Joyce A. Christie

Belfast police: Cemetery thefts solved, woman arrested

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 05, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A woman who admitted to stealing solar lights and plants from Grove Cemetery in Belfast has been arrested, according to police. Joyce A. Christie, 62, of Belfast, has been charged with felony theft, desecration and defacement, Belfast police said Friday. The department had put out a plea …
106 Thomaston St. in Rockland

Rockland weighs competing bids for tax-acquired home

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 05, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The city council will be asked to decide Monday night whether to sell a tax-acquired house to the highest bidder or to neighbors. The city received three sealed bids on Aug. 21 for the property at 106 Thomaston St., which is slightly more than 1 acre with …

Thorndike woman dies from injuries suffered in Searsmont crash

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
SEARSMONT, Maine — A Thorndike woman injured in a two-car accident last week has died of her injuries, police said. Anne Brown, 84, died at Eastern Maine Medical Center earlier this week, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Brown was a passenger in a car driven by …
The 2005 Jeep that crashed in St. George on Thursday morning was later towed from the scene.

St. George teen in critical condition after car crash

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
ST. GEORGE, Maine — A 19-year-old local man is in critical condition at a Portland hospital after a Thursday morning crash. Vincent Hilt was driving a 2005 Jeep south on Route 131 in the oncoming traffic lane, according to a report from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The Jeep was …
Patrick and Celine Kelley stand behind the counter of their new business, Coastal Cafe & Bakery, which has been drawing crowds since it opened in May.

New bakery in downtown Searsport firing on all cylinders

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 05, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
SEARSPORT, Maine — What happens when two young, energetic people who are passionate about cooking and local foods buy a sandwich shop on busy Route 1 in downtown Searsport? Delicious baked goods and lines out the door for weekend breakfasts — and that’s just the beginning, according to Celine and …

Maine man once arrested for gun tattoo pleads guilty to drug charge

By Reuters on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:48 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A Maine man arrested by heavily armed police officers after a gun tattoo on his belly was mistaken for a weapon has pleaded guilty to unrelated drug charges after a second arrest in which he was carrying an actual gun. Michael Smith, 41, of Norridgewock, on Wednesday …
William Clayton

Rockland councilor, former mayor spar over closed-door sessions

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 04, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A former mayor who is seeking to return to the City Council criticized a city councilor, saying she has violated the requirement that discussions held in closed-door sessions remain confidential. William Clayton attended Wednesday night’s council meeting and said that the action by one of its members …
Elbert Ranquist Jr.

Cushing man sentenced to 43 months in federal prison for Rockland pharmacy robbery

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Cushing man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 43 months in prison for robbing a Rockland pharmacy at knifepoint last year. Elbert Ranquist Jr. was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland by Judge Nancy Torresen. He also will be on supervised release for three …

Waldo County towns’ plans to withdraw from RSU 20 moving forward

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 04, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Six Waldo County communities are marking the back-to-school season with forward motion in their efforts to withdraw from Regional School Unit 20. The Maine Department of Education recently has approved separate withdrawal plans for Northport and for the five towns that are working to form a new …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud swings a sledgehammer into a ceremonial wall Thursday as redevelopment officials celebrated the unveiling of TechPlace, a manufacturing incubator on the former Navy base in Brunswick.

‘You can make it here’: Business incubator breaks ground at former Navy hangar in Brunswick

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:39 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Paul Desjardins built a prototype for folding emergency shelters that could be deployed to respond to natural disasters. His business is based out of a Harpswell home, but the ceremonial start of construction Thursday on a business incubator at Brunswick Landing — the former Brunswick Naval Air …
Lynn Archer

Rockland business owner blasts early release of woman who embezzled at least $67,000

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland businesswoman said the early release from jail of her former bookkeeper who embezzled at least $67,000 is the latest in a series of slaps in the face by the judicial system. “The legal system does nothing for the victims and everything for the offenders,” said …
This photo simulation shows what a proposed six-turbine wind power project atop Mount Waldo would look like from the Loggin Road, according to project developers Eolian Renewable Energy.

Developers try again to erect wind turbines atop Mount Waldo

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Maine — Nearly three years after a slim majority of Frankfort residents voted to adopt a strict, controversial wind ordinance aimed at keeping turbines off their hilltops, the company that wanted to develop wind power on Mount Waldo has returned. Some residents of the small town of about 1,100 …
E.L. Spear Inc. purchased the former Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters on Park Street in Rockland.

Second-oldest family-owned business in Rockland buys former VFW hall

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 04, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — One of the city’s oldest family businesses in Rockland purchased the former headquarters for the local Veterans of Foreign War. Lumber and hardware company E.L. Spear Inc. bought the 10,000-square-foot building on 1.1 acres at 237 Park St. on Aug. 29. The local VFW organization used the …
Ryan A. Gallagher

Nobleboro fire chief charged with domestic violence assault

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Sept. 04, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — The chief of the Nobleboro Fire Department was arrested at his home on Aug. 29 and charged with domestic violence assault. Ryan A. Gallagher, 41, of Damariscotta has served as the Nobleboro’s fire chief since 2010. Damariscotta police Officer Devin Polizzotti went to Gallagher’s home after police …
St. George is looking into the purchase of waterfront property adjacent to the town pier. The town pier is to the left and the property being sought is on the right with the two-story building.

St. George mulls purchase of $1.1 million waterfront parcel, piers

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 04, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
ST. GEORGE, Maine — The town said the possible purchase of a $1.1 million waterfront parcel adjacent to its town pier offers a great opportunity for the community. One of the owners of a business that operates on that property, however, said he has concerns. The Select Board voted Tuesday …
From the community

St Peter’s Episcopal, Rockland community raising funds to aid visually impaired volunteer

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 04, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — People from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and friends from various city committees are planning a public baked bean supper to raise $3,000, which is the cost of an Eye Pal Ace Plus reader to be donated to community and church volunteer John Michael Grondin,  at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, …

State police continue to search for SUV involved in pursuit in Durham

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 04, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
DURHAM, Maine — State police have received new information regarding a sport utility vehicle that was pursued Tuesday by troopers in Durham. Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday the vehicle’s former owner, Edwin Duquette, called police Tuesday night to say he sold the vehicle, a purple 1999 …
From the community

Monthly turkey supper at Searsport

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 04, 2014, at 9:48 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Searsport United Methodist Church, Route 1/Main Street, Searsport For more information: 207-548-2239 SEARSPORT, Maine — The Searsport United Methodist Church will hold its monthly buffet-style, all-you-can-eat turkey supper at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the church, located across the street …

Brunswick train barn to get ‘by-the-book’ DEP study after storm-water permit rejection

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Sept. 04, 2014, at 8:01 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection intends to place plans for an Amtrak train layover facility under a microscope. But an official of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority said the agency is confident the $12.7 million project can stand the scrutiny. DEP spokeswoman Jessamine Logan …

Less debris at the dump means big budget shortfall in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 03, 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — City councilors wrestled Wednesday night with how to dig the city out of a big financial hole at the city’s quarry dump. City Manager Tom Luttrell told councilors at their meeting that the city took in far less demolition debris from contractors outside Rockland during the budget …
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