Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 

Appleton fire chief resigns after selectmen refuse to reimburse him $34 for ink cartridges

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 12, 2015, at 2:17 p.m.
Appleton Fire Chief David Stone said selectmen’s refusal last week to reimburse him $34 for ink cartridges was the final straw. Stone informed the board at its Jan. 6 meeting that he would resign. Stone said Monday that his resignation would be effective at the end of …
State Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland, in a 2013 BDN file photo.

Democratic state representative from Rockland resigns

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 11, 2015, at 11:13 a.m.
State Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, a second-term Democratic House member from Rockland, announced she is resigning. Dickerson was re-elected in November to a second term from House District 93, which encompasses Rockland and Owls Head. She defeated Republican James Kalloch 1,744 to 1,612. “After much thought and deliberation, …
The driver of a 2005 Pontiac sedan fell asleep at the wheel while heading south on Route 1 on Sunday morning. The car veered into the oncoming lane and struck head-on a 2005 GMC truck.

Driver charged after Route 1 head-on crash in Warren

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 11, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
A Waldoboro woman faces multiple charges after a head-on car crash on Route 1 Sunday morning. According to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, a 2005 Pontiac sedan driven by Jillian Richards, 24, of Waldoboro was driving south on Route 1 just south of the …

Former state prisoner charged in connection with drug smuggling ring

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 10, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
WARREN | A former state prisoner made his initial court appearance Friday on a charge of participating in a drug smuggling ring that involved at least seven people inside and outside the facility. Justice Daniel Billings set bail at $7,500 cash for Edward Robinson, 33, of South Gardiner during …

Police say Rockport woman had illegal shopping spree

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 10, 2015, at 10:20 a.m.
CAMDEN | A Rockport woman was charged with theft after police said she walked out of two different Hannaford supermarkets in two days with carts full of unpaid groceries. Susan Rainville, 49, was issued summonses for two counts of theft by Camden police, according to Detective Curt Andrick. He …

Rockland woman sentenced to 18 months for theft of $80,000 in welfare benefits

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
Justice Daniel Billings said Friday that the day of reckoning had arrived for Margaret Robinson. Billings sentenced the 35-year-old Rockland mother to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for two counts of felony theft, two counts of aggravated forgery, 10 counts of unsworn …

Man sentenced to 18 more months after forging prison release papers

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Bryant Pond man accused of forging documents to get out of prison early will spend another 18 months behind bars. His attorney acknowledged Friday that Joseph Ryan Cox was supposed to be credited with time served at a county jail so he could be released early …

St. George hires first school superintendent

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
A veteran Maine school superintendent has been hired to serve as the interim superintendent for the newly created town school system. George Joseph of Fayette has been hired to serve as interim superintendent through June 30, according to school board member William Reinhardt. Joseph is part-time …

Rockland seeks meeting to determine financial hit of St. George withdrawal from RSU

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 12:38 p.m.
There is considerable uncertainty about what the tax impact will end up being to city property owners because of the withdrawal of St. George from the regional school district. But the mayor is calling for a meeting of local and state officials to try to determine that …
Steven E. Clarke

Knox County man said 2013 suspected homicide probe will taint his upcoming trial

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 09, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A judge declined Friday to recuse himself from an upcoming trial of an Owls Head man accused of burglary, assault and tampering with a witness. The judge also denied a request to move the trial outside Knox County, even though the defendant said a 2013 investigation into …
Bert Snow

Former Rockland police chief, known for regular foot patrols, dies at 91

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 08, 2015, at 7:31 p.m.
Bert Snow was remembered as one of the last of the true lawmen to walk the streets of Rockland. Snow, who rose through the ranks to serve as chief of police in Rockland, died Jan. 2 at the Knox Center for Long Term Care. He was 91. …
James Chaousis

Rockland offers city manager job to Boothbay administrator

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 08, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
Boothbay Town Manager James Chaousis II has been offered the job of Rockland city manager. The city manager search committee met Tuesday evening and offered the position to Chaousis. Terms of the agreement have not been decided on by the committee members who will meet to go …
Ryan Rairdon

Police say trio ran methamphetamine lab on Vinalhaven

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 08, 2015, at 2:27 p.m.
Two island residents and a Houlton man were arrested Wednesday, accused of producing methamphetamine. More arrests are expected. Ryan Rairdon, 25, of Houlton, Hilary Walker, 20, of Vinalhaven and Owen Adair, 23, of Vinalhaven each were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine by manufacturing, according to a news …
This house in Appleton is at the center of a four-year legal battle over enforcement of town ordinances.

Appleton homeowner offers to pay fine rather than move or tear down house

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
The owner of a house that was built in violation of the town’s land-use laws has offered to pay a $2,500 fine rather than tear down or move the building. Appleton Code Enforcement Officer C. Toupie Rooney said Wednesday she received a response Tuesday from Jacob Boyington …
A short section of Pleasant Street will be closed for two weeks to allow for construction work at the five-story hotel being built -- a building that when completed will be the tallest building in Rockland.

Construction of Rockland’s tallest building to close part of street for two weeks

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
A section of Pleasant Street will be closed for two weeks later this month to accommodate construction of a hotel that will be the city’s tallest building. The code office issued a road closure permit this week to allow for construction of the five-story hotel at the …

Short lobster case settled with payment to state

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 1:19 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A possession of short lobsters case that deadlocked jurors last summer over how the crustacean is measured has been settled. James K. Wirkala, 38, of Spruce Head, agreed to a deferred disposition with the state in which the possession of short lobsters charges will be dismissed in …

1984 drunken driving case settled in Knox County

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 11:28 a.m.
ROCKLAND | More than 30 years after he was charged with drunken driving, a Connecticut man finally has received his punishment. Jean Paul A. Bolduc, 60, of Marlborough, Connecticut, was fined $575 on Monday in Knox County Superior Court on a reduced charge of driving to endanger. Justice Daniel …
A helicopter brings down an old tower from Ragged Mountain in early December following the installation of 23 new towers for the ski lifts at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Camden Snow Bowl holding soft opening Saturday, inching toward full operation

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 07, 2015, at 9 a.m.
Operators of the Camden Snow Bowl will be holding a soft opening on Saturday and hope to have the community-owned facility fully operational again by the end of the month. The ski lifts are not available yet, but Camden Town Manager Pat Finnigan said at Tuesday night’s …
The longtime owners of a historic inn have asked the city council to amend bed and breakfast regulations to allow them to move into an adjoining historic building they bought last month.

Inn owners ask Rockland for change in bed and breakfast regulations

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 06, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
The longtime owners of a historic inn have asked the city council to amend bed and breakfast regulations to allow them to move into an adjoining historic building they bought last month. Cheryl Michaelsen and Mike LaPosta of the Berry Manor Inn met with Rockland city councilors …

Judge imposes jail terms for pair of Rockland drug cases

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 06, 2015, at 1:24 p.m.
Two people charged with drug offenses in Rockland will be serving jail time following hearings Tuesday. Kevin W. Nelson, 26, of Union was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Daniel Billings to four years in jail with all but six months suspended for trafficking in …
 
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