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Retired trooper seeks to unseat Donnie Smith as Washington County sheriff

By Tim Cox on Oct. 20, 2014, at 7:07 a.m.
MACHIAS | An in-depth profile on Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith published by the Bangor Daily News a little over a year ago referred to him as “the most controversial law enforcement figure in Maine.” Now, a retired state trooper is trying to capitalize on Smith’s reputation for contentiousness …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Woman charged with assault in Lubec school bus incident notifies sheriff of pending lawsuit against him

By Tim Cox on Oct. 16, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine —- A woman who was arrested last week and charged with hitting Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith notified the sheriff Thursday that she plans to file a lawsuit against him claiming false arrest and imprisonment, and that Smith assaulted her and used excessive force. Deborah Bousquet’s notice of …

Columbia Falls man facing animal cruelty charges among those indicted in Washington County

By Tim Cox on Oct. 15, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Columbia Falls man who recently was indicted by the Washington County grand jury is expected to go on trial in November on charges of animal cruelty involving a horse. Chester Grant, 54, was indicted on three counts: animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and assault. The charges …

Brush fire may have been intentionally set in Cherryfield

By Tim Cox on Oct. 14, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
A brush fire that burned about one acre in a remote area appears to have been intentionally set, the Maine Forest Service reported Tuesday. The fire, about a half-mile north of Ridge Road in the vicinity of Schoodic Lake, was reported about 10 a.m., according to Ranger …

Woman awarded nearly $2 million as judge rules against Cherryfield businessman in civil suit

By Tim Cox on Oct. 14, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
MACHIAS | A judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of a Washington County woman who sued Cherryfield businessman Steven Pagels, accusing him of sexually abusing and assaulting her when she was a child. Justice Donald G. Alexander awarded the 28-year-old plaintiff — who is not being identified by the …

Wildfire in Washington County sparked by campfire

By Tim Cox on Oct. 14, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 6 ND | A wildfire on an island in West Grand Lake was caused by someone who left a campfire and failed to extinguish it completely, the Maine Forest Service reported Tuesday. “The wind picked up and pushed the fire out of the ring” and into the adjacent …
Karina Richardson in 2013. An arbitration panel ruled that Richardson should be reinstated as a jail clerk in the Washington County Jail, deeming that it found no wrongdoing in her use of jail funds.

Arbitration panel says discharged Washington County jail clerk should get job back

By Tim Cox on Oct. 13, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
MACHIAS | A former clerk for the Washington County Jail should not have been terminated from her job in January 2013 over allegations of misusing jail funds, a state panel has ruled. Instead, Karina Richardson only should have been suspended six months without pay, the state Board of Arbitration …

Virginia woman killed in Steuben crash

By Tim Cox on Oct. 13, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
A Virginia woman was killed Sunday night when the vehicle she was driving went off the road and crashed, Maine State Police reported Monday. Virginia Keiley, 74, of Hume, Virginia, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on U.S. 1. Keiley was driving north in …

Name of Glenwood drowning victim not released yet

By Tim Cox on Oct. 12, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.
Authorities have not yet identified a Connecticut man who drowned after the boat in which he and another man were fishing overturned in rough water. The two men — both from Connecticut — were fishing in an aluminum motorboat on Wytopitlock Lake in a remote area of …

Rangers rescue injured hiker in Acadia National Park

By Tim Cox on Oct. 11, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Acadia National Park rangers came to the assistance of a man who slipped and fell and had to be transported out of the park on Saturday. Park personnel were summoned to the North Ridge Trail of Cadillac Mountain between 1:30 and 2 p.m., reported Ranger Chris …

Coast Guard, fishermen rescue sinking boat off Jonesport

By Tim Cox on Oct. 11, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
The Coast Guard teamed with the crew of a fishing vessel to rescue another fishing boat that was in danger of sinking Saturday. The Coast Guard received a call about 6 a.m. that the 34-foot Lady Annette was in distress, said Ross Ruddell, a Coast Guard spokesman …
Edward Smith

