Assistant Lisbon superintendent to lead new Wiscasset school district

By Charlotte Boynton, Lincoln County News on Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
The Wiscasset School Committee voted 5-0 Thursday to hire Heather Wilmot as superintendent of schools. Wilmot will become Wiscasset’s first permanent superintendent since the town’s withdrawal from the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit. Wilmot has agreed to a three-year contract with Wiscasset. She will start work July …

Police continue to probe alleged kidnapping of Waldoboro woman, son

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
Police believe the reported kidnapping of a Waldoboro woman and her son on Wednesday night may not have occurred as originally reported, but they do not believe it was a hoax. Karen Parker, 37, called 911 at 6:38 a.m. Thursday to report that she and her son …
The Frank J. Wood Bridge connects Brunswick and Topsham.

Residents weigh in on future of Brunswick-Topsham bridge

By Alex Lear on Feb. 26, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
Depending on availability of funding, improvements to the Frank J. Wood Bridge could go out to bid in 2018. On Wednesday, the Maine Department of Transportation hosted a preliminary public meeting — which filled a community room at the Topsham Public Library — to discuss future work …

Freeport-area school district picks NH man to be superintendent

By Kate Gardner on Feb. 26, 2015, at 5:56 p.m.
The Regional School Unit 5 board of directors picked a new superintendent on Wednesday. After employing two interim co-superintendents since last July, the school board selected Edward McDonough of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for the permanent position. He will join the Freeport-Pownal-Durham school district in August. McDonough has …

Midcoast vocational school budget to go to voters

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 26, 2015, at 3:36 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The Region 8 vocational school board gave unanimous approval Wednesday night to a budget that will go on to voters. The $3,367,518 proposed budget for 2015-16 is about 2.3 percent more than the current budget. If approved by voters, the Five-Town Community School District based in Camden …

Former South Thomaston fire chief denies misconduct in connection with missing $15,000

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 26, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
Two former members of the South Thomaston Fire Department, including the ex-chief, have issued denials that they have done anything wrong in connection with the alleged disappearance of nearly $15,000 from a firefighters’ association fund. The town filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against former fire …

Family homeless after Bowdoinham fire

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 26, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
A family is safe but without a home after the house they were renting at 508 Browns Point Road was destroyed by a fire Wednesday night. Firefighters received a call at 5:30 p.m. for a report of a front porch on fire, believed by a tenant to …
Staci Coomer

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce head resigns

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 26, 2015, at 1:12 p.m.
ROCKLAND | The executive director of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce will be leaving the position in three weeks. Staci Coomer submitted a letter of resignation to the board of directors, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce board President Michael Hall announced Thursday in a news release. …

Police investigate alleged kidnapping of Waldoboro woman

By Dominik Lobkowicz, The Lincoln County News on Feb. 26, 2015, at 12:59 p.m.
Law enforcement officials have confirmed they are investigating the alleged kidnapping of Karena Parker, 37, from her home in Waldoboro on Wednesday night. Parker was “OK” and in Augusta talking with law enforcement Thursday morning, according to Lt. Michael Murphy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Parker …
Region 8 Vocational Board Chairman Guy Bourrie and Mid-Coast School of Technology Director Beth Fisher listen to discussions Wednesday night.

Midcoast vocational board gives OK to design $25.5 million building

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 26, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
ROCKLAND | The board that oversees the region’s vocational school voted Wednesday night to create a committee to develop a design for a new building that could cost more than $25 million. But before the committee looks at a new building it will determine whether the school’s current organization …
A man walks around a bank of plowed snow on Feb. 16 in Eastport. More snow hit Maine on Wednesday with the Down East getting a foot of snow.

Down East slammed with another foot of snow Wednesday

By Kaylie Reese on Feb. 25, 2015, at 8:21 p.m.
Heavy snowfall Wednesday morning created hazardous driving conditions that contributed to a 75-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95 in Carmel, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon while vehicles were being towed away. Wednesday’s storm hit Down East the hardest, burying the area with another foot of snow, according …

Teen to get seven months for Rockland portable toilet fires

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 25, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
A Thomaston teen will serve seven months in jail if he behaves through the rest of the year after admitting to setting fire to portable toilets on two occasions last summer. Philip Seekins, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to two counts of arson. …

Man who strolled nude along Route 1 pleads guilty to indecency

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Feb. 25, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
WISCASSET | A man who walked nude along Route 1 in Edgecomb in June 2014 pleaded guilty to indecent conduct Feb. 3. Matthew F. Meservey, 40, of Westbrook received an unconditional discharge, according to court documents. The sentence means Meservey has been convicted of the crime but will not …
Joshua D. Benner

Robbery, assault suspect surrenders to Damariscotta police

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on Feb. 25, 2015, at 1:41 p.m.
A 26-year-old Damariscotta man wanted by the Damariscotta Police Department in connection with an alleged assault and robbery Jan. 10 turned himself in Feb. 16. Joshua D. “Josh” Benner, 26, faces charges of Class A robbery and Class D assault. A Waldoboro man told police Benner and …
Lt. Scott Stewart

Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office hires lieutenant for Transport and Patrol Divisions

on Feb. 25, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry has announced the hiring of Scott J. Stewart as the agency’s new lieutenant.  Lt. Steward is a 22-year law enforcement veteran having served most recently as a seargent with the Lisbon Police Department from 1992 until assuming his new position with the Sagadahoc …
This Subaru Outback slid past a stop sign on Route 27 in Edgecomb on Wednesday morning, striking a Toyota Tacoma, left, traveling north on Route 1, according to Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Gilbert. The operator of the Subaru was taken to the hospital with complaints of chest pain.

Brewer woman injured after her car slides into truck on Route 1

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on Feb. 25, 2015, at 1:37 p.m.
EDGECOMB | A Brewer woman was taken to a hospital in Damariscotta on Wednesday with complaints of chest pain after a collision at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 27 in Edgecomb, according to Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Gilbert. Stephanie Hamlin, 46, of Brewer, was driving a …
Donald R. Keating Jr. made his initial court appearance Sept. 10, 2014, in Knox County Superior Court.

Man who robbed pharmacy with shopping bag over head gets six years

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 25, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
ROCKLAND | An Owls Head man who robbed a Rockport pharmacy last year while wearing a plastic shopping bag over his head will serve another six years in prison. Justice Daniel Billings sentenced Donald R. Keating Jr., 56, to 10 years in prison with all but one year suspended. …

St. George man admits he broke into neighbor’s home at 2 a.m.

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 25, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A St. George man could serve up to 21 days in jail after admitting he broke into his neighbor’s home at night to make sexual advances. Nicholas S. Lunt, 27, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Knox County Superior Court to burglary, criminal trespass and harassment by electronic device. …

Woman accused of injuring man with car during dispute cleared of assault charge

By Stephen Betts on Feb. 25, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Two charges filed against a Rockland woman accused of using her car as a weapon were dropped Wednesday. The district attorney’s office dismissed aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a weapon charges against 24-year-old Jessica Kelley during a hearing in Knox County Superior Court. The prosecutor said …
A home at 190 Hedge Bridge Road in Woolwich was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Unplowed driveway leaves firefighters helpless to save Woolwich home

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 25, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Firetrucks were unable to get up an unplowed driveway on Hedge Bridge Road on Tuesday night, and were thus unable to fight a blaze that destroyed a two-story home. Woolwich Fire Department Capt. Glen Kirkpatrick said he was the first to arrive at the driveway of 190 …
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