Driver ticketed after Route 1 crash

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 27, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
ROCKPORT | A driver was issued a ticket after a car crash Saturday afternoon. Olivia Stevens, 20, of Rockland was heading north on Route 1 when a car stopped in front of her to make a left turn into Fresh Off the Farm’s parking lot. Stevens veered to avoid …
Louis Rubino

Police dog catches accused Wal-Mart thief

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 27, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
THOMASTON | A police dog was credited with collaring a man accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of goods from Wal-Mart on Friday evening. Gunner, with handler Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jeremy Joslyn, tracked the suspect before finding him hiding under a trailer off Thomaston Street. Louis Rubino, …
A house at 57 Lakeview Road in Boothbay Harbor lies in ruins after a fire Christmas night.

Investigators determine cause of Christmas house fire in Boothbay Harbor

By CBS 13 on Dec. 27, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
The Christmas night fire that destroyed a Boothbay Harbor home has been ruled accidental. Sgt. Ken Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office said it started near the refrigerator and outlets. He said there may have been an electrical malfunction or power surges, due to an …
Verso Paper mill workers leave the mill one last time Dec. 17 in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill.

Paper mill closures, energy unease slowed Maine’s economic recovery in 2014

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 26, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
Parts of Maine’s proud paper industry stumbled this year, hammering home the challenges of competition from abroad and the difficulty of unlocking new markets for papermaking byproducts. Verso intends to sell its Bucksport mill for scrap, and Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill is also headed for the hands of …

Knox County Sheriff’s Office responds to two Christmas Eve break-ins

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 26, 2014, at 10:31 a.m.
ROCKLAND | The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded Christmas Eve to reports of two burglaries. The first call came in shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday about a break-in at a home in Warren. Nothing was reported taken. The second came in shortly after 11 a.m. about a break-in at …
A house at 57 Lakeview Road in Boothbay Harbor lies in ruins after a fire Christmas night.

Christmas fire destroys Boothbay Harbor house

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Dec. 26, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.
A fire destroyed a house at 57 Lakeview Road Christmas night. A cat and two dogs died. Boothbay Harbor Fire Chief Nick Upham expects the state fire marshal’s office to investigate the cause of the fire. “At this time, we’re not sure” of the cause, he …
The moon is seen through trees as the sun sets over Bangor on a very warm Christmas day Thursday.

‘Some great days ahead’ of mild temperatures and sunlight, weather forecasters say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 25, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
CARIBOU | Record-setting warmth added to the joy of Christmas Day through much of Maine, with meteorologists predicting similarly comfortable temperatures — and clear skies — through most of the weekend. Caribou’s 48-degree high temperature matched a record set on Christmas 2003, while Bangor’s 54-degree temperature bested a record …

Pedestrian struck in crosswalk in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 25, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
A pedestrian was struck in a crosswalk on Christmas Eve. Valerie Wells, 63, was crossing Park Street in a crosswalk near the intersection with Main Street, according to Rockland police. At the same time near noon Wednesday, a pickup truck heading north on Main Street attempted a …
The MacMaster family (from left) Tripp, Scott, Parker and Jake, poses with a drawing of the boys' mother, Cyndi MacMaster, on Wednesday. Cyndi MacMaster died on Dec. 19.

Father, three young sons searching for new Christmas normal less than a week after mother’s death

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 24, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
DRESDEN | Cyndi MacMaster was the kind of woman who knew what had to be done today to ensure a better tomorrow. With young children at home and a husband working three jobs, she trained to sell real estate, then earned her bachelor’s degree in social work. For a …
The Reading Corner in Rockland will close next month.

Reading Corner bookstore in Rockland to close

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
The Reading Corner, one of the oldest businesses downtown, will close in January, owner Warren Bodine announced Wednesday. The bookstore has been a fixture on Main Street since 1975. Bodine purchased the independent bookstore in August 1978 and moved the business across the street the next year …
Russell "Rusty" Brace

Court gives former Camden charity president extension in embezzlement lawsuit

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The former head of a Camden-area charity, accused of stealing $3.8 million from the organization, has been given more time to respond to the civil lawsuit filed against him. The extension was granted this week in Knox County Superior Court for Russell “Rusty” Brace. The Rockport resident …

Pair of Rockland manager finalists have varied experience

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
The two finalists for the city manager job have a variety of experience in municipal government. The Bangor Daily News contacted the pair Tuesday. The search committee — consisting of the five city councilors and former councilor Dr. Eric Hebert — has not released the names to …
This Rockland Police Department trading card features Chief Deputy Wally Tower.

Veteran Rockland deputy chief to step down

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower will step down from his post Sunday, he announced Wednesday. Tower has been deputy police chief in Rockland since 1996. He has served 27 years with the Rockland department. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Rockland but it’s time to bid farewell,” …

Camden gives municipal employees extra paid day off, but not without debate

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
The Select Board voted Tuesday night at a hastily called meeting to give municipal employees a paid day off on Friday — an issue that generated considerable debate. The board voted 3-1 to approve the “employee appreciation day” on Friday. John French Jr. voted against the measure …

Three teens charged with Rockland high school break-in

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.
Three teenagers were charged Monday and Tuesday with breaking into and vandalizing Oceanside High School East. Cameron Dana, 18, of Owls Head, was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. A 17-year-old Owls Head man, who was a student …
Sam Clark, 17, of Rockport gets a kiss from his mom, Cathy Clark, at his bed in Boston Children's Hospital after receiving a long awaited heart transplant.

The gift of a lifetime: Rockport teen receives heart transplant in time for the holidays

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 24, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.
Sam Clark sat up in a chair Dec. 17 and watched some sports on television, three days after getting a new heart and a new lease on life. Clark received the new heart in the early morning hours of Dec. 14 at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, …

Maine prisoner files federal lawsuit over alleged assault by guard

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 23, 2014, at 5:02 p.m.
WARREN | A lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of a prisoner who claims he was the victim of an assault by a guard on Christmas Eve two years ago. The guard, David J. Cutler, 56, of Appleton, already was arrested and charged with one count …

3 peninsulas, 1 bus: Harpswell eyes adding once-a-week transit service to Brunswick

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Dec. 23, 2014, at 4 p.m.
Funding for a new public bus route has been added to a preliminary 2015 town budget, as Harpswell officials begin to work out details about the service. The proposed bus route would run from Mitchell Field to Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, making stops on the town’s three …

Warren man indicted on charge that he strangled, assaulted woman in car

By  Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
WISCASSET | A Warren man was indicted for aggravated assault by a Lincoln County grand jury earlier this month after allegedly strangling a woman and otherwise assaulting her in a car in Bremen on Aug. 8. Jason M. Baughman, 46, was indicted for aggravated assault, Class B, and violation …

Woman charged with drunk driving after colliding with cruiser

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 23, 2014, at 1:28 p.m.
BATH | A woman was arrested Monday night on a drunken driving charge after striking an officer’s cruiser at an intersection. Bath police Officer Eric Bryan was en route to a holdup alarm at Cumberland Farms on Route 1 shortly before midnight when his cruiser was struck by a …
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