Andrew Pratt

Attorney upset over client’s 9-month sentence for sneaker theft

By Stephen Betts on June 17, 2015, at 12:56 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 38-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail for trying to steal a pair of sneakers from the Wal-Mart in Thomaston. The sentence imposed on Andrew H. Pratt was criticized by his attorney, Jeremy Pratt — no relation to …

Lunafest in Belfast to benefit women’s health center, breast cancer fund

By Abigail Curtis on June 16, 2015, at 7:53 p.m.
What do a short film about female mariachi musicians, a Belfast movie theater and a Bangor women’s health center have in common? They are linked by Lunafest, a national film festival dedicated to raising funds for nonprofits and promoting awareness around women’s health. The festival will be …
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles near the proposed location of the train layover facility between Church Road and Stanwood Street in Brunswick. The Brunswick West Neighborhood Association has opposed the location since 2011.

Amtrak train facility in Brunswick clears major hurdle

By Darren Fishell on June 16, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday gave approval for a second time to a permit for a train storage and maintenance facility in Brunswick, the current end of the line for Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger rail service. The project generated local controversy, as neighbors argued the …
Camden police are asking for the public's help in locating this 22-year-old man named Jon.

Camden police ask for help finding missing man

By Stephen Betts on June 16, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Camden police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 22-year-old man who went missing Monday. The adult male, whom police only are identifying as Jon, left abruptly from a hotel at 10 a.m. His family is concerned about his well-being, according to a news release …

Unity man to serve 3 months after assaulting ex-girlfriend

By Abigail Curtis on June 16, 2015, at 1:54 p.m.
BELFAST | A Unity man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend earlier this spring and threw her cellphone hard enough at a window that the window broke will end up spending three months in jail after pleading guilty to all charges. Christopher Brillard, 31, was sentenced last week in Waldo County …

Homeless man found dead in downtown Camden

By Stephen Betts on June 16, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
A 55-year-old Camden man, whose body was found Monday in a wooded area of the downtown, is believed to have died of natural causes. Camden police were called at 4:30 p.m. Monday by a friend of David Conary, who was found in woods between the Rite Aid …

State high court hears appeal of Rockport man’s sex assault conviction

By Stephen Betts on June 16, 2015, at 12:33 p.m.
BANGOR | A Rockport man did not receive a fair trial last year, which led to his conviction for sexually assaulting a young girl, a criminal defense lawyer from Boston told Maine supreme court justices on Tuesday. R. Bradford Bailey said prosecution witnesses were allowed to provide hearsay testimony …

‘Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy’: Vinalhaven man wins $1 million in state lottery

By Stephen Betts on June 16, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
Daniel Desmond’s $25 investment reaped an instant mammoth return. Desmond won $1 million last week in an instant scratch-off game of the Maine State Lottery. “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy,” said Angie Miller on Tuesday who sold him the winning ticket on June 10 at …
The Pig + Poet Restaurant at the Whitehall Inn in Camden, was recently opened by chef Sam Talbot is seen Thursday. Talbot was a contestant on Top Chef.

Chef brings vibrant flair to local cuisine, style at historic Maine inn

By Lauren Abbate, Special to the BDN on June 16, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
CAMDEN | Just north on Route 1, past Camden’s main stretch of shops and restaurants sits the Whitehall. Fronted in expansive windows, sprawling porches equipped with rocking chairs, and a crisp white hue, the inn evokes thoughts of 20th century grandeur — of what it originally meant to summer …

Former Top Chef contestant opens restaurant in Camden

By Ashley Conti on June 16, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
Chef Sam Talbot recently opened the Pig + Poet Restaurant at the Whitehall Manor in Camden. Talbot was a former contestant on Top Chef.
Mid Coast Hospital announced Tuesday that it would purchase Parkview Adventist Medical Center as part of a “prepackaged bankruptcy plan” after Parkview filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief.

