Bill Trotter

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Ellsworth to get $250,000 grant to boost availability of high-speed Internet access

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
The city is expected to receive a $250,000 grant for a hub station that will help residents and businesses tap into high-capacity Internet broadband service, according to members of the state’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the grant, funded by the Northern …
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Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 16, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Hancock …
Lt. Christopher Coleman of Maine State Police (at left) briefly chats with troopers and detectives by the side of Newbury Neck Road in Surry on Monday afternoon.

Retiring Maine State Police officer gets surprise roadside salute

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
SURRY | A longtime officer with the Maine State Police, who over the course of his 25-year career rose through the ranks from patrol trooper to head of the agency’s northern criminal investigation unit, received his final salute Monday as a state police lieutenant. About three dozen law enforcement …

Brewer man charged in connection with $14,000 theft from lobster firm

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
MACHIASPORT | A contractor from Brewer has been arrested on felony theft charges after he allegedly stole more than $14,000 from a local lobster dealer, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Todd J. Whittaker, 38, was arrested Thursday on the theft charge, Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said …
Four wind turbines were erected as part of the First Wind project in Township 16, Hancock County, in this photo taken on Sept. 21, 2012.

Hancock County approves latest financial agreements with First Wind

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 12, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Hancock County commissioners voted Friday to approve financial agreements with a First Wind subsidiary expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the county. By 2-1 votes, the commission approved the creation of a tax increment financing district, a resulting property tax payment agreement and a …

Bar Harbor to vote on deer management plan

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 11, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Bar Harbor will hold a referendum vote this fall on whether to allow deer hunting in order to thin out the area’s deer population, even though other towns on Mount Desert Island are cool to the idea. Concerns about Lyme disease and car-deer accidents on Mount …
A tow truck driver walks past a motorcycle lying in a ditch next to Route 3 in Trenton after the motorcycle was struck by a car on Wednesday afternoon.

Motorcyclist injured in Trenton accident

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 10, 2014, at 9:02 p.m.
A local man was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to a Bangor hospital after he suffered a head injury late Wednesday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck by a car on Route 3, according to police. Deputy Travis Frost of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday evening …
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Pollock and herring swim past newly discovered Primnoa coral in the Schoodic Ridges area of the Gulf of Maine earlier this summer.

Researchers discover ‘spectacular’ coral formations in the Gulf of Maine

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Long known as a place rich in seafood, the Gulf of Maine also is home to “spectacular” formations of deep sea corals, scientists have discovered. Researchers using a remotely controlled submersible vehicle this summer found “dense hanging gardens” of coral in the Schoodic Ridges region of the …
On Tuesday, firefighters stand outside a historic home on Route 175 in Orland after receiving a call about a possible structure fire in the building.

‘We were lucky’: Fire chief says smoke in Orland home from furnace malfunction

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 09, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
A possible fire at a historic house on Castine Road on Tuesday morning turned out to be a false alarm, according to the local fire chief. Orland Fire Chief Bob Conary said smoke that was reported in the house about 9 a.m. was a result of a …

Ellsworth police bust another underage drinking party

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
For the second time in as many months, local police have charged more than a dozen people with underage drinking after busting up a weekend party. On Aug. 3, 23 people under age 21 were summoned on alcohol-related charges after police broke up a late-night party on …
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‘Buddha’ Busted: The downfall of a Maine seafood dealer

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Note: The image shown below of a legal scallop haul is a NOAA Fisheries photo that is unrelated to Chris Byers’ criminal case. I blurred the face of the fisherman so he would not be unfairly associated with criminal conduct. -Bill Trotter “The smart man ain’t the one who does it …
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A backhoe operator carefully demolishes the former Portside Grill restaurant on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor on Wednesday morning.

Bar Harbor grill severely damaged by blaze has been demolished

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
A restaurant building badly damaged last week by a fire of unknown origin was demolished Monday. Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office have said they were unable to determine what caused the fire, which broke out at the Portside Grill on Cottage Street at around …

Portside Grill in Bar Harbor demolished

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
The Portside Grill on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, which was severely damaged last week in a fire of unknown origin, was demolished Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The owner of the business has said she is not sure whether she will rebuild.
Pictured is D.C. Air & Seafood in Winter Harbor.

Winter Harbor man gets 30 months in federal prison for scallop scheme

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
A local seafood dealer has been sent to federal prison for more than two years for his role in a scheme to illegally harvest and conceal scallops, according to federal officials. Christopher Byers, 42, pleaded guilty last December to illegally harvesting and helping to conceal nearly …
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Florida man arrested in connection with Ellsworth burglary also facing sex offender registry charge

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 04, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
A Florida man who allegedly broke into a local convenience store last week also is facing additional charges stemming from a prior criminal conviction, according to police. James Eggleston, 34, listed by police as a transient, was summoned Wednesday on a charge of failure to comply with …
The back of the building that houses the Portside Grill is seen Wednesday in Bar Harbor, a day after a fire destroyed the building.

Owner of Bar Harbor restaurant destroyed in fire: ‘I’ll be fine’

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
The owner of a Cottage Street restaurant destroyed in a fire Tuesday night said Thursday she is not sure whether or not she will rebuild. Vicki Hall, owner of Portside Grill, said she’s been preoccupied with worry for her 18 employees, some of whom lived in …
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The back of the building that houses the Portside Grill is seen Wednesday in Bar Harbor, a day after a fire destroyed the building.

Neighbor businesses regrouping after fire destroys Bar Harbor restaurant, cause still undetermined

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 03, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
The cause of a fire that destroyed a Cottage Street restaurant Tuesday night remains under investigation, according to the local fire chief. Matthew Bartlett, chief of the Bar Harbor Fire Department, said Wednesday morning that investigators with the state fire marshal’s office were examining the damaged …

Fire burns downtown Bar Harbor restaurant

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 03, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
A fire the night of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, destroyed a Cottage Street restaurant and resulted in water and smoke damage to two adjacent buildings. Dozens of firefighters from several surrounding towns helped contain and then extinguish the blaze to prevent it from spreading into the densely developed neighborhood.
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At 10 p.m. Tuesday,  firefighters still were working to extinguish a fire at a restaurant on Cottage Street in downtown Bar Harbor.

Fire burns Portside Grill in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter and Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 02, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
A fire at a Cottage Street restaurant threatened several nearby buildings and drew firefighters from several Hancock County towns before it was extinguished late Tuesday night. The fire was reported on the second floor of the Portside Grill on Cottage Street a few minutes after 6 …
Clayton Sockabasin

Passamaquoddy tribal official facing OUI charge

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 02, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
INDIAN TOWNSHIP | The vice-chief of Indian Township, one of two Passamaquoddy Tribe communities in Washington County, is facing a drunken driving charge in Hancock County. Contacted Tuesday by phone, Clayton Sockabasin, 44, of Princeton declined to comment on his June 4 arrest in Bar Harbor on a charge …
 
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