Rusty Brace is shown in a 2012 file photo

Camden-based charity says former board president embezzled ‘substantial’ amount of donated funds

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 30, 2014, at 11:26 a.m.
A prominent midcoast-area charity said Tuesday that its former board president embezzled a substantial amount of money from donations. United Mid-Coast Charities announced in a “message to the community” on its website that former president Russell “Rusty” Brace was the person who embezzled money it revealed Monday …

Rockland council debate set for Oct. 9

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:39 a.m.
The public will have an opportunity to pose questions to the three candidates for two City Council seats at a candidates night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The debate will be held in the council room at City Hall on Pleasant Street in Rockland. Government access …
A Belfast woman died Monday afternoon when her car crossed the centerline on Route 1 in Warren and struck another vehicle head-on.

Belfast woman dies in Warren crash

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
A 72-year-old Belfast woman died Monday afternoon when her car crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. Blanche Foss was declared dead shortly after a LifeFlight helicopter arrived at the nearby Odd Fellow Hall parking lot, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll. …

Camden-area charity investigates missing money

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
An investigation is underway into the possible misappropriation of money from a prominent local charity. Stephen Crane, who was appointed president of the United Mid-Coast Charities Inc. board of directors in August, confirmed Monday that an investigation into the organization’s finances is underway. He said that the …
One of three criminals dressed as law enforcement holds what police say is a semi-automatic handgun during an armed robbery in Winterport on Sept. 21. Maine State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the three and released surveillance camera images.

Robbers impersonating police steal medicinal marijuana in Winterport

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Three men impersonating law enforcement officers — two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and brandishing a gun — robbed a local homeowner of medical marijuana last week, according to police. “The trio entered the property wearing clothing impersonating law …
The Queen Mary 2, which at 1,132 feet long is the longest cruise ship to visit Maine this summer, leaves Frenchman Bay after making a daylong stop at Bar Harbor on Sept. 18, 2014.

Cruise ship traffic, spending on the rise in Maine

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Cruise ship traffic and the economic impact it has in Maine continues to grow, according to an industry study released Monday. Tuesday, Sept. 30, is expected to be the busiest day for cruise ship traffic for Maine’s 2014 tourist season, which is on track to be …
Hartley Curtis (right) of Waterville, seems younger than his 95 years during a horse-drawn wagon tour of Frye Mountain, a former farming community where he was born and lived until the government purchased the land from the farmers in 1937.

Maine history remembered at Frye Mountain in Montville

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
When Hartley Curtis, 95, is asked his age, he chuckles and points to his T-shirt, which reads, “So far, this is the oldest I’ve ever been.” The old Mainer seemed more spry than his decades would indicate as he climbed into a horse-drawn, hay-filled wagon Sunday morning …

Warren crash closes Route 1, one person transported by LifeFlight

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
Police were at the scene of a head-on car crash on U.S. Route 1 Monday afternoon that required officers to close the road and to call in a LifeFlight helicopter. The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. on Route 1 near Lewis Farm Equipment, south of the …

Unity man arrested after allegedly choking, assaulting woman

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2014, at 3:10 p.m.
A local man remained behind bars on Monday after he was accused of choking and assaulting a woman early Saturday morning at their home. Stephen Smith, 26, was charged with domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime after the events of the night, Chief …
Michael Feeley, 36, of Union.

Union man arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his girlfriend in the head

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
A 36-year-old Union man is behind bars after police said he threatened to kill his longtime girlfriend. Michael G. Feeley was arrested Sunday morning at the residence he shared with the victim. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and remained there Monday afternoon, …

Gardiner man injured after motorcycle strikes deer

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 29, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
WHITEFIELD | A Gardiner man suffered serious injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle on Mills Road on Sunday evening, according to police. Kenneth Black, 50, and his 47-year-old wife, Laurie, had slowed to avoid a deer in the roadway when the accident occurred, according to Lt. Rand …

