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.

Portland settles police brutality lawsuit for $10,000

By Beth Brogan on May 05, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
The city of Portland will pay Edward Lund of Windham $10,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleges a Portland police officer used excessive force that injured Lund during a 2012 arrest. Under terms of the settlement, Lund has signed a release and indemnity agreement that describes the …
Paul Pettengill

Cumberland County deputy charged in domestic assault case

By Beth Brogan on May 05, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
STANDISH | A deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Monday night and charged with domestic violence assault and terrorizing following an alleged incident in Standish. Officials from the sheriff’s office went to Bonny Eagle Road in Standish at 8:37 p.m. Monday after a call reporting a …
William Francis Duffy

Massachusetts man accused of sexually assaulting woman he met on website for abused women

By Beth Brogan on May 04, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
SEBAGO | A Massachusetts man was arrested Saturday on charges including gross sexual assault after allegedly attacking a woman he met on a chat website for abused women. William Francis Duffy, 58, of Attleboro, Massachusetts, allegedly engaged in a three-week chat with a 31-year-old woman through a website for …

Bicyclist struck by car in Brunswick released from hospital

By Beth Brogan on May 04, 2015, at 3:47 p.m.
A 60-year-old Georgetown bicyclist struck by a car while riding Friday afternoon on Middle Bay Road has been released from Maine Medical Center. Brian Bartlett was bicycling east on Middle Bay Road just before 3:30 p.m. Friday when he failed to stop at a stop sign and …
Merrill “"Mike"” Kimball stands during a recess in his murder trial in Portland on April 6.

Yarmouth lobsterman to be sentenced June 5 for bee farm killing

By Beth Brogan on May 04, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 72-year-old lobster fisherman found guilty in April of murdering a Georgetown man at a North Yarmouth bee farm will be sentenced on June 5 in Portland Superior Court. Merrill “Mike” Kimball faces 25 years to life in prison for the October 2013 murder of 63-year-old Leon …

Former Maine drug investigator sentenced to 60 days in jail for ‘reprehensible’ theft

By Beth Brogan on May 01, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | A former Portland police officer, drug investigator and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office investigator will serve 60 days in jail and pay $159,000 in restitution after being convicted Friday of felony theft. Bruce Chase, 63, of Naples was convicted of Class B theft and Class D misuse of …

Brunswick nursing home owner to pay $300,000 in settlement on overbilling Medicare

By Beth Brogan on May 01, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
The owner of several Brunswick assisted living facilities will pay $300,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit charging it allowed a subcontractor, RehabCare Group East, Inc., to routinely submit inflated Medicare claims for rehabilitation. In March, Bangor nursing home Ross Manor agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve …
An aerial view of Brunswick Landing

Poliquin praised for effort to add business incentives at former Brunswick Navy base

By Beth Brogan on April 30, 2015, at 7:29 p.m.
The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that, if approved by the Senate, would allow businesses on and near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to qualify for a business incentive program offered by the U.S. Small …
South Portland police are investigating the cause of the death of 47-year-old James J. Gudinas, whose body was found Tuesday on the shoreline of the Fore River in South Portland.

Police identify body found Tuesday in South Portland

By Beth Brogan on April 29, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
Police on Wednesday identified the body of a man found Tuesday afternoon on the shoreline of the Fore River. Working with the office of the state medical examiner, investigators identified the man as James J. Gudinas, 47, whose address is unknown but who apparently recently stayed …
An 18-year-old Standish man was seriously injured Wednesday after his motorcycle hit a deer in Standish.

Standish man seriously injured when motorcycle strikes deer

By Beth Brogan on April 29, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
An 18-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding struck a deer. Wade Kennedy of Standish was operating a Yamaha YZF-R6 at about 7:23 a.m. on Cape Road in Standish when the motorcycle struck a deer crossing the road, according to a …
“This unrest is the condition of the pain manifesting,” Bowdoin College graduate and Baltimore native DeRay Mckesson told the Bangor Daily News. “What would you do if the people who were supposed to protect you not only got you killed but got away with it?”

Bowdoin grad says coverage of Baltimore riots misses root cause

By Beth Brogan on April 28, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Eight years ago, DeRay Mckesson had just celebrated Ivies Week at Bowdoin College and was preparing to graduate. On Tuesday, while Baltimore remained under a state of emergency after violent protests overnight Monday, the Bowdoin graduate and Baltimore native tried to explain to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer …

Bowdoin man crushed while working under truck in driveway

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2015, at 9:06 p.m.
A 65-year-old Bowdoin man was crushed to death while working under his truck in his driveway Monday afternoon. Alcide Castonguay reportedly had been working on his dump truck’s transmission and spoke to a neighbor about 1 p.m. before continuing his work, according to a news release from …

Bowdoinham man faces federal child pornography charge

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2015, at 4:18 p.m.
A Bowdoinham man was arrested Friday in Richmond and charged by federal officials with downloading and possessing more than 150 images and videos of child pornography. Daniel Lajoie Jr. was charged with possession of child pornography, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years …
Raymond K. Ferris

Eight charged in Somerset County drug busts

By Beth Brogan on April 19, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | State, local and federal law enforcement officials executed three search warrants in Somerset County on Thursday and Friday, seizing heroin, prescription drugs, cocaine and a weapon and charged eight people on various drug charges and warrants. At about 8:15 a.m. Thursday, two teams of deputies from the …
Authorities continued to search Sunday afternoon for 74-year-old Lynn Crink, who left her Edgecomb home on foot on Friday afternoon and was reported missing by her husband Saturday afternoon, police said.

Search continues for 74-year-old Edgecomb woman missing since Friday

By Beth Brogan on April 19, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, along with other state and local agencies including a Maine Marine Patrol plane and state police dive team, continued to search on Sunday for a missing 74-year-old woman who left her home on Quarry Farm Road in Edgecomb on foot at 4:30 …
Samuel Smith, 24, of Augusta.

2 Augusta men charged with robbery

By Beth Brogan on April 19, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Two Augusta men have been charged with robbery following an incident Friday night on Laurel Street that police believe was drug related. Tyler Robinson, 26, and Samuel Smith, 24, where each charged with robbery and Robinson was also charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited …

Coast Guard search for kayak turns up field of yellow algae

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH | Witness reports that a yellow kayak disappeared off the coast of Old Orchard Beach Saturday afternoon triggered a search by area fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard, who eventually found not a kayak but a “really good-sized’ mass of yellow sea algae. Saco and …
Benjamin Lamphere

Brunswick man indicted on charge of robbing Bank of Maine in February

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 2:06 p.m.
A Brunswick man has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury after police say he robbed the Bank of Maine on Maine Street in February. Benjamin Lamphere, 20, also was indicted on four misdemeanor counts of criminal threatening. Brunswick police went to the Bank of Maine …
Matthew Mansir

Brunswick man indicted for aggravated assault, other crimes

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
A Brunswick man has been indicted on charges that include aggravated assault after police say he threatened a group of people at his home, cut an 18-year-old woman with a 10-inch butcher knife and assaulted another man. Matthew Mansir, 24, of Brunswick was arrested early in the …

NH man indicted for attempted murder in December shooting in Saco

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 1:04 p.m.
A New Hampshire man already facing federal charges for allegedly driving to a Saco home in December and shooting his ailing wife and another man has been indicted by a York County grand jury on 13 felony counts, including aggravated attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault. Gregory …
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