'Hellish' winter for water freez-ups

BERLIN -- It was a "hellish" winter for Berlin Water Work crews struggling to keep up with a record number of water line freeze-ups through out the city. There were 260 freeze-ups over the past winter. Fifteen residences had their water freeze twice and there were three or four places where crews went back three times to thaw pipes. "We had some people freeze who had never froze before," Water Superintendent Roland Viens said in a briefing at the water commission ...

Grand jury indicts snowmobiler in sled dog accident

Nine indictments returned by grand jury yesterday

A Coos County grand jury yesterday indicted 29-year old Denis Lancey for conduct after an accident for allegedly failing to stop after his snowmobile struck and seriously injured a Maine dog sled driver on February 15. Lancey of 22 Arlington St., Berlin, is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in Coos Superior Court on Tuesday, May 3. The charge is a Class B felony which carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison. The ...

Felicia Hawkins no longer faces first degree murder charge

Felicia Hawkins, currently in a North Carolina jail on first degree murder charges, no longer faces the death penalty or a life sentence after her former lawyer, Mike Klinkosum, won a decisive discovery battle during a recent court hearing. The 21-year-old former Berlin resident was charged in June of last year on first degree murder charges in the death of a 26-year-old Mount Airy man named Timothy Louis Leake. Hawkins has steadfastly maintained her innocence throughout her arrest ...

Sale of Augusta tissue mill approved in bankruptcy court

New owner son-in-law of Mehdi Gabayzadeh

(AP) The sale of Augusta's only paper mill to the son-in-law of its former co-owner, who's charged with defrauding lenders and investors of nearly $300 million, was approved in federal bankruptcy court Tuesday. The move by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Louis Kornreich paves the way for the shuttered mill to reopen, which could create 85 new jobs by the end of the year. The judge ruled that the mill's sale by American Tissue could go ...