Officials identify man who died in Pownal fire

By BDN Staff Report on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
The fire broke out about 1 a.m. Friday.

Maine town begins drawing energy from solar panels atop fire station

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
The municipal solar array in Whitefield, the installation threatened by uncertainty surrounding net metering, is now fully operational.

Man dies in Pownal fire

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 30, 2016, at 9:01 a.m.
The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of kin.
Michael J. Castillo

Owner of Mexican eatery in Newcastle pleads guilty to unlawful sexual contact

By J.W. Oliver on Dec. 29, 2016, at 8:52 p.m.
Bath Police Chief Michael Field (left) and Cpl. Michelle Small carry the body of former Bath police dog Keylo to a police cruiser Thursday morning in Bath. Keylo, who worked with Small for about 10 years, died at home Thursday.

‘She died at home in my arms’: Maine police dog gets a final salute

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 29, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
Dozens of law enforcement officers from around the state gathered in Bath as part of a procession to honor longtime police dog Keylo, who died that morning at the home of her owner and former partner.

Midcoast man arrested on child rape charge

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 29, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
A Jackson man has been arrested on charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl under the age of 10, according to police.
Smoke billows as firefighters work to extinguish a structure fire at 334 Rockland Road in Jefferson.

Two hurt in Jefferson fire that destroyed garage, forced highway closure

By Alexander Violo, Lincoln County News on Dec. 29, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
One was taken to the hospital with chest pain, and another was evaluated at the scene for minor burns.
The Garry Owen House, which offers transitional housing to homeless veterans, can be seen Wednesday in Searsmont.

This motorcycle club is on a mission to help homeless vets

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:31 a.m.
The group’s board hopes this is just the beginning of a much larger push to ensure veterans are supported when they hit hard times.
Madison Arndt, 2, of Brunswick will undergo a stem-cell transplant at Boston Children's Hospital in January. After six rounds of chemotherapy and surgery in November to remove an orange-sized tumor in her belly, her parents hope the transplant and subsequent treatment will destroy any remaining signs of the Stage III high-risk neuroblastoma, a cancer diagnosed in Madison in July.

Stem-cell transplant is next challenge for Maine toddler fighting cancer

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Six weeks after doctors removed an orange-sized tumor from Madison Arndt’s belly, the 2-year-old will be admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital early next month to undergo a stem cell transplant.
BMC Sean Dolan navigates the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tackle down the Penobscot River to break up ice in Brewer Wednesday.

Coast Guard cutters tackle ice in Bangor area

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
Thick ice formed on the Penobscot River earlier than normal this year, so the U.S. Coast Guard was called in to help break it up as part of its annual mission to keep the river passable.

Police: Woman stole, crashed SUV of Marine who stopped to help her

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:21 a.m.
A combat medic who stopped Christmas morning to help a woman who crashed got an unwanted surprise when the woman allegedly jumped into his vehicle and drove off — only to crash again farther down the highway.
Daniel Colby Jr.

Felon gets 95-month sentence for using gun in Maine home invasion

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:18 p.m.
A former Wiscasset man was sentenced on Tuesday to serve nearly eight years in prison after being convicted earlier this year for possession of a firearm by a felon.
Neil Lagasse

Father charged after bringing 11-week-old to hospital with broken bones

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
Waldo County General Hospital staff contacted police to report that an 11-week-old child was undergoing treatment for serious injuries including broken bones.
A Richmond man is in critical condition after a police officer pulled him out of a burning building on Christmas morning.

Officer rescues Richmond man from burning building on Christmas

By wmge on Dec. 27, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
A Richmond man is in critical condition after a police officer pulled him out of a burning building on Christmas morning.

Car catches fire on I-295 in Topsham

By CBS 13 on Dec. 27, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
A fire destroyed a car Monday afternoon in Topsham on Interstate 295.
Christina Camacho explains how the room of her son, Jonathan Grinstein-Camacho, who drowned in early December 2015 after running away from home, has been slowly converted into a hobby/guest room through 2016. The family, who had moved from Massachusetts just a few months before he died, believes that what happened to him could have been avoided if Maine'’s mental health care system was better. Over the course of the year they have spent much of their time grieving and healing, and also working on their dream of opening a Camphill-inspired life sharing community in Belfast, where adults of all abilities can live and learn together.

In wake of autistic son’s death, family strives to build community for those who struggle to belong

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 27, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
“We want to start a place where people like Jonno can live, thrive and feel welcomed and included,” Christina Camacho said during a recent interview at their home.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program has developed and built a technology demonstration vessel that is currently undergoing open-water testing off the coast of California and recently set sail with its first payload: a prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast developed through the Agency’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort.

High tech on the high seas: Maine native’s firm marks 30 years of innovation

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 27, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“It was nine years of design, testing and producing something that had never been done before.”
Belfast police said they have started to organize mail, including Christmas cards, prescription drugs, packages and more, taken from hundreds of midcoast victims.

Midcoast pair accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 26, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
On Christmas morning, a Belfast police officer caught two suspects charged them in connection with thefts of mail and packages.
Katherine Bowen attends school at Camden Hills Regional High School, returning to a normal schedule for the first time in years after surviving a battle with cancer.

A robot in school is pretty cool, but having Katherine Bowen back is better

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 26, 2016, at 7:40 a.m.
When her name was called, the mask came off and Katherine’s classmates saw her face — not in a picture, not through a computer screen, not just in their memories — for the first time in months. They all stood and cheered.

Owner of shuttered power plant pays back taxes days before expected foreclosure

By Abigail Adams on Dec. 25, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
The company that owns the former Mason Station power plant in Wiscasset has paid the outstanding taxes on the property in full, eight days before the town was due to foreclose on the property.