Former Lubec man faces trial in connection with adopted son’s death

By Tim Cox on Oct. 11, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
MACHIAS | Jury selection is scheduled next month in the case of a former Lubec man, who is facing three charges, including manslaughter, in connection with the death of his adopted son more than two years ago. Aloric Smith, 12, died April 4, 2012. A family member found him …

Connecticut man drowns after boat overturns in high winds, rough water

By Tim Cox on Oct. 11, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
GLENWOOD | A Connecticut man drowned after the boat in which he and another man were fishing overturned in rough water, the Maine Warden Service reported Saturday. The men, who were not identified pending notification of relatives and families, were fishing in a 12-foot aluminum boat powered by a …
Gov. Paul LePage (third from left) turns ceremonials shovels of sand with company officials at a groundbreaking ceremony marking construction of the St. Croix Tissue plant at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville.

LePage marks construction of new tissue mill in Baileyville

By Tim Cox on Oct. 10, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage basked in the glow of a bright spot in Maine’s struggling pulp and paper industry Friday, participating in a ceremony marking construction at Woodland Pulp for a new tissue manufacturing plant. Woodland Pulp held a groundbreaking ceremony at its plant to showcase construction of …

School board votes to put staffer on bus after Lubec incident

By Tim Cox on Oct. 09, 2014, at 1:40 p.m.
After an incident involving a school bus on Wednesday, the local school board voted unanimously that night to put a staffer on board to monitor students. James Underwood, superintendent of the Lubec Consolidated School, assumed the duties Thursday on the bus, which was involved in an incident …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith speaks during a video interview Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Trescott woman charged with hitting Sheriff Donnie Smith during schoolbus incident

By Tim Cox on Oct. 08, 2014, at 5 p.m.
LUBEC | Washington County deputies were summoned by a schoolbus driver to Lubec on Wednesday morning in response to an incident with unruly students. A parent who went to the scene was charged with assault after striking Sheriff Donnie Smith in the head, according to the sheriff. The bus, …
The Tiger Shark, which takes groups of people on fishing excursions, rests on rocks near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park during low tide. The captain of the vessel abandoned it when it began taking on water Tuesday morning.

Recreational fishing boat partially sinks, comes to rest on rocks near Acadia

By Tim Cox on Oct. 07, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
OTTER CREEK | A recreational fishing boat was abandoned after it began taking on water and partially sank on Tuesday. The vessel drifted and came to rest on rocks near Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park during low tide, the Coast Guard reported. “A salvage plan is being put …
This truck came to a stop across U.S. 1A in Harrington after a pickup truck crossed the center line and the two vehicles collided Tuesday morning. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Head-on truck crash kills Milbridge man

By Tim Cox on Oct. 07, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
HARRINGTON | A Milbridge man was killed when the pickup truck he was driving crossed the centerline and crashed nearly head-on into a large container truck Tuesday morning. The victim was identified as Michael Strout, 53. His son was a passenger in the pickup truck but was not hurt, …

Addison man faces 45 years in prison for sex offenses against 12-year-old

By Tim Cox on Oct. 07, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
MACHIAS | A 46-year-old Addison man convicted Friday of sex offenses against a young girl is facing up to 45 years in prison. Judge William Stokes ordered a presentence report for Kenneth Frisbee after he was convicted of three charges on Oct. 3. Frisbee was released from the Washington …
Volunteers work in a shallow hole on Saturday to unearth and recover the bones of a finback whale that was stranded and buried on Mowry Beach in Lubec 20 years ago.

Volunteers make headway excavating whale bones in Lubec

By Tim Cox on Oct. 05, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of rotting whale flesh to make sure your olfactory senses are working properly. A group of volunteers excavating the remains of a whale Saturday worked in muddy, smelly conditions on Mowry Beach in Lubec and planned to resume their efforts on …