Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

The new bridge on Wadsworth Street in Thomaston over the St. George River will have an offical grand opening on Oct. 5.

Newly completed Thomaston bridge uses new technology

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
The new Wadsworth Street bridge spanning the St. George River will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
Rockland resident Stephen Carroll speaks during a district meeting in this May 2015 file photo.

Service technician joins Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
A frequent critic of the City Council has entered the race to join that board.

Longtime Rockland lawyer surrenders license over fraud claims

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
An attorney has surrendered her license amid allegations that she mismanaged an elderly client’s finances and submitted a false application for the woman to receive state assistance.
Two houses have been built by volunteers as part of a building blitz spearheaded by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity on Brewster Street in Rockland.

Rockland council aims to boost affordable housing

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
The dearth of affordable housing is keeping millennials out of Rockland, and Councilor Valli Geiger hopes one action by the city council will offer some relief.
Ryan A. Gallagher

Nobleboro fire chief arrested on domestic assault charge

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
Nobleboro’s fire chief was arrested Tuesday, accused of domestic violence assault.
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital

Can state be sued for selling off home of man in state care?

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
The state argued it needed to become conservator because Dean, who had never lived independently, was not capable of managing his finances.

Police say Connecticut man nabbed with 1,800 bags of heroin

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 14, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
The MDEA said this was an extremely large amount of heroin for the Belfast area.

Jean Chalmers recalled as passionate pioneer in politics, law in Knox County

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
Jean Chalmers, 88, died Monday at her home in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Rockland digs in to deal with private sewer woes

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The city is discovering an increasing number of shared sewer lines that run across the back of homes, and sometimes under them, creating a legal nightmare.
Joseph Steinberger discusses plans being considered by the Parks Commission for the former MacDougal School property in Rockland.

Park supporters envision Rockland trail that extends to top of hill

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 13, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
The Parks Commission is hoping a trail system can be developed across the community to a hill overlooking Rockland.

Two lobstermen accused of fishing violations

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2016, at 8:10 p.m.
A fisherman accused of trying to secretly catch lobsters and his sternman have been charged with multiple fishing violations, according to state officials.

Rockland sees drop in tax liens

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
The number of liens placed on properties by the city for non-payment of taxes has dropped to an eight-year low.
Lobster boats are seen moored in Stonington, July 13, 2014.

Midcoast lobstering tensions rise with acts of vandalism

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
The intentional sinking of a lobster boat here last week is part of a seasonal pattern of vandalism that ticks up when lobster season kicks into high gear.
Dr. Ira Mandel held up a poster during a February community forum in Rockland on the heroin crisis.

Coalition forms to weaken grip of drug addiction in the midcoast

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
Heroin use has been most prevalent among the southern and coastal regions — including Knox County, according to a state analysis.
Rockland City Councilor Larry Pritchett

Pritchett seeks re-election to Rockland council

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 12, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
City Councilor Larry Pritchett announced Monday he is seeking re-election to the city council.
Lance Huff

Police: Appleton felon fired off gun in neighborhood

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
According to witnesses, this wasn’t the first time the suspect had done this.
A piece of steel from the World Trade Center that was added recently to the Rockland Fire Department's memorial to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can be seen during a ceremony on Sunday in Rockland.

Piece of World Trade Center steel added to Rockland 9/11 memorial

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 11, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
“That was one of our darkest nights,” Carl Anderson said.
Bubbles are seen through a glass of water

Ellsworth boil-water order lifted

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 09, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
The order was precautionary after a temporary water line was broken.
Two teenagers died and a third was injured after the car they were in crashed Dec. 5, 2015, on Wotton's Mill Road in Union.

Rockport settles lawsuits resulting from police chase that ended with two deaths

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
The Maine Municipal Association Property & Casualty Pool paid $200,000 to the estate of Kara Brewer, the Rockport town manager confirmed.
Rockland Public Services Director David St. Laurent shows off the new lights that will be installed over the next month in the downtown.

Rockland begins replacement of downtown streetlights

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
The first new poles were erected Thursday morning as the city began its long-awaited downtown streetlight replacement project.