Car stolen from Rockland found trashed in Waldoboro

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A car stolen last week in Rockland was found Sunday, but it was severely vandalized. The Kia Sephia was reported stolen in Rockland on April 6. The license plates from the car had been found Wednesday in Waldoboro, near where a resident reported someone had stolen the …
Rockland Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli

Rockland names acting fire chief

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 8:21 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A veteran firefighter will be taking the helm of the department on May 1. Assistant Chief Adam Miceli will be the interim fire chief, Acting City Manager Tom Luttrell announced Monday night. He said Miceli has agreed to serve in the position through the council’s upcoming budget …
Earl Leathers

Lincoln County man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A Waldoboro man has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor after information came to light about two incidents that allegedly happened in 2012 in Belfast City Park. Earl Leathers, 27, was arrested Friday after an investigation by Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s …
Damien Ingraham

Knox man who allegedly urinated on girlfriend’s clothes arrested

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2014, at 5:13 p.m.
KNOX, Maine — A local man who allegedly urinated on his girlfriend’s clothes during a fight was arrested very early Sunday morning and charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence assault. The girlfriend of 33-year-old Damien L. Ingraham called police at 1:18 a.m. Sunday to report that she had been …
Cecil Worster

Body found in river identified as Bangor man missing since November

By Abigail Curtis on April 14, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — The body found floating in the Penobscot River on Sunday morning has been identified as a Bangor man who was reported missing last November, according to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Cecil Worster, 46, was believed to have left his home near the Hampden town line …

Pair arrested after allegedly stealing diamond necklace in Freeport, crashing car during high-speed chase

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two men who allegedly stole a $3,650 diamond necklace from Brown’s Goldsmiths in Freeport on Friday afternoon were arrested on Route 1 after fleeing from police and striking two other vehicles before crashing. Teak William Lee, 22, of Georgetown and David R. Goodglass, 21, of South Portland …
George and Marian Benson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday.

Maine couple that cooked together, stayed together — for 60 years and counting

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — Perhaps it was fate that George and Marian Benson would get married and run a restaurant together. George said he and Marian went out on one date when they lived in Maine more than 60 years ago but that she doesn’t recall that first date. A few …
Barry Mills, center, stands with former Sen. Olympia Snowe and his wife, Karen Gordon Mills, in this April 1, 2009 photo. Mills has announced he will step down from his post as president of Bowdoin College.

Barry Mills to step down as president of Bowdoin College in 2015

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Bowdoin College President Barry Mills announced Monday that he will step down in June 2015. Mills, 63, has served as president of the college for 13 years. In an email to the Bowdoin community, he wrote that he does not plan to retire but “will seek another …
Patrick Ridley

Bath man allegedly tied up, tried to strangle former girlfriend in kidnapping

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Police on Monday released more details about the alleged kidnapping of a Brunswick woman by her ex-boyfriend Thursday night. Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was in Bath, was charged Friday after police say he kidnapped his 24-year-old former girlfriend, took her to another residence, tied …
Elbert Ranquist Jr.

Suspect in Rockland pharmacy robbery set to change plea

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A 43-year-old Cushing man is scheduled to change his plea to guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge that he robbed a Rockland pharmacy at knifepoint. Elbert Ranquist Jr. faces up to 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release if …

Knox County sheriff probes two home break-ins, including theft of cash on Vinalhaven

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two residential burglaries, including one in which a large amount of cash was reported stolen. The burglary involving the cash theft occurred on Vinalhaven. The break-in was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. The home was unlocked, according to the …

Rockland-area school board seeks public input for superintendent search

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2014, at 7:57 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Regional School Unit 13 board is asking for public input on what qualities the next superintendent should have. The board will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Oceanside High School East in Rockland to solicit suggestions. Board member Marla McGeady said …

Body found in Penobscot River

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — A male body found in the Penobscot River on Sunday morning has been taken to the Maine medical examiner’s office for identification. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release Sunday saying that a resident who lives along the river in Stockton Springs spotted what …

After manhunt, Bath man charged with kidnapping

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2014, at 10:34 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A two-day investigation by Brunswick and Lisbon police ended late Friday with the arrest of a Bath man for kidnapping and assault. Brunswick police arrested Patrick Ridley, 28, whose last known address was Bath. Ridley with was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and misuse of a public …

Man allegedly enters Rockport home while woman napped

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Police are investigating an incident in which a woman awoke from a nap Saturday afternoon to find a strange man standing over her. The man fled the scene after the woman screamed, according to police. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll said the county agency …
The crew of the Zumwalt DDG 1000 were in attendance Saturday for the christening of the ship they will be serving on.

Thousands cheer christening of ‘most advanced Navy ship in the world’

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2014, at 10:21 p.m.
BATH, Maine — A crowd estimated at nearly 6,000 cheered as the lead ship of a new class of destroyers — one that speakers said will be the most advanced in the world — was christened. “This ship is a modern marvel,” said U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. …
Lois Stackpole-Alley has been serving meals for the residents of the Methodist Conference Home for 46 years.

‘I get up every morning and say how lucky I am’: Rockport woman in 46th year of cooking meals for elderly

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Lois Stackpole-Alley arrives at 4 a.m. for her job cooking meals for residents of the Methodist Conference Home and for those people who will receive Meals on Wheels deliveries. Stackpole-Alley of Rockport has been cooking and overseeing the kitchen at the Methodist Conference Home for 46 years. …

Brunswick theater sues N.J. high school, theater over ‘Spamalot’ costume rental

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine State Music Theatre’s lawsuit filed against a New Jersey high school and a nearby theater company over the rental last year of costumes for the musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot” was moved Thursday to U.S. District Court. The Brunswick-based summer theater company, which includes a division that …
Some properties along Waldo Avenue in Rockland have placed rocks (riprap) along the shore to reduce erosion and reduce the possibility of another landslide. A major landslide occurred on Waldo Avenue in 1973 and the photo is taken from the location of the April 16, 1996, landslide that destroyed two homes.

Landslides in Maine? Spring thaw, high water table can sometimes lead to dangerous erosion

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Eighteen years ago, one of the largest landslides in state history destroyed two homes in Rockland, forced the evacuation of a third and threatened the road leading to the remainder of the neighborhood. While that April 16, 1996, landslide on Samoset Road was the costliest one in …
Sarah Fuller

Former Belfast restaurant employee accused of cooking the books

By Abigail Curtis on April 11, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — A former employee of a popular Belfast eatery has been accused of embezzling about $15,000 during a five-month span, according to police. Sarah Fuller, 30, of Belfast had been employed by Bell The Cat, whose owners had at first noticed the change in their expected profits just …
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