Bill Trotter
Spring finally starts to stir in #Maine.

Spring finally starts to stir in #Maine.

#Maine Misspelling Museum

#Maine Misspelling Museum

Bangor day today. Headed to #Maine Discovery Museum after lunch.

Bangor day today. Headed to #Maine Discovery Museum after lunch.

Infamous art thief revisits criminal past in Ellsworth, Maine

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At the age of 22, days after he had been caught stealing a grandfather clock from a house in Sullivan, Maine, Myles J. Connor Jr. escaped from the old Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth using a bar of soap he had blackened with shoe polish and carved into the shape of a gun. His freedom lasted only five days, but Connor would go on to compile a lengthy rap sheet that includes the theft of several valuable paintings, as well as assault, drug possession and the shooting of a police officer, among other offenses. He also has been linked to the notorious 1990 art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, though he was in prison when it occurred.

Connor, now 71, revisited the former Ellsworth jail on Wednesday with a documentary film crew from Howlin’ Wolf Pictures. Click here to read my story about his visit.

Sand Beach at @AcadiaNPS #barharbor #maine #Acadia

Sand Beach at @AcadiaNPS #barharbor #maine #Acadia

Scenes from a fire on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 on Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan, Maine.

Artistic interpretation of #BlueHill #Maine.

Artistic interpretation of #BlueHill #Maine.

Sunset from #MDIsland #Maine #BarHarbor

Sunset from #MDIsland #Maine #BarHarbor

Two fires scenes on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, approximately 23 miles apart. The first four are at a house fire in Sullivan, where a family lost a home to fire at their Quarry Road property for the second time in six years. The last four are at the Red Barn Motel in Milbridge. No one was hurt in either blaze.

…and this happened today in Milbridge. Not a good day for fires in Downeast #Maine.

…and this happened today in Milbridge. Not a good day for fires in Downeast #Maine.

The new #Maine Marine Patrol vessel Dirigo II. #fisheries #oceans

The new #Maine Marine Patrol vessel Dirigo II. #fisheries #oceans

#Maine sunrise

#Maine sunrise

Demolition Derby. I took all these pictures a few days ago of sites in Bar Harbor where buildings were demolished last year. One shows where the Dog & Pony tavern is being rebuilt in downtown Bar Harbor. Another shows where the historic 'La Selva' mansion recently was torn down. The empty lot is where an old, vacant garage on Cottage Street recently was demolished after the roof partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow. And the last, for good measure, is the Hampton Inn under construction on Norman Road, where the old Summit House nursing home used to be.

12 below 0 this morning at my house. But no frozen pipes and the coffee is hot. #mewx #maine #winter

12 below 0 this morning at my house. But no frozen pipes and the coffee is hot. #mewx #maine #winter

Cold today in the Ellsworth bureau today, isn’t it, @nellgluckman? #maine #winter #mewx

Cold today in the Ellsworth bureau today, isn’t it, @nellgluckman? #maine #winter #mewx