Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau


Police seek public’s help to find missing Oxford County woman

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 30, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
WOODSTOCK, Maine — The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for its help in trying to locate a missing woman. Kathleen Zurzolo, 53, was reported missing by family members on Wednesday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. A search of her home, neighborhood and interviews …
Randy B. Smith

Nearly 39,000 arrest warrants remain unserved in Maine

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 30, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.
Police say 63-year Randy B. Smith of Owls Head began stalking a Camden woman after his relationship with her deteriorated. They said he would break into her home, once hid in her basement, and in another instance, he threatened to stab her. Smith was scheduled to answer to those criminal …

Police say South Thomaston man threatened to kill woman after entering house through dog door

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 30, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A 47-year-old man has been released on bail after police said he threatened to kill his estranged wife after entering her home through a dog door. Randall J. Willis of South Thomaston was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nathaniel …

Thomaston man arrested, charged with allegedly selling oxycodone pills

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
THOMASTON, Maine — A Thomaston man accused of selling painkillers in the midcoast area was arrested Friday on trafficking charges. Joshua Ross, 27, was charged with trafficking in oxycodone, possession of oxycodone and violating a condition of release, according to a news release from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The …
Rockland's Snow Marine Park has been closed since early July.

Dog park, prohibition and poop put before Rockland council

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 29, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Canine-related issues will be front and center for the City Council as it will consider multiple proposals on Sept. 3 to both increase or restrict dog access to city property. The city has been wrestling with the messy issue of dog waste for much of the summer. …
The busy intersection of Park and Union streets was closed Thursday afternoon after a utility pole snapped.

Busy Rockland intersection expected to be closed until midnight while crews replace snapped utility pole

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — One of the city’s busiest intersections was expected to be shut down until at least midnight Thursday after a vehicle struck a guy wire that snapped a utility pole. A woman traveling south on Union Street at about 2:16 p.m. went too wide while attempting a left …

Feds agree to return $71,500 seized from fishermen’s cooperatives in South Thomaston

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 28, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — One of the largest fishermen’s cooperative in the state will get back $71,500 seized by police during an investigation into the theft of more than $1 million in lobsters. Attorney George “Toby” Dilworth of Portland said Thursday an agreement in principle has been reached with the U.S. …
Heather Gregory

Owls Head woman gets 15 months for involvement in methamphetamine production

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 28, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — An Owls Head woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison after admitting she was involved in the production of methamphetamines. Heather M. Gregory, 41, was sentenced by Justice Joyce Wheeler in Knox County Superior Court to six years with all but 15 months suspended. Gregory …
Valli Geiger

First candidate emerges for Rockland council

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The chairwoman of the city’s comprehensive planning commission became the first person to take out nomination papers for one of two City Council seats. Valli Geiger of Broadway took out papers Tuesday. Geiger has lived in Rockland for 17 years and in Camden for the 18 years …

Woman accused of spitting in drug agent’s face charged with assault

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Two people remain at the Knox County Jail after police said an arrest Tuesday on an alleged probation violation turned into much more. A probation officer recently sought the revocation of 24-year-old Becky Condon’s probation because she failed a drug test Aug. 14 and failed to notify …

Rockland council hires firm to help them search for new manager

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 27, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — City Council agreed Tuesday night to hire an outside consultant to help recruit and select a new city manager. The council voted 3-1 to hire Dacri & Associates of Kennebunkport for $17,000. Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf voted against the action while Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson was absent. Mayor Larry …

New York couple appeals ruling that lets residents cross Owls Head property

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
OWLS HEAD, Maine — A New York couple has appealed a judge’s ruling that their neighbors and the town of Owls Head have the right to cross their waterfront property. A local selectman said Tuesday that a special town meeting will be called to seek voter approval for funding to …

Camden-area ambulance service looks at new location after neighborhood opposition

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:23 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — North East Mobile Health Services announced Tuesday that it plans to pursue another location for its regional headquarters after neighbors of a town-owned lot threatened legal action if the Select Board sold the land to the company. The town has been trying to sell the land for …

Ex-jail guard gets 60 days for sexually assaulting inmate

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 3:21 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former Knox County Jail guard will spend 60 days in jail after being convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a female inmate more than two years ago. Justice John O’Neil sentenced Adam Grierson, 27, to 15 months in jail with all but 60 days suspended for one …

Two members picked for Rockland area school board

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
Selectmen in Thomaston and voters in Owls Head picked representatives Monday night to the Rockland area school board. Noreen Mullaney was appointed by the selectmen at their meeting. Mullaney and Ronald Gamage were the two names before the board. Mullaney succeeds Marla McGeady, who resigned earlier this month. Mullaney’s term …

Rockland woman admits to unemployment fraud

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Rockland woman admitted Monday she lied to collect unemployment benefits after getting a job. Mary Mehuman E. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony theft in Knox County Superior Court before Justice John O’Neil. The court agreed to hold off sentencing for one year. During that one …

Woman gets 18 months for Camden pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Acknowledging that a Camden woman had made a remarkable turnaround in her life, a judge sentenced her Monday to seven years in prison with all but 18 months suspended for robbing a Camden pharmacy nearly three years ago. Justice John O’Neil told Hillary J. Johnson that with …

Arsonist gets another 10 months for punching cook in prison

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old man had 10 months added to his prison stay after admitting Monday that he repeatedly punched a prison cook. Todd M. Fickett, formerly of Norway, was sentenced Monday in Knox County Superior Court to an additional 10 months for assault on a member of the …

Camden man charged in connection with business burglary

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — A 34-year-old Camden man is behind bars after being arrested in connection with a business break-in two weeks ago. Robert Beerman was arrested and charged with burglary on Saturday morning by Camden police Officer Brook Hartshorn. The break-in occurred about 3:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at Cuzzy’s Restaurant …

St. George man ordered to repay man who purchased stolen goods from him

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 60-year-old St. George man will have to repay another man who purchased stolen goods from him. Robert Milhomme pleaded no contest Monday in Knox County Superior Court to a single count of theft of weightlifting equipment from a woman in St. George. A no contest plea …
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