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Police investigating stabbing in Calais

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 19, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
The Maine State Police and the Calais Police Department are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon at a Chapel Street residence. The victim, 56-year-old John Haskins of Calais, initially was taken to Calais Regional Hospital but was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor …

Arson suspect risks losing $50,000 cash bail over drunken driving arrest

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The state is asking the court to order the forfeiture of $50,000 cash posted as bail earlier this year for a Friendship man who is accused of burning down a boathouse and fishing boat. The bail forfeiture was requested Friday after James “Jamie” R. Simmons, 40, was …
Pictured is the exterior of the Whitehall Inn in Camden, which will be completely renovated and reopened as Whitehall in May 2015.

Esteemed chef, new developers to give fresh start to Camden’s Whitehall Inn

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The historic Whitehall Inn in Camden is being rebirthed this spring, with renovations, new amenities and a fresh restaurant. Built in 1901, the hotel has been purchased by Lark Hotels, which plans to add it to their portfolio of boutique hotels. The revamped property will go by the slightly shortened …
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Bernie, an old English sheepdog, plays with Bowdoin College students during an animal therapy session at the college library on Monday, Dec. 15.

‘Fuzz therapy’: Bowdoin College uses cuddly dogs to ease stress of finals week

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Dec. 19, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Like celebrities evading paparazzi, six furry guests were quietly slipped through a side door into a nondescript first-floor reading room at the Bowdoin College library, barely noticed by the dozens of students anxiously lined up to receive them. But when the door opened, sophomore Laura Block made …

Belfast woman jailed for alleged attempt to make prices fall at Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
THOMASTON | A Belfast woman is being held without bail following her initial court appearance Friday afternoon for allegedly switching tags on store merchandise to save money. Kara Joy Kinney, 36, was arrested Wednesday at the Wal-Mart in Thomaston by Thomaston police Officer Michael Blais and charged with felony …

Attorney for owner of Bath store that closed without delivering paid-for appliances denies fraud

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
The attorney for the owner of Gediman’s Appliance, which closed its Bath and Lewiston stores abruptly in September, said Thursday that his client is taking steps to address complaints to the attorney general’s office that he left more than 50 customers in the lurch by taking advance …
Allison Trask, 31, of Windsor.

Windsor woman arrested after nearly shooting Kennebec County deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A local woman is in jail Thursday after a Wednesday night incident in which a Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Allison Trask, 31, started at 7 p.m. when Sgt. Galen Estes responded to a Legion Park …

Cushing man who allegedly found mouse in McDonald’s milkshake has lawsuit dismissed

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
THOMASTON | A lawsuit filed earlier this year by a Cushing man who said he found a mouse in his McDonald’s milkshake has been dismissed. The notice of dismissal was filed this week in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland in the lawsuit filed by George Mele against RC …
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Newcastle man indicted for allegedly selling narcotics near high school

By Michelle Switzer, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
A Newcastle man faces charges punishable by up to 30 years in prison for allegedly trafficking in the prescription narcotic Suboxone at his Academy Hill Road apartment this spring. A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Adam Oliveri, 36, on two counts of aggravated trafficking of a Schedule …
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Indiana man accused of posing as Maine high school student to solicit explicit photos from teen

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
WISCASSET | An Indiana man has been extradited to Wiscasset for allegedly posing as a Maine high school student on Facebook and convincing a Lincoln County minor to send him sexually explicit photographs. A U.S. marshal on Nov. 8 brought Danny Wayne Douglas, 47, of Thorntown, Indiana, to Two …
Christopher Doran, 35, of Portland was headed north on Interstate 295 in Brunswick when his 2007 Subaru crashed into trees at the side of the road. Doran suffered a serious head injury.

