Stephen Betts

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Alan B. Norwood Jr.

Police say phone records tie St. George lobsterman to boat sinking

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
A St. George lobsterman has been charged with ordering the sinking of another resident’s lobster boat.
Shane Hall

Police: Man kidnapped woman off street in Rockland, led police on chase

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2016, at 8:33 a.m.
A Portland man grabbed a woman off the street in Rockland and tried to kill her, according to police.
George Hamilton of Portland Glass removes framing for a window at Oceanside High School in Rockland. The 54-year-old school is undergoing significant repairs this fall and next year.

Additions to Rockland-area school could cost $16.5 million

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
The estimated cost of additions to the Rockland-area high school and middle school range from $7 million to $16.5 million.
Rockland, Camden and Rockport firefighters responded Wednesday morning to a fire at a three-unit apartment building on Gay Street in Rockland.

Tenants escape from Rockland apartment fire

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 28, 2016, at 11:11 a.m.
Tenants from three apartments were forced outside Wednesday morning from a fire in the second-floor residence.

Four Rockland candidates compete for two council seats

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2016, at 8:06 p.m.
Four candidates are running for two three-year seats on the five-member Rockland City Council.
Former Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley stands outside Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care after a reported robbery in September 2014.

Justice academy board votes to revoke ex-Rockport chief’s certification

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board has voted to revoke the certification of former Rockport Police Chief Mark Kelley and approved a consent decree with one of the department’s officers after a review showed that inaccurate training reports were filed with the state.
Jasmine Pike

Camden recovery volunteer ‘shocked’ by governor’s barb

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 26, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
Jasmine Pike is finally speaking out about the July letter in which Gov. Paul LePage called her “mean-spirited.” She said she was “shocked and appalled” by his criticism.
The former ferry and floating restaurant Monhegan is tied up to a Rockland dock Saturday after it broke loose from its mooring.

Abandoned boat nearly hits breakwater after breaking loose in Rockland Harbor

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
A former ferry and floating restaurant that the city has threatened to seize for being abandoned broke its mooring Saturday and came close to crashing into the Breakwater.
A woman walks toward the main entrance of The Jackson Laboratory on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Jackson Lab receives $15 million award to fight Alzheimer’s disease

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
The Jackson Laboratory will receive $15 million over the next five years as part of an effort to find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Jackie Madore

Crack dealer sentenced to nine years

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:49 a.m.
A Rockland woman was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Thursday for dealing crack cocaine as part of a group of 11 people charged last year.
Rockland police are investigating a suspected case of high-value fraud at the fitness center at the Trade Winds Inn.

Police probe suspected high-value fraud at midcoast fitness center

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 22, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
The city and state are investigating possible health care fraud and theft from a fitness center at a local inn.

Rockland’s little-known port district lacks candidates

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
A board empowered to oversee freight and passenger transportation in Rockland sails under the radar so much that this year no one is seeking its open seat.

Police say victim fired gun to ward off attacker

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
The men left the house and got in a vehicle to leave when Joshua Haskell allegedly came out and ran toward the vehicle with something in his hand.
Oceanside High School students help with the restoration of the community's skate park on Wednesday in Rockland.

‘It was neglected and dilapidated’: Rockland skate park being restored

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
A city public services crew and high school students have joined forces to restore a nearly 15-year-old skate park that is in disrepair.

Camden backs effort for 9-mile recreational trail

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 21, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
A proposal to create a four-season trail that would run from the Camden Snow Bowl to the two ponds that serve as the region’s water supplies received a boost Tuesday from the town.

Can educational and commercial TV mix for cable access station?

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
The school board chairman asked whether the commercial nature of the operator would violate terms of the cable agreement.
The new bridge on Wadsworth Street in Thomaston over the St. George River will have an offical grand opening on Oct. 5.

Newly completed Thomaston bridge uses new technology

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
The new Wadsworth Street bridge spanning the St. George River will have a formal opening ceremony on Oct. 5.
Rockland resident Stephen Carroll speaks during a district meeting in this May 2015 file photo.

Service technician joins Rockland council race

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
A frequent critic of the City Council has entered the race to join that board.

Longtime Rockland lawyer surrenders license over fraud claims

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
An attorney has surrendered her license amid allegations that she mismanaged an elderly client’s finances and submitted a false application for the woman to receive state assistance.
Two houses have been built by volunteers as part of a building blitz spearheaded by Midcoast Habitat for Humanity on Brewster Street in Rockland.

Rockland council aims to boost affordable housing

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
The dearth of affordable housing is keeping millennials out of Rockland, and Councilor Valli Geiger hopes one action by the city council will offer some relief.