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.
 

Bath Fire Chief Stephen Hinds to retire after 33 years with department

By Beth Brogan on March 25, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Stephen Hinds, Bath’s fire chief for the past 12 years and a city firefighter since 1981, will retire in April. In a release issued Tuesday afternoon, Bath City Manager Bill Giroux said Hinds “has been a rock for this city for a long time” and will be …
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Georgette Curran of Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell feeds and talks to her pet koi in the basement of her house Wednesday June 27, 2012.

Wardens seize illegal fish, flightless blue jay, squirrel from Harpswell woman

By Beth Brogan on March 25, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
HARPSWELL, Maine — A team of 10 game wardens, biologists and animal welfare agents on Monday seized more than 50 illegal koi fish and other animals from a Cundy’s Harbor woman who has battled the state for more than two years to keep the exotic fish. Georgette Curran, 66, said …
Gov. Paul LePage on Monday called on the Federal Rail Authority to review the approval process for a 60,000-square-foot train layover facility in Brunswick.

LePage calls for ‘thorough review’ of proposed Amtrak layover facility in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on March 24, 2014, at 7:12 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday joined a neighborhood group in calling for a “significant and thorough review” of the approval process for a proposed train layover facility in Brunswick. In a letter to Joseph Szabo, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, LePage raised concerns that the plan …

Fire causes $1 million damage to newly renovated Falmouth Foreside home

By Beth Brogan on March 24, 2014, at 9:26 a.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — A stubborn blaze burned through a recently purchased and renovated 1850s-era farmhouse on Foreside Road, causing more than $1 million in damage Monday morning. Firefighters answered a report from a newspaper delivery person that the three-story home at 169 Foreside Road was burning just before 5 a.m. …
Klein Fernandes

Affidavit reveals details of alleged Gorham sex trafficking case

By Beth Brogan on March 21, 2014, at 3:22 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — Three Gorham residents charged with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her to engage in sex acts to earn her keep “met” her on the dating website Plenty of Fish and brought her to Gorham from a teen shelter in New Hampshire, according to …
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Students and faculty gather Friday morning to protest outside a meeting about potential layoffs and program cuts in the office of University of Southern Maine Provost Michael Stevenson.

More than 100 USM students, faculty protest proposed budget cuts, layoffs

By Beth Brogan on March 21, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — University of Southern Maine students and faculty chanted, yelled and — in one case — stretched out on the floor of the hallway outside the office of Provost Michael R. Stevenson to protest during meetings Friday at which 15 full-time faculty members in nine departments were expected …
The Inn at Brunswick Station, which went into business in 2011, has been ordered to change its name after being sued by a nearby establishment called The Brunswick Inn over its use of a similar name.

Judge gives Inn at Brunswick Station more time to change its name

By Beth Brogan on March 19, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A federal judge has given the owners of The Inn at Brunswick Station an additional 30 days to change the establishment’s name and comply with a court ruling that the business infringed on the name of The Brunswick Inn. JHR Development now has until May 5 to …

Brunswick man charged after allegedly assaulting girlfriend, wrecking phone to thwart call for help

By Beth Brogan on March 19, 2014, at 9:45 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — In the second such case in two days, a Brunswick man was charged after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and then destroying her phone when she called for help. James H. Russell Jr., 32, was charged Tuesday night with domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening and obstructing …
Klein Fernandes

Three arrested in Gorham sex trafficking sting

By Beth Brogan on March 18, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — Three Gorham residents were arrested Monday and charged with sex trafficking in a case that allegedly involved a 19-year-old girl being forced to engage in sex acts to pay off a debt. Klein Fernandes, 27, and Tamika Dias, 24, were charged with aggravated sex trafficking and Jeremy …

Brunswick man charged after allegedly assaulting girlfriend, taking phone

By Beth Brogan on March 18, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 25-year-old man with a prior conviction for assault was charged after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and then taking her phone. Randel Phillips Jr. of Brunswick was charged with domestic violence assault and obstructing report of a crime, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick …

Dresden man arrested after allegedly stumbling out of Bath bar, leading police chase

By Beth Brogan on March 18, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
BATH, Maine — A 28-year-old Dresden man allegedly seen stumbling out of Club 737 on Washington Street and driving off Monday afternoon was arrested after leading Bath police on a short chase through Woolwich. Patrick Bailey was charged with failure to stop for an officer and operating under the influence. …
Andrew E. Demers

Sheriff: Former Maine State Police chief admitted sexual abuse, attempted suicide

By Beth Brogan on March 18, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — Andrew E. Demers, a former chief of the Maine State Police, admitted to detectives that he had unlawful sexual contact with a young member of his family, according to Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce. Joyce on Tuesday declined to discuss specifics of the alleged admission by …

Three people injured in single-vehicle crash in Nobleboro

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
NOBLEBORO, Maine — Two people suffered broken bones and a third was injured Monday morning during a single-vehicle crash on East Pond Road. Police suspect that speed and alcohol were factors in causing the crash. Firefighters and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 11:45 a.m. to the crash …

Whitefield man indicted for allegedly choking girlfriend, cutting her with knife

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 5:33 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A 31-year-old Whitefield man has been indicted for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, attempting to strangle her and then cutting her with a knife. A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Richard C. Staples on March 11 for elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and obstructing report of a crime. …

Crews fight fire at East Boothbay shipyard

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — A fire in the ventilation system at the Washburn & Doughty shipyard Monday afternoon drew firefighters from several neighboring towns. The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Crews were still at the scene at 4:30 p.m., according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Boothbay Harbor …

Wiscasset man arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to teen

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Wiscasset police have charged a 57-year-old man with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs after he allegedly sold a marijuana cigarette to a 16-year-old boy. Kris Sliker was arrested at his Wiscasset home at approximately 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to Wiscasset Police Chief Troy Kline. Officers had been …

Boothbay man charged with possession of child pornography

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — A Lincoln County grand jury has indicted a Boothbay man on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. Joseph F. Pinkham, 27, is charged with possession of images depicting children younger than 16 and younger than 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The charges relate to Pinkham’s …
Andrew E. Demers

Former Maine State Police chief charged with unlawful sexual contact with a child

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A former chief of the Maine State Police faces charges of unlawful sexual contact with a child younger than 12 years old. Andrew E. Demers, 73, of New Gloucester turned himself in to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 9 a.m. Monday. He was charged with …

Commercial lobsterboat burns in Freeport

By Beth Brogan on March 17, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A commercial lobsterboat stored in an outbuilding off Flying Point Road burned early Monday morning, drawing firefighters from three towns to the scene. Firefighters from Brunswick, Freeport and Topsham responded to the blaze on Johns Road just after 1 a.m. Freeport Deputy Fire Chief Eric Sylvain estimated …
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on Friday announced the conservation of 146 acres as the Lilly Pond Community Forest in the south end of Bath.

Land trust preserves 146 acres in South Bath as Lilly Pond Community Forest

By Beth Brogan on March 14, 2014, at 5:19 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on Friday announced that it has preserved 146 acres in the south end of Bath as the Lilly Pond Community Forest. The parcel is part of one of the last large undeveloped tracts of forested land in the city, in an area …
 
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