Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau


Midcoast officials say need is strong for drug recovery center

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
Police, medical professionals and social workers gathered Monday at Rockland City Hall to discuss the opiate crisis and the need for recovery centers in the region.
Warren Board of Selectmen Chairman Michael York (right) is seen Nov. 12, 2014.

Warren public works director sues former board chair

By Stephen Betts on July 18, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
The public works director for the town has sued the former chairman of the board of selectmen, claiming the official assaulted him more than a year ago.

Rockland citizens group hails new local power plant regulations

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
A citizens group hailed the approval last week of local laws that will regulate any future energy plants in the city.

Police accuse Lincolnville woman of torching stolen car

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
The vehicle was stolen either late Friday night or early Saturday morning from Rockport, and it was later found torched in Cape Elizabeth.

Police nab teen in up to 50 car break-ins in Camden, Rockport

By Abigail Curtis and Stephen Betts on July 13, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
A joint effort by the Camden and Rockport police departments has led to a teenager being charged in connection with 50 motor vehicle break-ins. Camden and Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne said Tuesday that the joint investigation by officers from both departments including Detective Curt Andrick led …

Friendship home destroyed by fire

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
No one was injured in the blaze, but a cat died, according to Friendship Fire Chief Kevin Benner.

Three injured in Rockport crash

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Three people were injured Thursday afternoon in a three-car crash on Route 17.
Douglas Merrifield

Sheriff calls domestic assault case in Rockland ‘one of the worst’

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
A video shows Douglas Merrifield attempting to strangle a 12-year-old boy six times within the first 10 minutes of the recording, according to the affidavit.
The Mercantile passes another schooner out on the water during the 40th annual Great Schooner Race from Islesboro to Rockland on Friday.

‘Where else in the world can you see a sight like this?': Penobscot Bay’s 40th Great Schooner Race

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2016, at 10:26 a.m.
“It was a great day,” Capt. Kip Files said.
Rockland police Chief Bruce Boucher

Rockland drops plan for school officer, refocuses on opiate problem

By Stephen Betts on July 08, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
The city department decided last month against applying for a grant to help pay for the resource officer but instead is seeking money to pay for an officer to deal with the opiate crisis in the community.
Striping, crosswalks and signs, which have been added or changed in Port Clyde village after a July 2013 crash on the Monhegan-Thomaston boat line wharf killed a young boy and injured three others, can be seen Thursday in Port Clyde.

At least $550,000 paid out in lawsuit over fatal crash on Port Clyde wharf

By Stephen Betts on July 07, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
A judge approved last week a settlement related to the crash that killed a young Massachusetts boy and injured two of his family members.

Rockport probes home, car burglaries

By Stephen Betts on July 06, 2016, at 8:38 p.m.
Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne said the department received reports Wednesday of five motor vehicles and one home being burglarized.

Rockland names acting city manager, approves $12.3 million budget

By Stephen Betts on July 06, 2016, at 7:55 p.m.
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a $12.3 million municipal budget that leaves in question whether Rockland will have a full-time staff attorney. The council also voted unanimously to appoint Assistant City Manager Audra Caler Bell as acting manager. At the Wednesday night meeting, …
The Queen Mary 2 steams out of Frenchman Bay after making a daylong stop at Bar Harbor in this September 2014 file photo.

Queen Mary 2 may visit Rockland Harbor in 2018

By Stephen Betts on July 06, 2016, at 6:07 p.m.
The Queen Mary 2 is 1,132 feet long and can carry more than 2,600 passengers and a crew of 1,250.
Donald Demmons

Warren couple suing Knox County deputies, claiming assault, false arrest

By Stephen Betts on July 06, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
A Warren couple has filed a federal lawsuit against Knox County, accusing sheriff’s deputies of illegally entering their home, assaulting them and falsely arresting them.
The Rockland City Council has spent more than $25,000 in a little more than five months on outside legal advice to deal with personnel matters. This photo from earlier this year shows, from left, Councilor Larry Pritchett, city attorney Kevin Beal and Mayor Louise MacLellan-Ruf.

Rockland paid more than $25,000 for legal advice during turmoil

By Stephen Betts on July 06, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
The City Council spent more than $25,000 in outside legal fees in the last five months to advise it on labor issues as employee turmoil boiled over in Rockland.
Plans for a Dollar General store on Route 1 in Thomaston can be seen Tuesday.

Dollar General continues march toward Thomaston

By Stephen Betts on July 05, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
A discount store that has met strong opposition from residents is not giving up its effort to locate a store along Route 1.
The U.S. Coast Guard helped keep this sailboat afloat off Owls Head until it could get back to shore.

Coast Guard rescues two from sailboat off Owls Head coast

By Stephen Betts on July 05, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard station in Rockland rescued two people from a sailboat taking on water Tuesday about 6 miles southeast of Owls Head Lighthouse.
Kyle Murdock sits on a dock in front of the Sea Hag processing plant in St. George in this August 2012 file photo.

Founder wants to reopen St. George seafood processing plant

By Stephen Betts on July 05, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
An auction of the property, building and equipment at Sea Hag Seafood had been scheduled for June 17 but was postponed.

Rockland council set to vote Wednesday night on budget

By Stephen Betts on July 05, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
The only significant question remaining for the councilors will be whether to include money for a full-time staff attorney.