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Rockland woman gets jail time for leaving autistic son home alone

By Stephen Betts on May 22, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
A Rockland woman will serve 14 days in jail for leaving her 2-year-old autistic son home alone at night so she could visit a friend and get some chocolate. Destiny L. Barrett, 23, was sentenced Friday by Justice Daniel Billings in Knox County Unified Court to 180 …
A house on Broadway in Rockland was damaged Thursday when a car crashed into the home.

Car hits Rockland house after two-vehicle collision

By Stephen Betts on May 22, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
A Rockland home was damaged Thursday morning when a car slammed into it after a two-vehicle collision. There were no injuries, but one car was destroyed in the crash at about 9 a.m., according to Rockland police Sgt. Donald Finnegan. A 2009 GMC car driven by Meredith …

Rockland area school budget receives support from nearly 200

By Stephen Betts on May 21, 2015, at 10:21 p.m.
Nearly 200 residents overwhelmingly backed the $25.9 million 2015-2016 budget for the area school district Thursday night despite sharp tax hikes it will impose on communities. The budget now goes to residents at the polls on June 9 in the five communities of Regional School Unit 13. …

Fire damages Camden home

By Stephen Betts on May 21, 2015, at 4:40 p.m.
A wind-whipped fire damaged a home Thursday afternoon. Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley said the state fire marshal’s office is being called in to assist in the investigation because of the agency’s expertise. There were no injuries. There was fire damage to the kitchen and smoke damage …

Rockland boat firm asks court to seize yacht

By Stephen Betts on May 21, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
A Rockland boat shop has asked a federal court to seize a yacht, saying the owner has failed to pay for nearly $64,000 in work. York Marine Inc. filed its lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland against John Wilson of Denver, Colorado. The lawsuit claims …
Rockland City Councilors and Regional School Unit 13 leaders met Wednesday evening concerning a projected steep tax increase.

Rockland council, RSU 13 wrestle with quality, costs of schools

By Stephen Betts on May 20, 2015, at 7:31 p.m.
City councilors took aim Wednesday evening at the costs and quality of the regional school district. The leaders of Regional School Unit 13 defended the district and said the rising costs to property taxpayers is not because of higher spending but a decline in revenues from the …

Police say Port Clyde man sexually assaulted woman

By Stephen Betts on May 20, 2015, at 3:12 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Port Clyde man remains in jail after he was charged with sexually assaulting a former companion. Douglas H. Robinson, 40, was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Bail was denied until he made an initial court appearance, …

‘Sunglasses on steroids’ lawsuit to remain in Maine

By Stephen Betts on May 20, 2015, at 12:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | A federal lawsuit brought by a Rockport man who claims a former business partner reneged on a deal that could have generated $33 million in profits by selling “sunglasses on steroids” will remain in Maine, a judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Judge Jon Levy rejected a request …
Two young snowboarders started the hike up Ragged Mountain in a 2011 file photo.

Camden Snow Bowl loss less than expected

By Stephen Betts on May 20, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
The operating loss at the Camden Snow Bowl for the past year was less than what town officials said they expected. The $80,000 operating loss was the result of a shortened season caused by problems and delays during last year’s modernization and expansion at the ski resort …
Nancy Caudle-Johnson will be leading a tour Sunday in Camden in observance of Arbor Day.

Camden to celebrate Arbor Day Sunday

By Stephen Betts on May 19, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
The town will observe Arbor Day at a ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday on the Town Green at the corner of Elm and Chestnut streets. After a brief ceremony, including reading Camden’s official Arbor Day proclamation and the presentation of Camden’s 20th Tree City U.S.A. Award, …
Theodore Berry

Ex-Rockland candidate arrested on assault charge

By Stephen Betts on May 19, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
A Rockland man who came within 35 votes of being elected to the city council last fall is accused of assaulting a female companion. Theodore A. Berry, 24, was arrested on the evening of May 10 and charged with domestic violence assault, according to paperwork filed in …

Rockland seeks plans to develop Tillson Avenue peninsula

By Stephen Betts on May 19, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
The city is soliciting creative ideas on how best to redevelop a downtown industrial area filled with warehouses and views of the waterfront. The Rockland Economic and Community Development Department sent out a request last month asking for proposals on how to best develop the Tillson Avenue …

City, schools of Rockland fail to agree on budget cuts

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
City administrators met Monday with school officials but were not able to agree on any budget cuts. School officials were invited to attend Wednesday night’s Rockland City Council meeting as the council continues its budget deliberations. “The discussion was cordial, as everyone in the room understand the …
Rockland firefighters spent Sunday night dealing with a large propane leak outside the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland.

Rockland firefighters spend night dealing with motel propane leak

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 3:28 p.m.
Rockland firefighters spent much of Sunday night dealing with a large propane leak outside the downtown Trade Winds Motor Inn. Crews arrived shortly after 8 p.m. A representative of Irving fuel was at the propane tank, having been called in earlier to check on a complaint of …

Swanville woman gets 15 days in jail for stealing clothes from Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A Swanville woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in jail after a jury convicted her of theft at the Wal-Mart in Thomaston. Justice Daniel Billings imposed the sentence on 32-year-old Maranda L. McCafferty in Knox County Unified Court. The sentencing came after a two-day jury trial. …
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital.

Family still fighting to recover losses from state’s handling of man’s properties

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
ROCKLAND | Mediation has failed to resolve a legal battle over the state’s sale of a waterfront home for less than half its value while the owner was in a mental hospital. Two lawsuits remain in progress in the state’s Business and Consumer Court in Portland over the Owls …

Wal-Mart drops Rockland abatement plea on eve of state hearing

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
The nation’s largest retailer dropped its request for a $105,000 tax rebate from Rockland on the eve of a state hearing. Attorney Timothy Woodcock of Bangor said that Wal-Mart made a “business decision” to drop its appeal, which had been filed in December. He declined to further …

City officials defend Rockland firefighters’ commitment

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
Rockland firefighters are committed to their department and the people they serve, the interim fire chief said Friday. The statement was made in reaction to a city councilor questioning the commitment of firefighters to the department during Wednesday night’s council meeting. At the time, the City Council …

Fire destroys Union garage

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 9:37 a.m.
A residential garage and pickup truck were destroyed by a Friday morning fire. Union Fire Chief Kevin Soule said he suspects the fire was caused by a chicken brooder that had been plugged in about 20 minutes earlier. The homeowner had gone to get the chicks. He …
Michael Felton

Newly created St. George school district names superintendent

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
A Portland man with a wide range of experience will become the first superintendent for the newly created St. George Municipal School District. Michael Felton was unanimously approved Wednesday night as the superintendent by the St. George School Committee. In making the appointment, the committee cited …
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