Beth Brogan


Beth Brogan writes about the greater Bath-Brunswick area, Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties for the Bangor Daily News. You can reach her on Twitter at @beth_brogan.
The former Merrymeeting Behavioral Health Associates, which closed its doors abruptly in April, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. The corporation's headquarters, on Pleasant Street in Brunswick, is listed for sale with Sotheby's.

Shuttered Brunswick mental health agency files for bankruptcy

By Beth Brogan on May 25, 2016, at 11:17 a.m.
Merrymeeting Behavioral Health Associates claims $107,332 in assets and $266,636 in liabilities owed to between 200 and 999 unsecured creditors, including nearly 200 former employees.

Kidnapping scammer targets another Maine parent

By Beth Brogan on May 24, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
Aaron Gilbert was at home late Monday morning when the phone rang. He heard a child crying in the background, and then a man on the other end identified Gibert by name and told him, “I have your daughter kidnapped in my van,” Gilbert said Monday afternoon.
Linwood Grover

Freeport felon accused of firing gun at family gathering

By Beth Brogan on May 24, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
Linwood Grover was charged with aggravated reckless conduct, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal threatening, assault and violation of conditions of release.
Zakiya Sheikh, a senior at Lewiston High School and a member of the school's civil rights team, facilitates a small group workshop during the Civil Rights Team Project State Conference on Monday at the Augusta Civic Center. Sheikh came to Maine from Somalia 11 years ago.

Maine Civil Rights Team Project sparks conversation

By Beth Brogan on May 23, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
More than 500 middle and high school students gathered to share their experiences with the Maine Civil Rights Team Project.

Brunswick driver triggers second crash in two weeks

By Beth Brogan on May 23, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Gary Babine of Brunswick was attempting to parallel park when he struck a parked SUV, which then rolled forward and struck another SUV, Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said.
The future USS Zumwalt  is guided into Portland harbor last year.

Navy accepts first stealth destroyer from Maine shipyard

By Beth Brogan on May 20, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
The ship is named for Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, a decorated World War II veteran who became the youngest person to serve as U.S. chief of naval operations.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Union sues Bath Iron Works, claims arbitrator bias

By Beth Brogan on May 20, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
The largest union at Bath Iron Works filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the company.
Fayum Mummy Portrait Mask,” Egyptian, ca. second century AD, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf.

Bowdoin College acquires 2,000-year-old mummy portrait

By Beth Brogan on May 19, 2016, at 2:15 p.m.
A recently acquired Egyptian portrait created nearly 2,000 years ago that originally covered the face of a mummy will be on public display through June 5 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Wendell D. Casler

Brunswick police arrest pair wanted in stabbing

By Beth Brogan on May 18, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
Robert W. McKenney was arrested at a Pleasant Street residence without incident at 9:27 a.m. Authorities continue to search for Wendell D. Casler.
Scott and Darcie Couture with their two sons at Togus Pond, July 2005, the first summer after Scott returned from Iraq.

Donors pledge $20,000 to support veteran who was denied disability retirement

By Beth Brogan on May 18, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Family, friends and soldiers who served with Iraq war veteran Scott Couture offered more than words of consolation when they learned in April that the Maine Public Employees Retirement System again denied disability retirement benefits he sought after post-traumatic stress disorder prompted him to leave his job as a Maine Marine Patrol warden.

Brunswick school custodian pleads not guilty to sex charge

By Beth Brogan on May 17, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
A janitor at a Brunswick elementary school pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual touching involving a 15-year-old girl.

Law enforcement veterans vie for Freeport police chief post

By Beth Brogan on May 16, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Two well-known local police officers with leadership experience are the finalists to become Freeport’s next police chief.
Robert W. McKenney

Brunswick police search for 2 suspects in Sunday stabbing

By Beth Brogan on May 16, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Robert W. Mckenney, 43, and Wendell D. Casler, 38, have been identified as suspects in the stabbing that happened Sunday afternoon.

Brunswick police investigating stabbing of Ohio man

By Beth Brogan on May 15, 2016, at 9:06 p.m.
The man told police that he was attacked by two men, according to the news release.
All Saints Parish will begin a capital campaign to fund a $4.75 million events center adjacent to St. John's Catholic School and St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick.

Catholic parish plans events center, new school in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on May 13, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The new center would accomplish a number of goals, including finally providing a proper gymnasium for the 132-year-old St. John’s parochial school.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath in this May 2015 file photo.

Scammer tells Maine shipyard worker his daughter was kidnapped

By Beth Brogan on May 13, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
Bath police are alerting people to a phone scam that left a Bath Iron Works employee frantic, thinking his daughter had been kidnapped.
Signs at the Brunswick Police Station at 85 Pleasant St. now designate two parking spaces for safe internet purchase exchanges.

Maine town offers police parking lot as spot to complete online deals

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
Signs were installed Wednesday at the Brunswick police station designating two parking spaces as “Internet Purchase Exchange Locations.”

Brush fire burns in Maine coastal town

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
Bath Fire Capt. Rick Chipman said at 3:45 p.m. that the blaze was under control.
Students walk near the chapel on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick on March 9.

Police investigate report of lewd behavior near Bowdoin housing

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
A Bowdoin College security officer reported early Thursday morning that he spotted a man allegedly engaged in lewd public behavior near the college’s Mayflower Apartments housing complex on Belmont Street, according to police.
Rep. Matthea Daughtry

Maine legislator struck by car while biking ‘lucky and glad I’m alive’

By Beth Brogan on May 12, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
Still recovering from bruises and other injuries, state Rep. Mattie Daughtry said Wednesday she’s “lucky and glad I’m alive” after being struck by a car while bicycling Friday on Federal Street.