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Multiple departments fighting large island fire near Harpswell

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2016, at 4:27 p.m.
Firefighters from several communities headed by boat to Sheep Island in the New Meadows River Friday afternoon for a large woods fire.

Three men charged in connection with credit card ‘cloning’ scheme

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three men from out-of-state on Saturday in Brunswick and charged them with forgery.

Driver charged in chase that ends with crash in Warren

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
A Jefferson man is behind bars after police say he led them on a chase that reached 100 miles per hour and ended in the suspect crashing his pickup truck.
Deputy Kim Emery of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office operates the department's robot outside the Law Enforcement Center in Portland.

Maine sheriff adds robot deputy ‘Rosie’ to force

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
“It’s another tool to protect our officers and everybody that we serve,” Sheriff Kevin Joyce said. “It provides use the ability for intelligence-gathering and to deliver phones, where before this we would have put people in harm’s way.”
Randall Junior Weddle, 54, of Greeneville, Tennessee made his initial appearance in a Maine court on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of aggravated operating under the influence. His attorney, David Paris, sits reading the court documents prior to the hearing, May 16, 2016.

Trucker accused in fatal Maine crash barred from commercial interstate driving

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
A federal agency has ruled that a Tennessee truck driver involved in a March crash in Maine that killed two motorists is an “imminent threat to public safety.”
Rockland City Manager James Chaousis

Rockland council to vote on manager’s resignation

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2016, at 8:30 p.m.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday evening on the resignation of City Manager James Chaousis.
Darrell Crosby, 58, of Jefferson.

Jefferson man to get 18 months for sex assault

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
A 58-year-old Jefferson man is expected to be sentenced later this year to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

Thomaston man may serve time for trashing cottage he co-owns

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
A Thomaston man admitted Wednesday to trashing a cottage he co-owns with his sister.

Warren man gets 30 days for nearly strangling man

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
A Warren man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for squeezing another man’s neck until he lost consciousness.

Warren man gets 48 hours for slitting cat’s throat

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
A Warren man was sentenced Wednesday to 48 hours in jail for slitting the throat of his injured cat with a dull knife.
The former Brunswick Naval Air Station

Brunswick Naval Air Station reunion to mark five years since closure

By Beth Brogan on June 23, 2016, at 6:41 a.m.
“Brunswick Landing is the most successful base of all the bases closed during that BRAC year.”
Residents and officials debate the use of eminent domain to connect two recreational trails in the city on Tuesday at the City Hall council chambers in Belfast.

Public weighs in on eminent domain dispute in Belfast

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 6:56 p.m.
Residents gathered to debate the city’s proposal to use eminent domain to purchase an easement across privately owned land to connect two trails.
Randall Junior Weddle (right), 54, of Greeneville, Tennessee, sits in court while his attorney, David Paris, sits reading the court documents before the hearing on May 16 in Rockland.

Truck driver pleads not guilty to manslaughter in deaths of motorists

By Stephen Betts on June 22, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
A trucker accused of speeding and driving drunk has pleaded not guilty to 15 counts in connection with the deaths of two people killed in a crash in Washington.
The former HoltraChem facility (left) and the PERC plant in Orrington. Aerial photo taken Nov. 12, 2010.

Mercury remediation work continues at Orrington site

By Dawn Gagnon on June 22, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
As state fisheries officials examine the impact the mercury contamination is having on upper Penobscot Bay, Mallinckrodt continues its court-ordered work to clean up the former HoltraChem Manufacturing site.
Fire destroyed a multi-family home at 10 Hale Street in Brunswick Tuesday afternoon.

Improperly discarded smoking materials caused fire that destroyed Brunswick duplex

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
A two-alarm fire that destroyed a duplex on Tuesday and displaced four residents was sparked by improperly discarded smoking materials that fell from a second-story deck into the floor area below.
Lobster lay in a crate at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock in this Aug. 15, 2014, file photo.

More fishing grounds closed after mercury contamination found

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Mercury contamination found in lobsters caught in the uppermost portion of Penobscot Bay has led to this week’s decision by state fishery officials to nearly double an area closed to lobster and crab fishing.
Ken Hatch

Affidavit: Maine deputy sexually abused teen over several years

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
WISCASSET | A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy arrested on Tuesday sexually assaulted a young teen as many as 10 times over a period of several years in the back of his police cruiser while on patrol, according to an affidavit filed with his arrest. Kenneth L. Hatch III, 45, …
Rockland City Manager James Chaousis

Embattled Rockland city manager resigns

By Stephen Betts on June 22, 2016, at 4:33 p.m.
Embattled City Manager James Chaousis has resigned, citing recent surgery that caused him to reassess his priorities.
Garrett G. Brosnan

Brunswick officer charged in federal court with attempting to send obscene material to minor

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
A Brunswick police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with two federal counts of attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor.

Free community supper July 2 at Belfast church

on June 22, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2016 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, Maine BELFAST, Maine — Free community supper, 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, East Belfast. Menu includes barbecued pulled chicken sandwich, corn on the cob, coleslaw, …