Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 

State police apprehend man in Waldoboro after nightlong standoff

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 04, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
The Maine State Police tactical team arrested a man shortly after 7 a.m. Friday following a standoff that began late Thursday night.

Former Rockport chief accepts loss of police certification

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Mark Kelley served the Rockport Police Department for more than 30 years.

Rockport education technician resigns after allegedly bringing gun to school

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
The chief said there was no indication that there were any ill intentions on the part of Meagan Collier.

Speeding car leads police to midcoast home break-in

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
A speeding Hummer caught the attention of police Tuesday night and led to a teen being charged with breaking into a home and stealing the vehicle.
Mandy Dennison

Mother reaches plea deal after child found in drainage ditch

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
A local woman will avoid jail time if she adheres to a series of conditions after admitting to endangering the welfare of her 3-year-old son, who was found lying in a drainage ditch but unharmed near her apartment complex.
Shane Hall

Two men, including alleged kidnapper, accused of stealing $9,000 worth of lobsters, crates

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.

Pen Bay proposes $12 million office complex

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 31, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
The proposal calls for constructing a two-story building, with a 20,000-square-foot footprint, between the Sussman House hospice center and the hospital. The building would have offices for 31 health care providers.
The Camden Fire Department set fire to a house on Thomas Street in May for a scene in the movie Island Zero.

Filmmakers to screen Tess Gerritsen-penned horror movie shot in Camden

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 27, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
The first public screening of Island Zero is set for Saturday evening at the Camden Opera House.

Dollar General eyes Union location for store

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:18 a.m.
A national discount store that has been trying for a year to enter the Knox County market has now set its sights on this rural town.
Attorney Walter McKee (left) and his clients former South Thomaston Fire Chief Wayne Brown (center) and former firefighter Colin Grierson, await the start of a civil trial brought by the town against Brown and Grierson for the return of nearly $15,000.

Judge hears arguments in civil trial over fire association funds

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 26, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
The judge did not issue a ruling but will allow both parties to submit written arguments before he renders a verdict.

Police probe string of downtown Warren burglaries

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 25, 2016, at 6:55 p.m.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four burglaries which took place during the past two weeks in the downtown area.

Judge orders no bail for Warren man accused of sex assault against child

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 25, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
A Warren man is being held without bail after being arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on Sept. 24 in Washington. Roberts and his wife recently purchased a home on Hupper Island in Maine.

US Supreme Court chief justice buys 1,560-square-foot home on Maine island

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 24, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
The property that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Jane Roberts purchased consists of nearly 2 acres of waterfront land facing Port Clyde.
Regional School Unit 13 plans to close the McLain School next summer.

Arts center owner eyes purchase of Rockland school

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
The owner of a former school turned arts center is interested in acquiring the adjacent McLain School.

Warren woman accused of swindling state out of $250,000 in welfare benefits

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:23 p.m.
Robin L. Snell, 44, of Warren was indicted last month on charges of felony theft and forgery.
Douglas Merrifield

Rockland man expected to get 33 months for torturing boy

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
A Rockland man who was caught on videotape beating and torturing a boy earlier this year has pleaded guilty.
Nancy Winslow shows a photo of the bench that was at the Lura Libby School in Thomaston but went missing shortly after school closed in June. The bench was designed and crafted in memory of her husband Richard Winslow who died last year.

Disappearance of school bench dedicated to late custodian confounds community

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:08 p.m.
A handcrafted cherry wood bench dedicated in honor of a longtime school custodian and bus driver has gone missing from the Lura Libby School.
A 31-foot lobster boat owned by Todd Nickles was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Battery blamed for fire that destroyed Owls Head lobster boat

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
A fire that destroyed a lobster boat Sunday morning has been ruled accidental.
A footbridge will be erected within the next few weeks over the outlet of Lindsey Brook in downtown Rockland, connecting the southern section of the Rockland Harbor Trail with the northern section. Stephen Betts|BDN

Donation to bridge gap in Rockland’s Harbor Trail

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
The largest donation the city has received will help bridge a gap in the Rockland Harbor Trail.
A 31-foot lobster boat owned by Todd Nickles was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Fire destroys Owls Head lobster boat

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Nickles said he does not believe it was intentionally set.