Mid Coast Hospital to buy bankrupt Parkview medical center

By Beth Brogan, Darren Fishell and Jackie Farwell on June 16, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | Mid Coast Hospital will purchase Parkview Adventist Medical Center as part of a “prepackaged bankruptcy plan” after Parkview filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief Tuesday morning. Boards of both hospitals approved the sale of the 55-bed Parkview facility, which began diverting ambulances to other hospitals Tuesday morning. …
Pretice Grassi (left) and his wife Polly Shyka own Freedom Village farm in Freedom.  They have to change the name of their farm because of a trademark dispute with Village Farms, one of the largest producers of greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America, with presence in three countries.

Multinational firm takes aim at Maine farm over trademark dispute

By Abigail Curtis on June 16, 2015, at 5:58 a.m.
FREEDOM | A small family farm in Waldo County that sells its produce within a 30-mile radius has to change its name because of a trademark dispute with a multimillion dollar company with greenhouses in three countries. It’s all in a name, according to Prentice Grassi of Freedom Village …

Hope residents reject taking ownership of former Superfund site

By Stephen Betts on June 15, 2015, at 9:16 p.m.
Town residents rejected Monday night taking ownership of the former Union Chemical plant which was once a Superfund site. The vote was 33 to 28 against a warrant article at the annual town meeting that would have given selectmen the authority to take ownership of the approximately …
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 6, the largest union at Bath Iron Works, marched during a solidarity on May 21.

Federal judge rules arbitration right venue for BIW dispute

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
BATH | A U.S. District Court judge on Friday dismissed a claim by the largest union at Bath Iron Works, agreeing with the company that a dispute over job classifications should be resolved through arbitration, and not through the courts. U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal ruled that …

Warren nurse to face drug charges in New Hampshire

By Stephen Betts on June 15, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 46-year-old Warren woman is awaiting extradition to New Hampshire, where she faces charges of diverting drugs while working as a nurse at a Concord hospital. Kerry L. Bridges agreed Monday in Knox County Unified Court to waive extradition on a charge of being a fugitive from …
Tire tracks were made in the Jefferson Village School baseball/soccer field sometime in the overnight hours of June 12-13.

Vandals damage newly sodded Jefferson school athletic fields

By Staff Report, Lincoln County News on June 15, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the person or persons responsible for damaging the recently repaired baseball/soccer field at the Jefferson Village School sometime during the overnight hours of June 12-13. Lt. Rand Maker of the sheriff’s department confirmed someone used a vehicle to tear …
Theodore Berry appears in Rockland District Court in this June 3, 2015, photo.

Rockland man pleads not guilty after failing to get court documents sealed

By Stephen Betts on June 15, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
A Rockland man who unsuccessfully tried two weeks ago to have his domestic violence case sealed from public view has hired a well-known criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Thomas Connolly of Portland appeared Monday in Knox County District Court on behalf of 24-year-old Theodore Berry and entered a …
Chris Gove

Two arrested in string of Lincoln County burglaries

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 15, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
DAMARISCOTTA | Two young men were arrested on Friday in connection with numerous Lincoln County burglaries, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Cody Beal, 21, and Christopher Gove, 20, both of Damariscotta, are facing burglary charges, according to the statement. Investigators had received information recently that Gove …
A residence at 14 Cronk's Lane in Wiscasset is unlivable following a structure fire that broke out mid-morning on Saturday, June 13.

Fire heavily damages Wiscasset mobile home

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on June 15, 2015, at 11:17 a.m.
The residents of 14 Cronk’s Lane in Wiscasset are currently without a home following a Saturday structure fire. The Wiscasset Fire Department was paged to the address at approximately 10:20 a.m. According to Wiscasset Assistant Fire Chief Nick Merry, the homeowner, the only person in the building, …
Communications Officer Jeff Lajoie recently used information in the Brunswick Police Department's Developmental Disabilities Database to help an officer respond to a child in crisis.

Database helps Brunswick police tailor response to people with developmental disabilities

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2015, at 10:49 a.m.
When Freya Colella’s older son had “a meltdown” last month and barricaded himself inside his bedroom, she called the Brunswick police for help. Before moving to Brunswick last winter, Colella had learned not to call the police when the nearly 12-year-old boy lost control because police in …
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