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.
 

Hiker rescued from Appalachian Trail in Maine

By Beth Brogan on June 18, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
RANGELEY PLANTATION | Game wardens and local fire and rescue personnel assisted a 69-year-old Texas man who broke his ankle while hiking on the Appalachian Trail near Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Charles Smith of Plano, Texas, was hiking a section of the trail near the intersection of the Bemis Track Trail, …
A three-year-old Naples girl suffered serious head trauma in a single-car crash on Route 302 Thursday morning.

Girl, 3, seriously hurt when Jeep hits pole in Casco

By Beth Brogan on June 18, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
A 3-year-old Naples girl suffered serious head trauma in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning on Route 302. Ashley McMullan, 26, of Naples was operating a 2012 Jeep Compass headed west on Route 302 when the vehicle left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled onto its …
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Portland man accused of threatening restaurant staff with knife

By Beth Brogan on June 16, 2015, at 4:48 p.m.
A 33-year-old Portland man was arrested Monday night after he allegedly threatened staff at a Congress Street restaurant with a knife. John Aboda was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon after reportedly pulling a knife from his waist area and waving it in the air …
Mid Coast Hospital announced Tuesday that it would purchase Parkview Adventist Medical Center as part of a “prepackaged bankruptcy plan” after Parkview filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief.

Mid Coast Hospital to buy bankrupt Parkview medical center

By Beth Brogan, Darren Fishell and Jackie Farwell on June 16, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
BRUNSWICK | Mid Coast Hospital will purchase Parkview Adventist Medical Center as part of a “prepackaged bankruptcy plan” after Parkview filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief Tuesday morning. Boards of both hospitals approved the sale of the 55-bed Parkview facility, which began diverting ambulances to other hospitals Tuesday morning. …
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 6, the largest union at Bath Iron Works, marched during a solidarity on May 21.

Federal judge rules arbitration right venue for BIW dispute

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
BATH | A U.S. District Court judge on Friday dismissed a claim by the largest union at Bath Iron Works, agreeing with the company that a dispute over job classifications should be resolved through arbitration, and not through the courts. U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal ruled that …
Communications Officer Jeff Lajoie recently used information in the Brunswick Police Department's Developmental Disabilities Database to help an officer respond to a child in crisis.

Database helps Brunswick police tailor response to people with developmental disabilities

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2015, at 10:49 a.m.
When Freya Colella’s older son had “a meltdown” last month and barricaded himself inside his bedroom, she called the Brunswick police for help. Before moving to Brunswick last winter, Colella had learned not to call the police when the nearly 12-year-old boy lost control because police in …
Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School is seen in this 2014 file photo from The Forecaster.

Brunswick elementary school reports case of pertussis

By Beth Brogan on June 12, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
A student at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School has been diagnosed with pertussis, or whooping cough, a contagious illness that can often be prevented by vaccination. Superintendent Paul Perzanoski confirmed the case Friday afternoon, and parents were alerted to the case in a memo from the school. …
The Portland City Council will vote Monday night on hiring Jon Jennings as the next city manager.

Portland picks South Portland official as next city manager

By Beth Brogan on June 12, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
The Portland City Council will vote Monday evening on the appointment of Jon P. Jennings as the new city manager. Jennings, currently the assistant city manager in South Portland, was selected following a national search according to a release and has accepted the position. If appointed, he …

Freeport physician disciplined for sexual relationship with patient

By Beth Brogan on June 11, 2015, at 5:52 p.m.
A Freeport physician who had a sexual relationship with a female patient can no longer practice out of his home or without a chaperone pending a July hearing before the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine. Dr. Gerber Lowell, who practices at “lifestyle and age management medicine” …
Bath Iron Works' largest crane towers over the shipyard in Bath.

New union conflict erupts at Bath Iron Works

By Beth Brogan on June 11, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
A second union at Bath Iron Works has become embroiled in a reportedly hostile dispute with BIW President Fred Harris about a proposal to contract out work instead of filling vacant union jobs to address a backlog of work, even as the shipyard’s largest union continues arbitration …
A car collided with a school bus carrying 10 third- and fourth-grade students Wednesday morning on Route 231, sending both drivers to Central Maine Medical Center, one with severe injuries.

