Bill Trotter

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Midcoast man arrested on child rape charge

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 29, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
A Jackson man has been arrested on charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a young girl under the age of 10, according to police.

Bangor man survives Christmas Day fall in Acadia

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 7 a.m.
Ethan Bryant

Cutler man shot, another arrested

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
A man is in jail facing a charge of elevated aggravated assault after he allegedly shot another man in the abdomen early Thursday.
Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation.

Pantsuit Nation founder defends controversial book deal

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 22, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
The Brooklin, Maine, resident who founded the invite-only Facebook group Pantsuit Nation just weeks before the presidential election has upset many of her group’s members by announcing plans to publish a book based on members’ Facebook posts.
President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the podium after speaking to journalists during his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, Dec. 16, 2016.

Car thief, ex-Idexx Lab worker among former Mainers pardoned by Obama

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 21, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
Three people convicted of federal crimes in Maine but who no longer live in the state are among 78 people nationwide who were pardoned Monday by President Barack Obama.

Cushing boat captain charged in deaths of two crew members

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Christopher Hutchinson, 28, was arrested Monday and charged by indictment with seaman’s manslaughter.
The site of The Jackson Laboratory's new mouse reproduction facility, which is expected to begin operations by Jan. 1, 2018, can be seen recently in Ellsworth. Jackson Lab plans to erect a fence around the facility because of security concerns.

The Jackson Lab is fencing in its new $140M facility for security

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 19, 2016, at 6:59 a.m.
The Jackson Laboratory’s new facility in Ellsworth, a mouse breeding center called a vivarium, is proposed to have a new perimeter fence, a move the lab says is a necessity given modern security concerns.
Clinton "Bill" Townsend

Bill Townsend, noted Maine lawyer and environmental advocate, dies at 89

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 09, 2016, at 2:50 p.m.
Clinton “Bill” Townsend was best known for his work with many of Maine’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations and regulatory authorities.
Michael T. Young

Death of inmate at state prison under investigation

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 07, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at Maine State Prison on Wednesday.
Ellsworth Police Chief Harold "Pete" Bickmore

Ellsworth reprimands new police chief

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
The city’s police chief has been formally reprimanded by the city manager for violating city personnel policies.
Clamming in Searsport near Searsport Island in Maine.

$32K grant to fund equipment for Maine’s marine biotoxin testing program

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 03, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
A few months after domoic acid was detected at harmful levels along Maine’s coast, the state has received a $32,000 grant to improve its ability to test for the presence of the toxin.
All-terrain vehcile riders and walkers enjoy the multiuse Down East Sunrise Trail that runs from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in Pembroke on Friday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest section of the trail was held Friday morning at the Ellsworth trail head.

Officials celebrate Sunrise Trail extension into central Ellsworth

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
“We realize the economic and tourism benefit [the city will receive] from the trail.”
Paul Chiumiento

Orland man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
The defunct Milbridge Theatre can be seen recently in Milbridge. An official with a local nonprofit that bought the building earlier this year has indicated that it may demolish the building and show outdoor movies on the site next summer while raising funds for a new building.

Theater renewal aimed at keeping Milbridge village vital

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Audience cheers might bring the house down at a local movie venue next summer, but only if the longtime movie house on the central village property actually gets demolished first.
Devon S. Andrews

Alleged bank robber indicted in Washington County

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 29, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A Cutler man accused of robbing a local bank has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury.

Three people arrested in Route 9 drug bust

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 28, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Troopers allegedly found 128.9 grams of crack cocaine packaged into individual doses and 126.8 grams of heroin, also packaged into individual doses.
STONINGTON, Maine -- 11/18/16 -- Isle Au Haut lobsterman Payson Barter maneuvers his vessel Perseverance through the harbor in Stonington after a day of fishing. Barter said the 2016 fishing season has been fruitful and that prices fishermen have gotten are "about the same" as they were in 2015, when the average annual price rose above $4 per pound for the first time since 2007.

What’s on a real roll? Demand for the Maine lobster

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
The demand for lobster is on a roll — often literally. And that is helping to keep the price that Maine lobstermen are getting for their catch near historic highs.
Just over a month ago, Brooklin resident Libby Chamberlain was thrust into the national spotlight as the founder of Pantsuit Nation, a now 3.7 million-member strong invitation-only Facebook group of Hillary Clinton supporters who have banded together to share and listen to personal stories initially about the election and now about strength, unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Pantsuit Nation’s founder refuses to be defeated by Clinton’s loss

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 23, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
She decided that “Pantsuit Nation was more important on Wednesday morning than it was on Tuesday morning.”

Feds get injunction against Sullivan quarry, owner

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 18, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
In the latest chapter of a seven-year dispute over safety measures at a local quarry, a federal agency has obtained a permanent injunction against the quarry company and its owner.

Official: Pending inmate release prompts security precautions at MDI school

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 17, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
All scheduled classes and activities will go ahead as planned, the superintendent said.