Infamous art thief revisits criminal past in Ellsworth, Maine
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
Scenes from a fire on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 on Tunk Lake Road in Sullivan, Maine.
Artistic interpretation of #BlueHill #Maine.
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.
The new #Maine Marine Patrol vessel Dirigo II. #fisheries #oceans
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
Cold today in the Ellsworth bureau today, isn’t it, @nellgluckman? #maine #winter #mewx
9 below. #brrrr #mewx #winter #maine
My most-read stories of 2013
Just for the sake of posterity, here are the the 10 most-read stories I wrote in 2013 (in descending order).
Dec. 31, 2013 has been a cold day in Maine. After a series of several ice and snow events over the prior couple of weeks, temperatures dropped well below freezing on New Year’s Eve. These shots were taken Dec. 31 in the towns of Sullivan and Hancock.