Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island

Sgt. Alden Bustard (left) and Sgt. Tim Varney (right) of the Maine State Police stand on either side of a man taken into custody in connection with a reported stabbing Wednesday morning in Sullivan.

Man, woman charged in stabbing in Sullivan

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
SULLIVAN, Maine — Two residents were arrested Wednesday morning after being involved in an altercation on Ashville Road that resulted in two people suffering stab wounds, according to state police. The two arrested in the incident left the scene, a mobile home on the corner of Dead End Lane, before …
An estimated 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died in June 2013 in a pond in Brunswick as a result of a ranavirus outbreak in the pond, according to a Bowdoin College professor. It is the largest and fastest known amphibian die-off on record, according to officials.

Professor: Ranavirus killed 200,000 tadpoles in Brunswick pond

By Bill Trotter on July 30, 2014, at 5:29 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — It resembled something out of a science fiction movie, but the science behind a massive die-off of tadpoles in a local pond is shockingly real, according to a Bowdoin College biology professor. An estimated 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died in a pond in his backyard over a …
Dick Wolf

‘Law and Order’ producer to speak at MDI hospital meeting

By Bill Trotter on July 28, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — He is not known for producing medical dramas, but a well-known television producer will have a starring role with the local hospital next week. Dick Wolf, award-winning producer of “Law & Order” and other TV crime dramas, will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island …
Passengers and crew on board a tour boat operating out of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, just across the Canadian border from Maine, spotted a great white shark in Passamaquoddy Bay on Monday.

Tour boat guide: Shark was so close ‘you could have jumped on its back’

By Bill Trotter on July 25, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Nick Hawkins, a naturalist guide with a tour boat operation based in Passamaquoddy Bay, said Friday he has seen sharks in the bay before. Monday’s sighting of a great white shark, just outside the harbor of St. Andrews, New Brunswick, where the tour company Quoddy Link Marine is based, was …

Great white shark spotted in Passamaquoddy Bay

on July 24, 2014, at 7:23 p.m.
In 2012, it was squid. This summer, it’s jellyfish that seem to be showing up in unusual abundance in the historically cold water of the Gulf of Maine. And now there’s a report of another kind of visitor being spotted along Maine’s coast – one that may send chills up your …

Judge lifts 56-year-old consent decree on lobster fishing group

By Bill Trotter on July 24, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In a ruling that was expected, a federal judge has rescinded a consent decree that had been imposed on the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 1958. The federal Department of Justice, which had implemented the decree against the Maine Lobstermen’s Association 56 years ago after the association lost …

Man falls 30 feet after losing footing during photo op on Cadillac Mountain

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A California man has been taken by helicopter to a Bangor hospital after losing his footing Wednesday while posing for a photo near the top of Cadillac Mountain, according to park rangers. It is the fifth rescue by Acadia rangers of an injured or lost …
Head coach Jack Cosgrove looks on as sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins scrambles for yardage during the 10th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage at Morse Field at the University of Maine.

Members of UMaine football team accused of illegal drinking at Sand Beach

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A gathering Saturday at Sand Beach that included members of the University of Maine football team resulted in four players being charged with alcohol violations, according to national park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said three people were charged with underage drinking after being seen drinking …

Ellsworth to spend $95,000 on school stadium improvements

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Del Luce Stadium, the track and field complex on Forest Avenue where many local high school students compete in athletic events, is about to get a facelift. The City Council voted Monday night to spend $91,909 on new bleachers for the facility. The councilors also approved spending …

Police: Bucksport man damaged cruiser while being arrested

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — A Bucksport man was arrested Monday after he reportedly tried to elude local authorities and damaged a police cruiser while doing so. The damage to the cruiser was minimal, according to Sgt. David Kerns. The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning after Officer Brad O’Neill …
Alfred Ruiz Garcia

MDEA arrests 3 in 2 heroin investigations

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three people have been arrested on drug trafficking charges as a result of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigations in the Ellsworth and Bangor areas. Alfred Ruiz Garcia, 50, of Portland was arrested Monday on a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin. Garcia recently was released …

Power outage planned in Bar Harbor

on July 22, 2014, at 8:26 p.m.
The power is going to go out again early Wednesday, but this time it is a planned outage by Emera Maine. The electrical distribution company indicated in a release issued Tuesday that the outage will enable Emera crews to repair a transmission line that was damaged by a tree limb …

Ellsworth residents: Neighborhood ‘terrorized’ by backyard fireworks displays

By Bill Trotter on July 22, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A group of area residents who say they feel ‘terrorized’ by residential fireworks displays on Monday asked the City Council to help restore peace in their neighborhood. After hearing their concerns, the council indicated that it would schedule a public workshop at which concerned residents can discuss …
Jordan Pond is seen from the South Bubble Trail on July 6, 2014, near the summit of South Bubble mountain in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

Report: National Park Service visitors spent $8.5 million less in Maine in 2013

By Bill Trotter on July 21, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Visitors to Maine’s only national park are estimated to have generated $191.5 million for the state’s economy last year, according to the federal agency that runs the park. A new National Park Service report also indicates spending by visitors to Acadia and to the Saint …

Power goes out — again — in Bar Harbor

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 7:57 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — Another day, another power outage. For the second time this week, local residents and businesses have been disconnected from the electrical grid. On Sunday, it was a fallen tree branch that knocked out power to approximately 2,500 Emera Maine customers. On Thursday, it was a utility …
Wendy Cassidy

3 members of alleged oxycodone ring plead guilty

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 7:44 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Three people who police say were involved in an oxycodone distribution ring in Hancock County have pleaded guilty and received jail sentences. Wendy G. Cassidy, 31, of Bucksport; Brandie M. Higgins, 39, of Eastbrook; and Joel O. Allen Jr., 27, of Orland, were each sentenced in Hancock …
Korey Brown

MDI man to serve 4 years behind bars on heroin conviction

By Bill Trotter on July 17, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor man who was caught by police with more than 500 bags of heroin and $28,000 in cash has been sentenced to four years in prison. Korey Brown, 29, pleaded no contest on Monday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court to a charge of aggravated …
Former Maine GOP gubernatorial candidate Matt Jacobson has been named the new executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

Maine lobster marketing group picks Matt Jacobson as first chief

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Republican candidate for governor will lead the state’s efforts to market its signature seafood around the globe. Matt Jacobson, who ran in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary, has been picked to be the first executive director of the recently formed Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative, officials …
Nate Young

Federal judge grants stay in former Bar Harbor police chief’s wrongful dismissal lawsuit

By Bill Trotter on July 15, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — In the name of “judicial economy,” a federal judge has granted a stay in a lawsuit the town’s former police chief has filed against Bar Harbor. The decision, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison, will allow Nate Young to get a ruling from the …
Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

Feds support vacating 1958 judgment against lobstermen’s group

By Bill Trotter on July 14, 2014, at 3:19 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine —The state’s largest commercial fishing trade group appears to be on the verge of being released from conditions imposed upon it after it lost an antitrust lawsuit during the Eisenhower administration. For the past few years, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association has been in discussion with federal officials about …
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