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 Frank J. Wood Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham.

State opts to replace, not fix, bridge between Brunswick, Topsham

By Beth Brogan on June 27, 2017, at 1:05 p.m.
A citizens group that supports fixing the bridge has argued it has historic value that transcends a basic cost comparison between replacement and repair.
A vacuum truck from Clean Harbors scoured the Brunswick shoreline Thursday and Friday in an effort to dispose of rotting menhaden, or pogies, that washed up last week after a fisherman dumped his excess catch into the Atlantic.

Fishermen, regulators disagree over cause of Brunswick fish kill

By Beth Brogan on June 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Local fishermen are battling what they say was a raft of misinformation put forth by the state about how and why those pogies were dumped from a local fishing vessel on June 6.
Willis L. Jordan

Parking violation leads to arrest of Brunswick man for theft of dog’s ashes, other items

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
A Brunswick man whose illegal parking in Massachusetts connected him to a burglary there has been indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury for receiving more than $10,000 in stolen property from a Brunswick burglary.

Feds indict Waterville man on gun, smuggling, money laundering charges

By Beth Brogan on June 22, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
A Waterville man was indicted Tuesday on 17 federal charges.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday charged four men with aggravated trafficking in cocaine after allegedly seizing more than $140,000 of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl in Sanford.

Drug agents seize 3 pounds of cocaine and heroin from southern Maine home

By Beth Brogan on June 21, 2017, at 6:23 p.m.
Drug enforcement agents seized nearly three pounds of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl that they say was headed for greater Brunswick and York County.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin in a 2015 photo.

Maine man pleads guilty to illegal trafficking in baby eels valued at $375K

By Beth Brogan on June 20, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
He faces up to five years in prison with a maximum of 3 years supervised release.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, on June 18, 2017.

Former shipbuilder says quality of Bath-built USS Fitzgerald saved lives in crash

By Beth Brogan on June 19, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“Basically the DDG was T-boned by a ship much larger than itself. It’s a testimonial to the workers that BIW can produce a quality ship that can withstand that type of catastrophe.”
Brunswick Marine Resources Officer Dan Devereaux (right) and his son, Jesse Devereaux, unload bags of dead pogies at the Simpson's Point boat launch.

Man who caused Brunswick stink by dumping dead fish broke no law, says Maine DMR

By Beth Brogan on June 19, 2017, at 4:52 p.m.
A fisherman identified by the Maine Marine Patrol caught too many pogies in his purse seine last week to load onto his boat, and left the overflow to rot in Maquoit and Middle bays.
Morse High School boys varsity basketball coach Brian Bennett and his team during the 2016-2017 season.

Maine man says Bath Iron Works fired him because he coached kids while on medical leave

By Beth Brogan on June 18, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
“Now seems like the time for mental health to be at the forefront and to let people know that it’s there and it’s nothing to be afraid of.”
A fox seen in Eustis, Maine. A different fox, possibly rabid, attacked a moving pickup truck in West Bath on Friday.

Fox bites truck tire in West Bath, prompting new rabies concerns

By Beth Brogan on June 16, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
Jim Hennessey was driving a pickup truck on the family farm on Hennessey Drive when the fox “attacked the pickup.”
Burton Hagar

Bail set for Maine man charged with 1979 death of infant son

By Beth Brogan on June 16, 2017, at 10:56 a.m.

Durham man critically injured in motorcycle crash

By Beth Brogan on June 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A Durham man remained in “extremely critical condition” Thursday morning following a motorcycle crash Wednesday evening on Route 196.

Maine woman charged with manslaughter, OUI after Route 1 crash that killed couple

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 6:05 p.m.
Danielle R. Ward, whom police said was operating under the influence when her vehicle struck another vehicle on Route 1, killing a Woolwich couple in January, has been indicted for manslaughter.
Conceptual sketches for a new, $28 million elementary school approved by Brunswick voters on Tuesday. The school, to house 660 preschool through second-grade students, will be built on the former Jordan Acres School site. The school will be funded by local dollars only after voters supported foregoing the process to apply for state funding, which typically takes years.

Brunswick voters OK borrowing $28 million to build school without state aid

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
The bond, which passed 2,040 to 1,779, will fund a school to replace the 62-year-old Coffin School.
Warden Susan Blagden reads the results of Wiscasset’s annual town meeting by referendum on Tuesday.

Attorney: Wiscasset illegally barred public from ballot count

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 3:27 p.m.
An attorney contacted by the town of Wiscasset said an election warden illegally kept reporters and residents away from a ballot count.

Fox thought to have rabies attacks man in Topsham

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
“He was out walking around, and a gray fox just literally ran right up to him and grabbed onto his hand.”

Maine man pleads guilty to selling heroin, crack

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2017, at 7:37 p.m.
Daniel Pallis faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of probation, according to a release from acting U.S. Attorney Richard W. Murphy.
Rion Smith

Harpswell man accused of assaulting two men with pipe or bat

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2017, at 10:03 a.m.
One of the men was taken to Mid Coast Hospital after he was allegedly struck several times in the head.

Brunswick man fires gun, holds police at bay with wife trapped in home

By Beth Brogan on June 12, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
An elderly man kept officers at bay for nearly an hour Monday, allegedly shooting a gun and destroying the inside of his home where his wife was trapped.
Longtime Bath City Manager Bill Giroux has resigned effective July 6.

Bath city manager resigns after 11 years on the job

By Beth Brogan on June 12, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
“I feel like it’s a good time to move along.”