Articles by Darcie Moore


Brunswick man accused of taking pot plants held at gunpoint by resident

By Darcie Moore on Sept. 01, 2015, at 3:09 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Police on Saturday arrested a Brunswick man who had been held at gunpoint by a resident after the resident had allegedly found him “sitting on his marijuana plants.” Robert Henson, 33, was charged with felony theft. At 3:35 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a Cathance …

Bath building owner seeks to add more apartments in former hospital

By Darcie Moore on Aug. 28, 2015, at 12:38 p.m.
The owner of the former Bath hospital will be before the planning board on Tuesday seeking another developmental subdivision and site plan approval for additional apartments in the mixed use space. The approvals are needed to make sure those 12 residential units won’t tax the city’s existing …

SAD 75 to eye principal post, vote on energy savings pact

By Darcie Moore on Aug. 26, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
TOPSHAM | The School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider appointing a principal for Mt. Ararat Middle School. The former principal of Mt. Ararat Middle School, Bill Zima, has left SAD 75 to serve as the superintendent of Regional School Unit …

Brunswick police officer corrals runaway horse

By Darcie Moore on June 04, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
A Brunswick police officer was able to wrangle a horse on the loose Wednesday morning on Pennellville Road and get the runaway steed back to his owners. Brunswick Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan said a passer-by reported the horse wandering at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday on Pennellville Road. …
A barn on Huffs Mill Road had collapsed when firefighters arrived to battle blaze near midnight Saturday.

Fire destroys Bowdoin barn, but firefighters save nearby home

By Darcie Moore on May 25, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
Fire tore through a barn on Huffs Mills Road overnight Saturday, but firefighters managed to save the nearby home. David Ward, who lives at 195 Huffs Mill Road, called for help shortly before midnight Saturday. When Bowdoin Fire Chief Tom Garrepy arrived at the house, the fire …
Mt. Ararat High School forward Mallory Nelson (left) tries to shoot around Bangor High School's Mary Butler on Wednesday at the Class A Eastern Semifinal basketball game in Augusta.

Topsham-area sports teams add slots for charter school players

By Darcie Moore on April 10, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
Harpswell Coastal Academy students can be members of interscholastic sports teams at Mt. Ararat High School and other School Administrative District 75 schools. SAD 75 includes Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham. That resolution came at the SAD 75 board meeting Thursday night, which saw several parents speak …
Two women suffered serious injuries when their cars crashed head-on on Route 196 near Topsham in this August 2014 file photo.

Spate of head-on crashes spurs rumble strip installation on Route 196 between Topsham, Lisbon

By Darcie Moore on April 06, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
More than three miles of Route 196 is slated to have a center line rumble strip installed this summer, fully funded by a federal grant as a way to combat the high frequency of head-on crashes on the state highway between Topsham and Lisbon. Topsham Public Works …
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert Porter  U.S. Army Sgt. Corey Garver, of Topsham, walks around a village in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2013, in this photo taken by Army photographer Spc. Robert Porter, which was posted on the Department of Defense website as part of a slideshow earlier this month.

Topsham American Legion post renamed to honor local soldier killed in Afghanistan

By Darcie Moore on April 06, 2015, at 11:58 a.m.
The last time Ellen Garver saw her son, Corey Garver, he was about to walk out the door to head off on an Army deployment to Afghanistan. “He turned around to me and said, ‘Mom, if anything should happen to me, I’m just going to thank God …

Topsham students aim to fill van with food bank donations

By Darcie Moore on April 03, 2015, at 1:14 p.m.
TOPSHAM, Maine— Mt. Ararat High School’s Interact Club students are asking the public to help “Cram the Van” on Saturday to benefit the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. The students will be posted with a van and school bus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Topsham Hannaford …

Chicago firm buys The Highlands retirement community in Topsham

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 27, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
The Highlands, one of southern Maine’s largest retirement communities, is in the process of being sold to a Chicago-based investment group. John Wasileski, owner and developer of The Highlands, announced Friday that he is selling the retirement community but plans to retain nearby Highland Green and several …

