Tim Cox

Washington County


Volunteers recover whale bones in Lubec

By Tim Cox on Oct. 05, 2014, at 6:41 a.m.
College students and other volunteers help excavate and recover bones of a whale that was stranded and buried on a beach in Lubec 20 years ago.

Rabies cases on rise in Washington County

By Tim Cox on Oct. 03, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
State health officials are calling attention to an increase in the number of animal rabies cases reported in Washington County. Five animals have tested positive for rabies in Washington County so far in 2014, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently issued an advisory warning …

Judge considering sex assault lawsuit against Cherryfield businessman

By Tim Cox on Oct. 01, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
MACHIAS | Three days of testimony wrapped up Wednesday in the civil trial against a Cherryfield businessman accused of sexually abusing a young girl years ago. Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Donald Alexander said he would take some time to review all of the evidence and accompanying documents before …

Cherryfield businessman denies sex abuse claims

By Tim Cox on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:08 p.m.
MACHIAS | A 63-year-old Cherryfield businessman on Tuesday denied allegations by a Washington County woman that he sexually molested and assaulted her when she was a girl. Steven Pagels, defending himself in a non-jury trial against a civil lawsuit brought by the 28-year-old woman, also denied claims by a …

Woman testifies in lawsuit against Cherryfield businessman

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Washington County woman testified against Cherryfield businessman Steven Pagels on Monday in the opening day of the trial in her civil lawsuit against him. The woman, who is not being identified by the Bangor Daily News because she may be a victim of sexual assault, testified …

Church seeks to provide a shelter for emergencies

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Cherryfield church is seeking help to renovate, rehabilitate a house in order that it can be used to provide emergency shelter to families in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Nancy Ives (left) and Peter Duston explain how the former kitchen of the Lamb House will be renovated into a bathroom and utility room. The house needs an estimated $20,000 worth of renovations and repairs.

‘It’s sorely needed’: Cherryfield church seeks help to renovate home for temporary shelter

By Tim Cox on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:22 a.m.
A Cherryfield church is seeking help to renovate a house that would be available as a temporary shelter for people who are displaced from their home because of a disaster. First Congregational Church held one meeting about the Lamb House project — named after the last family …

Fire displaces Down East family

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
COLUMBIA | A family of four has been displaced after their home was gutted by fire, Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Cecil Gray reported Sunday. Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office were expected on the scene Monday, he said. The fire at the home on Webb District Road, …

Still dancing after all these years

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Friends of Barbara Lara of Calais plan to recognize her at a special event in October. Lara has taught dancing for 50 years.
Barbara Lara encourages children attending a class at her dance studio.

Dance teacher who has charmed Calais for 50 years to receive tribute

By Tim Cox on Sept. 28, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
Barbara Lara has taught a lot of people to dance. In fact, she’s been teaching people for 50 years. In some cases she has taught four generations from the same family. But Lara, 67, who still teaches five days per week and has no plans to slow …

‘Yankee ingenuity’ takes first prize at pumpkin-chucking contest

By Tim Cox on Sept. 27, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Jonesport carpenter takes first place in pumpkin-chucking contest with a winning trebuchet.  
The Washington Academy team makes ready to launch a pumpkin into the Machias River with a catapult the team designed and built for a pumpkin chucking contest.

Pumpkin-chucking contest a smash hit at Machias Harvest Fair

By Tim Cox on Sept. 27, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
Oh, yes. There’s nothing like having a nice tailwind on a beautiful fall day when you’re hurling pumpkins into the Machias River with your trebuchet. In a pumpkin-chucking contest that was part of the second annual Machias Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival, Yankee ingenuity …

Washington County leaders waiting for state plan for dry fire hydrant

By Tim Cox on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:04 p.m.
MACHIAS | Five months and a couple of plans later, state and Washington County officials are no further along in deciding on the location and design of a proposed dry fire hydrant that would be located at the public boat launch at Lake Cathance. Leon Bucher, chief planner and …

Lawsuit accuses Cherryfield businessman of past sexual assaults on child

By Tim Cox on Sept. 25, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
MACHIAS | A civil lawsuit brought by a 28-year-old woman who is accusing a Cherryfield businessman of sexually abusing her when she was a child goes to trial next week in Washington County Superior Court. The bench trial of Steven Pagels is slated to begin on Sept. 29. Pagels, …

Ellsworth woman accused of stealing, using former employer’s credit card

By Tim Cox on Sept. 24, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
A 40-year-old woman was charged Wednesday after allegedly stealing a credit card from her former employer and using it to make purchases totaling $1,826. Police charged Heather Hunter of Ellsworth with theft, forgery and misuse of a credit card. She was issued a summons to appear in …

Portland biotech firm alleges patent infringements by Cooke Aquaculture

By Tim Cox on Sept. 23, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
BANGOR | A Portland biotechnology firm that serves the aquaculture industry has filed a lawsuit against Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and affiliated businesses, alleging patent infringements by the Canadian-based company, a leading producer of commercially raised salmon. The lawsuit was brought by MariCal Inc. and two other companies, Europharma AS …

State police investigate theft by phone at Milbridge Family Dollar

By Tim Cox on Sept. 23, 2014, at 11:54 a.m.
State police are investigating a theft at the Family Dollar store in Milbridge that was conducted by phone and involved prepaid cards for services or merchandise. The incident, which occurred Sept. 17, remains under investigation, and there are no suspects at this time, Sgt. Alden Bustard reported …
Mowry Beach

Whale skeleton recovery to begin in Lubec

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
A group of volunteers will gather at Mowry Beach during low tide Sunday to begin the process of digging up and recovering the bones of a stranded whale was buried at the site 20 years ago. “This is just the beginning,” Rhonda Welcome, one of the organizers …
Emergency responders gather at the scene of an accident on Court Street on the outskirts of Machias late Thursday morning. The vehicle came to rest on the driver's side on the edge of the Down East Sunrise Trail.

Harrington woman, children escape serious injury when vehicle rolls

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:27 p.m.
MACHIAS | A woman with two young children escaped serious injury when the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and overturned several times, police reported Thursday. Dayna Alley, 26, of Harrington was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango east on Court Street, also known as U.S. 1A, …
Chris Donahue

Cpl. Chris Donahue named chief deputy for Washington County

By Tim Cox on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
MACHIAS | Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith has promoted Cpl. Chris Donahue to chief deputy. Donahue, the brother of former chief deputy Shawn Donahue, who died of a heart attack in May, has been a member of Smith’s staff just over a year. He joined the office as a …