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Fired police chief’s case against Bar Harbor approved for trial

By Bill Trotter on April 27, 2015, at 7:07 p.m.
A federal magistrate judge has dismissed some claims brought against the town by a former police chief, but he is allowing other claims to move forward. The magistrate judge, John Nivision, also has ruled in favor of granting the former police chief’s request for a trial. …
Participants in the EdGE program summer camp enjoy many activities, including kayaking on the Narraguagus River. The Harold Alfond Foundation has donated $1 million to the Maine Sea Coast Mission. As a part of a challenge from an anonymous foundation, the gift will be matched dollar for dollar, resulting in $2 million for the group's children’s program, known as EdGE, the Maine Sea Coast Mission says.

$1 million grant to be matched for Maine Sea Coast Mission children’s programs

on April 25, 2015, at 6 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine – Children’s programs at the Maine Sea Coast Mission are getting a $2 million boost. A $1 million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support in-school, after-school and summer enrichment programs in Down East Maine, according to a news release from the mission. As a part …

Bar Harbor man charged with OUI

By Johanna S. Billings on April 25, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
SOMESVILLE | A 24-year-old local man was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs. James Hall of Bar Harbor was charged with OUI at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday after his vehicle was found sitting on the side of the road along Route 102 in Somesville, …
Alison Hudson, a local documentary filmmaker, is seen here in Nepal in this picture posted to Twitter. She is in Nepal filming a documentary about the Sherpas who lead expeditions up Mount Everest.

Nepal earthquake spares MDI filmmaker

By Bill Trotter and Johanna S. Billings on April 25, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR | A local documentary filmmaker who has been filming a documentary about Sherpas working on Mount Everest had left the mountain only hours before a deadly earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 2,400 people. Alison Hudson has been shooting film and conducting interviews at Base Camp on …

2015 Pulliam Social Justice Grants available

on April 24, 2015, at 2:47 p.m.
CASTINE, Maine — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine announces the timelines and criteria for the 2015 Pulliam Social Justice Grants. These grants, which can run from $1,000 to $5,000 each, are made annually in honor of the late Deborah Pulliam, a longtime member of the UUCC and staunch supporter of a variety …

Stonington lobsterman accused of harvesting violations

By Dawn Gagnon on April 23, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
BANGOR | A lobsterman from Stonington is facing numerous charges after a Maine Marine Patrol investigation this month into illegal lobster harvesting activity. Benjamin Weed, 29, is charged with fishing with untagged lobster traps, fishing more than 49 percent of his allotted traps in a limited entry zone, fishing …

Hancock County Food Drive sets new record

on April 23, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
The Hancock County Food Drive is over and the annual event set a record. Almost 14,000 items were donated at 125 food collection sites around the county. “That’s more food than we have collected any year since we started this in 2012,” says Organizer Marjorie Peronto with the University of …

Public supper at Ellsworth church

Bangor Daily News on April 22, 2015, at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, 2 Church St., Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-669-2028 ELLSWORTH, Maine — The First Congregational Church of Ellsworth is holding the third public supper in its 2015 series 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at 2 Church St., …
A still from a video shared by the Wells Police Department early Tuesday morning shows flooding at high tide.

Flood watches remain in effect as rain continues to fall

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 21, 2015, at 8:46 a.m.
GRAY | Pounding rain and howling winds greeted much of Maine Tuesday morning, and much of the state remained under a flood watch with wet weather expected to continue throughout the day. According to the National Weather Service, flood watches will be in effect for multiple counties through Wednesday …

Man’s body found on shore of Penobscot River

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 20, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
A man’s body was found ashore on the Penobscot River in Hancock County on Friday, according to Lt. Tim Cote of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Cote said the deceased man was believed to have been in the water for a period of time before washing to …

Restoring the identity of a murder victim

on April 19, 2015, at 8 a.m.
Who wants to be remembered by his or her driver’s license photo, as a solitary face with a blank background? Far worse than that, who wants to be widely remembered as a murder victim whose identity was stolen and whose death went undetected for a year? No one, obviously. But this …
The Bucksport mill is shown earlier this year.

More workers at Bucksport power plant laid off

By Abigail Curtis on April 17, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
AIM Development USA will lay off at least 20 more workers at its power plant within the next two weeks, leaving just 13 employees or so to run the facility, according to Bucksport Economic Development Director Dave Milan. “I’m not going to say it was unexpected,” Milan …
William Morse listens as the jury finds him guilty of murdering Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on Friday.

Jury finds man guilty of MDI identity theft murder

By Bill Trotter on April 17, 2015, at 5:16 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | After deliberating for 90 minutes late Friday afternoon, a jury found William Morse guilty of murdering a man whose identity and money he stole over the ensuing year. Morse, 45, was accused of shooting 60-year-old Richard Bellittieri in July 2012 and then of spending $180,000 of Bellittieri’s …

Bar Harbor man charged with arson in apartment fire

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 17, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
A local man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged his apartment Wednesday, according to officials. Jimmy Deiters, 55, was arrested at a motel where he was staying on Thursday, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Deiters …

DMR permanently revokes licenses of Swan’s Island fisherman

By Bill Trotter on April 17, 2015, at 8:26 a.m.
For the first time ever, a commercial fisherman in Maine has had all his licenses to fish permanently revoked, according to state officials. Citing Lucas Lemoine’s history of violations, Patrick Keliher, commissioner the state Department of Marine Resources, permanently revoked his commercial fishing licenses on Tuesday, …
Gov.  Paul LePage talks about his budget at Ellsworth High School Thursday in Ellsworth.

LePage promotes budget plan, economic vision in Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2015, at 9:02 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage brought his budget plan roadshow to the local high school Thursday evening and was met by a mostly cordial crowd as he laid out his vision for the state’s economic future. Among the top ideas he promoted at the forum — similar to other …
William Morse on the first day of his trial at the Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth Wednesday, April 8. Morse is charged with alledgedly killing Trenton resident Richard Bellittieri.

Murder trial witness: ‘I thought we were all friends’

By Bill Trotter on April 16, 2015, at 3:01 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A former girlfriend of murder defendant William Morse and a second woman who described herself as a “friend” testified Thursday morning in Morse’s trial. Morse, 45, is accused of shooting and killing Richard Bellittieri in July 2012. Morse is alleged then to have stolen Bellittieri’s identity …

Drug take-back in Hancock County

on April 16, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Law enforcement and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to help community members get rid of unwanted medications in a safe way. Earth Day is April 25, which is the same day the Ellsworth Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Ellsworth Area …
The Verso Paper mill is shown in Bucksport in this December 2014 file photo.

DEP has questions about Bucksport demolition proposal

By Bill Trotter on April 15, 2015, at 1:36 p.m.
Citing “certain deficiencies,” the state Department of Environmental Protection has returned a demolition permit application to the new owner of the former Verso paper mill. DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho sent a 5-page letter outlining the department’s concerns to AIM Development representatives on April 6. The letter was …

Fire destroys Blue Hill residence

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
A one-story home on the Mountain Road was leveled by fire late Tuesday night, according to Blue Hill Fire Chief Dennis Robertson. Robertson said crews from six communities were on scene until after 3 a.m. since being called to the residence shortly before 11 p.m. According …
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