Judge rejects prosecution request to ban man from Maine island

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old North Haven man will be able to return home, a judge ruled Friday. Judge Barbara Raimondi rejected a request by Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Jones who asked Harold D. Sandelin Jr. be prohibited from returning to North Haven while a charge of violating a protective …
Watson Arena at Bowdoin College, where Brunswick High School holds what may be the area's most expensive commencement ceremonies.

Later date could make Brunswick’s pricey high school graduation even more expensive

By Peter L. McGuire, The Forecaster on July 11, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Since the 1990s, Brunswick High School graduation ceremonies have been staged at Bowdoin College, in an event that has become, for some, a beloved community celebration. It has also become possibly the most expensive graduation in Cumberland County. Now, as the the estimated cost of next year’s …
Edwin Harrington

Boothbay Harbor man accused of leaving dog in hot car during concert in Mass.

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 11, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
MANSFIELD, Massachusetts — A Boothbay Harbor man is facing an animal cruelty charge after allegedly leaving his dog in a hot vehicle while he attended a concert on Thursday, according to police. Edwin F. Harrington, 60, had been attending the Vans Warped Tour show at the Xfinity Center when police …
Tyler Malmstrom

Police searching for man who left minimum security re-entry center in Belfast

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 23-year-old man who walked away from a minimum security re-entry corrections center. Tyler Malmstrom from Lincolnville Center left the center’s recreation yard shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, Waldo County Sheriff Scott Story said. Malmstrom recently arrived at …
The Talbot Home in this March 2014 file photo.

Rockland’s historic Talbot Home closes after housing elderly residents for more than 100 years

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 12:49 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — An organization that has provided assisted living services for the community’s elderly for more than a century has closed the doors to its longtime home. The Talbot Home is up for sale, said Charles Heald, vice chairman of the Talbot Home board of directors. The decision to …
Rockland's Snow Marine Park was closed to the public on Thursday until further notice.

Sinkholes combine with E. coli — suspected from dog poop — to force closure of Rockland waterfront park

By Stephen Betts on July 11, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Extremely high levels of E. coli, suspected of coming from dog waste, as well as a series of sinkholes, led city officials on Thursday to close the popular Snow Marine Park until further notice. Interim City Manager Tom Luttrell said Friday that the decision was made Thursday …

Founder of Lincoln County Animal Shelter ousted from board after allegations of mismanagement

By Kathy Onorato, Lincoln County News on July 11, 2014, at 11:04 a.m.
EDGECOMB, Maine — Claiming the time was right for a change, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter board of directors elected a new president to replace Lorraine Nickerson, who has served in the capacity for more than 40 years. “I have hard shoes to fill, but I have good people to …

Payday lender with Maine shops to pay $10 million in settlement over illegal debt collection

By Darren Fishell on July 11, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week reached a $10 million settlement with payday lender ACE Cash Express over the company’s illegal debt collection methods. People who took loans from the company and were subject to its debt collection efforts may be eligible for a refund …
From the community

Baked bean supper at Searsport church

Bangor Daily News on July 11, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: North Searsport United Methodist Church, 43 E Main St., Searsport For more information: 548-2239 SEARSPORT, Maine — A baked bean public supper will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the North Searsport United Methodist Church, 43 E Main …
Peter Orne was hired Thursday night as business manager for Regional School Unit 13 based in Rockland.

Rockland-area school district hires new superintendent

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland-area school board tapped an assistant superintendent in a nearby district to be its next superintendent. John McDonald, who serves as curriculum coordinator for Regional School Unit 20 based in Belfast, was unanimously hired Thursday night to be RSU 13’s next superintendent. The search for a …
Kelly J. Cluff

Lincoln County clerk of courts charged with biting, assaulting husband in Brunswick

By J.W. Oliver, Lincoln County News on July 10, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Lincoln County Clerk of Courts Kelly Cluff faces a misdemeanor domestic violence assault charge after allegedly biting and throwing objects at her husband at their Brunswick home June 29. The Brunswick Police Department received a call from “an individual alleging that his wife was throwing things at …
An Amtrak Downeaster train idles near the proposed location of the train layover facility in Brunswick in this May 2013 file photo.

Lawmakers question plan to build Downeaster layover facility in Brunswick, suggest South Portland

By Beth Brogan on July 10, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Six Democratic legislators are urging the organization that operates the Amtrak Downeaster to reconsider building a controversial, 60,000-square-foot layover facility in Brunswick and instead build it in South Portland. In a June 18 letter to Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, …
From the community

T3’s Bow Ties and Bean Boots to raise funds to support Maine teens

By Carol Leone on July 10, 2014, at 3:57 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Summer is halfway over and August will be here before we know it. Teens To Trails would love to formally invite you to send off the summer with a bang at Bow Ties and Bean Boots, Teens To Trails’ inaugural lawn party benefit on August 28 at Camp …

Republican House candidate withdraws from Rockland-area race

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The Republican candidate for the Maine House seat that represents Rockland and Owls Head has withdrawn from the race. Thus far, the Republicans have yet to hold a caucus to fill the vacancy. The deadline for political parties to nominate replacement candidates is July 28, according to …
Linda Bean at Port Clyde

Linda Bean claims PETA has launched ‘full-scale attack’ on Maine lobster industry

By Stephen Betts on July 10, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — Maine lobster industry leader Linda Bean said the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is waging a full-scale attack on the lobster industry. Bean responded Thursday by email about the international animal rights organization that has criticized Bean’s lobster processing plant method as horrific abuse for …
From the community

Waldo County hams well-equipped, skilled in emergency communications

on July 10, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
MILBRIDGE, Maine — Should a major disaster strike midcoast or other parts of Maine rendering normal communications inoperable or degraded, there is a cadre of “amateur” radio operators that can respond and fill in the gap until the communications crisis is over. The term “amateur” refers not to a lack …

Coast Guard aids pleasure boat to shore off Southport

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 10, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A pleasure boat that was taking on water off Squirrel Island was aided to shore by a Coast Guard crew Wednesday afternoon. William Armstrong, chief of the Coast Guard’s Boothbay Harbor station, said two people were on board at the time of the incident. Both were …
Linda Bean at Port Clyde in this 2013 file photo.

PETA claims company dropped Linda Bean lobster because of crustacean abuse video

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A nationwide company that provides concessions for major league sports arenas, hotels, parks and airports has stopped buying lobsters from Linda Bean’s Maine company. Representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claim that the decision was the result of a video the organization distributed concerning …

State seeks to offer evidence that man accused of trying to kill wife on Camden cliff also tried to poison her

By Stephen Betts on July 09, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — The prosecution has asked the court to allow it to present evidence to a jury that a former Camden resident accused of trying to push his wife off a cliff had previously tried to poison her. A motion was filed Monday in Knox County Superior Court by …
The staff at the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association, Kieve-Wavus, and the Maine Departmentof Environmental Protection line the entire bottom of a lagoon on Cranberry Cove in Damariscotta Lake on Monday with a thick PVC plastic and rubber blended material to limit the growth of hydrilla.

Crews line section of Damariscotta Lake in effort to eradicate invasive hydrilla

By Paula Roberts, Lincoln County News on July 09, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
JEFFERSON, Maine — A dirty dozen gathered at Cranberry Cove on Damariscotta Lake Monday to lay down a black liner with the hopes of snuffing out hydrilla discovered there in 2009. Unlike the 1967 movie in which convicted murderers were on a World War II mission to assassinate German officers, …
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