Bill Trotter

Mount Desert Island


Maine lobster crate found near Bangor (no, not that Bangor)

on March 31, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Finding lobster or items related to Maine’s largest commercial fishery in Bangor is not that unusual — as long as you’re talking about Bangor, Maine. Finding such items in Bangor, Wales, however — as in next to England, part of the United Kingdom — is a little different. Fresh on the …
A burglar was recorded by a security camera stealing a safe on the night of Saturday, March 26, from Maine Pet & Aquarium in Ellsworth.

Safe stolen in Ellsworth pet store burglary

By Bill Trotter on March 30, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
Police are investigating a burglary that occurred last weekend at a pet store.

Burglar steals safe from Ellsworth pet store

By Bill Trotter on March 30, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
This surveillance video shows someone prying open a cash register and making off with a safe inside a box at Maine Pet & Aquarium in Ellsworth.
Gretchen Wilson is expected to begin work as the new executive director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Ellsworth area chamber hires new executive director

By Bill Trotter on March 29, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
More than three months after abruptly parting ways with its prior top official, the local chamber of commerce has selected a new executive director.
The former Verso Paper mill stands quiet after demolition subcontractors ceased work at the mill earlier this month after not getting paid.

Bucksport mill demolition still on hold

By Bill Trotter on March 25, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
After coming to a halt earlier this month, demolition work at the former Verso Paper mill has yet to resume, according to a town official.

Land trust purchases house at Tidal Falls picnic area

By Bill Trotter on March 25, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
“The purchase of the red house will provide a permanent and sustainable base for the land trust’s operations.”

Surry man gets 90 days for giving marijuana to kids

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A Surry man has been sentenced to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to unlawful furnishing of drugs and then committing other crimes. Gary W. Goodrich III, 19, got into trouble last August after he provided marijuana to three boys at Edaco Court mobile home …
Fishermen wait on the bank of the Union River in Ellsworth on Tuesday morning. The elver fishing season officially started at noon, and people were staking out their spots for their nets.

Despite chill, elver fishermen eager for start of season

By Bill Trotter on March 23, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
Some fishermen said elver prices this year could be as low as $800 per pound, while others said it could be $2,500 per pound or higher.

In rite of spring, falcons return to Acadia

on March 22, 2016, at 6 a.m.
Acadia National Park shuts down several trails in spring and early-to-mid summer while the migratory raptors return to their cliffside scrapes (as their nesting areas are called) to reproduce.
Elvers sit in a net May 29, 2015, in Card Mill Stream in Franklin.

Expectations high for 2016 elver catch, prices

By Bill Trotter on March 19, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
“When the ice is out on the ponds, the eels start running.”
The Maine Sea Coast Mission vessel Sunbeam sits tied up to the pier Thursday in the local village of Northeast Harbor. The mission is considering whether to refurbish or replace the 21 year-old boat, which could cost between $500,000 and $3 million.

Maine Sea Coast Mission considers options for aging Sunbeam

By Bill Trotter on March 18, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
Every Sunbeam eventually fades.
Benjamin Hodgdon

Former MDI teacher found guilty of 3 out of 8 sex charges

By Bill Trotter on March 16, 2016, at 7:34 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | A former teacher from Mount Desert Island was found guilty Wednesday of three charges connected to a series of sexual assaults he allegedly committed on an underage girl who previously had been a student in his classroom. Benjamin H. Hodgdon II, 48, was acquitted of five charges …
Benjamin Hodgdon of Tremont.

Jury deliberates in sex abuse trial of former MDI teacher

By Bill Trotter on March 16, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Testimony has concluded in the trial of a former teacher from Mount Desert Island who is accused of sexually assaulting an underage girl who had been a pupil in his classroom. The jury in the trial of Benjamin H. Hodgdon II began deliberations late Wednesday morning, after …
Fire officials stand outside a house at 344 Surry Road in Ellsworth late Tuesday morning.

Officials identify man who died in Ellsworth house fire

By Bill Trotter on March 15, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
A 93-year-old man died Tuesday as a result of a fire at his home at 344 Surry Road.

Man dies in Ellsworth fire

By Bill Trotter on March 15, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Sgt. Scott Richardson of the State Fire Marshal’s Office talks about a fatal fire Tuesday morning in Ellsworth.
Fire officials reported one death at a house fire Tuesday morning at 344 Surry Road. Officials have not released the name of the deceased pending notification of family.

Man reported dead in Ellsworth fire

By Bill Trotter on March 15, 2016, at 12:16 p.m.
One death has been reported in a house fire at 344 Surry Road Tuesday morning.
Timothy Philpott of Ellsworth.

Another search in Acadia finds no trace of missing man

By Bill Trotter on March 14, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Timothy Philpott is believed to have gone missing in January in the area around Sargent Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Stonington man pleads guilty to setting fire to lobster boat

By Bill Trotter on March 11, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
A local man has pleaded guilty in federal court to setting fire to another man’s lobster boat, according to a federal prosecutor. Jeremy Eaton, 39, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for setting the fire, which destroyed the fishing boat Heritage on …
The Bucksport mill, photographed Jan. 1, 2015.

New demolition contractor sought for Bucksport mill project

By Bill Trotter on March 11, 2016, at 4:59 p.m.
The lead contractor overseeing demolition of the former local paper mill appears to no longer be involved with the project and efforts are being made to find a new firm to take its place, according to a town official.
Carl Gray

Sedgwick fisherman faces charges, suspension after lobster conflict flares

By Bill Trotter on March 11, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Carl W. Gray, 41, is facing a civil charge of tampering with another fisherman’s gear and three criminal charges associated with the Oct. 5 incident.