Rockland police say burglar broke into apartments while residents slept

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
Rockland police are investigating two burglaries that occurred at an apartment building over the weekend as residents slept. A burglary at 62 Summer St. was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Rockland Police Chief Wally Tower. The person allegedly entered through a window on …
Joseph Pinkham

Boothbay man who pleaded guilty to child pornography possession gets 2 years in jail

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Sept. 29, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
WISCASSET | A Boothbay man who pleaded guilty to five charges of possession of sexually explicit materials — child pornography — in June was sentenced Sept. 25 to five years in prison with all but two years suspended. Joseph Pinkham, 28, was indicted by grand jury on 10 charges …

Dog found after intruder trashes Warren home

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
A 2-year-old pit bull named Molly reported missing following the vandalism of a home here Saturday night was returned safely to her owner Monday, according to police. Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said Monday that the department is investigating the vandalism which appears to be connected to …
Residents of the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center have been volunteering to work at a garden project that supplies vegetables to needy folks in the area. They grow vegetables that are donated to food pantries and senior centers and also are used at the re-entry center kitchen.

‘It’s a big motivation’: Midcoast area garden nurtures inmates preparing to rejoin society

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
SWANVILLE | The 3-acre farm looked ordinary in the early autumn sunshine. Piles of orange pumpkins by the tractor hinted at Halloween celebrations to come and honeybees lazily dipped and buzzed around the last remaining fall flowers. Several fields were a tangle of dying vines and others were brown, …
The Islesboro Department of Public Safety helped Canadian Space Agency engineers recover this downed stratospheric balloon that went off course and landed in tall trees on the northern part of Islesboro.

Islesboro police assist Canadian Space Agency in retrieving wayward research balloon

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
ISLESBORO, Maine — It’s not every day the Islesboro public safety department receives a call from the Canadian Space Agency, asking for help finding a wayward high-altitude research balloon. But that’s exactly what happened last Saturday, according to Public Safety Director Fred Porter. The stratospheric balloon was launched Friday, Sept. …
Michael Kelley (left) is profoundly disabled. His family relied on their conversion van, nicknamed Tank, to transport him for outings and for medical appointments. His mother, Carol Kelley (right), said the family's van was totaled in an accident in August and the used van they have found as a replacement will cost $25,000.

‘Totaled’: Family with disabled son seeks help to buy replacement mobility van

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 28, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
WALDO | Carol Kelley — mom, chauffeur, primary care provider, physical therapist and social director for her profoundly disabled 24-year-old son, Michael — packs a lot into each carefully managed day. But in the blink of an eye this August, something happened that slowed her family down and made …
Firefighters responded Friday afternoon to the report of a truck fire on Route 52 in Belfast. The driver, Stan Sarnacki of Swanville, escaped without injury, police said.

Swanville driver uninjured in Belfast truck fire

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 27, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
Police said that a Swanville man escaped injury — and also managed to rescue his tree stand and his boots, after his pickup truck burst into flames Friday afternoon on Route 52 in Belfast. “He got the important stuff out,” Sgt. John Gibbs of the Belfast Police …
Leaders of the Penobscot Nation have written to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen urging them to reflect on and overturn an August decision to allow homeowners to name their private road "Redskin's Drive."

Owners of Wiscasset private road ask to change name from ‘Redskin’s Drive’ to ‘Micmac Drive’

By Charlotte Boynton, Lincoln County News on Sept. 26, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
The property owners on Redskin’s Drive have sent a letter to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen requesting to change their private road name from “Redskin’s Drive” to “Micmac Drive.” “To avoid any further conflict or potential lawsuits with the Indian tribes in the state we give our …
At a South Portland press conference on Jan. 17, Capt. Brian S. Gilda shows where the Coast Guard searched for a sinking sail boat off Pemaquid Point.

Plea deal reached for false report that triggered massive sea search off Maine coast

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Sept. 26, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
WISCASSET | A South Bristol man whose calls to authorities about sailors in distress off Pemaquid Point launched an extensive search in January pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to the misdemeanor charge of making a false public report. John D. Norwood, 37, must undergo mental health counseling and treatment. If …
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