Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

A Piper Cub plane made an amazing landing on Thursday afternoon at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head.

Pilot makes ‘amazing landing’ after plane damaged in Knox County takeoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — Knox County Regional Airport Manager Jeffrey Northgraves said a pilot made an amazing landing after his plane was damaged in takeoff Thursday afternoon. Stephen Morrison II of Rockland said he was taking off with his father, Stephen Morrison Sr., also of Rockland, for an afternoon flight …
Foundation work is expected to begin no later than Monday for a five-story hotel at 250 Main St. in Rockland.

Rockland issues permit for city’s tallest building

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Construction on a five-story hotel here is expected to begin no later than Monday. The city’s code enforcement officer issued a permit on Thursday for work to be done on the foundation for the project at 250 Main St., at its intersection with Pleasant Street. Ron Dafoe …
Randy B. Smith, 63, of Camden

Insurer wants court to rule on whether it is liable to defend Camden man accused of assaulting a woman

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — An insurance company has asked a state court to rule on whether it is responsible for defending or paying any damages that may be assessed against an Owls Head client accused of assaulting and stalking a former female companion. MMG Insurance Co. filed a complaint Tuesday in …

Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigates theft of copper pipes from Washington home

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Maine — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of copper pipes from a home on West Washington Road. Someone broke into the house Monday night and removed a couple hundred feet of piping, Sheriff Donna Dennison said Wednesday. No one is living in the house and …
A standoff lasted for more than seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning at the downtown Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 1 in Camden.

Negotiators credited with safe release of hostage in Camden pharmacy standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Members of the Maine State Police tactical team outfitted in camouflage gear and weapons were highly visible during the lengthy standoff Monday night at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, but a team of negotiators working out of a van and out of sight also played a key role. …

Bath man gets four months for welfare fraud

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Bath man will serve four months in jail starting Dec. 1 after admitting to stealing nearly $20,000 in state aid. Trevor Lamoreau was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to two years in jail with all but four months suspended for theft by deception. …

Hostage released safely, suspect takes own life in Camden standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Maine State Police tried repeatedly to have a suspect in an armed standoff at a Camden pharmacy surrender.
Robert Beerman

Camden standoff ends with hostage freed, suspect found dead

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:37 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The 34-year-old man who took a pharmacist hostage during a seven-hour standoff that ended early Tuesday morning with him taking his own life had a history of alcohol abuse and threatening suicide, according to police. Robert Beerman of Camden was found dead in the employee break room …

Police say hostage freed from Camden Rite Aid robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Police were outside the Camden Rite Aid on Monday night into Tuesday morning as a robbery was in progress, according to authorities. A woman who said she works at the Rite Aid said a man walked in just before the 8 p.m. closing time and ordered everyone …

Friendship man arrested after allegedly trying to steal Patriots license plate holder, window sticker

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
THOMASTON, Maine — A Friendship man remained in jail Monday afternoon after his arrest last week for allegedly trying to steal some items with New England Patriots logos. Thomas H. Powell, 23, was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Friday and charged with felony theft. The charge was elevated to felony …
This home at 20 Katahdin Ave. is owned by the city of Rockland after it foreclosed on the property when J. P. Morgan Chase Bank failed to pay off a sewer lien of $284.

Rockland forecloses on bank-owned properties for unpaid sewer fees

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The city is the new the owner of three properties after the owners, including two banks, failed to pay overdue sewer fees. In one case, the city took ownership of a property held by a bank that had recently foreclosed on the homeowner. In a second case, …

Third candidate emerges in Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A third candidate has taken out papers in the race for two open city council seats. Theodore Berry of Crescent Street took out nomination papers Friday. He joins former Mayor William Clayton and Comprehensive Planning Committee Chair Valli Geiger, who also have taken out papers. The two …
The Penobscot Bay YMCA plans to open its Rockland waterfront center in November.

YMCA to open Rockland center in November

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Bay YMCA’s waterfront center in Rockland is scheduled to open in November. The YMCA, based in Rockport, filed a building permit application Thursday with the Rockland code enforcement office. The document indicates that the organization plans about $160,000 in renovations to the existing building that …
Richard Wellington

Former Knox County Jail guard arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot wife

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 61-year-old former Knox County Jail guard, who was awaiting trial for allegedly sexually assaulting female inmates, is behind bars again after being charged with threatening to shoot his wife. Richard S. Wellington was arrested Thursday night and charged by Thomaston police with domestic violence terrorizing and …

Judge to alleged stalker: Don’t go down that road

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Warren woman was given a completely suspended 365-day jail term Friday after admitting to harassing her ex-husband, entering his residence without permission on two occasions, and repeatedly violating terms of her bail. In addition to being required to continue counseling as part of the plea, …

Washington woman gets jail for driving drunk with children in car

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 34-year-old Washington woman will spend 10 days in jail after admitting to driving drunk with three children in the car. Crystal A. Saunders pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockland District Court to operating under the influence. In exchange for her guilty pleas, the charges of endangering the …

Teens rescued after lobster boat strikes rocks off Vinalhaven

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
VINALHAVEN, Maine — A lobster boat was swamped Tuesday morning after it struck rocks. The two teens aboard the 22-foot outboard-motor-powered boat managed to don survival suits and safely made it to shore. The boat, belonging to 17-year-old Kaleb Dyer, was in the vicinity of an area known as the …

Number of liens filed by Rockland for unpaid taxes reaches 15-year high

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 10, 2014, at 5:39 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The number of liens placed on properties this year for unpaid taxes is the most in 15 years. The city filed 197 liens Wednesday at the Knox County Registry of Deeds. That’s up from 190 liens filed in 2013 and 187 in 2012. The 197 liens is …
Donald R. Keating Jr. made his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Knox County Superior Court.

Owls Head man who police say robbed pharmacy with shopping bag on head remains in jail

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 55-year-old Owls Head man will remain at the Knox County Jail following his arrest Tuesday evening on a charge that he robbed the Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care in Rockport while wearing a shopping bag on his head. Donald R. Keating Jr. was arrested and charged …

Sex offender charged in Rockport pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2014, at 10:26 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — A 55-year-old Owls Head man was arrested Tuesday evening and accused of robbing a Rockport pharmacy earlier in the day. Donald Keating was arrested at his residence and charged with robbery, said Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley. Kelley said that there was a lot of evidence pointing …
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