Stephen Betts

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Seafood dealer, former co-op manager locked in legal battle

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 18, 2015, at 12:58 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A legal fight has broken out between two parties involved in a criminal case that began more than two years ago over the alleged theft of more than $1 million worth of lobsters from one of the state’s largest seafood cooperatives. J.P. Shellfish Inc. of Eliot filed …
Nathaniel B. Hussey

Police: Swanville man assaulted woman for not giving him pot money

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 18, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
THOMASTON | A 33-year-old Swanville man is being held without bail pending a court appearance Wednesday afternoon on charges that he assaulted a woman when she refused to give him money to buy marijuana. Nathaniel B. Hussey remained at the Knox County Jail Wednesday morning on two counts of …

Drug cases dominate Knox grand jury session

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 17, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Drug cases dominated the Knox County grand jury session that concluded Friday. The indictments included: James Prescott, 38, of Warren, indicted on 13 counts of gross sexual assault. He is charged with sexually assaulting a child younger than 14 years old in Union from 2004 through December …
The above-ground septic system access pipe (left) and below-ground oil fill pipe located behind Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro. Rockland-based Maritime Energy delivered 2,087 gallons of heating oil to the school Feb. 4 and inadvertently pumped it into the septic system, according to Principal Katherine Race.

Waldoboro school leach field to be replaced after heating oil snafu

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 17, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
The septic system leach field for the Medomak school campus will be replaced over the next five to six weeks after an incident two weeks ago in which heating oil was mistakenly pumped into it. The work was expected to begin early this week, according to School …
Longtime supporter Lyman Pope has donated $1 million toward a new Pope Memorial Humane Society animal shelter to serve communities in Knox and Waldo counties.

Knox County animal shelter to build new complex thanks to $1M donation

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 17, 2015, at 11:38 a.m.
THOMASTON | The animal shelter that serves Knox and Waldo counties will break ground for a new, modern complex this spring following the donation of $1 million by a longtime supporter. The Pope Memorial Humane Society announced Monday that benefactor Lyman Pope recently donated $1 million to help complete …

Rockland seeks help in finding vehicle that struck pedestrian

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 17, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
Rockland police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that struck a pedestrian Monday evening and left the scene. Rockland police and emergency medical services staff responded at 5:56 p.m. to the report of 19-year-old Elizabeth Grotton lying in the road. The woman had …
This was the scene in downtown Rockland during Maine's first blizzard of the year. Police in Rockland have moved the parking ban for this storm to midnight to enable diners to enjoy their Valentine's Day meals during the evening at local restaurants.

Rockland adjusts parking ban to accommodate restaurants serving Valentine’s meals tonight

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 14, 2015, at 3:29 p.m.
Downtown restaurant owners concerns about a police department imposed parking ban that was to start at 7 p.m. Saturday were heard. The ban came as restaurants have a large number of reservations for Valentine’s evening meals. “It’s unbelievable to me,” said Melody Wolfertz who operates In Good …

Teen indicted on manslaughter charge in connection with fatal Warren crash

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 19-year-old Spruce Head man was indicted Friday on a charge of manslaughter in connection with a March 2014 head-on crash on Route 1 in Warren that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman. Samuel Simmons was charged with manslaughter and two counts of driving to endanger. …

South Thomaston sues ex-fire chief, firefighter saying they unjustly took nearly $15,000

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 13, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
The town has filed a lawsuit against its former fire chief and another former department member, accusing them of unjustly enriching themselves with nearly $15,000 that was to help pay for a new fire truck. The lawsuit was filed by the community’s attorney Friday in Knox …

Rockland asks school district to look at changing cost-sharing formula

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 13, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
City officials have asked the regional school district to consider changing the cost-sharing formula to relieve the tax burden on Rockland. The chairman of the school board said he is open to re-examining the cost-sharing formula. Acting City Manager Tom Luttrell, Mayor Frank Isganitis and Councilor Louise …

