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A "no trespassing" sign marks the southern terminus of the Belfast Rail Trail by the Penobscot McCrum potato processing plant. City officials would like to get an easement to connect the 2.3-mile Rail Trail with the Belfast Harbor Walk.

Frustrated Belfast council proceeds with eminent domain to cross McCrum land

By Abigail Curtis on July 20, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
The city took a major step Tuesday night down the road toward using eminent domain to purchase a controversial recreation easement across land owned by Penobscot McCrum.
A handwritten sign at the end of Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island in Harpswell welcomes the public to the beach on Oct. 10, 2014.

Owner of Harpswell beach road says it will remain open — for now

By Beth Brogan on July 20, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
One day after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ended a five-year legal battle and ruled that a Bailey Island woman can close an access road to a popular beach, the woman told town officials that she will keep Cedar Beach Road open to the public for the …
A handwritten sign at the end of Cedar Beach Road on Bailey Island in Harpswell welcomes the public to the beach on Oct. 10, 2014.

Maine high court reverses decision giving public access to Harpswell beach

By Beth Brogan on July 19, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday overturned a 2014 superior court decision that granted public use of Cedar Beach Road, effectively blocking all access to tiny but popular Cedar Beach on Bailey Island.
Plans for a Dollar General store on Route 1 in Thomaston can be seen on July 5.

Thomaston mulls zone change to block Dollar General’s advance

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
A citizens group has gathered sufficient signatures to put a question before voters on a zone change that would block a Dollar General store from opening on the former Maine State Prison property.
The Rockland City Council met for two hours June 23 to discuss a personnel matter related to the resignation of City Manager James Chaousis. After the meeting, a rainbow appeared over the city. Standing under the rainbow were Councilor Adam Ackor, Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf, Councilor Valli Geiger and Councilor William Clayton.

Rockland looks to widen search for manager

By Stephen Betts on July 19, 2016, at 2:19 p.m.
City councilors said they will consider new strategies to attract a city manager.
Sherman Stigler

Connecticut man arrested for alleged role in Maine robbery, kidnapping

By Beth Brogan on July 19, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
A Connecticut man was arrested Monday and charged with a January 2015 robbery and kidnapping in Falmouth that police say was drug-related.

Rockport man gets 71 months for defrauding employer

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 6:36 p.m.
A local lawyer who concocted an elaborate scheme to bilk his company of more than $5 million will be going to prison for nearly six years.

Eminent domain again on Belfast City Council agenda

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
The recreation easement the city wants would provide pedestrian, bicycle and emergency access to Belfast’s new rail trail across a 700-foot-long strip of land owned by Penobscot McCrum.
Anita Alexander (right), clerk of courts in Sagadahoc County, swears in Jonathan Liberman (center) as deputy district attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties while District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau looks on on Monday in West Bath.

Coastal Maine counties get new deputy district attorney

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2016, at 6:20 p.m.
WEST BATH | Jonathan Liberman, who serves as assistant district attorney for Sagadahoc County, was sworn in Monday afternoon as deputy district attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties. Liberman, 31, has served as assistant district attorney for Sagadahoc County for just more than two years. Before that …

Driver charged with OUI after Belfast accident

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2016, at 5:44 p.m.
A Belfast man was charged with operating under the influence of drugs after an accident injured several people, including two residents of an assisted living facility.

Midcoast officials say need is strong for drug recovery center

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Police, medical professionals and social workers gathered Monday at Rockland City Hall to discuss the opiate crisis and the need for recovery centers in the region.
Bangor Savings Bank's 54th branch, on Maine Street in Brunswick, opened Monday morning.

Bangor Savings Bank opens Brunswick branch, the company’s 54th

By Beth Brogan on July 18, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Built on the site of a former landmark building in downtown Brunswick, the newest branch of Bangor Savings Bank opened Monday morning.
Melanie Vangel

Lincolnville woman facing arson charges

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 18, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
A Lincolnville woman has been charged with arson in connection with a vehicle fire Saturday, according to officials.
Warren Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael York (right) is seen Nov. 12, 2014.

Warren public works director sues former board chair

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
The public works director for the town has sued the former chairman of the board of selectmen, claiming the official assaulted him more than a year ago.
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington on Sept. 17, 2009.

The long history of lobbying behind Maine’s trash fight

By Darren Fishell on July 18, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
In large part, these efforts centered on the same bills, setting restrictions on new landfill capacity, influencing the state’s waste management priorities and attempting to create new incentives for energy generated from trash.

Rockland citizens group hails new local power plant regulations

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
A citizens group hailed the approval last week of local laws that will regulate any future energy plants in the city.

Police accuse Lincolnville woman of torching stolen car

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
The vehicle was stolen either late Friday night or early Saturday morning from Rockport, and it was later found torched in Cape Elizabeth.

Driver in fatal Belfast crash charged with manslaughter

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
The grand jury indicted Chelsea Larrabee on a charge of manslaughter, a Class A offense punishable by as much as 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Dan Greeley of Belfast was the first to grab the wheel of cheese during an adult race in the sixth annual National Cheese Roll Championship in 2012.

Belfast gets ready for 10th — and maybe last — year of the Maine Celtic Celebration

By Abigail Curtis on July 15, 2016, at 4:11 p.m.
“The status is unknown,” Claudia Luchetti, who is one of a half-dozen or so die-hard supporters who have worked to bring the popular festival to life every July.
A "finger" of heroin is carefully unwrapped from its paper backing at the state drug testing lab in Augusta on Aug. 12, 2015.

Maine county’s new approach to drug abuse goes beyond arrests

By Beth Brogan on July 15, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
In an effort to combat what Boothbay Harbor Police Chief Robert Hasch called “the problem of our time,” Lincoln County law enforcement and addiction treatment providers have undertaken a countywide collaboration designed to make drug treatment programs available locally to those suffering with addiction — particularly to heroin and other opiates.