Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau


Waldoboro driver dies in Warren two-car crash

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 9:01 p.m.
A 71-year-old Waldoboro man died at the scene of a Friday night crash. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Reggie Walker said that the man was driving a 2007 Versa east on Old Augusta Road and went through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 235, also …

Effort to limit Knox County budget shot down as 2015 package approved

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A proposal by a Rockland member of the Knox County budget committee to have no spending increases in 2015 was roundly rejected Thursday night as the panel and county commissioners gave final approval to the 2015 budget package. The $9.8 million budget will mean municipalities across the …

Rockport man ordered to pay $5 million to settle fraud lawsuit

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
A Rockport man who was accused of concocting an elaborate scheme to bilk an international window treatment firm of nearly $5 million has agreed to repay the company. The settlement and judgment against Jason T. Throne and Patent Services Group Inc. were filed Nov. 21 in U.S. …
Adam L. Dodge

Thomaston man admits to multiple charges, including striking seal with his skiff

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Thomaston man only will receive fines for striking a seal with his skiff this past summer, sharing Suboxone with his fiancee and driving to endanger if he adheres to terms of a deal approved in court Friday. Justice William Stokes accepted a plea deal worked out …

Officer ordered man to sit in hot car after finding his dog locked inside

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Thomaston man was fined $500 Thursday after a judge ruled that he had left his dog inside a hot car on an August day in Camden. The Camden police officer who responded to the call said when the owner returned to the car, she ordered him …

Former Spruce Head lobster co-op manager pleads guilty to federal tax evasion, seafood violation

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | The former longtime manager of one of the state’s largest lobster cooperatives pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to tax evasion as a result of a lengthy investigation that started nearly two years ago into the reported theft of a huge amount of crustaceans. The charges and plea by …

Warren board chairman denies assaulting public works director

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 10, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
The chairman of the Warren Board of Selectman denies he assaulted the head of the Public Works Department last month. The denial was issued Wednesday evening by Chairman Michael York’s attorney, Christopher MacLean of Camden. “Mr. York completely denies the allegations that have been made,” MacLean said. …

Burnham woman seeks $3 million in damages from Knox County over alleged sex assault in jail

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Waldo County woman is seeking $3 million in damages against Knox County for what she said were repeated sexual assaults by a jail guard. The woman suffered sexual assaults, assaults, harassment and terrorizing at the hands of 61-year-old corrections officer Richard S. Wellington in July and …
Russell "Rusty" Brace

Properties of disgraced Camden charity head ‘Rusty’ Brace put up for sale

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 10, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
The properties of Russell “Rusty” Brace, the former longtime president of a local charity who is now the subject of a federal embezzlement probe, have been put up for sale. Brace’s attorney Peter DeTroy said the sale was a step toward resolving the claims against his client. …

Jury awards less money than final offer in 2005 Camden car crash

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 10, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A jury voted Tuesday to award a Lincolnville woman $17,000 as a result of a car crash nearly a decade ago. But the amount was less than an offer made earlier by the driver of the other vehicle. Judith Gilbert filed a lawsuit in July 2011 in …
Three Fox Islands wind turbines are seen on Vinalhaven in 2009.

DEP argues court has no say in Vinalhaven wind turbine noise level enforcement

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Department of Environmental Protection argued Tuesday that the state’s highest court has no authority to order the agency to take tougher action to reduce noise levels from wind turbines on Vinalhaven. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Tuesday on an appeal by the DEP …

Rockport man’s lawsuit claims $33 million in lost profits over ‘sunglasses on steroids’ dispute

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A Rockport man is asking the court to order an Illinois man to follow through on a business deal the Mainer claims would generate them both nearly $33 million for selling high-tech sunglasses. The lawsuit on behalf of John Galley was filed Friday in Knox County Superior …

Rockland finalizes rules for adult amusement stores

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 09, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
City councilors gave unanimous final approval Monday night to two ordinances that will regulate adult amusement businesses that move into the community. In contrast to previous meetings on the subject, there was little council debate and no public comment on the proposals. The ordinances were crafted by …
Russell Wolfertz Jr., speaking Monday night on behalf of the Mid-Coast Board of Realtors, urges the Rockland City Council to reject a proposed ordinance that would mandate inspection of private sewer lines.

Rockland council rejects mandated inspection of private sewer lines

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 08, 2014, at 9:17 p.m.
The City Council shot down a proposed sewer ordinance Monday night that would have mandated inspections of private sewer lines. The proposal had been met with considerable opposition, including from the Mid-Coast Board of Realtors. Residents said the ordinance would impose an additional burden on private property …

St. George man accused of choking woman

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 08, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
A St. George man is being held at the Knox County Jail after police said he choked a woman and pulled out a clump of her hair. James A. Howard, 45, is being held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. He made his initial court appearance …

Rockland police officer, volunteer firefighter injured in training exercise

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 08, 2014, at 2:23 p.m.
Rockland police Officer William Smith, who also serves as a volunteer firefighter for neighboring Rockport, broke two bones in his back Saturday during a training exercise. Smith said Monday he is not sure how long he will be laid up from the accident. He said there is …

Two sought in South Thomaston brick attack

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 08, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
Police are looking for a couple who they say attacked a family and injured a father and son with a brick. Both father and son were taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport to be treated for unspecified injuries. Information about their conditions was not …
The driver of this vehicle, which crashed Monday morning on Route 73 in Owls Head, was taken to the Knox County Jail for a breathalyzer test, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

OUI suspected in Owls Head crash that delayed morning commute

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 08, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
The driver of a car that flipped on its side Monday morning was charged with drunken driving. Lorraine Fowles, 52, of Owls Head was traveling south on the Ingraham’s Hill section of Route 73 when she lost control of her 2007 Ford Freestyle, according to Knox …
Noel March (left), the newly elected commodore of the Friendship Sloop Society, and Capt. Jim Sharp stand next to the Friendship sloop Blackjack at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum in Rockland.

‘We will restore her’: Iconic Maine sloop rescued from trash heap

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 06, 2014, at 6:40 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A crowd of boating enthusiasts welcomed the arrival Dec. 2 of the newest addition to the Sail, Power and Steam Museum — a circa-1900 Friendship sloop. Noel March, the newly elected commodore of the Friendship Sloop Society, said the Blackjack may be one of the two oldest …
Warren Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael York (right) was under fire Wednesday night for an alleged altercation with the town's public works supervisor.

Warren public works head notifies town of intent to sue following altercation with selectman

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 05, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
The public works supervisor who was placed on paid leave a month ago following an altercation with the chairman of the Board of Selectmen has sent the town a notice that he intends to sue the town for more than $150,000. The notice of claim by Douglas …
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