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Edgecomb voters refuse to pay for full-time fire chief

By Staff Report, Lincoln County News on May 18, 2015, at 3:06 p.m.
Edgecomb voters turned down appropriating $74,200 for a full-time fire chief and using the Woodend Boat Fund to augment the town’s surplus account at the annual town meeting Saturday, May 16. The annual meeting lasted approximately 4½ hours, with an initial overflow crowd that petered out as …
Steven McFadden, 45, of Swanville, was seriously injured Saturday night after going off the road and striking a tree with his vehicle.

Swanville man taken by helicopter from accident scene this weekend

By Abigail Curtis on May 18, 2015, at 2:27 p.m.
A Swanville man was seriously injured over the weekend after going off the road and violently striking a tree with his vehicle. Steven McFadden, 45, was the driver and only occupant of the 1999 Volvo, which went off the Oak Hill Road at a little after 7 …
Logan Valle

Teen arrested naked in Falmouth home pleads guilty to 3 charges

By Colin Ellis on May 18, 2015, at 1:37 p.m.
Logan Valle, the teenager police suspected of setting fire to his family’s home last November, has pleaded guilty to charges of theft, criminal mischief and trespassing. Valle, 18, was indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury in January on four charges, but not arson. On April 27, …

Challenger Smith tops incumbent Smith to win Edgecomb’s selectman’s race

By Staff Report, Lincoln County News on May 18, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
Challenger Mike Smith defeated incumbent Stuart Smith to win a seat on Edgecomb’s Board of Selectmen. Mike Smith received 136 votes, and Stuart Smith received 85 votes. Incumbent Deb Boucher will serve another term as tax collector. Boucher received 147 votes, and challenger Karen Potter received 60 …
Kent M. Little

Teen gets 45 days in jail for Damariscotta burglary

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on May 18, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
A 19-year-old Bremen man has been sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years probation for burglarizing a Damariscotta home on Dec. 16, 2014. Kent M. Little also has to pay a $425 fine and $380 in restitution. Little pleaded guilty to Class B burglary and …
OnProcess Technology, a Massachusetts-based company that helps manage service supply chains for industries, is planning to immediately hire employees for its new Belfast service delivery center. The company will settle into one of the office buildings built in the 1990s for former midcoast credit card giant MBNA.

New tech company coming to Belfast, may bring up to 350 new jobs

By Abigail Curtis on May 18, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
A Massachusetts-based technology company is planning to start hiring workers immediately in midcoast Maine — and may expand to as many as 350 new jobs, according to Gov. Paul LePage — in order to open a logistics support center in Belfast. OnProcess Technology currently employs more than …

Swanville woman gets 15 days in jail for stealing clothes from Wal-Mart

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
ROCKLAND | A Swanville woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in jail after a jury convicted her of theft at the Wal-Mart in Thomaston. Justice Daniel Billings imposed the sentence on 32-year-old Maranda L. McCafferty in Knox County Unified Court. The sentencing came after a two-day jury trial. …
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital.

Family still fighting to recover losses from state’s handling of man’s properties

By Stephen Betts on May 18, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
ROCKLAND | Mediation has failed to resolve a legal battle over the state’s sale of a waterfront home for less than half its value while the owner was in a mental hospital. Two lawsuits remain in progress in the state’s Business and Consumer Court in Portland over the Owls …

School pulls basketball team from league after ‘racial’ comments

By CBS 13 on May 18, 2015, at 7:19 a.m.
BATH | The president of Hyde School in Bath, Malcolm Gauld, told CBS 13 on Sunday he’s pulling the boys basketball team out of the Maine Principals Association. He said they’ll be re-entering the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. The association oversees regular season play and hosts state …
The USS Zumwalt at Bath Iron Works.

Steering a shipyard: Bath Iron Works president, union at odds

By Beth Brogan on May 18, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
Bath shipbuilders will take to the streets Thursday for a “solidarity” rally as Bath Iron Works navigates its way through the company’s largest labor unrest in decades. The action follows a March 24 event where nearly 1,000 members of the International Association of Machinists Union Local marched …

Quebec woman hurt in motorcycle crash

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 17, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Quebec woman was injured when her motorcycle collided with a pickup truck and she was thrown several yards on Bangor Road on Saturday, police said Sunday. The 51-year-old woman, whose name was not available, was traveling with more than a dozen other motorcyclists and almost into …
The former Brunswick Naval Air Station

Defense bill clears US House with benefit for Brunswick base redevelopment

By Darren Fishell on May 15, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | The U.S. House of Representatives passed a policy-setting defense bill with an amendment that would benefit employers at the redeveloped Navy air base in Brunswick called Brunswick Landing. Members of Maine’s congressional delegation hailed inclusion of the amendment, which would expand the reach of a federal program …

Wal-Mart drops Rockland abatement plea on eve of state hearing

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
The nation’s largest retailer dropped its request for a $105,000 tax rebate from Rockland on the eve of a state hearing. Attorney Timothy Woodcock of Bangor said that Wal-Mart made a “business decision” to drop its appeal, which had been filed in December. He declined to further …

City officials defend Rockland firefighters’ commitment

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
Rockland firefighters are committed to their department and the people they serve, the interim fire chief said Friday. The statement was made in reaction to a city councilor questioning the commitment of firefighters to the department during Wednesday night’s council meeting. At the time, the City Council …

Spring plant sale at Winterport Fire Station

on May 15, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Winterport Fire Station, Main Street, Winterport, Maine WINTERPORT, Maine — The Winterport Woman’s Club GFWC’s spring plant sale will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Winterport Fire Station, Main Street. There will be a selection of perennials …

Two boys hospitalized after ATV accident

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 15, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
FREEPORT | A pair of boys were taken to a Portland hospital Friday after an ATV crashed into a utility pole, officials said. Freeport Fire Chief Paul Conley said the boys, whose ages were not available, suffered injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The boys were riding on the …
The pilot of this OH-58A helicopter, registered to Whitefield-based Maine Helicopters, Inc., was able to walk away under his own power after the machine crashed in the woods in Whitefield the afternoon of May 30, 2014.

Feds fault pilot for May 2014 helicopter crash in Whitefield

By Dominik Lobkowicz, Lincoln County News on May 15, 2015, at 9:44 a.m.
An accident brief published by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates the probable cause of a helicopter crash in Whitefield last May was a total loss of engine power because of fuel starvation, and the pilot’s actions were contributing factors. Michael J. Conley, then 50, was the …

MDOT plans paving projects in Bingham, Forks Plantation

on May 15, 2015, at 9:40 a.m.
BINGHAM, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be paving on Route 201 in the Forks Plantation and in the town of Bingham starting on Monday, May 18. Crews will pave the first section on Route 201 beginning 1.26 miles north of the Caratunk town line and extend north …

Fire destroys Union garage

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 9:37 a.m.
A residential garage and pickup truck were destroyed by a Friday morning fire. Union Fire Chief Kevin Soule said he suspects the fire was caused by a chicken brooder that had been plugged in about 20 minutes earlier. The homeowner had gone to get the chicks. He …
Michael Felton

Newly created St. George school district names superintendent

By Stephen Betts on May 15, 2015, at 8:20 a.m.
A Portland man with a wide range of experience will become the first superintendent for the newly created St. George Municipal School District. Michael Felton was unanimously approved Wednesday night as the superintendent by the St. George School Committee. In making the appointment, the committee cited …
 
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