Driver of car that hit bus in New Gloucester airlifted with severe injuries

By Beth Brogan on June 10, 2015, at 3:10 p.m.
A 59-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning when his car collided head-on with a school bus carrying 10 third- and fourth-grade students on Route 231. No students were injured in the crash, but Robert Doughty Jr. of Yarmouth was taken by LifeFlight of Maine helicopter …
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Acting Portland Police Chief Vernon Malloch updates the press Tuesday about a recent uptick in crime in the city.

Police acknowledge increase in Portland crime

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
A recent increase in crime in Portland continued overnight Monday, when about 30 vehicles were broken into, Acting Portland Police Chief Vernon Malloch said Tuesday. Thieves smashed windows to gain entry to cars parked in the area of Somerset, Preble and State streets, stealing cash and valuables …

Waldoboro man to serve 2.5 years for sexual assault of 14-year-old

By Beth Brogan on June 09, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
WISCASSET | A Waldoboro man pleaded guilty on Monday to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child and was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but 2.5 years suspended. John Field, 58, was arrested Jan. 10, 2015, in Waldoboro and charged with unlawful sexual contact after the teen said …

Woman robbed in Portland uses gun to scare off assailant

By Beth Brogan on June 08, 2015, at 5:09 p.m.
A 35-year-old Cumberland woman was reportedly robbed at knifepoint Friday afternoon in Portland. The alleged victim told police that a man approached her as she walked to her car in a parking lot at 106 Gilman St. at 2:45 p.m. Friday, and threatened her with a knife …
Merrill “"Mike"” Kimball awaits sentencing Friday in Portland for the October 2013 murder of Leon Kelley. Justice Roland Cole later sentenced Kimball to 25 years.

Yarmouth lobsterman sentenced to 25 years for 2013 bee farm murder

By Beth Brogan on June 05, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two months after a jury found him guilty of murdering a Georgetown man at a North Yarmouth bee farm, Merrill “Mike” Kimball was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison. Justice Roland Cole sentenced the 72-year-old Yarmouth lobsterman to the mandatory minimum sentence for the October 2013 …

Kennebunk fisherman pleads guilty to tax fraud, will serve 2 years in prison

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Kennebunk fisherman pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple counts of tax fraud and was sentenced to four years in prison with all but two years suspended. Brian Morse, 54, a commercial fisherman, pleaded guilty to failing to file and pay Maine income taxes in 2006, 2007, 2008 …
Merrill “"Mike"” Kimball stands during a recess in his murder trial in Portland on April 6.

Yarmouth lobsterman to be sentenced for 2013 murder of Georgetown man

By Beth Brogan on June 04, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
PORTLAND | A 72-year-old Yarmouth lobsterman will be sentenced Friday afternoon for the October 2013 murder of a Georgetown man at a North Yarmouth bee farm. Merrill “Mike” Kimball was found guilty on April 15 of murdering 63-year-old Leon Kelley of Georgetown. The Cumberland County Superior Court jury deliberated …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan announces his re-election campaign at the Gateway Terminal in Portland. He was surrounded with supporters and family including his granddaughter, Oriza.

Portland mayor announces bid for re-election

By Beth Brogan on June 03, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan officially announced his bid for re-election Wednesday outside the visitors center of Ocean Gateway on the Portland waterfront. Elected in November 2011, Brennan was the first popularly elected mayor of the state’s largest city in nearly nine decades. On Wednesday, Brennan spoke of …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks about tax reform on Tuesday in Lisbon.

LePage tells Lisbon crowd to keep heat on ‘bums’ who oppose his agenda

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2015, at 9:36 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday took his tax reform message to the Open Door Bible Baptist Church, where an audience of about 100 people frequently broke into applause in support of the Republican governor’s proposals to reform welfare and eliminate the state’s income tax. Unlike his sometimes …

Portland police searching for man accused of robbery, assault

By Beth Brogan on June 02, 2015, at 4:41 p.m.
Portland police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed and assaulted another Portland man Tuesday afternoon in the area of Lancaster and Chestnut streets. The alleged victim, a 43-year-old man, reported that an approximately 30-year-old black man, about 6 feet tall with a slender or thin …
 
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