Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 

Judge approves assault sentence despite victim’s dissent

By Stephen Betts on April 17, 2015, at 5:44 p.m.
ROCKLAND | A 31-year-old Rockport man was sentenced Friday to 11 months in jail for assaulting his girlfriend and repeatedly coming in contact with her in violation of a court order. Justice Daniel Billings accepted the plea in the case of Eldon Bennett despite an impassioned statement by the …

Former co-op manager gets eight months for lobster scheme

By Stephen Betts on April 16, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
PORTLAND | The former manager of one of the state’s largest lobster cooperatives will serve eight months in prison for illegally selling lobsters and failing to report the income. Robert Thompson, 53, of St. George also will be placed on supervised release for three years after he completes his …

Removal of massive Warren fiber waste pile begins

By Stephen Betts on April 16, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
Mountains of highly flammable fiber waste that have plagued Warren for 16 years will soon be removed and turned into composite lumber.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho displays a piece of landscaping timber which is the type of product to be made from 27,000 tons of fiber wastes being removed and recycled from a Warren property.

Removal of massive Warren fiber waste pile begins

By Stephen Betts on April 16, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
Mountains of highly flammable fiber waste that have plagued the town for 16 years will soon be removed and turned into composite lumber. The first 14-ton truckload of the wastes was removed last week from the property off Route 90. The second truckload drove off Thursday as …

Prison cases dominate Knox County grand jury

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 7:14 p.m.
ROCKLAND | Twenty-one people were indicted by the Knox County grand jury that completed its work on Wednesday and nearly all the defendants are Maine State Prisoners. The offenses mainly involve alleged assaults by prisoners against corrections officers or other inmates, or pertain to relatives of inmates trying to …
Robert Thompson

Prosecutors call for stiffer sentence for ex-lobster dealer

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
PORTLAND | Federal prosecutors said the former manager of one of the state’s largest lobster cooperatives should get a prison sentence substantially more severe than his co-conspirator in a scheme to illegally sell the seafood. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed its recommendation Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland …
Rockland City Hall

Rockland council votes to put City Hall property up for sale

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to put both its City Hall property and the adjacent public works garage up for sale for an undisclosed development. There was no debate before the 3-0 vote by the council. Councilors Larry Pritchett and Louise MacLellan-Ruf were absent from …
Russell “Rusty” Brace

Former Camden charity leader to pay $4.6 million to settle embezzlement suit

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
United Mid-Coast Charities and its former longtime president have reached an agreement in which he will pay the group more than $4.6 million in connection with his alleged embezzlement of funds from the organization. United Mid-Coast Charities President Stephen Crane announced Wednesday in a news release that …

Justice to decide whether to disbar Waldoboro attorney

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
PORTLAND | The panel of lawyers who in January found there was probable cause to suspend or disbar prominent midcoast-area lawyer Philip Cohen has submitted its recommendation to the state’s highest court. The Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar filed its complaint against Cohen on March 26, according …

Proposed sale of Rockland City Hall property to unnamed developer came last week

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 11:58 a.m.
The proposed development that led the City Council to consider putting up for sale the property on which City Hall and the public services garage are located first was raised last Thursday. Details about who is interested in the property or what the developer hopes to do …

Rockport, Rockland join forces for broadband expansion

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2015, at 7:42 a.m.
Neighbors Rockland and Rockport have commissioned a study on how to expand fiber broadband services across both communities. The Rockport Select Board voted unanimously Monday night to support the study. The Rockland City Council gave its support in February to seeking proposals for faster Internet services. Portland …
Rockland City Hall

Rockland to put City Hall, public works properties up for sale

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2015, at 5:12 p.m.
The City Council will consider putting both its City Hall property and the adjacent public works garage up for sale for an undisclosed development. The council held a closed-door meeting for an hour Monday night on an economic development matter and declined to answer questions about it. …

Rockland returning foreclosed homes

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2015, at 11:55 a.m.
City councilors took quick action Monday night in an effort to return four properties that had been seized for nonpayment of taxes or sewer fees. The council gave unanimous preliminary approval to returning the properties. A final vote is scheduled for next month. Last month, the city …
The paving stone with the inscription to World War I veterans  Lt. Albert Holbrook and Pvt. Arthur Winslow is located in the square at the intersection of Main Street and Park Drive.

Rockland OKs restaurant’s use of veterans park

By Stephen Betts on April 14, 2015, at 7:59 a.m.
The Rockland City Council agreed unanimously Monday night to allow a downtown restaurant to use a strip of land that is part of a veterans memorial park despite the continued opposition from family members of one of the park’s namesakes. The council voted 5-0 to lease a …

Legislative panel says no to regulating vacation rentals

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2015, at 6:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Legislature appears ready to send packing a bill that would impose state regulations on short-term vacation rentals. The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee voted 12-0 the measure ought not pass, the committee clerk said Monday. One committee member has yet to cast a vote after …

Field taking shape for Rockport seats

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
Local voters may have a contested race to resolve when they go to the polls June 9. Three people have taken out nomination papers for two seats on the Select Board. Incumbent Kenneth McKinley, Owen Casas and John Viehman have taken out papers but have yet to …

Five people seek two Camden Select Board seats

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2015, at 2:18 p.m.
Five people have taken out nomination papers for two available seats on the Select Board. Incumbent John French and Marc Ratner have returned their papers and made the June 9 ballot. Incumbent Leonard Lookner, former board member Anita Brosius-Scott and Sally Russillo also have taken out papers …

Contested races possible in Thomaston

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.
There are potential contested races for the Board of Selectmen and school board as the deadline nears for people to file nomination papers. Incumbent Selectman Greg Hamlin, who serves as chairman of the board, has filed his nomination papers. Kella River has taken out nomination papers but …
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is considering the appeal of a New York couple challenging an easement the community of Owls Head asserts it has over a strip of the couple’s waterfront property.

State high court hears Owls Head waterfront access appeal

By Stephen Betts on April 13, 2015, at 10:24 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is considering the appeal of a New York couple challenging an easement the community of Owls Head asserts it has over a strip of the couple’s waterfront property. The town has spent more than $100,000 to defend its easement. Neighbors to the …

Fire damages Warren home while owners at church

By Stephen Betts on April 12, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
A Ridge Road home was damaged by fire late Sunday morning. Fire Chief Ed Grinnell said a propane stove is suspected of causing the fire that was reported by multiple neighbors at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted and an investigator …
 
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