Stephen Betts

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Company says Rockport couple stole nearly $5 million through fraudulent billing

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — An international window treatment company is claiming a Rockport couple concocted an elaborate scheme to bilk the firm of nearly $5 million. Hunter Douglas Inc., based in Pearl River, N.Y., filed a lawsuit June 30 in U.S. District Court in Colorado claiming that Jason T. Throne, Mary …

Rockland man accused of stealing donation jars

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man who had been sought by police for more than three months for twice stealing donation jars at a local store is behind bars. David A. Carver, 39, made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Rockland District Court on four counts of theft as well …

Rockland council to vote on firm to help in manager search

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The city’s mayor said he expects a vote Tuesday evening to hire one of three firms that have submitted proposals to help the council search for its next manager. The council held a closed-door session Wednesday evening to interview representatives of Eaton Peabody, Dacri Associates and Municipal …

Camden development director resigns

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Camden Development Director Brian Hodges is leaving the job he has held for more than three years. Town Manager Pat Finnigan announced the move in a news release issued Thursday morning. Hodges has accepted a position in the private sector, Finnigan said. Hodges was not immediately available …

Warren man accused of threatening to ‘gut’ pair back in jail after police say he tried to strangle woman

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 46-year-old Warren man who was free on bail on charges that he threatened to gut a father and son is back in jail after police said he tried to strangle a woman he was prohibited from seeing. Jason M. Baughman is scheduled to make an appearance …

Camden inn owner petitions for town vote on zoning that bars her from serving dinner to guests

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 20, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The owner of a bed-and-breakfast who saw the Select Board reject last week her request to ask voters whether she can serve dinners to overnight guests is appealing directly to residents. Kristen Bifulco, the owner of the Windward House on High Street, said Wednesday she expects to …

Missing money stymies South Thomaston’s effort to buy firetruck; AG investigating

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 20, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — The effort by the town to buy a new firetruck is at risk because of missing money that municipal officials maintain was last in the hands of the former fire chief. The Maine attorney general’s office has confirmed through a letter to the town that it …
Rockland emergency crews responded Tuesday evening to a head-on crash on Route 1.

Three injured in Route 1 head-on crash in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 20, 2014, at 7:54 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Three people were taken to the hospital following a Tuesday evening head-on crash on Route 1. The crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. when a northbound 2003 Chrysler Town and Country minivan attempted a left turn onto Park Street and crashed into an oncoming vehicle, said Rockland …

Higher bills on the way for Rockland property taxpayers

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Property tax bills in Rockland will be higher this year by 3 percent, according to the city assessor. Rockland Assessor Dennis Reed said Tuesday that the tax rate was set at $20.16 per $1,000 of assessed property. This is up from the $19.52 rate set last year. …

Nobody’s running for Rockland City Council — yet

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Two weeks after nomination papers became available there are still no candidates for two city council seats up for a vote this fall. The deadline for candidates to take out papers and file them at city hall is Sept. 22. Dr. Eric Hebert has yet to decide …
Erik Vultee was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Pictured with him are attorneys Naomi Cohen and Steven Peterson.

Rockport man appeals sexual assault conviction

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 19, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 45-year-old Rockport man sentenced earlier this month to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl over a two-year period has appealed his conviction. The appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court was filed Friday by attorney Steven Peterson of Rockport on behalf of …
Nicandro Velasquez (left) made his initial court appearance Monday in Rockland District Court. Standing with him in front of Judge Patrick Ende is attorney James Mason and Jeff Lord (right), a court marshal.

Louisiana man arrested in Rockland in connection with Massachusetts fatal car crash

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Louisiana man being sought by Massachusetts police for leaving the scene of a fatal car crash was arrested Friday in Rockland. Nicandro Velasquez, 48, of Haughton, Louisiana, made his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court on a fugitive-from-justice warrant issued by the Middlesex district …

Camden neighbors seek to block sale of former tannery lot to ambulance service

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Residents of properties near a former tannery site are rallying to put the brakes on the town’s pending sale of the land to an ambulance service. The neighbors say the ambulance operations in their residential neighborhood would cause noise and safety problems. They argue that those issues …

One suspect found, second sought in connection to midcoast vehicle thefts

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Police have found one suspect and are looking for a second man in connection with a series of vehicle thefts last week. Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley said Monday that police have spoken to one of the young men who are suspected of the vehicle thefts. That …

Midcoast police seeking two suspects in series of vehicle thefts

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 15, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Police have their eyes on two suspects in a series of motor vehicle thefts this week in the midcoast area. One theft reported shortly after 2 a.m. Friday involved a 2004 Chevy pickup truck belonging to the Trade Winds Motor Inn which was taken from the inn’s …

Rockland begins search for new city manager

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 15, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The City Council will begin its search for a new city manager next week by meeting with three recruitment firms. The council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to hold closed-door interviews with representatives of Eaton Peabody, Dacri Associates and Municipal Resources. No action is …
Destiny Barrett

Rockland mother arrested after allegedly leaving 2-year-old home alone

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 22-year-old woman is free on bail after being arrested early Friday morning and charged with leaving her 2-year-old home alone while she spent the night at a friend’s house. Destiny Barrett of Rockland was arrested shortly after 4:30 a.m. by Rockland police and charged with endangering …

Witnesses say boater intentionally ran over seal in Rockport

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 14, 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — The fate of a harbor seal that was struck by a boat intentionally, according to witnesses, is unknown, a Maine Marine Patrol officer said. Officer Wesley Dean said Thursday morning that multiple witnesses reported seeing a man aboard a small wooden skiff with a small outboard motor …
Jeremy Philbrook

Islanders recall Vinalhaven lobsterman as devoted dad, friend

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff on Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
VINALHAVEN, Maine — Jeremy Philbrook was remembered Thursday as a devoted father, hard worker and a friend to many on this island community 12 miles off Rockland. Philbrook, 36, a married father of three girls, died at sea Wednesday. The cause of his death has not yet been released but …

Body of lobsterman recovered off Vinalhaven

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
VINALHAVEN, Maine — A lobsterman died Wednesday after falling off his boat, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The U.S Coast Guard in South Portland received a call over marine radio at 1:43 p.m. about a fisherman spotting a body in the water next to an unmanned lobster boat, according to …
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