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.
 
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 …
Drew James Bibber

Maine man arrested at gunpoint after barefoot chase in California

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
WISCASSET | A 23-year-old Maine man wanted on a three-year-old warrant out of Lincoln County was arrested at gunpoint Friday in California after officers located the yellow school bus he was known to travel in. Drew James Bibber, formerly of Wiscasset, led police on a lengthy chase through a …

Wisconsin man pleads guilty to sending videos of children being sexually assaulted

By Beth Brogan on April 16, 2015, at 3:56 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to one of two charges of transporting child pornography depicting children as young as 1 year old being sexually assaulted. Ryan Jeremiah Abbott, 22, pleaded guilty April 8 to one count while the federal government dismissed …

Police: Traffic stop results in Hope man’s arrest for crack possession

By Beth Brogan on April 16, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A 19-year-old Hope man remained in Cumberland County Jail Thursday afternoon, charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs after Brunswick police allegedly found him in possession of seven grams of crack cocaine. Benjamin Welt was a passenger in a car driven by 20-year-old Gregory Wolff of Camden, …
Merrill "Mike" Kimball (center) is led from the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of murdering Leon Kelley in 2013 in North Yarmouth.

Jury finds Yarmouth man guilty of murder in bee farm slaying

By Beth Brogan on April 15, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
PORTLAND | Moments after a jury found 72-year-old lobster fisherman Merrill “Mike” Kimball guilty of murdering a 63-year-old Georgetown man, his wife embraced the stunned man one last time before he was led from the courtroom in handcuffs. A Cumberland County Superior Court jury issued its verdict early Wednesday …
Merrill “Mike” Kimball stands during a recess in his murder trial in Portland on April 6. Kimball, 72, is accused of shooting Leon Kelley on Oct. 6, 2013, in North Yarmouth.

Jurors in Maine bee farm murder trial request replay of 911 call

By Beth Brogan on April 14, 2015, at 1:17 p.m.
PORTLAND | As the 12 jurors prepare for their first full day of deliberations on Wednesday, a 911 tape of the October 2013 incident in which Merrill Kimball shot and killed Leon Kelley at a North Yarmouth bee farm might hold the key to a verdict in the murder …
Karen Kimball (left) stands across a courtroom from where her husband, Merrill Kimball, stands April 6 in Portland.

Prosecution grills wife, stepson of bee farm murder suspect

By Beth Brogan on April 13, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | Defense attorney Daniel Lilley rested his case Monday afternoon in the murder trial of Yarmouth lobsterman Merrill Kimball without calling Kimball to the stand. But Kimball’s wife, Karen Kimball, spent most of the day answering questions about what she saw the afternoon of Oct. 6, 2013, when …
Justice Roland Cole listens to opening arguments in the murder trial of Merrill Kimball on April 6 in Portland.

Prosecution rests after assailing self-defense claim in bee farm murder trial

By Beth Brogan on April 10, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | Prosecutors in the murder trial of 72-year-old Yarmouth lobsterman Merrill Kimball called expert witnesses Friday in an effort to debunk Kimball’s claim that he shot Leon Kelley in self-defense at a North Yarmouth bee farm shop in October 2013. Friday marked the fifth day of Kimball’s murder …
Karen Thurlow-Kimball is across a courtroom from where her husband, Merrill "Mike" Kimball, stands Monday in Portland. Merrill Kimball, 72, is accused of shooting Leon Kelley on Oct. 6, 2013, in North Yarmouth.

Experts: Bee farm slaying victim shot 3 times at close range

By Beth Brogan on April 10, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | Jurors in the murder trial of lobster fisherman Merrill Kimball, 72, of Yarmouth saw photos of the gunshot wounds that killed Leon Kelley in October 2013 and heard in detail from Maine’s chief medical examiner that any one of the three bullets that entered Kelley’s body could …
Merrill “Mike” Kimball stands during a recess in his murder trial in Portland on Monday. Kimball, 72, is accused of shooting Leon Kelley on Oct. 6, 2013, in North Yarmouth.

Bee farm murder suspect: ‘I was afraid for my life’

By Beth Brogan on April 09, 2015, at 2:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | Prosecution witnesses testified Thursday that 72-year-old Yarmouth lobsterman Merrill Kimball could have avoided a confrontation with Leon Kelley on the day that he shot and killed the Georgetown man, and that Kimball’s breath smelled of alcohol immediately after the shooting. Thursday marked the fourth day in the …

Five arrested in connection with Freeport prostitution sting

By Beth Brogan on April 09, 2015, at 1:10 p.m.
Five men were arrested Tuesday and charged with engaging a prostitute following an investigation conducted by Freeport police and other law enforcement agencies. Police arrested John Driscoll, 65, of Falmouth; Kenneth Fairbanks, 56, of Lisbon Falls; Jerry Hardy, 49, of Topsham; Joseph Lacroix, 28, of Topsham; and …

Sexual abuse allegations made against former Biddeford police officer

By Beth Brogan on April 09, 2015, at 8:32 a.m.
Two men have accused a former Biddeford police officer of sexually abusing them as boys more than a decade ago. Attorney Walter McKee said Thursday that his firm is conducting a civil investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by a retired Biddeford police officer and the police …
Defense attorney Daniel Lilley delivers an opening argument to jurors in Portland on Monday in the murder trial of Merrill "Mike" Kimball. Kimball, 72, is accused of shooting Leon Kelley on Oct. 6, 2013, in North Yarmouth.

Defense argues bee farm victim sparked incident that led to shooting

By Beth Brogan on April 08, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
PORTLAND | For the second day in a row, defense attorney Dan Lilley aggressively challenged prosecution witnesses in an attempt to convince the jury in Merrill “Mike” Kimball’s murder trial that Kimball shot and killed Leon Kelley in self-defense in October 2013. The defense and prosecution agree Kimball, 70, …
Zachary Heiden, legal director of the ACLU of Maine

ACLU to Brunswick: Don’t teach ‘intelligent design’ as science

By Beth Brogan on April 07, 2015, at 7:36 p.m.
The ACLU of Maine sent a letter to the Brunswick School Department late last month claiming that a fifth-grade teacher at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School had “blatantly unlawfully” taught a biblical interpretation of creation under the guise of “astronomy” in violation of the U.S. Constitution and …
 
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