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Daniel Colby

Wiscasset man who led deputies on frigid river chase cuts plea deal, released after serving 23 days

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Jan. 29, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
A Wiscasset man who led deputies and firefighters on a chase into the frigid waters of Back River on Dec. 14, 2014, is free after 23 days in jail. The district attorney’s office on Jan. 8 dismissed four of five charges against Daniel Colby Jr., 32, of …
Harpswell voters will gather at Harpswell Community School on March 14 for the annual town meeting. Polls will be open the same day for an election of municipal officers. This photo shows a special town meeting at the school on Dec. 7, 2013.

No contest: Only incumbents qualify for Harpswell municipal ballot

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Jan. 29, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
Barring any write-ins, a trio of incumbent office-holders will be unopposed in their bids for new terms. Selectwoman Ellie Multer, School Administrative District 75 board of directors member Joann Rogers and Road Commissioner Ron Ponziani are the only candidates on the ballot in the March elections. Wednesday …
From the community

Community warming day in Winterport

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 29, 2015, at 9:04 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church, 796 Lebanon Road, Winterport, Maine WINTERPORT, Maine — Community warming fellowship and free potluck lunch 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church, 796 Lebanon Road. This post was contributed by a …
A man shovels snow from the balcony of a building near the Bangor Waterfront.

National Weather Service predicting another foot or more of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 29, 2015, at 8:50 a.m.
GRAY | Much of the state enjoyed clear blue skies Thursday, but that will change rapidly as another snowstorm bears down on the area. The National Weather Service has placed the entire state under a winter storm warning, as a front moving in from the Great Lakes is expected …

Rockport man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Rockport man will serve up to nine months in jail after admitting in court Wednesday afternoon that he sexually assaulted two young girls last year. Mark W. Cayouette, 53, pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court to two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Sentencing will be …

2 injured in Wednesday morning collision in Wiscasset

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:33 p.m.
A 50-year-old Nobleboro woman and a 23-year-old Wiscasset man were both injured when their vehicles collided Wednesday morning on Bath Road in Wiscasset. Aimee Ethier-Bixby, 50, was extricated from her 1995 Oldsmobile by Wiscasset firefighters, according to a news release from Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Cline. She …

Massachusetts company may bring 50 jobs to Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on Jan. 28, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
City councilors decided this week to apply for a $1.1 million state community development block grant in an effort to encourage a Massachusetts-based company to open a branch in Belfast. OnProcess Technology, based in Ashland, Massachusetts, has more than 1,000 employees in several locations around the world …
Joshua Dean Benner, 26, of Damariscotta.

Man wanted for robbery and assault in Damariscotta, burglary in Monmouth

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
A 26-year-old Damariscotta man is wanted by police in two towns for allegedly robbing and assaulting a man on Jan. 10, then burglarizing a motor vehicle on Tuesday. Joshua Dean Benner is wanted on a Damariscotta Police Department warrant charging him with Class A felony robbery and …
Bruce Mailloux (far right) in this 2008 BDN file photo. Mailoux was hired to serve as interim superintendent of RSU 71, while the newly formed district searches for a permanent superintendent. Also picture are (from left) Patrick Walsh, Gary Skigen and Linda Hartkopf.

RSU 71 chooses familiar face to lead the new district as interim superintendent

By Abigail Curtis on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
BELFAST | The first board of directors for the newly formed Regional School District 71 has chosen a familiar face to be its interim school superintendent — Bruce Mailloux of Swanville, the former head of RSU 20. “The main thing is there’s so much that actually has to be …
The board of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program elected Andy Bailes of Bowdoinham as its new president Jan. 21.

Bath-Tsugaru sister city group replaces longtime president

By Alex Lear on Jan. 28, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
The board of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program recently elected Andy Bailes as its new president. Bailes replaces Dr. Deborah Patten, who led the program for 15 years. When Patten took over in 1999, “it was really just me doing everything,” she recalled in an email. …
Dalton Cross

Cushing couple agree to plea deals after nearly killing man

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A Cushing couple will serve shorter jail terms if they adhere to terms of agreements approved Wednesday in a case that the judge said could have resulted in murder charges if not for the quick medical attention the victim received. Dalton Cross, 21, and Amber St. Pierre …

Sex offender gets another 42 months for failing to register

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 41-year-old man who has spent most of his life behind bars will be serving an additional 42 months after admitting he again failed to meet requirements of the sex offender registry. Robert O. Rector admitted Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court that he failed to contact …

Meeting to review report calling for new midcoast-area vocational school postponed

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A meeting to review a report that recommends a new $25.5 million vocational school for the region has been postponed until Monday evening. The meeting of the Region 8 Cooperative Board had been scheduled for Wednesday evening but was postponed because schools were closed because of the …
A handwritten sign at the end of Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island in Harpswell welcomes the public to the beach.

Harpswell to vote on legal fees for Cedar Beach dispute

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
A proposal to use $110,000 in town revenue to help pay for the legal battle over access to Cedar Beach will go to voters in March. The Board of Selectmen on Jan. 22 approved a Town Meeting warrant article that would raise the money and direct it …

Topsham-area schools face dropping enrollments, increasing payroll costs

By Alex Lear on Jan. 28, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
Contractual salary increases, a potential rise in health insurance costs and the effect of charter schools are among factors that could influence the next School Administrative District 75 budget. The district’s spending plan, including adult education, decreased from $34.8 million in fiscal 2011 to $33.4 million two …
Jade E. Robbins

Woman on probation for assault accused of slapping man at Wiscasset gas station

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Jan. 28, 2015, at 11:24 a.m.
A Wiscasset woman on probation for a March 30, 2014, assault outside a Wiscasset bar faces new charges after allegedly assaulting a man at a Wiscasset gas station on Dec. 13, 2014. The Wiscasset Police Department on Jan. 20 arrested Jade E. Robbins, 25, of Wiscasset, on …

Railroad schedule for 2015 buoys Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 28, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
The seasonal excursion passenger railroad schedule recently announced by Maine Eastern Railroad is being praised locally. “This [schedule] is good news for downtown Rockland as this proposed 2015 plan by Maine Eastern Railroad means more visitors to downtown Rockland. I’m pleased that the railroad has adjusted its …
Ten people escaped a Tuesday afternoon fire that destroyed a home at 452 Mills Road in Whitefield, but a number of pets remain missing.

Ten people safe, but pets missing following Tuesday fire that destroyed Whitefield home

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 28, 2015, at 9:31 a.m.
Ten residents of a Whitefield home were safely evacuated before a Tuesday afternoon blaze destroyed the residence, but a number of pets were still missing Wednesday morning. Dozens of firefighters from six Lincoln County departments rushed to the home, at 452 Mills Road, just after 4 p.m. …

Burst pipe briefly closes Bowdoin College dining hall

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 27, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A leak in a heating unit in Moulton Union at lunchtime Tuesday forced Bowdoin College students to evacuate the dining hall for about 30 minutes. Brunswick firefighters shut off the water supply to the leaking pipe and determined that the situation did not pose a risk to …
Jason Jones

Bronx man arrested in Searsport in oxycodone distribution ring

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 27, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
A New York man was arrested on Monday night in connection with distributing oxycodone from the Bangor area to the midcoast, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Jason Jones, 32, of the Bronx is facing a Class A felony charge of aggravated trafficking in schedule W …
 
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