Kelly Smyre, 24, was among 18 residents of an 11-unit apartment building on Dunning Street displaced Wednesday after the town deemed the building dangerous.

Nearly 20 tenants displaced from ‘dangerous’ Brunswick apartment building

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Town officials informed 18 tenants of a Dunning Street apartment building on Wednesday that they about 12 hours to vacate the building because it had been deemed “dangerous” due to violations of fire and life safety codes. But the owner of the building, Curtis Pass, said the …
Damariscotta voters approve an adult business moratorium during a special town meeting at the Damariscotta town office Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Damariscotta voters OK six-month moratorium on adult businesses in town

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A roomful of Damariscotta voters approved a six-month ban on adult entertainment establishments during a special town meeting at the town office Wednesday, Sept. 17. There was no debate during the special town meeting or a public hearing prior to the meeting, and there were no votes …

Early-morning fire forces evacuation of 22 nursing home residents in Damariscotta

By Staff Report, Lincoln County News on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — A fire in an electrical light at Coves Edge, on the Lincoln Health Miles complex, forced the evacuation of one wing of the nursing home early Thursday morning. Damariscotta Fire Chief John Roberts estimates that 22 patients were evacuated by the Lincoln Health staff and CLC Ambulance. …

Burnham-based company to make iconic Lincoln Logs

By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Burnham-based Pride Manufacturing Co. will produce the iconic American Lincoln Logs in Maine. LePage said the move to produce Lincoln Logs in Maine will create jobs for Mainers. “I commend Pride Manufacturing for representing the best of Maine,” LePage said in …
Opal, an Asian elephant that arrived at the Endangered Ark Foundation this week, greeted Margaret, a member of the herd already living there.

An elephant never forgets: Old friends trumpet arrival of Rosie, Opal in Oklahoma, says shelter director

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — A week after Hope Elephants co-founder Jim Laurita’s sudden, tragic death in his elephant pen, the two Asian elephants he always called “his girls” are settling in at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma. Rosie and Opal left Maine over the weekend and were transported by …
Randy B. Smith, 63, of Camden

Insurer wants court to determine if it’s liable to defend Camden man accused of assaulting a woman

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:20 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — An insurance company has asked a state court to rule on whether it is responsible for defending or paying any damages that may be assessed against an Owls Head client accused of assaulting and stalking a former female companion. MMG Insurance Co. filed a complaint Tuesday in …
Oxford Networks President Craig Gunderson (left) shows Gov. Paul LePage around the company's expanded facility on Wednesday in Brunswick.

Oxford Networks unveils $6 million data center expansion in Brunswick

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — There’s one nice thing about putting a data center in Maine: come winter, the harsh cold is an easy way to keep servers cool. That’s a key part of the $6 million expansion unveiled Wednesday in a 52,000-square-foot former Navy communications center at Brunswick Landing, the civilian …

Knox County Sheriff’s Office investigates theft of copper pipes from Washington home

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON, Maine — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of copper pipes from a home on West Washington Road. Someone broke into the house Monday night and removed a couple hundred feet of piping, Sheriff Donna Dennison said Wednesday. No one is living in the house and …
A standoff lasted for more than seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning at the downtown Rite Aid Pharmacy on Route 1 in Camden.

Negotiators credited with safe release of hostage in Camden pharmacy standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Members of the Maine State Police tactical team outfitted in camouflage gear and weapons were highly visible during the lengthy standoff Monday night at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, but a team of negotiators working out of a van and out of sight also played a key role. …
The private portion of Cedar Beach Road has been closed by neighbors Charles and Sally Abrahamson since 2011.

Losers of lawsuit allowing public access to Harpswell beach expected to appeal to Maine’s high court

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 17, 2014, at 1:53 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — Shoreline access proponents claimed victory this week after a judge upheld the public’s right to use a private road on Bailey Island to reach nearby Cedar Beach. In a 73-page ruling issued Monday, Sept. 15, Cumberland County Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills sided with plaintiffs in a …

Dozens search for Massachusetts teen missing from class trip on Hermit Island

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:18 a.m.
PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Following an hours-long search by dozens of firefighters, game wardens, and law enforcement personnel, a 17-year-old Massachusetts boy was located Tuesday evening lying on the ground several hundred yards from his campsite on Hermit Island. The teen, a student with a private school group staying on the …
Rep. Brian L. Jones, D-Freedom

Waldo County lawmaker charged with indecent conduct

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
FREEDOM, Maine — A Democratic lawmaker from Waldo County was arrested Monday night after a Maine state trooper allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner Park & Ride. Brian Jones, 56, of Freedom was charged with indecent conduct and failure to give …

Bath man gets four months for welfare fraud

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 47-year-old Bath man will serve four months in jail starting Dec. 1 after admitting to stealing nearly $20,000 in state aid. Trevor Lamoreau was sentenced Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to two years in jail with all but four months suspended for theft by deception. …
The private portion of Cedar Beach Road has been closed by neighbors Charles and Sally Abrahamson since 2011.

Judge rules in favor of public access to private Harpswell beach

By Rosanna Gargiulo, The Times Record on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — A Maine Superior Court ruling has restored public access to Cedar Beach in Harpswell, ending a years-long battle to establish that the public has a prescriptive easement to the beach over Cedar Beach Road. The plaintiffs in the case, the nonprofit Cedar Beach/Cedar Island Supporters, argued that …

Hostage released safely, suspect takes own life in Camden standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Maine State Police tried repeatedly to have a suspect in an armed standoff at a Camden pharmacy surrender.

By 1 vote, Wiscasset School Board decides to close town’s primary school

By  Kathy Onorato, Lincoln County News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Before a packed library Monday night at the Wiscasset High School, the Wiscasset School Board voted 3 to 2 to close the Wiscasset Primary School, beginning the 2015-2016 school year. The closure could result in an estimated $785,524 in savings, which is $129,850 more in savings than …
Robert Beerman

Camden standoff ends with hostage freed, suspect found dead

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:37 a.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — The 34-year-old man who took a pharmacist hostage during a seven-hour standoff that ended early Tuesday morning with him taking his own life had a history of alcohol abuse and threatening suicide, according to police. Robert Beerman of Camden was found dead in the employee break room …

Police say hostage freed from Camden Rite Aid robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 15, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
CAMDEN, Maine — Police were outside the Camden Rite Aid on Monday night into Tuesday morning as a robbery was in progress, according to authorities. A woman who said she works at the Rite Aid said a man walked in just before the 8 p.m. closing time and ordered everyone …

Police urge owners to license pets after spate of calls over ‘dangerous’ dogs

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police are asking dog owners to make sure their pets are licensed and up to date on their shots, after the department received multiple calls about several dangerous dog incidents in the last week. One dog owner was issued citations for having a dangerous, unlicensed dog last …
From the community

Palermo Community Library

By Sharon Nichols on Sept. 15, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
Join Irene Mortko, a DecoArt Helping Artist for many years, as she presents a hands-on demonstration of painting techniques using “Chalky Finish” paint, a new product, at the Palermo Community Library on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Participation is limited to ten and preregistration is required by calling 993-6088 …
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