Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

 
The Rockland Recreation Center building in Rockland is located at the intersection of Union and Limerock streets.

Rockland/YMCA recreation partnership called a success

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 29, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
Nearly a year after the Penobscot Bay YMCA began running the Rockland recreation programs, both parties say it has been a success.
Andrew Jura

Judge refuses to lower bail for two men accused of threatening to kill women

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 29, 2016, at 11:06 a.m.
A state judge refused Friday to lower bail for two men in separate domestic assault cases in which the defendants are accused of threatening to kill their victims.
Thomaston police Chief Kevin Haj speaks with a Knox County deputy Sunday morning as officers tried to catch a pit bull that was on the loose and attacking other animals.

Knox County police catch up with pit bull after rampage

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 28, 2016, at 1 p.m.
The pit bull’s owner may face charges after the animal killed a cat, injured a dog and charged at a Knox County deputy.

Coast Guard aids fishing boat taking on water off Maine coast

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:12 p.m.
The 63-foot fishing boat contacted the Coast Guard to report that the boat, which had four people aboard, was rapidly taking on water.

Second candidate enters Rockland school board race

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 6:55 p.m.
Gerald Weinand is seeking one of Rockland’s two three-year seats on the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Rockland council to mull manager search

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:04 p.m.
The City Council is scheduled next month to discuss whether it should hire a new city manager before or after the November election.
Timothy Sanford

Cushing man gets four-day sentence for contact with 6-year-old

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
He also was placed on probation for one year.

Warren man gets 90 days for unemployment fraud

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
A Warren man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail for illegally filing for unemployment benefits in 2008.
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who stole money raised by the student council at Owls Head Central School.

Police say student council money was stolen in Owls Head burglary

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 26, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons who broke into Owls Head Central School and stole money earned by the student council.
Douglas Merrifield

Judge lowers bail, frees Rockland man accused of torturing son

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
A sheriff has called it “one of the worst” domestic violence cases she has seen.
A sign is seen outside a Dollar General store in Chicago, Illinois in this May 2016 file photo.

Vote planned to block Dollar General construction in Thomaston

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Dollar General has proposed constructing a 9,100-square-foot store on a lot fronting Route 1 adjacent to the Strong Insurance Company.

New Hampshire drops drug charges against former Maine nurse

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 24, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Kerry Bridges said she is still waiting for a hearing before the New Hampshire Board of Nursing to have her suspension to practice nursing lifted.
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Kenneth L. Hatch III (right) pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court to 22 counts involving sexual assaults and drug-related offenses. He is represented by attorney Richard Elliott of Boothbay Harbor.

Lincoln County deputy pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Kenneth L. Hatch III, 46, of Whitefield said “not guilty” 22 times as Justice William Stokes asked his plea to each indictment.

Lincoln County deputy pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
Lincoln County Deputy Kenneth Hatch III pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 22 criminal charges.

Owls Head to vote on taking over fire department

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Residents will decide Monday evening on whether to make the 57-year-old private fire unit into a town department.
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A fire destroyed five buildings at a camp retreat in this rural Knox County community.

Fire destroys five buildings at Washington retreat

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 23, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
The fire destroyed a dormitory, the dining hall and kitchen building, and three camps.

Fire crews battle major blaze at camp retreat

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 8:35 p.m.
The fire was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Washington Advent Christian Camp in Washington.

Rockland mother accused of endangering 5-year-old daughter

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Suzette Robinson, 45, is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Melissa Stevens holds a photograph of her son Nick, whose organs were donated after his death in 1999, on Aug. 19 in Owls Head. The girl who received his heart has become close to the Stevens family.

Woman who received Maine boy’s heart makes surprise visit to donor’s family

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
“God and Nick could not have picked a more special person to receive his heart,” said the boy’s mother, Melissa Stevens.
The lobster boats Thrasher and Centerfold, which were involved in a collision, can be seen Monday at Journey's End Marina in Rockland.

Two injured in lobster boat collision near Owls Head

By Stephen Betts on Aug. 22, 2016, at 2:34 p.m.
The two 42-foot vessels were hauling traps in the fog, according to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Meghan Canoon.