Family homeless after Bowdoinham fire

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 26, 2015, at 1:20 p.m.
A family is safe but without a home after the house they were renting at 508 Browns Point Road was destroyed by a fire Wednesday night. Firefighters received a call at 5:30 p.m. for a report of a front porch on fire, believed by a tenant to …
A home at 190 Hedge Bridge Road in Woolwich was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Unplowed driveway leaves firefighters helpless to save Woolwich home

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 25, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Firetrucks were unable to get up an unplowed driveway on Hedge Bridge Road on Tuesday night, and were thus unable to fight a blaze that destroyed a two-story home. Woolwich Fire Department Capt. Glen Kirkpatrick said he was the first to arrive at the driveway of 190 …

Lisbon man dies following collision with garbage truck

By Darcie Moore on Feb. 19, 2015, at 1 p.m.
TOPSHAM | Topsham police say a man seriously injured in a crash on snow-covered roads the morning of Feb. 9 has died from his injuries. Police reported Christopher Wheeler, 48, of Lisbon was driving west on Route 196 when his vehicle slid into the oncoming lane, where it was …
Keith Barry, pictured here with his wife, Jenica, and their children, Leah (from left), Zack and Luke, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. A potluck supper will be held Saturday evening at the Knights of Columbus hall in Brunswick to benefit the family.

Fundraiser planned for Lisbon father of 3 recently diagnosed with cancer

By Darcie Moore on Jan. 20, 2015, at 1:49 p.m.
It was like a bad cold and sinus infection that wouldn’t go away, Jenica Barry said, which made the holidays a difficult time for her husband, Keith Barry. The illness persisted, and he continued to get sicker, which is “when this stuff started happening really quick — …
A fire destroyed a home on Lewis Hill Road in Bowdoin Saturday morning.

Bowdoin fire destroys home, kills dog

By Darcie Moore on Dec. 08, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
A family of four escaped a fire Saturday morning that destroyed their home on Lewis Hill Road and claimed the life of one of the family’s three dogs. Firefighters were called to 687 Lewis Hill Road at 7:17 a.m. Saturday for a structure fire. Bowdoin Fire Chief …

Driver injured after flipping pickup on Route 1 black ice in West Bath

By Darcie Moore on Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
A Brunswick man was treated at a local hospital Wednesday morning after his vehicle hit black ice and rolled several times along Route 1. Responding public safety personnel reported the bridge over the New Meadows River was very icy. Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s Department Chief Deputy …
Firefighters check for any fire extension after quickly knocking down a fire that started in a kitchen at 5 Green Street in Topsham Tuesday morning.

Topsham firefighters quickly extinguish stove fire

By Darcie Moore on Nov. 18, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Firefighters were able to save a house at 5 Green St. on Tuesday morning after a stove fire extended to the second floor. Lt. Justin Emmons of the Topsham Fire Department said flames were showing from the side of the house when firefighters arrived at the home …

Brunswick mall evacuated when burning leaves fill building with smoke

By Darcie Moore on Nov. 18, 2014, at 3:45 p.m.
Employees at some of the stores at the Cook’s Corner Mall were evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, when a fire in a storage area behind the mall filled several stores with smoke. The fire was reported at 9:07 a.m. There was heavy smoke when firefighters from …
Firefighter crews from Woolwich and Bath battle a blaze on Friday in Woolwich.

Fire rips through Woolwich home

By Darcie Moore on Nov. 14, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Fire crews from Woolwich and Bath were fighting a house fire Friday afternoon at 259 George Wright Road. The blaze was reported about 12:30 p.m. No one was home when the fire broke out, according to firefighters. The house was in flames when firefighters went inside the …
Police are investigating a single-vehicle rollover that happened at around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Beedle Road. The three male occupants were ejected and all taken to hospitals, one by air.

Three men thrown from car in Sunday rollover crash

By Darcie Moore on Nov. 10, 2014, at 7:29 a.m.
RICHMOND | Three men were ejected as the car they were riding in rolled into a field along Beedle Road on Sunday just prior to the Interstate 295 overpass. All were taken to hospitals, the driver by a LifeFlight helicopter. Richmond police got a call Sunday at 1:35 p.m. …