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Aroostook County woman arrested on felony warrant in Lubec

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 17, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
An Aroostook County woman was arrested on Thursday on an outstanding felony warrant in Washington County, according to state police. Leanne Lacombe, 30, whose hometown was not available, had been wanted on a felony warrant for a probation revocation, State Police Lt. Rod Charette said in a …
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Maine rights panel rules against man who said restaurant discriminated by asking for proof that pit bull was service dog

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 17, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Human Rights Commission has ruled against a Dennysville man who claimed his rights were violated when a Machias restaurant manager asked to see proof that his pit bull was a service animal. Kenneth Stanhope suffers from several mental and physical disabilities, for which he is …
Barry Curtis

‘I’m anxious to step up’: Washington County sheriff-elect eager to start new job

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 15, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
CHERRYFIELD | Barry Curtis, former state trooper who earlier this month was elected sheriff of Washington County, is not an easy man to find right now. Curtis said Friday he’s not hiding out — he did go to the county commissioners’ meeting Thursday — but he is maximizing his …
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Free community Thanksgiving dinner at Ellsworth Elks

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 14, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Ellsworth Elks Lodge, 317 High St., Ellsworth ELLSWORTH, Maine — The third annual free community Thanksgiving dinner for the elderly and less fortunate of Hancock County will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at Ellsworth Elks Lodge, 317 …

Late-fall snowstorm wraps up late Friday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 14, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Friday morning to fresh snow coming down and their vehicles needing to be cleared of the new powder. Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties were under a winter weather advisory for much of Friday. As of noon, that had been lifted, according to …
Pratt Chevrolet Buick of Calais has taken over the General Motors Company franchises for all GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles in Washington County, according to owner Ian Pratt.

Pratt Chevrolet Buick in Calais taking over GMC franchises for Washington County

By Rick Levasseur on Nov. 10, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
Pratt Chevrolet Buick of Calais is taking over the General Motors Company franchises for all GMC, Chevrolet and Buick vehicles in Washington County, owner Ian Pratt announced Monday. “We are really excited. This is something I’ve wanted to do for the entire time I’ve been here,” said …

Federal regulators announce emergency closures in the Gulf of Maine for cod fishing

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 10, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
Federal fishery regulators announced Monday that, due to poor stock estimates, they are closing off large areas of the western Gulf of Maine to cod fishing. The closures, which are expected to go into effect on Thursday, apply to the use of all gear that can catch cod, John Bullard, …
Officials from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to stay the moratorium on shrimping enacted before the 2014 season because the shrimp stock has yet to recover. Officials said that there has been an increase in young shrimp, but that they won't likely be ready for legal harvesting until 2017.

Officials cancel 2015 Gulf of Maine shrimp season, citing weak shrimp stock

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 06, 2014, at 6:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | For the second consecutive winter, there will be no commercial shrimp fishing allowed in the Gulf of Maine. The decision to enact another moratorium on the fishery — which two years ago had an active fleet of about 150 boats, of which about 120 were Maine-based — …

Maine’s high court rejects Calais man’s child discipline defense on same day NFL star Peterson reaches plea deal

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a Washington County man serving a three-year prison sentence for beating his teenage son. The justices unanimously rejected Stephen Treadway’s argument that his actions were justified under the state’s parental control law. The ruling was posted …
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Matt Foster of Ellsworth, was the Republican candidate for district attorney of Hancock and Washington counties. He won in Tuesday's election.

Private-practice lawyer elected district attorney for Hancock, Washington counties

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
ELLSWORTH | For the first time since the two-county prosecutorial district was created nearly 40 years ago, a lawyer without any experience as a prosecutor has been elected as district attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, according to unofficial voting results tallied by the Bangor Daily News. With 81 …
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Barry Curtis

Former state trooper ousts Donnie Smith as Washington County sheriff

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:21 a.m.
MACHIAS | After eight tumultuous years in office, it appears Donnie Smith has been defeated in his bid to be re-elected the sheriff of Washington County, according to unofficial results tallied by the Bangor Daily News. With 45 of the county’s 49 voting precincts having reported their results Wednesday …
Kellen Hutchins of Sprague's Nursery hauls storm debris from a clients property on Thirteenth Street in Bangor Monday morning.