Camden-area school budget calls for nearly 3 percent tax hike

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
The first draft of a 2015-2016 budget for the Camden-Rockport school system calls for an increase in taxes of nearly 3 percent. The administration presented the preliminary budget Wednesday night to the School Administrative District 28 Board. Superintendent Elaine Nutter stressed this was an early version of …
Attorney Jeremy Pratt

Maine court to decide whether bath salts law too vague

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 12, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Thursday on whether the state’s bath salts law is so vague that it is unconstitutional. Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt argued before the state high court on behalf of his client David Reckards, 45, of Thomaston, who was charged in November …
This model drawing by Oakpoint Associates shows the proposed new middle school on the right. Voters rejected a bond referendum that would have paid for the new school.

Camden area board reflects after voters reject $28 million new school

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 12, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
Leaders of the Camden area schools were divided Wednesday night on how to proceed following the rejection by voters of borrowing $28 million for a new middle school. Some board members said the proposal or a revised similar package could be put out to voters again while …
Customers enter the new Walmart Supercenter in Thomaston moments after the doors opened on Oct. 16, 2013.

The Wal-Mart effect: Crime rates plummet in Rockland, spike in Thomaston

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4:33 p.m.
Rockland saw a dramatic drop in crimes last year, but neighboring Thomaston saw a proportional spike, which both police chiefs acknowledge is due to the relocation of retail giant Wal-Mart. And the spike has put a strain on the smaller Thomaston Police Department. Rockland saw the frequency …
Dylan Morang (right) poses for a photo with New England Patriots player Malcolm Butler at Boston Children's Hospital in this recent photo.

Inspirational videos lead Rockland youth to meet Super Bowl hero

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
BOSTON | Dylan Morang has been a New England Patriots fan for a long time. While at Boston Children’s Hospital for spinal surgery, Morang and a few other patients created a video for the Patriots that wished them well in the upcoming Super Bowl. After the Patriots won another …
Dexter Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs looks over at a town councilor during a public hearing for a moratorium on east-west corridor development on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Petitioners seek ouster of Waldoboro town manager

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
A petition asking for the removal of the town manager was presented Tuesday night to the board of selectmen. Board Chairman Clinton Collamore said Wednesday the board held a closed-door session later that evening to begin the annual evaluation of Town Manager Linda Jean Briggs. He said …

Camden, Rockport voters reject new middle school

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 10, 2015, at 9:36 p.m.
Camden and Rockport voters rejected a $28 million bond referendum for a new middle school on Tuesday. Camden voters rejected it 435-548 while Rockport said no with a 233-398 tally. The timing of the ballot question had irritated town officials in both communities who wanted the vote …
The steel framed roof of a connector between two parts of the CedarWorks manufacturing plant in Rockland collapsed Monday evening under the weight of snow.

Section of roof at Rockland manufacturing plant collapses under snow

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 10, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
A section of roof at a Rockland manufacturing plant collapsed Monday evening from the weight of snow. There were no injuries from the collapse at a connector between two larger buildings at Cedar Works in Rockland’s Industrial Park. The section was a steel-frame building about 80 feet …
Rockport Public Library

Rockport says June library referendum premature

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 10, 2015, at 6 p.m.
The Select Board voted unanimously Monday night against a citizen’s request to place a referendum on the June ballot that would restrict any future library expansion at the current site. Board Chairman William Chapman said it simply was too early in June to have a vote like …
Andrew J. Kierstead is led into the Knox County Superior Court on Feb. 25, 2014. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of Richard L. Mills.

State high court hears Tenants Harbor man’s murder appeal

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 10, 2015, at 3:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | The attorney for a Tenants Harbor man sentenced to 45 years for murder argued Tuesday before the state high court that his client was in such a bad state of mind when he confessed that the incriminating comments should not have been allowed. Defense attorney Steven Peterson …
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