Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit searched a Corinna business in January but refused to say what they were looking for. The circumstances around the search remained sealed until August, when it was revealed that Berg Sportswear was under investigation for money laundering, tax evasion and illegally using logos on merchandise.
Michael Curtis, a dispatcher for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, walked into a nursing home in Dover-Foxcroft in November, asked for worker Udo Schneider by name and fatally shot him, according to witnesses. Police surrounded Curtis at the county fairgrounds and shot him in a standoff. Circumstances are still unclear as to what led to the shooting.
A young boy’s body was found on the side of a road in South Berwick in May. Police were initially unable to identify the boy and nobody reported him missing. After nearly a week, police arrested Julianne McCrery of Texas, the boy’s mother, and charged her with killing 6-year-old Camden Hughes and dumping his body.
For many communities in Maine, 2011 was a year of tragedy, with death shocking small towns such as Dexter, Frankfort, Winterport and Dover-Foxcroft. Stories involving children, such as the ongoing search for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who disappeared from her father’s residence in Waterville, hit especially close to home for many people.
Large numbers of pageviews do not always translate into high numbers of comments. Of the five most-commented-on articles of 2011, only one made it into our top 25 stories list. The story with the most comments in 2011 — Gov. Paul LePage proposing drug tests for welfare recipients — was only 212th on our list of most-read articles in 2011.
Here are the 25 most-read stories on the BDN website in 2011. You can leave your thoughts on the year — including stories you think should have made the list — in the comments section below.