Articles by: Jack Dodson

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.
  • MRC threatens to sue towns that return to PERC

    MRC threatens to sue towns that return to PERC

    ELLSWORTH — For years, the Maine towns that make up the nonprofit Municipal Review Committee (MRC) have trucked their trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC) plant in Orrington. That is, until April 1. Last year, a Maryland-based company, Fiberight, enticed more than half of the MRC’s 187 member towns to send their garbage

  • Maine Supreme Court affirms ranked choice for June primaries

    ELLSWORTH — The Maine Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that ranked choice voting (RCV) should be used in the June 12 primaries, issuing a key decision in a series of challenges to the new voting rules. At issue in the case was whether Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has the statutory ability to implement RCV according

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 19

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 19

    GOULDSBORO — Two Calais residents were charged on April 9 in connection with an apparent trespassing issue last fall. On Nov. 15 of last year, police were told of suspicious activity at a home on Main Street. The caller told police two people were attempting to gain access to the home with power tools. When

  • Bowen won’t seek re-election in Gouldsboro

    Bowen won’t seek re-election in Gouldsboro

    GOULDSBORO — Selectman Roger Bowen is sending a message to his fellow board members. When he ran for re-election to the position in 2015, and subsequently won by a single vote, he decided that would be his second and final term on the board. The idea was to “self-impose term limits, because I believe in

  • Reported threat at Peninsula School deemed not credible

    GOULDSBORO — Multiple police departments responded to the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor following a 911 call about “a potential threat” Thursday, according to police reports. When police arrived on the scene, they found no issue. Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler Dunbar said “misinformation” had originated from a student in the elementary school, leading to the

  • Sorrento fitness accessory goes global

    Sorrento fitness accessory goes global

    SORRENTO — The biceps, shoulders and quadriceps on Mamdouh Elssbiays — really all of his muscles — expand to what looks like at least twice the size of his actual frame. The Kuwaiti professional bodybuilder adorns the cover of March’s Flex magazine, a bodybuilding publication. He poses inside a gym, muscles glistening. Clear in the

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 12

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 12

    GOULDSBORO — Animal issues took up much of police officers’ time in early April. Seven residents were charged with keeping unlicensed dogs, and two people were charged with allowing their dogs to roam at large. David Jordan, 52, Jeffrey Lynn, 35, Andrea Lagasse, 37, Kayla Geel, 29, and Ida Young, 57, all were charged on

  • Piece of historic waterfront preserved

    Piece of historic waterfront preserved

    SORRENTO — In Eastern Point Harbor, a newly shingled boathouse hugs the shoreline. Through the four windows of its great sliding door, Calf and Preble islands loom in the far distance across the inlet. The newly restored, cavernous structure once housed the Ewing family’s watercraft that slid out the big doorway and into the water

  • Ranked choice voting judged good to go

    Ranked choice voting judged good to go

    ELLSWORTH — A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that ranked choice voting (RCV) should continue as planned for the June primaries. Her ruling followed a court battle that began late last week. Just as state officials were ready to implement RCV, a new wrinkle announced by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap last Thursday cast doubt

  • Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 5

    Gouldsboro Police Log Week of April 5

    GOULDSBORO — Jason Lovely, 44, of Bucksport was driving a 2009 International tractor-trailer on South Gouldsboro Road March 27 when he fell asleep due to fatigue and struck a parked car and a tree, police said. “The truck suffered functional damage and was towed from the scene,” a police report read. According to Police Chief