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.

Maine couple sentenced for stealing disabled daughters’ Social Security

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
A Topsham couple who used more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits paid to their disabled twin daughters for travel and items such as a motorcycle will serve five months in prison followed by five months of in-home detention.

Former school custodian pleads guilty to sex crime, sentenced to counseling

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
A former Brunswick school custodian who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual touching of a minor will serve no jail time if he undergoes sex offender treatment to accept responsibility for the crime and abides by other conditions of a deferred disposition.
Lindsay Knight

Lisbon woman charged in overnight stabbing

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:33 p.m.
The victim declined medical attention.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Bath Iron Works cuts 160 jobs, including layoff of 30 workers

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:48 a.m.
Bath Iron Works on Friday announced it would lay off 30 employees as part of a larger elimination of 160 positions in engineering and support areas such as human resources and finance.
Stephen L. McIntire

Maine man sentenced for taking nude photos of women at Bowdoin

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
Bath police discovered a cellphone that contained nine videos and more than 100 photos of nude and undressing Bowdoin College students.
A collision between a pickup truck and a dump truck killed two young men in Durham on Wednesday.

Two killed, two injured when pickup, dump truck crash in Durham

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Two people died and two others were seriously injured in a Wednesday morning crash on Runaround Pond Road.

Freeport store owner who reported robbery accused of making false statement

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:40 p.m.
A New Gloucester man who reported in August that he was robbed in his store on School Street in Freeport has been charged with unsworn falsification in connection with the incident.
Parkview Adventist Medical Center can be seen in this June 2015 file photo. On Aug. 20, 2015, Parkview was purchased by Mid Coast Hospital and the two merged into Mid Coast-Parkview Health.

Maine surgeon sanctioned for ‘substandard’ care

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 20, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
A Brunswick orthopedic surgeon has been placed on indefinite probation by state regulators after they learned that the now-closed Parkview Adventist Medical Center had suspended his privileges based on substandard or inadequate care.
Rosa Maria Peralta etches her initials into the keel plate of the guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) in October 2014 with the assistance of Bath Iron Works welder Bob Morey. The ship is named after Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Peralta's sisters, Karen Peralta and Icela Peralta Donald also etched their initials into the ship's hull.

Destroyer being built in Maine to be named after Marine Corps general

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
The vessel is the final Arleigh Burke-class destroyer awarded to BIW in the Navy’s most recent multiyear contract for destroyers.
A 48-year-old woman from Casco suffered "serious traumatic injuries" after her car crashed on Route 11 in Naples Saturday afternoon.

Woman suffers ‘traumatic injuries’ in Naples crash

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 18, 2016, at 7:55 a.m.
Ruth Bliss suffered “serious traumatic injuries” after her car left the roadway struck several trees.

Man seriously injured in Portland motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
Driver lost control of his motorcycle.
The viaduct in downtown Bath

MDOT closes road while Bath viaduct reconstruction begins

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
Traffic patterns on Commercial and Vine streets will be altered through Tuesday as reconstruction of the Bath viaduct gets underway.
Fire damaged the cedar siding on the back of a Brunswick house Friday night, but firefighters extinguished the blaze before it caused extensive damage, Brunswick Fire Chief Ken Brillant said.

Police investigate overnight fire in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2016, at 12:22 p.m.
Police are investigating a Friday night fire that damaged a vacant Bowdoin Street home that was recently purchased and being renovated by a contractor.
Sean Scanlon of Dresden Mills ran to the river bank, jumped in the water, grabbed the unresponsive child and swam back to shore, according to police. “The little boy is still fighting for his life,” Scanlon said Saturday. “I never saw him until I jumped in after him. I’m just a father.”

Toddler ‘fighting for his life’ after being pulled from Kennebec River

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 17, 2016, at 8:48 a.m.
The combined efforts of bystanders along the Kennebec River saved the life of a 2-year-old.
Bath Iron Works' dry dock floats on the Kennebec River in Bath in this December 2014 file photo.

As Florida celebrates, Maine shipyard eyes next move after key contract loss

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 16, 2016, at 5 p.m.
U.S. Sens Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin vowed to “investigate” the Coast Guard’s decision.
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

Maine shipyard loses out on $11 billion Coast Guard contract

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 15, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
“We plan to meet with the Coast Guard to understand their selection decision,” said BIW President Fred Harris.
Garrett G. Brosnan

Former Maine police officer pleads guilty to federal sex charge

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 15, 2016, at 9:28 a.m.
A federal posed online as a 14-year-old girl and engaged in a conversation with a man identified as Brosnan, who sent nude photos to the agent.

Mid Coast-Parkview Health announces $6.2M expansion on former Parkview campus

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:20 p.m.
The plan is designed “to best accommodate growth while improving access to care.”

Who should pay when a drunken driver injures someone so badly he can no longer work?

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 13, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
The conflict hinges on questions about who should shoulder blame — and financial responsibility — for a crash that likely will deprive the lobsterman of his livelihood.
Henry A. Eichman

Teacher at Brunswick Catholic school charged with sex crimes involving children

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 12, 2016, at 10:18 a.m.
A man who founded the Midcoast Youth Theater is scheduled to appear to face charges including sexual exploitation of a child under 12.