Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau


Prosecutors reviewing police reports in fatal rock case

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 26, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
The district attorney’s office has received the police reports concerning the death of a Camden man killed in June by a large rock that crashed through his windshield.

Rockland man to repay elderly woman for carpentry theft

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 26, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
Under a sentencing agreement, a 37-year-old Rockland man will repay an elderly city resident $20,000 he collected from her to renovate a garage without ever doing the work. Michael W. Carver received a 12-month deferred disposition on a felony theft charge during a hearing held Friday in …

Rockland police use Facebook to catch suspected thief

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 26, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Rockland police posted a still photo from the video on its Facebook page, which showed the woman. Within an hour, police received tips that led to Traci Cultrera.
Don McLean

Judge approves dismissal of protection order against Don McLean

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 25, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Judge Susan Sparaco approved the dismissal after a joint written request was made by the woman who said she was assaulted and by McLean.
The owner of a downtown Camden complex will be seeking town approval to convert the upper floors into residences.

Downtown Camden complex to be converted to community for older residents

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 25, 2016, at 1:37 p.m.
A downtown commercial complex is being renovated, with the new owners planning to convert the upper floors into a community for older residents.

Rockland police report 2nd suspected overdose death this month

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 25, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
“There is a significant addiction problem in the area,” Rockland police Deputy Chief Christopher Young said.

Rockland councilors, manager talk rash of personnel changes

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 25, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
Since March when new City Manager James Chaousis came on board, the city has seen the departure of four key employees.
Don McLean

Victim in McLean assault case to drop protection request

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 24, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
The domestic violence assault charge against the singer/songwriter has not been dropped.

Spruce Head man sentenced to nine months in fatal car crash

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
Samuel Simmons was sentenced Friday for one count each of manslaughter and driving to endanger.

Rockland man accused of making bomb threat at McDonald’s

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2016, at 3:42 p.m.
A Rockland man has been charged in connection with the Tuesday night bomb threat called in to the Rockland McDonald’s restaurant. Carl Adams, 33, was charged with Class C terrorizing following an investigation by Detective Sgt. Russell Thompson, according to a news release from Rockland police. The …
Don McLean

Don McLean says ‘I am not a villain’ after abuse arrest

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 21, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife, my children and me,” McLean said in a statement emailed to the Bangor Daily News.
Lowe's home improvement center is seeking major abatements of its property taxes in Maine. Among the stores that want a cut in taxes is the one in Thomaston.

Lowe’s seeks big tax cuts for stores in Maine

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 21, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
The Lowe’s home improvement chain is seeking major property tax abatements for their stores in Maine.
Ed Glaser

Rockland panel upholds firing of harbor master

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 20, 2016, at 6:19 p.m.
The manager said that Glaser violated the city’s policies concerning the use of the Internet and emails, employee harassment, and City Council and city manager directives.
Don McLean

Alleged Don McLean victim says she feared for her life

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 20, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
According to the woman’s statement, McLean terrorized her for four hours late Sunday night into early Monday morning when she managed to lock herself in a bathroom and call 911.
Don McLean

Don McLean allowed to return to Camden home

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 20, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
McLean is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland on Feb. 22.
A Rockland police vehicle blocks the Maverick Street entrance to the McDonald's Restaurant after a bomb threat reportedly was made on Tuesday evening.

Bomb threat closes Rockland McDonald’s

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 19, 2016, at 7:18 p.m.
The McDonald’s Restaurant in Rockland was evacuated Tuesday evening as management and police searched for a potential bomb after a threat was made by phone. Rockland police reported that a man called shortly after 6 p.m. to say that an explosive device was inside the building and …
Rockland City Manager James Chaousis

Rockland plans to hire attorney to deal with personnel

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 19, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
The Rockland City Council has scheduled another special meeting, this time to decide whether to hire an outside attorney to deal with an unspecified personnel matter. Three items are on the agenda for the 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting. The first is to hold a closed-door meeting concerning …
Members of the Rockland Fire Department, Rockland Emergency Medical Services and Owls Head Fire Department responded Sunday morning to a two vehicle crash on Route 73 in Owls Head near the town line.

One injured in Owls Head collision, rollover

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 18, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
One passenger was taken to the hospital following a crash Sunday morning which resulted in a Jeep rolling onto its side.
Rockland Historical Society curator Ann Morris (left) and real estate agent Michelle Gifford hold a bronze plaque that had marked this house on Broadway as the birthplace of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay on Nov. 9, 2015, in Rockland.

Quimby donates to restoration of poet Millay birthplace in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 18, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
The effort to restore the birthplace of one of the country’s most renowned poets has gained a major boost. The Quimby Family Foundation has agreed to donate money to help a community group acquire and restore the Broadway duplex where Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in 1892.
Don McLean

Singer Don McLean arrested on domestic assault charge

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 18, 2016, at 8:35 a.m.
He was arrested without incident and taken to Knox County Jail in Rockland. He was released within a few hours on $10,000 unsecured bail.