Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • City officials: Roads are bad, but we’re working on it

    City officials: Roads are bad, but we’re working on it

    ELLSWORTH — Several dozen residents gathered at City Hall on Thursday evening to talk about that oft-lamented topic of frustration in New England: the state of local roads. “It’s easy to feel forgotten,” said City Manager David Cole, at the public meeting of the Local Roads Committee. “The worst road is your road.” The city

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Aug. 29

    Ellsworth Police log week of Aug. 29

    ELLSWORTH — Police were called to the emergency department at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital on Aug. 24 to check on a child that had reportedly been bitten by a dog earlier in the day. The girl “had a small laceration on her face, but no major injuries,” according to a police report. Officers wrote

  • Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Aug. 29

    Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of Aug. 29

    ELLSWORTH — An 18-year-old man was arrested on Aug. 21 after a domestic incident in Lamoine, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo reported that “after a thorough investigation, it was determined that crimes had been committed” and arrested Lamoine resident Jacob Fallica on charges of domestic violence assault, criminal mischief, violating conditions

  • Bangor man charged with OUI after SUV catches fire

    Bangor man charged with OUI after SUV catches fire

    TRENTON — A 26-year-old Bangor man was charged with operating under the influence on Aug. 18 after his SUV caught fire on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Donn Farley was heading north on the Bar Harbor Road when he told authorities a deer ran into the road.

  • Police issue more than 50 traffic summonses

    Police issue more than 50 traffic summonses

    ELLSWORTH — Police conducted a number of traffic enforcement details over the past several weeks, summoning more than 50 drivers for a variety of alleged violations. On the Bucksport Road, officers issued summonses to the following drivers for allegedly traveling 34 mph in a 25-mph zone: Leslie Stager, 60, of Nevada City, Calif., on Aug.

  • Councilors approve hiring of new city planner

    Councilors approve hiring of new city planner

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors unanimously approved City Manager David Cole’s choice for city planner on Monday evening (with one councilor absent). Jef Fitzgerald resigned his post as town assessor in Bucksport last week to take the job in Ellsworth. He has previously worked for the city as deputy planner. “He’s got a strong background, a

  • Addiction recovery center growing rapidly nationwide

    Addiction recovery center growing rapidly nationwide

    ELLSWORTH — They didn’t want it to feel like a doctor’s office, explains Jocelyne Wood, regional manager for addiction treatment center Groups Recover Together. That’s in part why the walls of the Ellsworth location are painted a deep teal, the rooms are adorned with bright orange and yellow chairs and there are white boards scrawled

  • Medication-assisted addiction treatment offered to inmates

    Medication-assisted addiction treatment offered to inmates

    ELLSWORTH — In recent years, county jails and state prisons have faced a growing problem: cells that are increasingly filled with inmates suffering from drug addiction and withdrawal. Another problem? Once those inmates leave those cells, the odds are fairly good that they’ll wind up dead. “If you look at the risk factors associated with

  • Three injured in Castine Road crash

    Three injured in Castine Road crash

    ELLSWORTH — Three people were injured on Aug. 17 in a head-on collision between a truck and a Volvo on the Castine Road, according to a press release from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. Letha Wood, 74, was traveling north when the Volvo she was driving was hit by a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by

  • Ellsworth Police log week of Aug. 22

    Ellsworth Police log week of Aug. 22

    Man hospitalized after bar brawl ELLSWORTH — One man was hospitalized for a “significant cut” on his ankle on Aug. 14 after a brawl outside a local bar, according to a police report of the incident. The fight began inside the bar, according to police, between two women. It escalated to involve “at least eight

  • From Beirut to Bar Harbor

    From Beirut to Bar Harbor

    ELLSWORTH — Caribou is perhaps not the first place one would expect to find a Lebanese man, sporting a crisp dress shirt and tie, going door-to-door selling wares out of an old woven fishing basket on his back. But that’s exactly where one could find Joseph Sleeper in the early 1900s. “He dressed every day

  • Summer building permit numbers fall

    ELLSWORTH — City officials issued 22 building permits in July, the same number as June, although builders this past month enjoyed considerably better weather. The numbers were down slightly compared to July 2018, when 24 permits were issued. The combined number of permits issued over June and July (often the busiest months for building) has