Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island


Police search for MMA student last seen in Orono

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 10:31 p.m.
Breunig is described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall with a slim, athletic build and weighing approximately 225 pounds.
Rodger Penmen

Man shot, another arrested at Hampden Trailer Park

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 9:51 p.m.
Suspect has a 1988 manslaughter conviction in Utah.

Houlton woman arrested at Portland bus station on heroin charge

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
“More arrests are expected in this case,” police spokesman said.
Stephen Kimball, 22, of Presque Isle fell asleep at the wheel of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup around 8 a.m. Saturday while driving north on Interstate 95 in Island Falls, according to Maine State Police. Despite the truck going off the highway and rolling several times, Kimball is not believed to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Presque Isle man injured in I-95 rollover

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 7:49 p.m.
Police say the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Roxbury crash

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
A Rumford woman walking along Route 17 Saturday morning was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Lab Response Team is at the scene of a suspected meth lab on the Fayette Road in Livermore Falls.

Police dismantle suspected meth lab in Livermore Falls

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s lab response team was at the scene of a suspected methamphetamine manufacturing lab on Fayette Road, according to the agency.
Paul Spaltro, 48, of Portland was reported missing Wednesday.

Missing Portland man found dead

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
The body of a missing Portland man was found Saturday morning in the parking lot of a local supermarket, according to local police.

Fred Nutter, longtime news broadcaster, dies at 82

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
A longtime news broadcaster in Maine, best known for the video editorials he did for WCSH television, has died at the age of 82, according to a report by the NBC affiliate.

Three face felony charges in Palmyra drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 12:06 p.m.
“This is one of the largest heroin seizures that has taken place in Somerset County within recent years,” Sheriff Dale Lancaster said.

Fire marshal investigating Cornville apartment fire

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 27, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating an early Friday morning fire that displaced three families from a local apartment building.
Melissa Watership

Heat lamp blamed for fatal Bar Harbor fire

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 26, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
The likely cause of a house fire that claimed the life a local veterinarian Wednesday is a heat lamp that was being used to keep a box of baby chickens warm inside her house, according to a state official.

Bomb threat clears MDI high school

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 26, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
A bomb threat at the local high school Friday resulted in classes being canceled and students being sent home, according to the school superintendent.
Veterinarian Melissa Carroll snuggles 10-year-old Zippy at Acadia Veterinary Hospital on Thursday. Zippy was the pet of Melissa Watership, a Bar Harbor veterinarian, who died in a house fire on Wednesday along with her dog. Firefighters found  Zippy, who, after receiving oxygen, is doing fine. Carroll is fostering Zippy.

Community mourns death of Bar Harbor veterinarian

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 25, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
Many residents of Mount Desert Island are expressing sadness and sympathy on social media for the tragic and sudden death of a local veterinarian in the blaze.

Local veterinarian dies in Bar Harbor fire

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 24, 2016, at 11:33 p.m.
Melissa Watership, 46, died at Mount Desert Island Hospital.
The ship's bell from the S.S. Queen Victoria was returned to the Town of Gouldsboro on Jan. 27 after it spent over a year on display at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec.

Police guns, drugs, cash stolen from Gouldsboro town office

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 24, 2016, at 6:28 p.m.
Burglars who broke into the town office got away with handguns, drugs and money but left the ship’s bell undisturbed, according to an official.
Members of the Maine Warden Service said Wednesday evening that they have been searching for two canoeists in the Union River in Ellsworth after an overturned canoe and some personal items were found in the river off Shore Road around 12:30 p.m. Ellsworth police and fire departments have been assisting in the search.

Officials confirm canoeists missing from Ellsworth are safe

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 23, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
An overturned canoe was found in the Union River off Shore Road at about 12:30 p.m.
Kevin Schneider is the new superintendent of Acadia National Park.

Plate full for new Acadia National Park superintendent

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 13, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
“I’ve been here for all of a week,” Kevin Schneider told the commission Feb. 1. “I’m drinking from the proverbial fire hose.”
Peter Mills, a convicted rapist who served more than eight years behind bars, has recently been released from prison and has moved back to Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island. The local police department has posted notices about Mills' release to make sure local residents are aware he has moved back to town.

Police notify MDI residents of rapist’s release

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 12, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | A former local man convicted in 2007 of raping three women has been released from behind bars and moved back to town, according to police. In an effort to alert local residents, the Southwest Harbor Police Department has printed notices about Peter D. Mills’ release from …

FBI veteran picked as new Ellsworth police chief

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 12, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
A Maine native with 26 years experience working for the FBI, including a stint as head of the agency’s domestic terrorism program, has been selected to become the city’s next police chief.
Pastor Wayne Buchanan of Tremont Congregational Church participated in a blessing of the local fishing fleet in Bass Harbor in this June 2009 photo.

Bishop: Tremont pastor resigns amid police investigation

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 11, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
The pastor at a local church has resigned his post in the midst of what the bishop of the diocese calls “a difficult time” for the parish.