about their service outages. In response, FairPoint is asking its customers …
Eleven mason jars of medical marijuana and a plastic bag with a small marijuana plant inside sit in the parking lot of Ellsworth High School on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. School administrators found the marijuana in a student's car and the next day a local licensed medical marijuana user reported to police that someone had stolen his supply, resulting in two students being charged with burglary and theft.

Two Ellsworth High School students charged in $5,000 medical marijuana theft

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 10, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
Two local high school students are facing charges after they allegedly stole $5,000 worth of medical marijuana from a local man, according to police. The alleged theft came to light on Thursday, Nov. 6, when administrators at Ellsworth High School, acting on a tip, found 11 jars …

Federal regulators announce emergency closures in the Gulf of Maine for cod fishing

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 10, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Federal fishery regulators announced Monday that, due to poor stock estimates, they are closing off large areas of the western Gulf of Maine to cod fishing. The closures, which are expected to go into effect on Thursday, apply to the use of all gear that can catch cod, John Bullard, …
The Queen Mary 2, which at 1,132 feet long is the longest cruise ship to visit Maine this summer, steams out of Frenchman Bay after making a daylong stop at Bar Harbor on Sept. 18, 2014.

Cruise ship passengers come ashore in Bar Harbor to say ‘I do’

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 10, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
Eat a lobster roll, buy a souvenir, take a bus tour of Acadia National Park and exchange wedding vows. The latter shows up on the to-do lists of visiting cruise ship passengers more often than people might think. Bar Harbor town officials do not keep statistics …
Officials from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to stay the moratorium on shrimping enacted before the 2014 season because the shrimp stock has yet to recover. Officials said that there has been an increase in young shrimp, but that they won't likely be ready for legal harvesting until 2017.

Officials cancel 2015 Gulf of Maine shrimp season, citing weak shrimp stock

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | For the second consecutive winter, there will be no commercial shrimp fishing allowed in the Gulf of Maine. The decision to enact another moratorium on the fishery — which two years ago had an active fleet of about 150 boats, of which about 120 were Maine-based — …

Bar Harbor voters reject deer hunt concept plan

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Local residents voted down on Tuesday a non-binding measure aimed at gauging support for relaxing deer hunting laws inside the town limits. The referendum was defeated by a 196-vote margin, out of 2,546 votes cast. Concerns about Lyme disease and car-deer accidents on Mount Desert Island …

Hancock man pleads guilty to jewelry, silverware theft on MDI

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A Hancock man pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing thousands of dollars worth of silver and jewelry from a local resident late last year. As a result of the plea, David L. Hickman, 30, received a five-year sentence with all but six months suspended. He also …
Matt Foster of Ellsworth, was the Republican candidate for district attorney of Hancock and Washington counties. He won in Tuesday's election.

Private-practice lawyer elected district attorney for Hancock, Washington counties

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | For the first time since the two-county prosecutorial district was created nearly 40 years ago, a lawyer without any experience as a prosecutor has been elected as district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, according to unofficial voting results tallied by the Bangor Daily News. With 81 …
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