Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 

Rockland residents to launch effort to repeal pay-per-bag trash disposal rule

By Stephen Betts on July 22, 2014, at 7:04 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A petition drive is expected to be formally launched Wednesday morning to repeal the mandatory pay-per-bag trash disposal law approved earlier this month by the city council. Former City Councilor Adele Faber is an organizer of the repeal effort. She has been sharply critical of the ordinance. …

Grant helps pay for tree cutting around Knox County Regional Airport

By Stephen Betts on July 22, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — The cutting of trees on private properties near the Knox County Regional Airport is expected to begin next month following the acquisition of easements on 15 parcels. And the money for those easements is being paid, in large part, through a federal grant which the county …
Charles Black, left, speaks with his attorney Walter McKee before closing arguments are made in Black's trial Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Jury finds Charles Black guilty of trying to kill wife on Camden’s Maiden Cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 5 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 71-year-old man faces up to 30 years in prison after a jury convicted him of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden in order to have her money and be with his former high school girlfriend. The 11-woman, one-man Knox …

Main Street in Warren reopened after suspicious package turns out to be flag rolled up in cardboard

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
WARREN, Maine — A section of Main Street was closed for several hours Monday as police responded to a report of a suspicious package in a mailbox. In the end, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said the package turned out to be a small U.S. flag wrapped up in a …
Charles Black, left, speaks with his attorney Walter McKee before closing arguments are made in Black's trial Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Defense offers no witnesses as trial nears end for man accused of pushing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County jury is now deciding whether a 71-year-old man tried to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden in order to have her money and be with his former high school girlfriend. The defense rested its case Monday morning, calling no …
This Talbot Avenue home in Rockland is expected to be turned into office space.

Rockland planners to review downtown home conversion

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board will consider Tuesday night a proposal to convert a stately downtown house into an office building. The company 305 State St. LLC, has applied to the city’s code enforcement officer for a change-of-use permit for the conversion of a building at 19 Talbot …
Rockland Police Sgt. Matthew Lindahl cleans up debris from a two-car crash Sunday afternoon in Rockland.

One hurt in Route 1 Rockland crash

By Stephen Betts on July 20, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — One person was taken to a local hospital following a two-car crash Sunday afternoon on Route 1. The injury did not appear to be serious and the person was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport more as a precaution, said Rockland Police Sgt. Matthew Lindahl. …

Waldo County tests emergency response to rural school shooting

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
THORNDIKE, Maine — Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley said the Saturday morning drill simulating a school shooting at Mount View High School was an important training exercise. “We worried about how rapidly and effectively we could respond in a rural county,” Rowley said. “Every minute that goes …
Emergency medical staff and people portraying victims of a school shooting during an emergency drill at Mount View High School in Thorndike.

Waldo County tests emergency response to rural school shooting

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
THORNDIKE, Maine — Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley said the Saturday morning drill simulating a school shooting at Mount View High School was an important training exercise. “We worried about how rapidly and effectively we could respond in a rural county,” Rowley said. “Every minute that goes …
This parcel in Camden can be free for a business that creates 24 jobs within five years.

No takers for several town-owned lands along midcoast

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.
Thomaston has been trying to entice developers for several years to develop land on Route 1 zoned for commercial and residential uses, and Camden has 3 acres it has tried to give away to any business willing to create jobs, but both communities have not found takers for their properties. …
Pictured is one of the piles of fiber material stored on 70 acres in Warren at a former rifle range.

Cleanup of 15-year-old Warren waste pile hits another delay

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
WARREN, Maine — Lack of appropriate electrical power is once again delaying the cleanup of 27,000 tons of fiber materials that have plagued the town for 15 years. Last October, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced it awarded a contract to Triumvirate Environmental Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts. The contract …

Rockland man held in jail, accused of biting woman

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old man remains at Knox County Jail after being arrested Wednesday night, accused of biting a woman during an argument. Derrick J. McDuffy of Pleasant Street in Rockland was charged with felony domestic violence assault. The charge is a felony because he has two recent prior …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife.

DNA expert testifies that victim’s blood was on jacket of man charged with throwing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The fifth day of the trial of Charles Black, who is accused of throwing his wife off Maiden Cliff in Camden in 2011, concluded Friday with testimony from a Kansas estate lawyer, Maine’s former chief medical examiner, two state police detectives who interviewed Black, and state crime …

Valuable coins stolen in Rockland home burglary

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Police have a suspect in a home burglary in which valuable coins were stolen. The break-in was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Cedar Street, Deputy Rockland Police Chief Wally Tower said. In addition to the coins, jewelry and some miscellaneous personal items …

Two portable toilets destroyed by arson in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A fire that destroyed two portable toilets at a popular Rockland beach is being labeled arson. The fire was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The two portable toilets, rented by the city, were located at Sandy Beach on the city’s south end waterfront, according to Deputy …
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife, Lisa Black.

Woman who had affair with man accused of pushing wife off Camden cliff testifies

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Candice Carter said Charles Black had once commented that his wife’s death would be the easy way out for him.
Charles Reed Black, a retired schoolteacher from Kansas, listens to opening arguments Tuesday at Knox County Superior Court in his trial for the attempted murder of his wife, Lisa Black.

‘I thought I had eight to 10 seconds left on this Earth,’ victim testifies in Maiden Cliff trial

By Stephen Betts on July 16, 2014, at 11:07 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Lisa Zahn testified Wednesday that after her then-husband Charles Black struck her on the head and pulled her to the edge of Maiden Cliff in Camden on April 7, 2011, she thought her life would end as part of a murder-suicide. On Wednesday, Zahn, formerly Lisa Black, …

Rockland gives initial OK to downtown building height moratorium

By Stephen Betts on July 16, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A six-month moratorium on buildings taller than 50 feet in a downtown section of Rockland gained initial approval Monday night. The council voted 3-2 Monday night with Councilors Eric Hebert and Frank Isganitis opposed to the ordinance. The moratorium would affect the downtown section from Park Street …

Rockland council gives final OK to pay-per-bag trash disposal

By Stephen Betts on July 16, 2014, at 8:09 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Starting May 1, 2015, Rockland residents will be required to pay for trash disposal based on the amount of garbage they dump at the transfer station. The city council voted 3-2 Monday night to give final approval to a pay-per-bag ordinance. Councilors Elizabeth Dickerson and Louise MacLellan-Ruf …

Maine man, 77, accused of sexual assault against child

By Stephen Betts on July 15, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Maine — A 77-year-old Washington man was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a child. Richard J. Miller was summoned for Class A gross sexual assault and Class C unlawful sexual contact, according to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison. The investigation, conducted by Detective Justin Twitchell, began following a referral …
 
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