Bill Trotter

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Alison Hudson, a local documentary filmmaker, is seen here in Nepal in this picture posted to Twitter. She is in Nepal filming a documentary about the Sherpas who lead expeditions up Mount Everest.

Nepal earthquake spares MDI filmmaker

By Bill Trotter and Johanna S. Billings on April 25, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | A local documentary filmmaker who has been filming a documentary about Sherpas working on Mount Everest had left the mountain only hours before a deadly earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 1,400 people. Alison Hudson has been shooting film and conducting interviews at Base Camp on …

Restoring the identity of a murder victim

on April 19, 2015, at 8 a.m.
Who wants to be remembered by his or her driver’s license photo, as a solitary face with a blank background? Far worse than that, who wants to be widely remembered as a murder victim whose identity was stolen and whose death went undetected for a year? No one, obviously. But this …
William Morse listens as the jury finds him guilty of murdering Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Friday.

Jury finds man guilty of MDI identity theft murder

By Bill Trotter on April 17, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | After deliberating for 90 minutes late Friday afternoon, a jury found William Morse guilty of murdering a man whose identity and money he stole over the ensuing year. Morse, 45, was accused of shooting 60-year-old Richard Bellittieri in July 2012 and then of spending $180,000 of Bellittieri’s …

DMR permanently revokes licenses of Swan’s Island fisherman

By Bill Trotter on April 17, 2015, at 8:26 a.m.
For the first time ever, a commercial fisherman in Maine has had all his licenses to fish permanently revoked, according to state officials. Citing Lucas Lemoine’s history of violations, Patrick Keliher, commissioner the state Department of Marine Resources, permanently revoked his commercial fishing licenses on Tuesday, …
Gov.  Paul LePage talks about his budget at Ellsworth High School Thursday in Ellsworth.

LePage promotes budget plan, economic vision in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2015, at 9:02 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage brought his budget plan roadshow to the local high school Thursday evening and was met by a mostly cordial crowd as he laid out his vision for the state’s economic future. Among the top ideas he promoted at the forum — similar to other …
William Morse on the first day of his trial at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth Wednesday, April 8. Morse is charged with alledgedly killing Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri.

Murder trial witness: ‘I thought we were all friends’

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2015, at 3:01 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A former girlfriend of murder defendant William Morse and a second woman who described herself as a “friend” testified Thursday morning in Morse’s trial. Morse, 45, is accused of shooting and killing Richard Bellittieri in July 2012. Morse is alleged then to have stolen Bellittieri’s identity …
The Verso Paper mill is shown in Bucksport in this December 2014 file photo.

DEP has questions about Bucksport demolition proposal

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2015, at 1:36 p.m.
Citing “certain deficiencies,” the state Department of Environmental Protection has returned a demolition permit application to the new owner of the former Verso paper mill. DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho sent a 5-page letter outlining the department’s concerns to AIM Development representatives on April 6. The letter was …
William Morse

Murder trial resumes in Ellsworth after two-day hiatus

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2015, at 1:03 p.m.
Testimony resumed Wednesday morning in the murder trial of William Morse after an issue with his diabetes resulted in the trial being delayed for two days. Officials with the Maine State Police and the state medical examiner’s office testified Wednesday about collecting evidence in the case, in …
Maine State Police recovered three-quarters of a pound of bath salts, estimated to have a street value worth $68,000, along with other drugs and related items in an early Monday morning drug bust in Dedham.