Portland man in critical condition after crash on I-295 in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
A Portland man was in critical condition at Maine Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after his car crashed earlier in the day on Interstate 295. Christopher Doran, 35, of Portland suffered a serious head injury in the crash. Doran was apparently exiting the highway at Exit 28 …

Maine Human Rights Commission to sue Brunswick schools over bullying of student

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:53 a.m.
In what appears to be a precedent-setting move, the Maine Human Rights Commission plans to sue the Brunswick School Department for allegedly discriminating against a former junior high school student who was bullied. Amy Sneirson, executive director of the commission, confirmed Thursday that commissioners voted 3-1 on …
Officials suspect a Phippsburg man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when his car struck a school bus carrying seven students just after noon Wednesday on State Road in West Bath.

Driver allegedly under influence of drugs or alcohol when his car struck school bus in West Bath

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6:22 p.m.
Officials suspect a Phippsburg man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when his car struck a school bus carrying seven students just after noon Wednesday on State Road in West Bath. A Ford passenger car driven by Philip Wallace, 30, apparently crossed the center …
Mt. Waldo Plastics owners (from left) Michael and Stacy Thibodeau, Jenifer Lloyd from the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation, and Charlene Boggins of Veazie pose with a ceremonial check presented Wednesday to the foundation.

‘Pink Snofighter’ fundraiser shovels $10,000 toward cancer research at EMMC

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:38 p.m.
FRANKFORT | A limited-edition run of “Pink Snofighter” shovels by Mt. Waldo Plastics of Frankfort resulted in the donation of more than $10,000 to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s “Champion the Cure Challenge” on Wednesday. The money will directly benefit research at EMMC’s Cancer Care operation. Mt. Waldo Plastics, which …

Two hospitalized after car, school bus collide in West Bath

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
A collision between a school bus and a passenger car Wednesday afternoon on State Road sent multiple people to hospitals, police said. Initial investigative efforts revealed that a Ford passenger car driven by Philip Wallace, 30, of Phippsburg crossed the center line and struck a school …

Controversial metal recycling company eyeing Searsport

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
A metal recycling company that has faced controversy and major fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its operation in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is applying for a permit to open a junkyard at the Mack Point industrial zone. At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Board of …
Ervin Deck, who is leaving his job as airport manager in Wiscasset, stands with his airplane in a hangar at Wiscasset Airport in this recent photo.

Wiscasset airport manager resigns

By Abigail Adams, Lincoln County News on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Ervin Deck, Wiscasset’s airport manager, submitted his resignation letter Monday to Town Manager Marian Anderson. Deck has served as Wiscasset’s airport manager since 2008. His last day will be Jan. 31, 2015. “Everything we’re doing here is something Erv has worked on,” Frank Costa, a part-time employee …

Man who served time in beating death of 4-year-old gets fined for domestic violence

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 52-year-old Cushing man with a history of violent offenses and who served time in the beating death of a 4-year-old girl was fined $500 Wednesday for domestic violence assault against his girlfriend. Harold H. Clarke Jr. denied assaulting his girlfriend but nevertheless pleaded guilty to the …
A man walks a dog on Tuesday in Bath's South End Park on Washington Street with the cranes of Bath Iron Works seen in the distance.

From mill to shipyard: Former Bucksport papermakers seeking ‘new start’ at Bath Iron Works

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Heading home to Searsport on Monday after his first day at Bath Iron Works, Bucksport paper mill veteran Travis Ashey’s phone was lighting up. “I got about eight text messages last night asking me how it went,” Ashey said on Tuesday during a break in training at …
DEP and town officials look over a retaining pond that is adjacent to Hosmer Pond while taking a tour of the Camden Snow Bowl on Friday.

Neighbors turn out to demand action on erosion from Camden Snow Bowl project

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
Residents turned out Tuesday night to vent their frustrations with continued erosion from the redevelopment of the Camden Snow Bowl, saying it threatens the health of Hosmer Pond. “You have repeatedly shown you can’t protect the pond,” said resident Dorie Klein who lives on Hosmer Pond. “This …
 
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