Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 
Rockland City Councilor Larry Pritchett (from left) was criticized May 4 for what other councilors said were examples of him overstepping his authority by committing the city to expenses for work by consultants. City Attorney Kevin Beal and Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf participated in the meeting.

Rockland mayor apologizes for asking resident to criticize fellow councilor

By Stephen Betts on May 09, 2016, at 5:39 p.m.
The city’s mayor has issued an apology after the BDN reported last week that she had asked a resident to come to a meeting to raise complaints about a fellow councilor.
William Bourget

Bail lowered for Maine substitute teacher accused of sex offense

By Stephen Betts on May 09, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
WALDOBORO | A judge lowered bail Monday for an Edgecomb man who worked as a substitute teacher and was accused of sending sexually explicit photographs to a student. Bail for 52-year-old William Bourget was lowered Monday to $2,500 cash during his initial appearance Monday afternoon via video at West …
An old quarry is being pumped dry and the large lot being cleared in the area between Maverick and Cedar Streets in Rockland.

Massive Rockland quarry project has neighbors frowning

By Stephen Betts on May 09, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
“This was a fabulous street. It was tranquil and had privacy,” said resident Jesse Henry, who lives next to the work being done by his Cedar Street neighbor.
Randall Weddle

Police: Truck driver in crash that killed two was drunk, speeding

By Stephen Betts on May 09, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
The driver of a flatbed truck who crashed into oncoming traffic in March, killing two people, was speeding, had a revoked driver’s license and was drunk at the time of the incident, according to police.
Randall Weddle

Truck driver in fatal Maine crash arrested in Virginia

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
Randall Weddle, 53, is charged with two counts of Class A manslaughter and two counts of Class B aggravated operating under the influence.

Family wants to protect ospreys from airport eviction

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
An Owls Head family wants the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head to leave a pair of ospreys alone.
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Anne Edmands and her sons, Benjamin and Carter, want the Knox County Regional Airport to allow a pair of ospreys, which made a nest atop a tower, to remain. The tower was built in World War II and contains a rotating beacon.

Owls Head woman urges airport to stop osprey eviction

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
The tower is near the approach path for aircraft, and airport manager Jeffrey Northgraves’ concern is that the birds could collide with planes.
Rockland police Chief Bruce Boucher (left) and Oceanside High School East Principal Tom Forti listen during meeting in Rockland to discuss school safety, Feb. 26, 2013.

Rockland chief makes pitch for school officer, but board chair uncertain

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
“This would be a proactive approach to prevention and intervention,” the chief told the school board Thursday night.
A ramp was heavily damaged Thursday night at the intersection of Union and Myrtle streets in Rockland when it was struck by a car. Police said the driver fled but later was found and arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence.

Rockland police say driver struck building, fled crash site

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
A local man was arrested Thursday night after police say he drove drunk, struck a building and fled the scene on foot.
Jennifer Curtis

Rockland-area school board hires new high school principal

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
A high school science teacher will be the next principal at Oceanside High School.

Competing disposal firms make pitch at waste conference in Rockport

By Stephen Betts on May 05, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
Representatives of two waste management companies vying for a slice of the state’s trash pie say the decision of several midcoast area communities to send their garbage to a third entity in southern Maine is not a concern. The officials made their comments Wednesday during a recess …

Rockland council split on adding volunteer coordinator

By Stephen Betts on May 05, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
City councilors are divided on whether the city should add a volunteer coordinator.
Chris Whytock

New Rockland fire chief nominated

By Stephen Betts on May 05, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
Chris Whytock has been recommended for the post by City Manager James Chaousis.
Rockland City Councilor Larry Pritchett (from left) was criticized Wednesday night for what other councilors said were examples of him overstepping his authority by committing the city to expenses for work by consultants. City Attorney Kevin Beal and Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf participated in the meeting.

Rockland councilor accused of overstepping his role

By Stephen Betts on May 04, 2016, at 9:02 p.m.
Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf said there appears to be a pattern of Larry Pritchett being involved in matters that should rest with the administration.

Rockport to have contested races for town seats

By Stephen Betts on May 04, 2016, at 6:46 p.m.
Residents will have a choice when they go to the polls next month. Two candidates have turned in nomination papers to get on the June 14 ballot for a single available seat on the Select Board. Incumbent Tracy Lee Murphy and challenger Brendan Riordan are vying for …
Russell "Rusty" Brace's properties, including his Rockport home, are up for sale.

Charity still trying to sell Rusty Brace properties to recoup stolen funds

By Stephen Betts on May 04, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
An area charity hopes to collect more reimbursement money this year from its former president, who stole more than $4.6 million.

Police say Rockland man repeatedly stole from supermarket

By Stephen Betts on May 04, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
A Rockland man is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon on charges that he repeatedly stole goods from a local supermarket.

More than $2,000 stolen from Rockland food pantry

By Stephen Betts on May 04, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
More than $2,000 in cash donated to the local food pantry raised from a “wake” for a local business was stolen last month.
Several new businesses will be opening over the next several weeks in downtown Rockland.

From clothing to gelato: Rockland downtown to see new businesses

By Stephen Betts on May 03, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
Several new businesses will be opening downtown over the next several months offering everything from men’s clothes, breakfast, gelatos and meats.
Owls Head maintains that it has an easement along this paved area parallel to the shore, but the homeowners claim that it is their driveway.

Couple takes Owls Head waterfront access case to US Supreme Court

By Stephen Betts on May 03, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
A couple who have been fighting to stop the public from crossing what they claim is their driveway adjacent to Rockland Harbor are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal.