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Former employees sue Washington County sheriff over release of personnel information

By Bill Trotter and Judy Harrison on Oct. 23, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
MACHIAS | Seventeen ex-employees of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have sued Sheriff Donnie Smith over the collection and release of their personnel information as part of Smith’s unsuccessful effort to contest the ballot eligibility of two political opponents earlier this year. The plaintiffs also have sued the sheriff’s …
A National Weather Service map updated Thursday morning shows a flood watch (dark green) for much of Maine, with a coastal flood advisory (bright green) along the midcoast and south and a wind advisory in coastal Hancock and Washington counties.

Heaviest rain expected Thursday, flood watch still in effect

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 23, 2014, at 8:47 a.m.
CARIBOU | With heavy rain expected to continue falling throughout the state Thursday, most of the state remains under a flood watch. According to the national weather service, the heaviest of the rain is expected to fall throughout the day Thursday. The flood watches are in effect through Thursday …

Flood watch in place as fall nor’easter could bring 5 inches of rain

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 21, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
CARIBOU | A fall nor’easter is expected to bring at least 5 inches of rain to parts of the state over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. Rain began falling Tuesday and was predicted to be heavy at times Wednesday and Thursday. Between 2 and …
From the community

6th annual Community Tipping

By Tanya Rucosky on Oct. 21, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: School Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME For more information: 207-796-2100; Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and learn to identify and gather a regionally unique forest resource. In Maine, millions of wreaths are made each year. These …
Barry Curtis

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 …
Jason Appleby (left), Machias Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President, presents a check for $2,500 to retired Navy Corpsman Shawn Goodwin, who organized the ATV Ride for a Reason in Machias, scheduled to start at noon Saturday, Oct. 18. The ride benefits Active Heroes, an organization devoted to reducing military suicides.

Army captain with terminal cancer spreads word about suicide prevention at benefit ATV event

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
MACHIAS | The story of Army Capt. Justin Fitch, who is fighting terminal colon cancer and for the lives of others in uniform by advocating for suicide prevention, spurred local retired Navy Corpsman Shawn Goodwin to take action. Goodwin organized Saturday’s all-terrain vehicle event, Machias ATV Ride for a …

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 …
From the community

Ghosts and Goblins Abound at WCCC Halloween Festivities

By wccc on Oct. 14, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
CALAIS, Maine – Young and old alike, in costume or not, are invited to the third annual Trunk or Treat Halloween festivities sponsored by the Washington County Community College. The fun is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 24, and will be held in the WCCC parking lot from 5 to 6:30 p.m. …

Forest rangers fight wildfire on West Grand Lake

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 13, 2014, at 6:16 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 6 ND | Personnel from the Maine Forest Service were at the scene of a wildfire on an island in West Grand Lake, Regional Forest Ranger Jeff Currier confirmed shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. Sgt. Peter Pelletier of the forest service said a group of forest rangers and …
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 …

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 …
This series of photos shows how fast the tail fin of a zebrafish can regrow under natural conditions. The photos show a tail fin before and after it is cut and then regrowth after two, four, seven and 14 days. Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor has spun off a for-profit venture that hopes to develop a drug that can accelerate the regrowth process.

Should Maine borrow $3 million for biomedical technology and job training?

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 10, 2014, at 5:03 p.m.
Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles examining the bond questions that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maine. Question 5 reads: Do you favor a $3,000,000 bond issue, to be awarded through a competitive process and to be matched by $5,700,000 in private and …

Births in Rumford, Machias, Calais and Ellsworth

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
Rumford Hospital To Jared and Sandra Scesny, Rumford, a daughter, Vivian Grace Scesny, on Sept. 4, 2014. Down East Community Hospital, Machias To Melina Danahy and Patrick Spencer Jr., Machiasport, a son, Mason James Spencer, on July 24, 2014. To Kailie Brackett and Donnell Dana Jr., Pleasant Point, a son, …
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