Midcoast

 

Money stolen from dozens of Downeast FCU member accounts

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 26, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
A skimmer was found at the ATM at the credit union’s Lincolnville Avenue branch, and at least two dozen customers have told police money is missing from their accounts.
Geoff and Nancy Ragsdale

To help Maine seniors ‘age in place,’ it takes two villages

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.
There are many models for making communities age-friendly, but Bowdoinham and Richmond have found a way to work with existing organizations.
A sketch of Linda Bean's proposed Wyeth Center in Port Clyde.

Wyeth museum proposed by Linda Bean rankles some Port Clyde residents

By Alex Acquisto on Feb. 25, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.
Linda Bean, heir to the L.L. Bean family fortune, has more plans in the works for the scenic seaside village of Port Clyde, and not all the local residents are happy about it.

Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.
The Lobster Pound Restaurant in Lincolnville is closed for good.

Iconic midcoast eatery going up for auction

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 24, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
The former owners of the Lincolnville Lobster Pound announced in December that the business wouldn’t be opening its doors next season, closing the books after nearly a century.
Glenn Reed, 69, of Searsmont was arrested Feb. 22 for unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. He has a long history of sexual crimes in the midcoast.

Midcoast man with long history of sex crimes arrested again

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 24, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A Waldo County man with a 30-year history of sexual crimes is back in jail after he allegedly touched a woman in a “sexually inappropriate manner” while they were in a vehicle together, according to police.

Albion man in serious condition after single-vehicle crash

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 23, 2017, at 5:19 p.m.
Christopher Poulin, 34, is in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
After Brunswick town councilors voted to reject a petition seeking a townwide vote on overturning the council's decision to sell a waterfront lot, petitioners have filed a lawsuit that alleges the decision violated municipal statutes.

Brunswick residents sue town after council rejects petition on coastal park

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 23, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
A conflict between residents and Brunswick officials over public access to coastal property is likely going to court.
A crash on Route 1 in Searsport resulted in three people being injured three people and caused traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare to be stopped for 45 minutes, Aug. 15, 2016.

Driver who died Tuesday was under investigation for similar crash 6 months ago

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 23, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
A midcoast woman who died Tuesday when her car crossed the centerline of Route 1A and struck an oncoming vehicle was under investigation for her role in a similar head-on crash last August.
The Mason Station property in Wiscasset

Midcoast leaders nix plan to build luxury rental units on former power plant land

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 23, 2017, at 9:14 a.m.
A Chicago company with a mission to “design and construct enriching, sustainable homes worldwide” will not have an opportunity to build on Wiscasset’s Mason Station properties.
Wiscasset Parks and Recreation Director Todd Souza addresses the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen at the town office Tuesday.

Wiscasset bans smoking, vaping in public parks, community center ‘for the kids’

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 23, 2017, at 6:43 a.m.
The Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday instituted a no-smoking or vaporizing policy for the community center, community playground and Sherman Park.
The city of Belfast is considering a fee on plastic shopping bags.

A Belfast proposal to curb plastic bag use is too weak, activists say

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
A draft version of a plastic bag ordinance would tack on a 5-cent fee for every fresh single-use plastic bag — but only at three stores.
Ron Young, who has been on "non-disciplinary" paid administrative leave since Jan. 12, addresses the Board of Selectmen during a special meeting to confirm his appointment as police chief in Damariscotta in this August 2013 file photo.

Damariscotta police chief remains on paid leave

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
More than a month after Damariscotta police Chief Ron Young was placed on administrative leave, the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen plans to have a closed-door session on March 1 to review a personnel matter.
A crash on Interstate 295 in Falmouth caused traffic to back up in both directions, Aug. 29, 2013.

State to reduce speed limit on crash-prone stretch of Interstate 295

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
A nearly 30 percent increase in crashes along a stretch Interstate 295 has prompted the state to permanently reduce the speed limit between Topsham and Falmouth beginning next month.
Firefighters from several communities traveled by boat to Sheep Island in the New Meadows River for a large woods fire. Many small Maine communities depend on volunteer firefighters.

When Maine island homes catch fire, there often aren’t enough volunteers to save them

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 22, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
Like many small Maine communities, Harpswell depends on volunteer firefighters.

‘Traitor’ to community gets 2 years for selling crack cocaine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
He faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
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The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White is docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Aug. 20, 2014.

Floating homes aren’t houseboats and a Maine town will vote on banning them

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
Edgecomb voters will soon decide whether to place a temporary ban on floating homes while the town develops regulations to govern them.

Woman killed, 3-year-old son injured in Frankfort collision

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 8:58 p.m.
Teresa Sirois, 34, of Brooks died after the car she was driving crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic.
Robert H. Edmunds III

A decade after indictment, former Nobleboro man back to face fraud charges

By J.W. Oliver on Feb. 21, 2017, at 7:28 p.m.
The indictment names 20 victims and charges Edmunds with conduct dating from 2000-2004.
Wayne Little

Jefferson man wanted for aggravated assault turns himself in

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 21, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
A Jefferson man sought by police following a domestic dispute on Saturday has turned himself in.