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  • Superintendent search starts over

    BAR HARBOR — It’s back to square one in the search for a new superintendent for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS). The school system board decided Monday night not to offer the job to either of the candidates that the superintendent search committee had selected as finalists: Mike Hammer of Ellsworth and

  • Hodgdon guilty in sexual assault case

    Hodgdon guilty in sexual assault case

    ELLSWORTH – A former Tremont Consolidated School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a female student was found guilty on three charges in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon. Benjamin Hodgdon II of Tremont has been charged with four counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of sexual

  • Testimony continues in sex assault case

    Testimony continues in sex assault case

    ELLSWORTH – The Tremont man accused of sexually assaulting a Tremont Consolidated School student while working as a teacher there testified Tuesday at his trial that he did engage in a sexual act with the alleged victim but only once and that was when she was eighteen years old. The jury trial of Benjamin Hodgdon

  • Flames damage pier

    Flames damage pier

    BAR HARBOR — The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire Tuesday morning on the end of the pier at the former international ferry terminal, Bar Harbor Fire Chief Matt Bartlett said. No injuries were reported, but the pier sustained significant fire damage. The fire was reported by staff at the neighboring

  • Sex assault trial of former teacher begins

    Sex assault trial of former teacher begins

    ELLSWORTH – The trial of a former Tremont Consolidated School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a female student began Monday in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court. Benjamin Hodgdon II of Tremont has been charged with four counts of gross sexual assault, two counts of unlawful sexual contact and two counts of sexual abuse of a

  • Rabies found in dead raccoon in Acadia

    Rabies found in dead raccoon in Acadia

    ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — In the first confirmed case of rabies on Mount Desert Island in 14 years, a dead raccoon found in Acadia tested positive for the disease. Another dead raccoon found at Schoodic is being tested. According to park officials, the animal was near the restrooms at the parking lot at Sieur de

  • Heat lamp ignited fatal fire

    Heat lamp ignited fatal fire

    BAR HARBOR — A house fire Feb. 24 that left one person and a pet dog dead is believed to have been caused by a heat lamp, according to a statement from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Melissa Watership, 46, died after being rescued from the house by firefighters. The fire has been ruled accidental,

  • MDI High closed after bomb threat

    MDI High closed after bomb threat

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School was evacuated and students and staff sent home for the day Friday in response to a possible bomb threat. The building was emptied just before noon after a student noticed some words “that seemed troubling” written on the wall in a restroom. “He went to the administration