Renovations have begun to 16 Bay View St., a former cinema and restaurant, in Camden making way for a 22-room hotel that will operate year-round.

Conversion of former restaurant, cinema into hotel starts in Camden

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 22, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
A local developer has started converting a historic two-story, 12,000-square-foot brick building downtown into a 22-room hotel. Developer Stuart Smith and his wife, Marianne Smith, expect the renovations at 16 Bay View St. will be done in June. Smith said once the Camden project is done, they …
Warren Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael York (right) has been under fire after an alleged incident with public works supervisor Doug Gammon, who alleges that York punched him. York has denied the claim.

Town of Warren shifts money to cover costs of legal battles

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 22, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
Faced with legal challenges throughout the year, selectmen are scheduled to shift money around to help pay for more than $10,000 in additional lawyers’ fees. The selectmen were scheduled to meet Monday evening to transfer money from the town’s contingency account to cover overruns in the legal …
Edwin Furbush, 44, of Montville.

Convicted rapist allegedly assaulted sleeping woman in Belmont

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 22, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
A convicted rapist from Montville was charged over the weekend after a woman told police he had assaulted her at her Belmont residence. Edwin Furbush, 44, had been visiting the home on Saturday evening and had drunk alcohol when he was there, according to a news release …
A quarter of a million participants in a Chicago game-maker's holiday fundraising campaign can now lay claim to small pieces of an island in Maine that the company bought this year and renamed "Hawaii 2."

Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity doles out pieces of Maine island

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 22, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
A quarter of a million participants in a Chicago game-maker’s holiday fundraising campaign can now lay claim to small pieces of an island in Maine that the company bought this year and renamed “Hawaii 2,” according to Max Temkin, a co-creator of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity. The …

Rockland-area school bus clipped by car, which then leaves scene

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 22, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
WASHINGTON | A bus carrying the Oceanside High School girls basketball team was clipped by a car Friday night, which then fled the scene. There were no injuries, according to Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison. The Regional School Unit 13 bus was driving east on Route 17 in Washington …
Miguel Esteves places an NYPD badge on a makeshift memorial at the site where two police officers were shot in the head in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 21, 2014. The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed as they sat in a marked squad car in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

Bowdoin offers to cover full tuition for slain New York City police officer’s son, a student at the Brunswick college

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 22, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
The son of one of two New York City police officers killed Saturday night in Brooklyn is a sophomore at Bowdoin College. Barry Mills, president of the college, informed the family of student Justin Ramos on Sunday morning that the college would provide full financial aid to …

Oceanside High School damaged by vandalism

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 22, 2014, at 9 a.m.
ROCKLAND | Police say they have suspects in vandalism that occurred at Oceanside High School East. The vandalism was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, according to Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower. He said there was forced entry into the building sometime between Friday evening and Saturday when …

Season of giving: Belfast Soup Kitchen benefits from holiday fundraising campaign

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 22, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
With good smells wafting in the air and lunch at every table full, the Belfast Soup Kitchen was a hopping place recently. “All other soup kitchens have clients. We have guests,” said Alexander Allmayer-Beck, a volunteer and former director of the nonprofit organization. “People come here. They …

Firefighters from four towns battle Monroe garage fire Saturday

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 21, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
Firefighters from several towns turned out Saturday night in Monroe to extinguish a blaze in a garage used by a general contracting business. Chief Ken Clements of the Monroe Fire Department said Sunday that the call came in at about 5:40 p.m., and when crews arrived at …
The Rockland Fire Department responded shortly before 8 p.m. Friday to a report of a structure fire at 260 Broadway.

Fire causes smoke damage to Rockland home

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
A Broadway home had minor smoke damage Friday evening because of a fire. No injuries were reported. The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. at 260 Broadway. The house is owned by Jamie Stone and Christopher Wallace, according to city assessment records. The fire started when …

Police investigating stabbing in Calais

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 19, 2014, at 8:59 p.m.
The Maine State Police and the Calais Police Department are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon at a Chapel Street residence. The victim, 56-year-old John Haskins of Calais, initially was taken to Calais Regional Hospital but was transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor …

Arson suspect risks losing $50,000 cash bail over drunken driving arrest

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The state is asking the court to order the forfeiture of $50,000 cash posted as bail earlier this year for a Friendship man who is accused of burning down a boathouse and fishing boat. The bail forfeiture was requested Friday after James “Jamie” R. Simmons, 40, was …
Pictured is the exterior of the Whitehall Inn in Camden, which will be completely renovated and reopened as Whitehall in May 2015.

Esteemed chef, new developers to give fresh start to Camden’s Whitehall Inn

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 19, 2014, at 4 p.m.
The historic Whitehall Inn in Camden is being rebirthed this spring, with renovations, new amenities and a fresh restaurant. Built in 1901, the hotel has been purchased by Lark Hotels, which plans to add it to their portfolio of boutique hotels. The revamped property will go by the slightly shortened …
Bernie, an old English sheepdog, plays with Bowdoin College students during an animal therapy session at the college library on Monday, Dec. 15.

‘Fuzz therapy’: Bowdoin College uses cuddly dogs to ease stress of finals week

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on Dec. 19, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Like celebrities evading paparazzi, six furry guests were quietly slipped through a side door into a nondescript first-floor reading room at the Bowdoin College library, barely noticed by the dozens of students anxiously lined up to receive them. But when the door opened, sophomore Laura Block made …

Belfast woman jailed for alleged attempt to make prices fall at Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
THOMASTON | A Belfast woman is being held without bail following her initial court appearance Friday afternoon for allegedly switching tags on store merchandise to save money. Kara Joy Kinney, 36, was arrested Wednesday at the Wal-Mart in Thomaston by Thomaston police Officer Michael Blais and charged with felony …

Attorney for owner of Bath store that closed without delivering paid-for appliances denies fraud

By Beth Brogan on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
The attorney for the owner of Gediman’s Appliance, which closed its Bath and Lewiston stores abruptly in September, said Thursday that his client is taking steps to address complaints to the attorney general’s office that he left more than 50 customers in the lurch by taking advance …
Allison Trask, 31, of Windsor.

Windsor woman arrested after nearly shooting Kennebec County deputy

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
A local woman is in jail Thursday after a Wednesday night incident in which a Kennebec County sheriff’s deputy was nearly shot. The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Allison Trask, 31, started at 7 p.m. when Sgt. Galen Estes responded to a Legion Park …

Cushing man who allegedly found mouse in McDonald’s milkshake has lawsuit dismissed

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
THOMASTON | A lawsuit filed earlier this year by a Cushing man who said he found a mouse in his McDonald’s milkshake has been dismissed. The notice of dismissal was filed this week in Knox County Superior Court in Rockland in the lawsuit filed by George Mele against RC …
Adam Oliveri

Newcastle man indicted for allegedly selling narcotics near high school

By Michelle Switzer, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
A Newcastle man faces charges punishable by up to 30 years in prison for allegedly trafficking in the prescription narcotic Suboxone at his Academy Hill Road apartment this spring. A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Adam Oliveri, 36, on two counts of aggravated trafficking of a Schedule …
Danny Wayne Douglas

Indiana man accused of posing as Maine high school student to solicit explicit photos from teen

By Abigail W. Adams, Lincoln County News on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
WISCASSET | An Indiana man has been extradited to Wiscasset for allegedly posing as a Maine high school student on Facebook and convincing a Lincoln County minor to send him sexually explicit photographs. A U.S. marshal on Nov. 8 brought Danny Wayne Douglas, 47, of Thorntown, Indiana, to Two …
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