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Holden man charged in Ellsworth funeral home credit card fraud

By Bill Trotter on April 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Holden man is facing felony theft charges after he allegedly stole gas station credit cards from a local funeral home and racked up more than $9,000 in bills, according to local police. Kenneth Hutchings, 32, was an employee at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Ellsworth when the …
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole.

Bangor man charged in connection with crash that cut power to 1,200 in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:32 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A Bangor man is facing criminal charges after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route 3 early Wednesday morning, resulting in power being disconnected to nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers, according to officials. The accident occurred around 3:15 a.m. directly in front …
Fred Moore III

Tribal official facing charges in NY vows to take elver debate beyond Maine

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
For the past several years, there has been a simmering dispute — sometimes boiling — between Maine state officials and the Passamaquoddy Tribe over the elver fishery. The state, citing concerns about the number of American eels, has sought to limit the tribe’s ability to issue licenses to its members …
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole. The crash resulted in Route 3 being shut down and nearly 1,200 Emera customers losing power for several hours.

Crash knocks out power in Hancock County — ‘It’s like God picked up the Jeep and launched it at the telephone pole’

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
TRENTON, Maine — A man has been taken to an Ellsworth hospital for treatment after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route 3 early Wednesday morning, resulting in power being disconnected to nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers, according to officials. The accident occurred around 3:15 …

Four men arrested on elver charges in two incidents

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Two men, a father and a son from Massachusetts, are facing criminal charges after Maine Marine Patrol officers found them with 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle here over the weekend. In a separate incident, two other men from New York were arrested Saturday in Wiscasset …

State fisheries officials plan to meet with public on aquaculture programs

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
PENOBSCOT, Maine — The Department of Marine Resources has scheduled a local meeting about its aquaculture program for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. The meeting will be held at Penobscot Community School and is expected to last two hours, DMR officials indicated Tuesday in a press release. The purpose of …

Seven charged in underage drinking bust at Lamoine snowmobile clubhouse

By Bill Trotter on April 22, 2014, at 3 p.m.
LAMOINE, Maine — Seven people are facing charges, five of them for alleged underage drinking, after police found them at a local snowmobile clubhouse, according to police. All seven have been charged with criminal trespass, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department indicated in an incident summary report. Members of the Hancock …
Douglas Coleman, Ph.D. (left), emeritus professor of The Jackson Laboratory, photographed in 1995 at The Jackson Laboratory.

Former Jackson Lab scientist who won international prizes dies

By Bill Trotter on April 21, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
LAMOINE, Maine — A former scientist at The Jackson Laboratory who received numerous accolades for his research into the causes of obesity has passed away. Douglas Coleman died April 16 at his home in Lamoine, according to a prepared statement released by the Bar Harbor-based biomedical research laboratory. He was …

Worcester Wreath to pay $25,000 over immigrant hiring practices

By Bill Trotter on April 21, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
HARRINGTON, Maine — A local wreath manufacturing company has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a federal investigation of its immigrant hiring practices, according to officials. Worcester Resources Inc., parent company of Worcester Wreath Co., in 2007 improperly retained some employees whose legal work status could not be confirmed, the …
Frederick J. Moore

Former Passamaquoddy representative charged with poaching elvers in New York

By Bill Trotter on April 18, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
A high-profile member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is one of eight people who have been charged with felony elver poaching in New York, according to an official with that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Frederick J. Moore III, a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature, is facing three …
Derik Goodine

Bucksport selects ‘enthusiastic’ Naples administrator as new town manager

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2014, at 5:59 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Three months after the prior town manager abruptly resigned, the Town Council is close to signing an agreement with his replacement. David Keene, who as chairman of Bucksport’s elected Town Council serves as the town’s mayor, said Tuesday that the council decided last week to offer a …
Nate Young

Fired Bar Harbor police chief’s lawsuit to be heard in federal court

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A lawsuit filed against the town by its former police chief has been transferred to federal court in Bangor. Nathan Young, who was the town’s police chief for 29 years, filed suit against Bar Harbor last month in Hancock County Superior Court, alleging that his rights …
Harbor Island

Heart-shaped Maine island goes back on the market for $1.275 million

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
BROOKSVILLE, Maine — A lot of people love the coast of Maine. And though people have said money can’t buy love, it can buy a 22-acre symbol of love off the local village of Buck’s Harbor. Harbor Island, a heart-shaped island that helps provide shelter to boats that come and …
GOING COASTAL (blog)

Suspected norovirus strikes another cruise ship

on April 15, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
The start of Maine’s cruise ship season is less than a month away, with the first scheduled to stop at Bar Harbor on May 5. The ships bring millions of dollars to Maine each summer in the form of passenger and cruise line spending, helping to support shops, services and …
Maine State Police Trooper Chris Smith, left, speaks with Sgt. Alden Bustard on Monday afternoon at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Route 1 in Hancock. The motorcycle operator was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor after he slid into the guardrail, was ejected, and tumbled 40 feet down a grassy embankment. The motorcycle came to rest a several feet down the road.

Motorcyclist flips over guardrail on Route 1 in Hancock

By Bill Trotter on April 14, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — A motorcyclist was flown to a Bangor hospital Monday afternoon after he flipped over a guardrail on Route 1 and tumbled 40 feet down an embankment, according to Maine State Police. The operator of the motorcycle, Roger Chipman, 59, of Gouldsboro, suffered serious injuries in the accident, …
Benjamin Hodgdon

Former teacher accused of sexually assaulting student among 13 indicted in Hancock County

By Bill Trotter on April 14, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A former middle school teacher and coach was among more than a dozen people indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury. Also indicted were three people accused of committing a robbery in Ellsworth in August 2011 and a Trenton man who allegedly stabbed and sexually …
In this October 2013 file photo. Visitors at Acadia National Park walk toward the main entrance of the park's visitors center in Bar Harbor after the park had been closed for 16 days due to the federal shutdown.

Acadia National Park set to open next week

By Bill Trotter on April 11, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Officials with Maine’s only national park say they expect parts of the park that have been shut down for the winter to reopen next week. The Visitor’s Center in the Bar Harbor village of Hulls Cove is set to open Tuesday, April 15, as is …

Driver in Bucksport crash that killed teen charged with manslaughter

By Bill Trotter on April 10, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
BUCKSPORT, Maine — Six months after a local teenager died in a car crash on Bucks Mills Road, another teenager has been charged in connection with her death. Taylor Darveau, 15, was a passenger in a 1999 Subaru wagon when the car went off the road on the evening of …
Dan Higgins

Ellsworth, preparing to leave regional school district, picks new superintendent

By Bill Trotter on April 09, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A familiar face is returning to the largest municipality in Hancock County to lead its new school department. Dan Higgins agreed last week to be the school superintendent for Ellsworth, which will withdraw from Regional School Unit 24 at the end of June. Ellsworth voters decided last …

College of the Atlantic farm on MDI gets money for food, energy programs

By Bill Trotter on April 08, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A farm acquired four years ago by a local environmentally-focused college is getting several hundred thousand dollars to help it develop and promote sustainable practices for using energy and producing food. Peggy Rockefeller Farms, a 117-acre property on Mount Desert Island donated in 2010 by David …
 
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