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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.
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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.

Belfast, state settle dispute over General Assistance reimbursements

By Nick McCrea on March 14, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
The dispute arose in early 2016 when a DHHS auditor visited on the heels of a significant increase — from $35,000 to $325,000 — in the city’s General Assistance spending from 2015 to 2016.
Mark Westrum, administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Maine jail leader placed on leave the day he was due to end OUI suspension

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
Westrum will remain on leave until a March 21 meeting with the Lincoln and Sagadahoc Multicounty Jail Authority.

More than 5,000 Bath area customers lose power

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
About 5,168 Central Maine Power accounts in Bath, Woolwich, Arrowsic and Georgetown lost electricity at 11:25 a.m. Monday morning.
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Food, Fun, & Foolery

By Barbara Bell on March 13, 2017, at 11 a.m.
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Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.
Protesters arrested last August at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial on Feb. 1.

Court penalties won’t keep peace protesters away from Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on March 09, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
A Bath man sentenced to community service for a June 2016 protest outside BIW said Thursday that he would again protest during a planned christening next month.
The Lobster Pound restaurant in Lincolnville was auctioned off Thursday morning.

Maine mogul buys, plans to reopen iconic midcoast lobster pound

By Nick McCrea on March 09, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.
With a winning bid of $700,000, Maine couple Danny and Carla Lafayette have initiated the process of purchasing the Lincolnville Lobster Pound.
From left, Waldoboro Selectmen Clinton Collamore, Jann Minzy and Abden Simmons discuss the board’s decision to name Julie Keizer town manager.

Waldoboro picks new town manager

By Alexander Violo, Lincoln County News on March 09, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
Julie Keizer is the current borough manager of Medford Lakes, New Jersey.
Jeanette Wheeler and Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore at the National Library of Health and Healing in Waldoboro on Feb. 8. Kishore established the library with Wheeler’s support.

Addiction doctor brings acclaimed model to Waldoboro, without medical license

By Abigail Adams on March 08, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
“He was doing good. He wasn’t treating opioid addiction with another opioid.”

Judge orders muzzles for pit bulls involved in Wiscasset attack

By Abigail Adams on March 08, 2017, at 2:11 p.m.
The pit bulls, Jasper and Buddha, were ordered to be permanently confined to a secure enclosure and muzzled when off the owner’s property.