Four arrested in Dedham drug bust, $68,000 in bath salts found

By Bill Trotter on April 14, 2015, at 3:37 p.m.
A local man has been arrested on charges of drug trafficking after $68,000 worth of bath salts were found in his home, according to Maine State Police. Troopers Jacob Ferland and Bryan Creamer went to the home of Thomas White, 57, on Allen Road around 12:30 a.m. …

Trenton woman indicted in $24,000 theft from The Jackson Laboratory

By Bill Trotter on April 13, 2015, at 2:36 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | An employee at The Jackson Laboratory who is accused of running up $24,000 in unapproved expenses on a lab-owned credit card is among 18 people indicted last week by the Hancock County grand jury. According to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster, Billie J. Cunningham, 43, of …

Sex charges dropped against Penobscot fire chief

By Bill Trotter on April 10, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
Sex charges have been dropped against the Penobscot fire chief in exchange for his pleading to an assault charge as part of a deferred sentencing agreement with prosecutors. Dennis B. Robertson must stay out of trouble, be evaluated by a mental health professional and, if the professional …
William Morse (right) and David Bate, one of his attorneys, talk during the first day of Morse's trial at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Wednesday. Morse is charged with killing Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri.

Trenton murder trial turns focus on finances

By Bill Trotter on April 10, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | The first three days of the trial of William Morse were full of testimony about how he allegedly stole the identity of another man, stole thousands of dollars of that man’s money by accessing his bank accounts and may have cultivated marijuana on the man’s property. Based …
William Morse on the first day of his trial at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Wednesday, April 8. Morse is charged with killing Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri.

Murder defendant denies assuming victim’s identity

By Bill Trotter on April 09, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A man accused of killing a Trenton man in July 2012 told police that if anyone thought he was trying to pass himself off as anyone else, it must have just been a misunderstanding. The jury hearing evidence in the murder trial of William Morse heard an …

Longtime Bar Harbor bagel maker folds up shop

on April 09, 2015, at 6 a.m.
Image from Navi Whitten video During and immediately after college, before I became a news reporter, I spent a few summers working as a prep cook at a handful of restaurants on Mount Desert Island. That is when I first came across Agnes, whom most people know by only her …
William Morse is escorted into the courtroom at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Aug. 2, 2013, for his first appearance.

Trial begins for murder suspect who assumed victim’s identity

By Bill Trotter on April 08, 2015, at 2:41 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | As the murder trial of William Morse got underway Wednesday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court, a prosecutor boiled down Morse’s motive to one word: greed. In his opening statement to the jury, Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber referred to the Pink Floyd song “Money” and quoted …

Murder defendant proclaims innocence on his Facebook page

on April 08, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
William Morse, whose trial for the alleged murder of Richard Bellittieri starts today in Hancock County Superior Court, is not a stranger to social media. Morse, who also is known as “Hundred Dollar Bill” and “Bill Tool,” has accounts under Bill Tool on Twitter and Facebook. On his Facebook page, which indicates …

Murder defendant proclaims innocence on his Facebook page

on April 08, 2015, at 6 a.m.
William Morse, whose trial for the alleged murder of Richard Bellittieri starts today in Hancock County Superior Court, is not a stranger to social media. Morse, who also is known as “Hundred Dollar Bill” and “Bill Tool,” has accounts under Bill Tool on Twitter and Facebook. On his Facebook page, which indicates …
Elver dealer Bill Sheldon is offering fishermen $1,850 per pound at his buying station on Water Street in Ellsworth.

Elver prices rise to around $1,900 per pound

By Bill Trotter on April 07, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Expectations for the volume of elvers that will be caught in Maine this spring may be low but, based on prices that dealers are offering fishermen, the value of the fishery could be headed back up to what it was a couple of years ago. The snow …
Firefighters respond March 2, 2014 to a blaze at Birdsacre on High Street in Ellsworth.

Convicted vandal arrested in Ellsworth bird sanctuary fire

By Bill Trotter on April 06, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
A homeless man with an extensive criminal history is facing several felony charges in connection with a fire last year that badly damaged the Cordelia Stanwood homestead at the Birdsacre bird sanctuary. Charged in the fire, which also resulted in serious injuries to a firefighter who fell …
William Morse

Motion to suppress evidence denied in Trenton murder case

By Bill Trotter on April 03, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Four days before jury selection is expected to begin in the murder trial of William Morse, a judge has denied his attorneys’ motion to suppress evidence in the case. Morse, 45, is accused of killing Richard Bellittieri, 61, sometime between June 1 and Oct. 31, 2012. Police …
 
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