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Herbert “Joe” A. Sund III, 48.

Assault suspect allegedly calls DA from victim’s home, violates bail

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
WISCASSET | A convicted felon accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend allegedly violated his bail by calling the district attorney’s office from the woman’s home and leaving a rifle on a nearby bed, where the deputy who arrested him could see it. Herbert “Joe” A. Sund III, 48, …
South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood stands next to the department's new pumper truck on Thursday in South Thomaston.

South Thomaston welcomes new fire truck

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood was all smiles Thursday as he talked about the newest addition to the department’s family. That addition was a 2015 E1 Typhoon, medium cab, Class A pumper truck. Calderwood rolled it out of the station to discuss the benefits of the truck …

AG: No basis for criminal probe of missing South Thomaston money

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 5:07 p.m.
The Maine attorney general’s office will not conduct a criminal investigation into the disappearance of nearly $15,000 from a firefighter association. “We reviewed the matter and closed it on Nov. 24, 2014, having found no basis to conduct a criminal investigation,” state attorney general spokesman Timothy …
Brant W. Perkins

Boothbay Harbor instructor convicted of sexually abusing teen

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2015, at 3:55 p.m.
WISCASSET — A 57-year-old martial arts instructor was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing a former 15-year-old student and of twice trying to convince students, including the victim, to tell police their relationship was not sexual. Brant W. Perkins of Boothbay Harbor, who taught jiu jitsu at several local facilities, …

Bath council adopts strategy to rejuvenate housing

By Alex Lear on July 02, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
The City Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted an analysis for housing revitalization in and around the city. The evaluation stems from a recent study into possible housing improvements, and areas of sustainable development within the city. Bath Housing – an organization focused on improving housing stability for …

Harpswell report says rising sea threatens town roads

By Walter Wuthmann, The Forecaster on July 02, 2015, at 1:21 p.m.
Some of the town’s critical infrastructure is vulnerable to rising seas, according to a new report. The report, “Harpswell Coastal Flooding Risk Assessment,” prepared by the Midcoast Council of Governments, is the culmination of a project started in January. At a workshop earlier this year held by …

Judge finds no cause in two of three drug charges against Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
CONCORD, New Hampshire — A judge ruled Tuesday that the government had failed to find there was probable cause to charge a Warren woman with two of three drug charges while she worked as a nurse at a New Hampshire hospital. Justice John Coughlin agreed that the New Hampshire Attorney …
Municipal leaders from the Rockland area met Wednesday evening with the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Rockland school board eyes ‘sweet spot’ to gain support for budget

By Stephen Betts on July 02, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
The Rockland area school board was told Wednesday evening that it must be the one to decide what cuts must be made to get public support to gain passage of a 2015-2016 budget. The Regional School Unit 13 Board met for 90 minutes at Rockland City Hall …

Old-fashioned church supper at Winterport

on July 02, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
WINTERPORT, Maine — An old-fashioned all-you-can-eat church supper will be held 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Ellingwoods Corner United Methodist Church, 796 Lebanon Road, Route 69 and Monroe Road. The menu will include hot dogs, baked ham, two kinds of homemade baked beans,   coleslaw, pickles, brown bread, pies and cakes. Prices …
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Firefighters from several towns were at 630 Post Road in Bowdoinham on Thursday morning for a two-alarm blaze.

Bowdoinham home destroyed by fire

By Beth Brogan on July 02, 2015, at 6:08 a.m.
A home being renovated on Post Road burned early Thursday morning, drawing firefighters from six communities in an effort to save it. At 4:47 a.m., the homeowner, who was renovating the house and staying in a camp behind it, awoke to discover heavy smoke coming from the …

Northport man gets 2 weeks in jail for threatening police officer

By on July 01, 2015, at 5:35 p.m.
BELFAST | A Northport man has been sentenced to two weeks in jail after he pleaded guilty last week to charges including terrorizing a police officer. Ira H. Bailey, 32, came to police attention on April 12, when officers were informed that he was refusing to leave a downtown …

Maine man accused of breaking down ex-girlfriend’s door to get infant

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 21-year-old South Thomaston man is being held on $5,000 cash bail after he broke down the door to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Wednesday morning in order to see his infant, police said. Kurtis Bertrand was arrested by Rockland police and charged with aggravated criminal trespass, criminal …
Fire destroyed an abandoned Boothbay Harbor home early Tuesday morning.

Fire destroys vacant Boothbay Harbor home

By Olivia Canny, Lincoln County News on July 01, 2015, at 3:27 p.m.
Fire destroyed a vacant home at 69 Middle Road in the early hours Tuesday. Boothbay Harbor Fire Chief Nick Upham said the fire was reported at 3:45 a.m. and was “fully involved” when the Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor and Southport fire departments arrived at the scene. “The …
Enock Mukadi, 21, in his plot at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden at Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick.

Congolese gardener puts down roots in Brunswick

By Walter Wuthmann, The Forecaster on July 01, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
Enock Mukadi spent the first 20 years of his life in a town called Mwene Ditu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent the last year in Brunswick, where he has found a way to make sense of the change in the community garden at Crystal …
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A piping plover chick pauses while darting through the grass on Popham Beach on June 26, 2015, in Phippsburg.

Endangered piping plovers return to Maine in full force

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 01, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
A piping plover sprinted out of the grass and froze, its spindly orange legs spread in a challenging stance. The bold behavior was in stark contrast to the appearance of the intrinsically cute bird, with its rounded beak and teacup-sized body. It stared at the wildlife biologist, then lifted its …

New businesses in Freeport: From art, antiques to popcorn, pediatrics

By Kate Gardner on July 01, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
With the arrival of summer and plenty of tourists and shoppers, the town is seeing a surge of new businesses. Eight businesses have opened or will be opening in Freeport by the the end of the month, according to Sande Updegraph, executive director of the Greater Freeport …
Raymond Athearn

Longest-serving Rockland employee remains on paid leave

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
The longest serving city employee enters a third month on paid leave. Raymond Athearn was put on paid administrative leave in May. Joseph Piccone, the business agent for the Teamsters Local 340 that represents public services workers in Rockland, said Wednesday that Athearn remains on leave. Piccone …

Thomaston boat building firm buys historic Camden company

By Stephen Betts on July 01, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
A longtime Thomaston boat building company has acquired the historic Wayfarer Marine business in Camden. The purchase of Wayfarer by Lyman Morse was finalized on Tuesday. No purchase price for the business, which is located on slightly more than nine acres of waterfront property, was revealed. Shane …

Bath retirement home revises expansion plan

By Alex Lear on July 01, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
Although it received city approvals for expansion in 2013, the Plant Memorial Home is now proposing a revised project that addresses neighborhood concerns. The 98-year-old Washington Street retirement community, which sits on a 28-acre riverfront campus, plans to submit its proposal to the Planning Board in August. …

Kayakers rescued from Androscoggin River island

By Beth Brogan on July 01, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | Brunswick and Topsham firefighters rescued three local kayakers from an island in the Androscoggin River on Monday afternoon after their kayaks overturned. The kayakers from Brunswick and Lisbon were in a single kayak and a tandem kayak downstream from the hydroelectric dam at Fort Andross owned by …
 
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