Just over 15,800 Mainers remain without power Wednesday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 05, 2014, at 8:49 a.m.
BANGOR | Slowly but steadily, the thousands of Mainers who lost power from Sunday’s winter storm are getting their service back, with just over 15,800 residents still in the dark Wednesday evening. Emera Maine reported around 7:30 p.m. that 11,037 of its customers remained without power, compared to an …
CAMPAIGN 2014
Matt Foster, the Republican candidate running to represent Washington and Hancock counties as district attorney.

Republican holds slight leads in Hancock, Washington counties district attorney race

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Republican Matt Foster held an edge of a few hundred votes over Democrat Bill Entwisle around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the contest to become the next District Attorney for Hancock and Washington counties. Foster, a private practice attorney, had 5,116 votes while the veteran prosecutor had 4,896 …
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Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith talks to BDN reporter Mario Moretto and photogrpaher Kevin Bennett during a video interview on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Smith is running for re-election.

Challenger holds narrow lead over Donnie Smith in Washington County sheriff’s race

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:51 p.m.
MACHIAS | Shortly before midnight Tuesday, Republican challenger Barry Curtis held a lead of more than 300 votes over incumbent Donnie Smith in the race for Washington County sheriff. Curtis, a Cherryfield resident and former state trooper, had 2,051 votes while Smith had 1,722. Thirteen of the 49 precincts …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith

Trescott woman pleads not guilty in connection with school bus melee

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Trescott woman has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an Oct. 8 incident involving an alleged altercation between her and Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith. Deborah Bousquet, 41, appeared in Machias District Court on Tuesday morning to enter pleas to charges of disorderly conduct and …
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Holiday bazaar at Harrington church

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 04, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Harrington Baptist Church, 1 Forrest Hill Road, Harrington HARRINGTON, Maine — A holiday bazaar will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Harrington Baptist Church. Crafts, baked goods, yard sale and lunch will be offered. This post was …
Trees lay on power lines on Mill Road in Dedham Monday morning following the fall snowstorm that left more than 100,000 Mainers without power.

Emera Maine, CMP crews continue restoration; 34,600 still without power

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:02 a.m.
BANGOR | As utility crews continued to work Tuesday to restore electricity to the thousands of customers still in the dark after Sunday’s snowstorm, police reported that a Washington County woman died Sunday in a storm-related accident. Danielle Moores, 28, of Trescott died when the pickup truck she was …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith talks to BDN reporter Mario Moretto and photogrpaher Kevin Bennett during a video interview on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Defense lawyer says Trescott woman not charged with assault in Lubec bus incident

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 03, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
MACHIAS | A Trescott woman who went to the scene of a reported melee on board a stopped school bus last month has been charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of government administration, according to her attorney. Deborah Bousquet, 41, has not been charged with assault, despite statements from …
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Downed lines on Sanford Street in Bangor left the road closed and area residents unable to leave their homes Monday after a storm brought several inches of wet snow to central Maine.

85,000 remain without power as storm cleanup continues

By Abigail Curtis and Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 03, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Cleanup and restoration efforts continued Monday as thousands of Mainers remained without power in the wake of a fall snowstorm. The storm slammed the state over the weekend with heavy, wet snow that accumulated to more than a foot in many areas. As of 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, …
A utility pole is snapped in half on Sanford Street in Bangor on Monday morning.

135,000 lose power as first snowstorm of the season drops a foot in some areas

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 02, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
BANGOR | Maine’s first snowstorm of the season hammered parts of the state with heavy, wet, persistent snow, leaving more than 135,000 homes without power Sunday night. UPDATE: More than 140,000 remain without power as storm cleanup continues The National Weather Service said Bangor received 12 inches of snow before …
 
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