Wiscasset, Maine

Wiscasset selectmen withdraw support for Route 1 traffic fix

on June 21, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
Selectmen voted 3-2 to reverse their previous vote in support of a version of the MDOT’s downtown traffic project that involves removing on-street parking on Main Street between Middle and Water streets.
Democratic Rep. Mick Devin

Maine legislator charged with OUI

By J.W. Oliver on June 21, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
State Rep. Michael G. “Mick” Devin, D-Newcastle, faces a misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence.

Thomaston woman, 70, dies of injuries from motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
She was wearing a helmet, and police said at the time of the crash that they believed the Davises suffered minor injuries.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in a 2015 photo.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegal trafficking in baby eels valued at $375K

By Beth Brogan on June 20, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
He faces up to five years in prison with a maximum of 3 years supervised release.
Leo Binette and his wife Sandy Binette hold their red cards aloft signaling their vote on a warrant article on Waterboro's town meeting ballot on Saturday. Voters the Tuesday before agreed to abolish the traditional town meeting for a referendum vote on the budget in coming years, which meant Saturday was Waterboro's last traditional town meeting.

Maine town waves goodbye to ‘voice of the people’ voting tradition

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on June 20, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
“It is with mixed emotions I see this tradition go away. But there are 5,000 registered voters, and the vote to abolish was carried by more people than who turned out.”
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, on June 18, 2017.

Former shipbuilder says quality of Bath-built USS Fitzgerald saved lives in crash

By Beth Brogan on June 19, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“Basically the DDG was T-boned by a ship much larger than itself. It’s a testimonial to the workers that BIW can produce a quality ship that can withstand that type of catastrophe.”
Wynter Przybylski, 9, looks over her shoulder to see where her nurse, Stephanie Shapiro, is while making their way home after school in Topsham Tuesday. Przybylski will spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair due to a misdiagnosis in February 2014.

Misdiagnosis leads to paralysis, $1.9 million settlement for Maine girl

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2017, at 6:04 p.m.
Wynter Przybylski, now 9, was cured of leukemia thanks to a bone marrow transplant, but she is expected to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life because her problem wasn’t caught in time.
Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux (right) and his son, Jesse Devereaux, unload bags of dead pogies at the Simpson's Point boat launch.

Man who caused Brunswick stink by dumping dead fish broke no law, says Maine DMR

By Beth Brogan on June 19, 2017, at 4:52 p.m.
A fisherman identified by the Maine Marine Patrol caught too many pogies in his purse seine last week to load onto his boat, and left the overflow to rot in Maquoit and Middle bays.
Denise DeSpirito, the gardens manager at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, talks about one of the plants in the garden during a recent presentation on medicinal herbs.

Merryspring Nature Center ‘an oasis’ in busy midcoast

By Abigail Curtis on June 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Some people think it’s a private club,” she said, adding that they’re very surprised when they learn otherwise.
A man rides a bike through the pouring rain on Marginal Way in Portland, Sept. 30, 2015.

Inland Maine under flash flood watch ahead of Monday’s thunderstorms

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 1:16 p.m.
Numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of producing as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour could cause flash floods.
The pogies, a type of bait fish, appeared to have died after a single vessel which caught them was ill equipped to handle a large catch, according to Brunswick police.

Thousands of dead bait fish wash ashore in Brunswick

By Dawn Gagnon on June 18, 2017, at 12:02 p.m.
Over the last several days, hundreds of dead bait fish have washed up on the shores of Middle and Maquoit bays in Brunswick.
Morse High School boys varsity basketball coach Brian Bennett and his team during the 2016-2017 season.

Maine man says Bath Iron Works fired him because he coached kids while on medical leave

By Beth Brogan on June 18, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
“Now seems like the time for mental health to be at the forefront and to let people know that it’s there and it’s nothing to be afraid of.”
The USS Fitzgerald

7 sailors missing after US Navy destroyer built at BIW collides with container ship

By Toru Hanai and Megumi Lim, Reuters on June 16, 2017, at 8:20 p.m.
Japanese media reported that seven U.S. crew members were missing.
A fox seen in Eustis, Maine. A different fox, possibly rabid, attacked a moving pickup truck in West Bath on Friday.

Fox bites truck tire in West Bath, prompting new rabies concerns

By Beth Brogan on June 16, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
Jim Hennessey was driving a pickup truck on the family farm on Hennessey Drive when the fox “attacked the pickup.”
Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. has decided not to purchase The Standard of Newcastle boathouse.

Education group withdraws plan to buy midcoast boathouse

By Maia Zewert on June 16, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
“We didn’t feel comfortable using the property without the safety features, and the residents made it crystal clear that they weren’t going to approve those changes.”
Rachel Borch, 21, stands along an overgrown area of the trail she runs along Alford Lake, much like the section where she was recently attacked by a rabid raccoon while jogging near her home in Hope. The raccoon lunged at her and bit her on the thumb, not letting go. Borch drowned the animal in a puddle.

Maine jogger who killed rabid raccoon becomes overnight media sensation

By Alex Acquisto on June 16, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
“I didn’t choose the rock star life, the rock star life chose me,” Rachel Borch said with a grin, sitting at her kitchen table as her mom fielded another call from another reporter.
The Standard of Newcastle boathouse. Kieve-Wavus Education Inc. plans to buy the building.

Education group meets strong opposition in plan to buy midcoast boathouse

By Maia Zewert on June 15, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
The Newcastle Board of Selectmen learned about Kieve-Wavus Education Inc.’s plans to purchase the boathouse behind The Standard of Newcastle condominium building to use for a leadership program, but the plan has met with opposition from the condominium association.

Durham man critically injured in motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A Durham man remained in “extremely critical condition” Thursday morning following a motorcycle crash Wednesday evening on Route 196.

Maine woman charged with manslaughter, OUI after Route 1 crash that killed couple

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
Danielle R. Ward, whom police said was operating under the influence when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Route 1, killing a Woolwich couple in January, has been indicted for manslaughter.
Conceptual sketches for a new, $28 million elementary school approved by Brunswick voters on Tuesday. The school, to house 660 preschool through second-grade students, will be built on the former Jordan Acres School site. The school will be funded by local dollars only after voters supported foregoing the process to apply for state funding, which typically takes years.

Brunswick voters OK borrowing $28 million to build school without state aid

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
The bond, which passed 2,040 to 1,779, will fund a school to replace the 62-year-old Coffin School.