Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

These small signs were posted throughout Camden recently, stating the amount of money that Russell "Rusty" Brace is accused of embezzling from United Mid-Coast Charities in Camden.

Bank records detail former charity board president’s accounts in Camden-area theft probe

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 18, 2014, at 7:23 a.m.
The president of a Camden-area charity said he is hopeful that the organization will recoup all $3.8 million allegedly stolen over the past 13 years by its former board leader. But questions remain concerning how former board president Russell “Rusty” Brace was able to deposit checks made …

Two charged in connection with Rockland cocaine bust

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
Two men were arrested Thursday following an alleged drug bust. Thomas Boynton, 21, and Jacob Ortiz, 20, both of Rockland, were arrested by officers with the Rockland Police Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, according to a news release from the agencies. Boynton …
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Demolition to make way for Rockland art complex

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
The demolition of an existing building, which will pave the way for construction of a new complex for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is scheduled to begin Oct. 27. The demolition is expected to take two days, and the remainder of the week will involve removing …

Rockport hires new town planner

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
The town said its new planner will begin work Nov. 14. The town issued a news release Thursday, announcing that James Francomano is the new planning and community development director, replacing Bill Najpauer, who left in July. Francomano is currently employed as a senior planner for the …
Rockland will be seeking bids to sell this vacant lot at the intersection of Park and Lisle streets.

Rockland council votes to put lot next to fire station up for bid

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
The city will seek bids for a commercial lot next to the fire station. The council voted 3-1 Wednesday night to seek bids on the third-of-an-acre lot at 31 Lisle St. Interim City Manager Tom Luttrell said bids would be accepted in about a week and bidders …
Jeremy Dennison

Rockland man accused of setting car on fire makes court appearance

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
A 28-year-old Rockland man is being held without bail after he made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon for allegedly setting fire to a car. Jeremy Dennison, who was arrested Monday, was charged by Rockland police with arson and aggravated criminal mischief, according to Rockland Deputy Police …

Former prison nurse claims she was subjected to racial taunts

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
WARREN | A former nurse at the Maine State Prison has filed a federal lawsuit against the private company that provides health care to Maine corrections facilities, claiming she was subjected to frequent racial taunts and that her employer retaliated by firing her when she complained. Attorney David Webbert …
One of the piles of fiber material stored on 70 acres in Warren at a former rifle range is seen in this file photo.

Warren waste removal to begin in April, but no manufacturing jobs to be created locally

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
The removal of a mountain of fiber wastes that has plagued the town for more than 15 years will begin in April, but the promise of local manufacturing jobs to turn the material into composite lumber has been dropped. Triumvirate Environmental Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, signed a …

Rockland church tells court that woman obtained loan fraudulently

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
BANGOR | A Rockland church has filed a complaint in federal court to prevent a woman from writing off a loan it claims she obtained under false pretenses. Christ’s Lighthouse Ministries Inc. filed the complaint Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, claiming that Terri Ingraham fraudulently obtained a $1,335 loan …
Demolition is nearly complete for the former F.J. O'Hara fish processing plant building on Tuesday in Rockland.

Demolition of old fish plant in Rockland makes way for new boats to set sail

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 14, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
Demolition of a former fish processing plant in Rockland was nearly complete Tuesday as developers make room for a new complex that will allow for larger pleasure boats to be built in the city. The building was constructed in 1900, and the former O’Hara Corp. operated a …

Rockland advertising for city manager candidates

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 14, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
Ten months after the last manager resigned, the job of Rockland city manager is being advertised. And the man who has served as interim manager since James Smith resigned in December, said he is considering applying for the post on a more long-term basis. Interim City Manager …

Man charged with indecent conduct at Thomaston Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
A 57-year-old Tenants Harbor man was being held at the Knox County Jail after being accused Friday of exposing himself to a woman in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Robert Demmons was arrested by Thomaston police Sgt. Timothy Hoppe and charged with indecent conduct. Police Chief Kevin Haj …
District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau speaks in Knox County Superior Court during the sentencing hearing for Charles Black.

Man convicted of Maiden Cliff murder attempt files appeal

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A 71-year-old former Camden man sentenced to 10 years in prison last month for trying to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in April 2011 has appealed his conviction. Charles Black also has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to review the sentence imposed …
These small signs were posted throughout Camden, in reference to the amount of money Russell "Rusty" Brace is accused of embezzling from United Mid-Coast Charities in Camden.

Prominent Rockport businessman, head of charity accused of embezzling $3.8 million

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 11, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
CAMDEN | Russell “Rusty” Brace was a prominent and trusted businessman for more than half a century and at one time oversaw a media conglomerate that included television and radio stations as well as magazines. His business operations also made him the type of person sought by nonprofit organizations …

Rockland mulls sale of city lot next to fire station

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 09, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
The city council will consider Wednesday night whether to seek bids for a lot next to the fire station that had once been part of a plan to expand the public safety center. The council will vote on whether to solicit bids for 31 Lisle St. The …
The Rockland City Council will vote Monday night on spending $11,000 to install cobblestones on this parking lot next to Sandy Beach.

Rockland to vote on upgrading beach parking lot

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 09, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
The city council is scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether to install cobblestone pavers on a parking lot overlooking popular Sandy Beach. This will be the second attempt to improve the parking lot. In 2010, the city spent several thousand dollars to install a plastic material …

Knox County couple arrested after allegedly stealing lobster crates

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 09, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Knox County couple accused of stealing lobster crates were arrested Thursday on theft charges. The Knox County grand jury indicted Sarah Stalcup, 33, of Warren and Christopher Stalcup, 43, of South Thomaston on the theft charges Wednesday, but the indictments were sealed until the couple could …
Gas collection pipelines are being installed at the Rockland quarry landfill.

Rockland pipeline project aims to reduce dump odors

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 09, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Installation of a pair of 950-foot pipelines is ongoing at the city’s quarry landfill in an effort to reduce odors. The project began Tuesday and is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. The city cautioned residents in a news release that the excavation work at …
Cost overruns in a planned $6.5 million upgrade of the Camden Snow Bowl have reached $500,000, including $100,000 worth of unexpected erosion problems, when heavy rains caused silt from cleared land to flow into Hosmer Pond, that required engineering solutions.

Blizzard of cost overruns hits Camden Snow Bowl project

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 08, 2014, at 8:06 p.m.
Cost overruns in a planned $6.5 million upgrade of the Camden Snow Bowl have reached $500,000, according to the general manager of the facility. Landon Fake said Wednesday the town is looking at cutting back on some of the work, and the Ragged Mountain Redevelopment Foundation has …
Matthew P. Connellan

Knox County police say road rage incident turned to stalking

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 08, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 57-year-old Whitefield man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with stalking and driving to endanger following an alleged road rage incident with a young woman. Matthew P. Connellan was released later that same morning on $1,000 cash bail with the stipulation that he not have any …
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