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Warden buys state property
  • Published
    August 17, 2011

    Warden testifies concerning land deal

    Maine State Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart told the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee Aug. 16 she was intimately aware of the scrutiny she would receive in buying property from the state. She said she and another prison official raised a question about it in an email to the Maine Bureau of General Services in order to make sure the deal had the "utmost transparency." The committee questioned ...

  • Published
    July 9, 2011

    Attorney general declares warden land deal illegal, plans to void it

    The Governor's Office released a statement July 11 declaring that the attorney general has found the sale of state-owned property to the Maine State Prison warden to be illegal. The AG's office is declaring the transaction void. Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart and Sheehan Gallagher paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel that includes three houses and more than five acres of property ...

  • Published
    July 8, 2011

    Behind the scenes in warden’s land deal

    Documents released by the Maine Bureau of General Services July 7 show that the Maine State Prison warden used knowledge she had gained through her employment with the prison during negotiations to buy state-owned property in Thomaston. Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart and Sheehan Gallagher paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel that includes three houses and more than five acres of ...

  • Published
    July 6, 2011

    Inmates provide work at warden’s house

    As part of the deal in which the Maine State Prison warden bought state-owned property near the former prison land, inmate work crews provide work for her, two state officials confirmed July 6. Patricia Barnhart, the prison warden, and Sheehan Gallagher paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel of land that includes three houses and more than five acres of property extending down to the St. ...

  • Published
    July 6, 2011

    Officials change story on warden home sale

    Maine Bureau of General Services Acting Director Betty M. Lamoreau said in a phone interview July 6 that the state-owned land sold to the Maine State Prison warden was not publicly advertised prior to the state accepting the warden's offer. Lamoreau said she found no evidence that it was publicly marketed. This was a change from the information coming out of the Governor's Office the day before. Patricia ...

  • Published
    July 6, 2011

    Updated: Lawmakers to investigate sale of property to warden

    While some state lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the sale of state-owned land to the prison warden, the governor's office is blaming the deal on the previous administration. Patricia Barnhart, the current prison warden, and Sheehan Gallagher paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel of land that includes three houses and more than five acres of property extending down to the ...

  • Published
    July 2, 2011

    Details emerge in property sale to warden

    Maine Bureau of General Services Acting Director Betty M. Lamoreau said a weak housing market contributed to the decision to sell three houses and land to the prison warden without advertising the sale to any other potential buyers. Patricia Barnhart, the current prison warden, and Sheehan Gallagher paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel of land that includes three houses and property ...

  • Published
    June 29, 2011

    State sells three houses to warden for 175K

    The Maine State Prison warden and a partner paid $175,000 to the state to buy a Ship Street Circle parcel of land that includes three houses and property extending down to the St. George River, according to Maine Bureau of General Services Acting Director Betty M. Lamoreau. Lamoreau confirmed that the land adjacent to the former Maine State Prison property was purchased by Patricia Barnhart, the current prison ...

  • Published
    June 22, 2011

    Seven-lot subdivision proposed next to former prison land

    The Maine State Prison warden has proposed a seven-lot subdivision on Ship Street Circle, according to Code Enforcement Officer Peter Surek. He said Warden Patricia Barnhart and Sheehan Gallagher have applied for the project and will go before the planning board at its July 12 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the town office. Surek said the application is for residential lots. Ship Street is on ...

  • Published
    September 2, 2010

    Warden Barnhart seeks to meet high expectations

    Warden Patricia Barnhart's office walls at the Maine State Prison on Cushing Road evoke her past journeys and present occupation. Posters of European destinations share space with half-hull models, cutting boards and furniture that are made in the prison and sold at the Prison Showroom on Route 1 in Thomaston. Barnhart arrived in Warren over the Thanksgiving weekend last year and took up her position Dec. 1 ...

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