Beth Brogan

Reporter

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.
 
Khalil Gibran Muhammed gives his keynote address "No Reparation without Racial Education: Martin Luther King on the Tyranny of Ignorance" for Bates College's "Reparations: Addressing Racial Injustices" program at the Peter J. Gomes Chapel on campus in Lewiston on Martin Luther King Jr. day Monday morning.

MLK scholar in Maine: Teach that racism is bedrock of US history

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
“Slavery is not an aberration in the American story,” Muhammad said. “It is the quintessential American story.”
James Allen

Maine man sentenced to 18 years for raping teen in Delaware

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
The Frank J. Wood Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham can be seen in this April 2016 file photo.

Controversial midcoast projects included on Maine’s transportation to-do list

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 3:59 p.m.
The Frank J. Wood Bridge, which carries Route 201 over the Androscoggin River between Topsham and Brunswick, is slated for a $15 million “improvement” in 2018-19.

Maine man sentenced to eight years for stealing guns

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 13, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Poland was on supervised release for a prior felony drug conviction when he broke into the Whitefield home.
Customers can be seen on Thursday outside L.L. Bean's Hunting and Fishing Store in Freeport. Many said a boycott effort targeting the outdoor retailer would not stop them from shopping there.

As Trump, LePage blast boycott, ‘absurd’ is word of day at LL Bean

By Beth Brogan and Darren Fishell on Jan. 12, 2017, at 5:33 p.m.
“Listen, we’re Democrats,” said Dan Gagne of Poland, Maine, who had just picked up a pair of ice cleats. “We’ve got the best democracy in the world. We believe in free speech. It’s her right.”
Garrett Brosnan

Former Maine officer gets 1 year for attempting to send nude photos to teen

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 11, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
A former Brunswick police officer was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison for attempting to send obscene material to a teenage girl.
Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty on Aug. 23 in Knox County Unified Court to 22 counts involving sexual assaults and drug-related offenses. He is represented by attorney Richard Elliott of Boothbay Harbor.

Judge changes site for trial of Maine deputy accused of sex crimes against children

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
A former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy indicted on 22 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and other charges will be tried in Kennebec County.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mahan (DDG 72) (left) and USS Laboon (DDG 58) participate in a divisional tactics exercise with USS Cole (DDG 67) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in this July 2016 file photo.

Bath-built destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian ships

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 09, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer built at Bath Iron Works in the 1990s fired three warning shots at Iranian ships near the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday after they approached the U.S. vessel at high speed and refused to slow down.

Lewiston man seriously injured in Brunswick crash

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2:54 p.m.
The man was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was listed in fair condition Friday afternoon.

Driver seriously injured in Brunswick crash

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
A man suffered serious injuries Thursday afternoon when his Nissan Sentra crashed head on into a Kenworth dump truck on Old Portland Road near the intersection with Route 1.
Zoe Seaman-Grant of Charleston, South Carolina, and Matthew Davis of Chicago, members of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council at Bates College, advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Universities Debating Championship on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands. A team from the University of Sydney in Australia was named the winner.

A Maine college team talked its way into the world debate championships

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
Two Bates College students joined teams from Oxford University, Yale University and the University of Sydney earlier this week in The Hague, Netherlands, competing in the World Universities Debating Championship.
Tiring of the road rage prompted by a "zipper" merge pattern encouraged by the MDOT during the replacement of the Bath Viaduct, Jennifer Murray created a bumper sticker.

‘Zippah’ cheaters spark road rage at Route 1 detour in Bath

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 05, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
“Just go one at a time. It’s nothing new,” Bath police Lt. Robert Savary said Thursday.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Maine shipyard prepares to deliver $1.5 billion destroyer to Navy

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The DDG 115 “looked great and performed well,” new BIW President Dirk Lesko said in a release. “It’s a ship Bath Iron Works can be proud of.”
Henry A. Eichman

10 more sex abuse charges filed against Maine teacher

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:08 p.m.
The founder of the Midcoast Youth Theater charged in September 2016 with six counts of unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of children pleaded not guilty Tuesday to those allegations, as well as 10 additional charges alleging similar conduct against two others.
Mark Westrum

Maine jail chief will get to plead to lesser OUI charge if he attends counseling, AA

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 04, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A charge of aggravated operating under the influence filed against the correctional administrator for Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset will be dismissed and he will plead to a lesser charge if he abides by conditions set by a judge on Tuesday.
Shawn Berry, 41, of Livermore Falls died early Sunday morning of injuries suffered in a two-car crash on Route 4 in Livermore.

Livermore Falls man died from injuries suffered in crash, police say

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 03, 2017, at 6:08 p.m.
Maine State Police said a Livermore Falls man who died early Sunday morning following a two-car crash on Route 4 succumbed to injuries from the crash, and not a medical emergency.

Police find stolen guns hidden in snow after burglary at Route 1 shop

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 03, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
An undisclosed number of handguns stolen from store on Route 1 in Brunswick were recovered not long after the burglary. They were hidden in the snow.
Sister Frances Carr, one of the last remaining members of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker religious community, died Monday at the age of 89. Carr had lived in the New Gloucester community since she was 10 years old.

World’s oldest Shaker dies in Maine; only two remain

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 03, 2017, at 7:57 a.m.
Her death means that only two members of the community remain.
Leverett "Tink" Mitchell

Bath city councilor, former fire chief dies

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 02, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
Leverett “Tink” Mitchell was 68.

Gray man dies in Windham snowmobile crash

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 02, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
The exact cause of death remains under investigation.