Articles by: Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.
  • Alleged killers of Franky the dog indicted

    Alleged killers of Franky the dog indicted

    ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury April 4 indicted two men accused in the late August death of Franky, a Boston terrier-pug. Nathan Burke, 38, of Hancock and Justin T. Chipman, 23, of Steuben have each been indicted on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal mischief, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking

  • Soothing pothole pain

    Soothing pothole pain

    SURRY — No one wants a car repair, especially one caused by Maine’s mud season special: potholes and frost heaves. However, Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop is offering a free scoop of its Frost Heave ice cream to make it all better. Just bring in a receipt for vehicular work resulting from pothole-related damage until the

  • Bucksport has new town clerk

    Bucksport has new town clerk

    BUCKSPORT — The new town clerk, Jacob Gran of Winterport, who began work March 27, is also pastor of the Frankfort Congregational Church. Gran replaces longtime clerk Kathy Downes, who has served Bucksport for 26 years. The front office staff at the Bucksport town office helped Town Manager Susan Lessard with the interview process. Lessard

  • State trooper killed on I-95 in Hampden

    State trooper killed on I-95 in Hampden

    ELLSWORTH — It was a “freak accident” that killed Det. Benjamin Campbell, said Maine State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland. Campbell, who would have turned 32 on Monday, April 8, had stopped to render aid to a motorist whose vehicle was facing the wrong way in a breakdown lane on I-95 in Hampden Wednesday morning, according

  • Bucksport motel cited for safety issues

    Bucksport motel cited for safety issues

    BUCKSPORT — The town of Bucksport Friday issued a notice of violation and order for corrective action to the owner of the Spring Fountain Motel. The order concerns alleged safety issues first cited when the Bucksport Fire Department responded to a Jan. 8 fire alarm. The property belongs to Asad Khaqan, who bought the two-building

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 4

    Hancock County Sheriff’s Log Week of April 4

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Dupuis charged a Tremont man after investigating a hit-and-run accident on the Bernard Road in Tremont Sunday. The accident damaged a “school bus stop ahead” sign and a telephone pole, the deputy said. Dupuis said Lee Closson, 59, was driving a 2012 GMC Sierra when he failed to

  • Jury selection begins in case of Blue Hill treasurer accused of theft

    Jury selection begins in case of Blue Hill treasurer accused of theft

    ELLSWORTH — Jury selection for a theft case involving a former treasurer for the town of Blue Hill will commence Tuesday. Jody Murphy, 39, now of Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to one count of theft. An investigation by Hancock County Sheriff’s Det. Stephen McFarland revealed missing funds totaling $17,960. Murphy’s attorney, Maxwell Coolidge, appeared

  • Maine State Police Log Week of March 4

    Maine State Police Log Week of March 4

    ELLSWORTH — A rollover accident in which a driver and passenger fled the scene on foot led to charges for the driver, the Maine State Police reported. The crash occurred at the intersection of West Side Drive and Route 1 on Verona Island March 28. Troopers Travis Chapman and Blaine Silk were en route when

  • Beef, butter, milk prices up slightly

    Beef, butter, milk prices up slightly

    ELLSWORTH — The prices for beef, butter and milk rose slightly this quarter, according to prices gathered by The American. Ground beef, a pound of 85 percent lean, has increased by just over 1 percent since October, going from $5.40 to $5.47 this month. That’s on top of a 7 percent spike that occurred last