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.
 Tom Johnston

Sheriff: Maine weatherman who died would have been charged in sexual assault case

By Beth Brogan on May 04, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant said Thursday that former WCSH-TV meteorologist Tom Johnston was the only suspect in an alleged gross sexual assault a month ago near Sunday River ski resort in Newry.
Saturday marks the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Bowdoin College on May 6, 1964. To commemorate the anniversary, the college plans to hang a plaque in Moulton Union, where King held a roundtable discussion with the college community.

Remembering the day Martin Luther King Jr. visited Maine in 1964

By Beth Brogan on May 03, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
To mark the 53rd anniversary of a visit to the college by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bowdoin College officials on Saturday will hang a plaque commemorating the day he spoke at the nearby First Parish Church.
Thomas Proctor Jr.

Boothbay man accused of shooting neighbor in leg

By Beth Brogan on May 02, 2017, at 4:03 p.m.
A 66-year-old Boothbay man was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm Monday after allegedly shooting a neighbor in the leg.
A non-profit group of Brunswick residents has asked a judge to block the sale by the town of a four-acre, tax-acquired property on Mere Point Road. Brunswick Citizens for Collaborative Government argues that the town violated its own charter when if refused to accept a petition that called for a town-wide referendum on creating a public park on the property.

Neighbors suing Brunswick ask council to delay sale of waterfront land

By Beth Brogan on May 02, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.
The group said in a release that the council violated the citizens’ right to petition and is “rushing to sell [the property] before the court” can rule on that claim.
Hyde School in Bath plans a $4 million expansion and renovation project as the Bath campus expands to include students from Hyde's campus in Woodstock, Connecticut, which is slated to close in June.

Hyde School sells Connecticut campus, plans $4 million upgrade in Bath

By Beth Brogan on May 02, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
Hyde School will close its campus in Connecticut in June and plans to spend approximately $4 million to renovate its Bath campus.
The Maine Department of Transportation anticipates completion of the $14 million Bath Viaduct replacement project by Memorial Day.

Bath viaduct to reopen, ending ‘zippah’ detour for Route 1 travelers

By Beth Brogan on April 28, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
The rebuilt viaduct that carries Route 1 over a section of Bath will open within the next week, nearly one month ahead of schedule.
Mark Westrum

Maine jail leader’s severance deal includes three months pay

By Beth Brogan on April 27, 2017, at 5:54 p.m.
Mark Westrum received three months pay — approximately $20,000 — and health insurance through June under the terms of a severance agreement six months after he was arrested for operating under the influence.
Mark Burson

Maine man sentenced to 9 years in jail following 9th OUI conviction

By Beth Brogan on April 26, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
A man arrested nine times for operating under the influence pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to the ninth charge and was sentenced to nine years in prison, with all but seven years suspended.
James Paul Young-Dumont

Maine man arrested on drug charges upon exiting train in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on April 26, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
A Wilton man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after getting off the Amtrak Downeaster after police allegedly found him with 1,200 doses of fentanyl with a street value of $20,000.

Lisbon police arrest man sought in overnight armed burglary

By Beth Brogan on April 26, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
David Farnum was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail where he will be held on $20,000 cash bail pending a court appearance.
Portland real estate developer Arthur Girard, center, outbid Cook's Lobster & Ale House owners Nick and Jennifer Charboneau on Tuesday, paying $510,000 for the commercial wharf adjacent to the restaurant.

Developer outbids Cook’s Lobster owner to buy historic Maine island wharf

By Beth Brogan on April 25, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
Arthur Girard said he’s not sure what he’ll do with the property.

Bowdoinham sees series of possible rabies cases

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
“There’s something going on,” Bowdoinham Animal Control Officer Cliff Daigle said Friday. “I’m not saying it’s rabies. Maybe it’s distemper.”
Jacob Bastarache

Brunswick man charged following altercation with gun

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
A Brunswick man who allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at several others outside a Brunswick restaurant Friday night remained in Cumberland County Jail Monday afternoon.
David Alan Torres

Lisbon man accused of assaulting woman outside Brunswick restaurant

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
A Lisbon man allegedly dragged his girlfriend across a parking lot and attempted to strangle her outside a restaurant.
The Mary E, believed to be the oldest Maine-built wooden fishing schooner still afloat, is scheduled to arrive Sunday at her new home at Maine Maritime Museum.

Historic wooden schooner returns to Maine

By Beth Brogan on April 21, 2017, at 12:13 p.m.
“This is a vessel of remarkable importance, despite its modest size.”
Christopher I. Maclennan

Newcastle man indicted for December assault with stun gun

By Beth Brogan on April 21, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
Christopher I. Maclennan was charged with attempting to strangle his girlfriend with a cord and allegedly using a stun gun on her.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin.

Maine man pleads guilty in Virginia to illegal trafficking in elvers

By Beth Brogan on April 20, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Richard Austin will be sentenced July 19 in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia.

Fire marshals seek cause of blaze that destroyed Richmond home

By Beth Brogan on April 20, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.
A good portion of the structure is still standing, “but for the most part it will need to be rebuilt.”
Mark Westrum

Embattled Maine jail leader resigns amid new woes after OUI arrest

By Beth Brogan on April 19, 2017, at 4:57 p.m.
Mark Westrum, who served for nearly nine years as correctional administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail, resigned from that position on Wednesday, six months after he was arrested for operating under the influence.
The overwhelming response of this photo of Judy Kahrl of Arrowsic with her granddaughters on the Pantsuit Nation Facebook page prompted Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights (GRR!) to expand nationally.

Maine grandmas expand fight for reproductive rights

By Beth Brogan on April 19, 2017, at 6:41 a.m.
“We have lived through the days before Roe v. Wade, and even through the days when contraception was illegal … and we are getting really angry about how reproductive health care is getting more and more limited.”