Dale Cross (left) and Aaron Cross go for a test run on the St. George River Tuesday in Searsmont. Saturday will be the 38th Annual St. George River Race.

For true Mainers, canoe racing season starts even if there’s still snow

By John Holyoke on March 23, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
“If you are really good at navigating the river, reading water, you’re going to be way ahead of the game this year.”
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

This man has spent a decade trying to overturn Liberty’s Jet Ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
Liberty residents will be asked whether they want to lift a ban on Jet Skis during the town’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 25.
Following a search warrant executed Monday at a Bath apartment, Maine Drug Enforcement agents allegedly seized 21 doses of crack cocaine from his pocket, a loaded, semi-automatic handgun and about $1,000 in alleged drug proceeds from Dashawn Gill of Brooklyn, New York.

New York man arrested in Bath, charged with selling heroin and crack

By Beth Brogan on March 22, 2017, at 1:38 p.m.
A New York City man was arrested in his High Street apartment Monday afternoon and charged with selling crack cocaine and heroin in the Bath-Brunswick region.
Cheryl Rust, owner of Le Garage (right), with her chef of nearly 40 years, Al Dodge.

Iconic midcoast restaurant Le Garage to close after 40 years

By Charlotte Boynton, Lincoln County News on March 22, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
On Sunday evening, the staff of Le Garage received the news from owner Cheryl Rust that the restaurant will close April 30 after 40 years in business. The future of the building is not yet clear.
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
A seaweed harvester maneuvers a barge in July 2016 while harvesting rockweed near the Muscle Ridge Islands off Spruce Head, Maine. A judge has ruled in a lawsuit filed in Washington County that private landowners can prohibit harvesters from taking seaweed growing in the intertidal zones of their properties.

Judge: Landowners can prohibit seaweed harvesting on private property

By Bill Trotter on March 21, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
In a case that has statewide implications for Maine’s growing seaweed industry and for shorefront property owners along the entire coast, a judge has ruled in favor of a group of Washington County property owners who sued to prevent seaweed harvesters from taking rockweed on their properties.
Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal power generator, pictured here in August 2013, has been out of the water since April of that year because of problems with the generation component built by a Massachusetts company. In a regulatory filing in Maine, the company says it could have the generator back online later this year.

Bad waterproofing kept pioneering Maine tidal project off the grid

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The company expects to get its new generator online by mid-2019. That’s a longer period offline than its contract with Emera Maine allows. The current agreement otherwise would expire April 21.
Virgil W. Cray Sr.

Waldoboro man arrested after alleged home invasion

By Beth Brogan on March 21, 2017, at 11:44 a.m.
A 45-year-old Waldoboro man was arrested Friday night and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated criminal trespass.
Ashley Dowdy

Maine woman sentenced to prison after selling heroin that killed a man

By J.W. Oliver on March 21, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
A Wiscasset woman who police say was the supplier to a Wiscasset man who died of a heroin overdose in August 2016 has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Fern (left), Lori (center) and Letitia talk about their experiences with Maine State Prison guards telling them to either remove their bras or be denied access to their imprisoned family members. The three did not want their last names publicly distributed for fear of retribution.

State changes prison visitation policy in wake of bra-removal furor

By Alex Acquisto on March 20, 2017, at 1:54 p.m.
Jim Mackie, representative for the corrections officers for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, called the temporary policy a “knee-jerk reaction.”
Interim Damariscotta police Chief Jason Warlick addresses the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen on Wednesday. The select board decided Wednesday to delay a search for a new police chief and keep Warlick in his position as interim chief indefinitely.

Damariscotta delays search for a new police chief

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on March 19, 2017, at 12:23 p.m.
Damariscotta police Sgt. Jason Warlick will continue to serve as interim police chief indefinitely.
J.C. Penney in Rockland

Rockland J.C. Penney among nearly 140 stores closing nationwide

By Alex Acquisto on March 17, 2017, at 6:17 p.m.
The J.C. Penney department store in Rockland Plaza is one of 138 locations that will be closed across the country by the end of the year.
Glenn Reed, 69, of Searsmont was arrested Feb. 22 for unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. He has a long history of sexual crimes in the midcoast.

Midcoast man with sex assault history indicted on recent charges

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
Reed’s record of convictions for violent sexual crimes stretches back to a 1983 conviction for raping a teenage hitchhiker he had picked up in Lincolnville.
A Sea Grant staffer assists with a scallop aquaculture research project at Downeast Institute in this 2007 file photo. Under budget cuts proposed by President Trump,the $73 million Sea Grant program could be eliminated altogether.

Trump wants to end grants that support Maine fishing jobs

By Bill Trotter on March 16, 2017, at 4:04 p.m.
Funding for the state’s Department of Marine Resources and for collecting weather and climate data in the Gulf of Maine also could be put at risk.
Cameron Soto

Two Massachusetts men arrested in Waldoboro heroin, fentanyl bust

By Alex Acquisto on March 16, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
A pair of Massachusetts men were arrested after police seized six grams of heroin and fentanyl from their car.
Chelsea Larrabee

Belfast woman to be sentenced for role in deadly crash

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
A local woman will be sentenced next month for manslaughter and other charges following a car crash last year that caused the death of one of her passengers.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Critics warn Bath Iron Works river dredging could threaten wildlife

By Beth Brogan on March 16, 2017, at 7:11 a.m.
“It’s a complicated, vibrant ecosystem.”
Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison

Knox County collaborative to assist jail inmates upon release

By Alex Acquisto on March 15, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
The program will help inmates released from the Knox County Jail reintegrate into society.

Plow drivers stranded on I-295 escape unharmed — ‘except their pride’

By Beth Brogan on March 15, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
With cars “sitting on 295” due to the conditions, plows came to a halt.
William Sheldon is accused of poaching baby eels, also known as elvers, such as those pictured above.

Feds accuse Maine man of trafficking in poached baby eels

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2017, at 5:34 p.m.
Each of the seven counts carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.