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Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 in Knox County Unified Court to 22 counts involving sexual assaults and drug-related offenses. He is represented by attorney Richard Elliott of Boothbay Harbor.

Judge changes site for trial of Maine deputy accused of sex crimes against children

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
A former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy indicted on 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and other charges will be tried in Kennebec County.

Fire crews contend with ice, explosions as blaze levels Liberty business

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
“I remember at least five or six explosions,” Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie said Monday afternoon.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mahan (DDG 72) (left) and USS Laboon (DDG 58) participate in a divisional tactics exercise with USS Cole (DDG 67) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in this July 2016 file photo.

Bath-built destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian ships

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 09, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Bath Iron Works in the 1990s fired three warning shots at Iranian ships near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday after they approached the U.S. vessel at high speed and refused to slow down.

Ax-toting man arrested for terrorizing Cushing residents, police say

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A Rockland man accused of wielding an ax and peeking in the windows of a house in Cushing early Sunday faces terrorizing charges.
An aerial view of Grenadier Island, Ontario, courtesy Ian Coristine, (www.1000islandsphotoart.com).

NEAR THE BORDERLINE

on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.

Topsham police identify alleged hit-and-run drunken driver

By CBS 13 on Jan. 09, 2017, at 9:54 a.m.
Hart was arrested and charged with operating under the influence by Topsham police.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo. Up to 5 inches of snow is expected to hit western and coastal Maine on Saturday.

Up to 5 inches of snow expected in coastal, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.

Lewiston man seriously injured in Brunswick crash

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2:54 p.m.
The man was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon.

Driver seriously injured in Brunswick crash

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
A man suffered serious injuries Thursday afternoon when his Nissan Sentra crashed head on into a Kenworth dump truck on Old Portland Road near the intersection with Route 1.
Tiring of the road rage prompted by a "zipper" merge pattern encouraged by the MDOT during the replacement of the Bath Viaduct, Jennifer Murray created a bumper sticker.

‘Zippah’ cheaters spark road rage at Route 1 detour in Bath

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 05, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
“Just go one at a time. It’s nothing new,” Bath police Lt. Robert Savary said Thursday.
Belfast resident Kiril Lozanov recently purchased the former William C. Crosby School in Belfast. He plans to turn the building into community theater space, offices and co-housing apartments.

New owner plans co-housing, performance space for old Belfast high school

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 05, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
“I’m looking at soon making the Crosby School my home, and a home for other people, too.”
Billie Gregoire

Police arrest man after finding him hiding in closet with rifle

By Staff Report, Journal Tribune on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
When Maine State Police, with a warrant in hand, went looking for Billie Gregoire, 48, on New Year’s Day, they found him hiding in a closet.
POLL QUESTION
Ward Brook Road resident Holly Giles speaks in favor of a disorderly housing ordinance as Wiscasset Police Chief Jeff Lange looks on during a meeting of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Pit bull attack spurs police chief to ask for more power to crack down on problem homes

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 05, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
The ordinance would not only be an extra tool for law enforcement, but would also enable landlords to work with their tenants to “keep them contained.”
The interior of the Mason Station power plant in February. Joseph Cotter of Mason Station LLC recently proposed transforming the old power plant into a marijuana dispensary and production facility.

Moratorium vote could stall plans for ‘marijuana tourism’ site in Wiscasset

By Abigail Adams on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
Wiscasset voters soon will decide whether to adopt a six-month ban on marijuana-related businesses to give the town time to develop regulations for the businesses.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Maine shipyard prepares to deliver $1.5 billion destroyer to Navy

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The DDG 115 “looked great and performed well,” new BIW President Dirk Lesko said in a release. “It’s a ship Bath Iron Works can be proud of.”
Belfast City Hall.

Belfast stalls marijuana sales, social clubs as it awaits regulations

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Belfast has put a hold on any retail marijuana operations for at least 180 days, and perhaps longer, as it weighs how to regulate the expected industry.
Henry A. Eichman

10 more sex abuse charges filed against Maine teacher

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:08 p.m.
The founder of the Midcoast Youth Theater charged in September 2016 with six counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of children pleaded not guilty Tuesday to those allegations, as well as 10 additional charges alleging similar conduct against two others.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
Mark Westrum

Maine jail chief will get to plead to lesser OUI charge if he attends counseling, AA

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A charge of aggravated operating under the influence filed against the correctional administrator for Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset will be dismissed and he will plead to a lesser charge if he abides by conditions set by a judge on Tuesday.
The eye-catching former Dos Amigos restaurant, which has been sold to Anna Wagner, who hopes to give the space a drastically new look and open a coffee shop and lounge, can be seen Tuesday off Route 1 in Northport.

Former midcoast Mexican restaurant getting major makeover

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The gaudy, lime green former home of Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant, at 144 Bayside Road, is getting a makeover and a new life, likely as a cafe and lounge.