Articles by: Johanna S. Billings

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]
  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of June 27

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of June 27

    GOULDSBORO — A 2002 Windstar van was reported stolen from a residence on Clinic Road June 20. An undisclosed amount of cash was also taken. Police were able to identify a suspect and obtained an address for the person in Rhode Island. Police contacted the Coventry Police Department in Rhode Island, which located and recovered

  • Gouldsboro  keeps its police dept.

    Gouldsboro keeps its police dept.

    GOULDSBORO — The Gouldsboro Police Department stays, voters decided Tuesday. Resident Becky Irwin filed a petition seeking to ask voters, “Shall the town vote to disband the Gouldsboro Police Department and contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for public safety services?” The question was on the ballot because she obtained 97 signatures, four more

  • RSU 24 Adult Ed grads celebrate milestone

    RSU 24 Adult Ed grads celebrate milestone

    SULLIVAN — Nicole Veilleux smiled as she took a phone call from her mother before graduation ceremonies June 12. The Ellsworth resident was pleased to learn her mother was on her way to Sumner Memorial High School to see her take another step toward her career goal of becoming a nurse. From October 2018 through

  • Winter Harbor Police Log Week of June 20

    Winter Harbor Police Log Week of June 20

    WINTER HARBOR — No one was injured during a motor vehicle collision June 5 on the Winter Harbor town dock. Winter Harbor police said the vehicles sustained only minor, cosmetic damage. No one was charged. Medical assist Police responded June 7 to a report of an infant having a seizure. The ambulance arrived seconds after

  • Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    Cherryfield Days celebration starts Friday

    CHERRYFIELD — The town’s annual festival, Cherryfield Days, is set for June 21-23. The theme this year is Christmas Downeast. Friday’s events, beginning at 5 p.m., include a kiddie parade along Main Street and a concert by the Cherryfield Band. Saturday’s events run all day, starting at 7:30 a.m. with registration for the David and

  • Solid waste district future is uncertain

    ADDISON — Breaking up is hard to do. So found Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District board members Monday night as they grappled with legal and financial questions surrounding the possible departure of two member towns. At its June 10 meeting, the board postponed formal action on the withdrawal of Jonesport and Columbia Falls from

  • Gouldsboro Police Week of June 13

    Gouldsboro Police Week of June 13

    GOULDSBORO — Police received a complaint May 31 about a phone scam involving a demand for money. The officer met with the complainant, who was unsure if any money had actually been given to the scammer. Police advised the person to call the bank and not allow the transfer of any money. Disputes Police were

  • Gouldsboro police chief resigns

    Gouldsboro police chief resigns

    GOULDSBORO — Tyler Dunbar, chief of the Gouldsboro Police Department, resigned Wednesday, June 12. Dana Rice, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Dunbar submitted a letter of resignation to Town Manager Sherri Cox at about midafternoon. His resignation is effective June 26. Dunbar’s resignation came the day after the town was originally scheduled to

  • Gouldsboro “mess” postpones police vote, Town Meeting

    Gouldsboro “mess” postpones police vote, Town Meeting

    GOULDSBORO — Due to errors in the posting of the warrants, the Gouldsboro Town Meeting and municipal elections, including a vote on whether to dissolve the Police Department, have been rescheduled for June 25-26. After an hour-long discussion at an emergency meeting Monday night, the Gouldsboro selectmen voted unanimously to reschedule the elections for Tuesday,