Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

Regional School Unit 13 Superintendent John McDonald

Rockland area board backs school reorganization concept

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2015, at 8:02 p.m.
The Rockland area school board gave unanimous concept approval Thursday night to a reorganizational plan that would consolidate the high schools, merge the middle schools and close three other buildings.
A new automobile dealership and repair shop called Cars will be opening later this month at 734 Main St. in Rockland.

Automobile dealership Cars to open in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2015, at 1:57 p.m.
A Warren man hopes to have his automobile dealership open on Main Street by the end of the month. Renovations were being made to the building at 734 Main St. that will soon be the home of Cars. A new garage door was being installed Thursday. Business …
The Circle K convenience store at the intersection of Camden and Front streets in Rockland will close Monday.

Rockland convenience store to close

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 05, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
One of the two Circle K convenience stores in the city will close Monday. Three different employees confirmed that the store at the intersection of Camden and Front streets will close at 6 a.m. Monday. The employees did not want to be identified. Elizabeth Smith, the human …
Then-Warren Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael York (right) was under fire for an alleged altercation with the town's public works supervisor in this November 2014 file photo. The district attorney said recently that no criminal charges would be filed.

Warren ex-chairman, public works head won’t face charges

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 04, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
A day shy of the one-year anniversary of an altercation between the then-chairman of the Warren Board of Selectmen and the public works supervisor, the district attorney said no criminal charges would be filed. District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau announced in a news release Wednesday evening that a …
Russell "“Rusty” Brace," 82, arrives at the federal courthouse in Portland on Oct. 9. Brace was sentenced to four years in federal prison for embezzling more than $4.6 million from United Mid-Coast Charities while he served as its president.

Rusty Brace reporting to federal prison for $4.6 million charity theft

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 04, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
Disgraced former charity president Russell “Rusty” Brace of Rockport is reporting to a federal prison in Pennsylvania Wednesday, where he will be spending up to four years.
William Jillson

Rockland voters reject withdrawal, oust mayor

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:50 p.m.
Rockland residents overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have begun the process of the city withdrawing from the regional school district. City voters also elected a political newcomer to the Rockland City Council, turning out incumbent Mayor Frank Isganitis. The withdrawal referendum failed 919 to 310. A …
The images for the proposed five-story building on Winter Street in Rockland were unveiled in June.

Rockland board asks developer to offer idea to protect birds

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2015, at 8:13 p.m.
Rockland planners have asked the developer of a proposed five-story downtown building to come up with a plan to prevent birds from crashing into the reflective glass that will make up the complex’s facade. The board asked for additional information from the developer of the Starfire Building …
Charles F. Berry

State drops charges against Camden man accused of harassment

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2015, at 3:14 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The district attorney’s office has dropped criminal charges against a 64-year-old Camden man who was accused of harassing a family on Facebook. The dismissal of harassment by electronic device and disorderly conduct charges against Charles F. Berry were filed Oct. 28 in Knox County Unified Court. Assistant …
Camden police dispatchers Diane Moody and Alan Clukey (front) and Lawrence "Country" Dearborn (rear) in their office, May 27, 2007. Clukey of Belmont filed a lawsuit against the town of Camden in October 2011, which may go to trial July 2016.

Ex-Camden dispatcher’s federal lawsuit lives years after being filed

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
A lawsuit filed more than four years ago by a former Camden Police Department dispatcher has wound its way slowly through the federal court system and could go to trial in July 2016.
This was liquor found at the scene of an underage drinking party on Halloween in St. George.

Police break up underage drinking party in St. George

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 03, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.
Police broke up an underage drinking party on Halloween in which the owner of the home admitted to spending nearly $350 on flavored gelatin containers with alcohol.
Matthew P. Connellan

Whitefield man gets suspended jail sentence for stalking woman

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 6:22 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 58-year-old Whitefield man received a suspended jail term Monday after admitting to stalking a woman after an alleged road rage incident. Matthew P. Connellan pleaded guilty Monday in Knox County Unified Court to stalking. A charge of driving to endanger was dismissed. He was sentenced by …

Two house fires in Rockland quickly extinguished

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 6:18 p.m.
Two house fires were quickly extinguished but could have had severe consequences if not for safety systems in each residence, the local fire chief said in a press release Monday. The first fire call came in shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday when Rockland police officers heard an …
The Rockland Gulf grounded out near Jameson Point in Rockland on Sunday. The owner will try to float it free Monday afternoon.

Rockland boat grounded near Jameson Point

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 12:04 p.m.
A lobster boat broke free of its mooring in Rockland Harbor on Sunday and grounded on shore near Jameson Point. The boat, the Rockland Gulf, which was described as a lobster smack, is owned by Jamie Steeves of J&J Lobster of Rockland. Steeves was expected to try …
Arthur Woodman

Police say Rockland man threatened wife with chain saw

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
A 37-year-old Rockland man remained behind bars Monday after police said he threatened his wife with a knife and chain saw. Arthur Woodman was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday and charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence reckless conduct with a …
Gov. Paul LePage answers a question from the audience during a town hall meeting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

LePage to hold town hall meeting in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 10:22 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage will hold a town hall meeting 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Rockland City Hall.

Woman gets 5 months in jail for lying about selling ads

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 02, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
A woman who was paid commissions for advertisements she never sold was sentenced Friday to five months in jail.
Snow plow manufacturer Fisher Engineering in Rockland has grown steadily during the past several years.

Rockland manufacturer plows ahead through good times and bad

By Stephen Betts on Nov. 01, 2015, at 1:33 p.m.
Douglas Dynamics has seen its workforce grow steadily even during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
The El Faro is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Tote Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 2, 2015.

Navy finds wreckage consistent with El Faro

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 31, 2015, at 10:47 p.m.
A search team aboard the U.S. Navy ship Apache has found the wreckage of a vessel it believes to be the cargo ship El Faro.
Police provided this photograph of a person they say robbed the Camden National Bank branch in Randolph shorty before 2 p.m. Saturday.

Police seek Randolph bank robbery suspect

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 31, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
Maine State Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man who robbed a Camden National Bank branch on Saturday afternoon. Maine State Police were called at 1:47 p.m. to alert them of a robbery at the bank located in the Goggins IGA store. …
Portland Pilots Inc. claims in its complaint that it has provided the Nova Star with piloting services in and out of Portland Harbor for the past two years. The company says Nova Star owes $196,000.

Court orders seizure of Nova Star ferry

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 31, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
Company spokesman says payment will be made ‘in the next few weeks.’ Portland Pilots Inc. says it is owed $196,000.