Andrew Neff



Man arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot Eddington post office after flap over package

By Andrew Neff on March 12, 2013, at 9:41 p.m.
CLIFTON | A Clifton man with Tourette syndrome, claustrophobia and a beef with his local post office may also face federal charges after being arrested and charged with terrorizing Tuesday afternoon. “At 3 p.m., we received a call from a U.S. postal inspector that a man went to the …

One of three suspects in Augusta pharmacy robbery pleads guilty

By Andrew Neff on March 12, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Anthony W. Post, 19, of Auburn pled guilty to the robbery of the CVS pharmacy in Augusta in January at U.S. District Court here Tuesday afternoon. Post, who had been residing in Auburn, but was staying for a brief time in Augusta, pled guilty to charges stemming …

Dixmont couple pleads guilty to charges resulting from two robberies of same pharmacy

By Andrew Neff on March 12, 2013, at 8:46 p.m.
BANGOR | The Dixmont couple who faced numerous charges stemming from the robbery of a Rite Aid pharmacy in Newport twice last fall pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday afternoon. Jonah Masse, 26, of Dixmont pleaded guilty to two counts of pharmacy robbery and Sydney Duff, 21, …

No suspects identified in theft of two Sprague’s Nursery trucks

By Andrew Neff on March 11, 2013, at 10:50 p.m.
BANGOR | Bangor police have recovered both of the vehicles stolen from Sprague’s Nursery and Garden Center on Union Street sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning, but have no suspects in the thefts. “We had a call at 7:15 a.m. [Friday] that two trucks were stolen between …
Firefighters from Bradley, Eddington, Milford and Old Town responded to a grease fire at Claudia's Seafood in Bradley, but thanks to the quick action taken by Market employees and residents of an upstairs apartment, the fish market will be open for limited business Tuesday and regular takeout meal business by Thursday at the latest.

Firefighters credit Bradley fish market employees for preventing major fire damage

By Andrew Neff on March 11, 2013, at 8:46 p.m.
Clear thinking and quick reaction prevented Claudia’s Seafood from suffering major fire damage after hot grease from a deep fryer caught a nearby wall on fire Monday afternoon. “It could’ve turned out to be a lot worse, but I want to say the owners of the building …
Police stopped a U-Haul van (bottom) in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 about four miles south of the Lincoln exit on Monday. The interstate was closed in both directions Monday afternoon. According to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland, a man in the van was holding a gun to his head.

Man dead after state police shut down I-95 in both directions near Lincoln

By Andrew Neff and Nick Sambides Jr. on March 11, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.
MATTAMISCONTIS TOWNSHIP | An unidentified man armed with a rifle is dead after spending more than four hours Monday threatening to shoot himself in a rented U-Haul truck stopped on Interstate 95 near Lincoln, state police said. The man died shortly after 8 p.m. Police declined to identify him, …
Kenny Chesney performs at halftime of the game with the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Washington Redskins during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium on Nov. 22, 2012.

Kenny Chesney signs on for Waterfront Concerts’ ‘biggest show to date’

By Andrew Neff on March 08, 2013, at 1:59 a.m.
BANGOR | The man who Billboard calls “the biggest ticket seller in country music” is coming to Bangor, and Waterfront Concerts officials expect him to sell out Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. “It’s the biggest show in our four-year history to date,” said Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts chief promoter. “This is …
Sen. Edward Youngblood listens to Penobscot residents concerns about the proposed state budget along with his fellow state congresmen during a town hall meeting at the Brewer auditorium on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Forum on proposed state budget draws crowd to Brewer Auditorium

By Andrew Neff on March 07, 2013, at 11:10 p.m.
There were few empty parking spots outside — or empty seats inside — the Brewer Auditorium Thursday night as 12 members of the Maine Legislature gathered as part of a panel to hear public comment on Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed biennial state budget. Approximately 200 people attended …
Dean Bennett, Hampden community and economic development director, talks about the old Hampden Academy building Wednesday afternoon in Hampden. Town staff and council members will meet with Dan Lafayette about his proposal(s) to develop the old Hampden Academy property without tearing all of it down.

Hotelier making development offer for old Academy property to Hampden officials

By Andrew Neff on March 06, 2013, at 10:13 p.m.
A proposal by Hampden hotelier Danny Lafayette to develop all 22 acres of the old Hampden Academy property without tearing down the main buildings took a big step forward Wednesday night. Lafayette, who has built a chain of 27 hotels in Maine and outside the state along …
An unoccupied parked car rolled from a driveway and across Griffin Road in Bangor into an apartment building across the street on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

Driverless vehicle crashes into Bangor apartment building

By Andrew Neff on March 06, 2013, at 5:58 p.m.
An unattended car parked in the driveway of an apartment building on Griffin Road rolled down the driveway, across the street, and into the front wall of another apartment building Monday afternoon. “The vehicle was parked at 235 Griffin Road and was either left in neutral or …
Hampden Academy, as seen from the air earlier in August, 2012. The new $49.2 million high school still has a few bugs to be ironed out.

New $49 million Hampden high school dealing with heat problems, falling ceiling tiles

By Andrew Neff on March 05, 2013, at 10:36 p.m.
Six months after the new Hampden academy opened for its first academic year, school officials and builders are still addressing problems with the second most expensive high school facility in Maine. SAD 22 officials came to Monday’s Hampden Town Council meeting to answer questions about complaints councilors …

Proposed state funding cuts draw region’s educators, politicians to Hampden meeting

By Andrew Neff on March 04, 2013, at 11:11 p.m.
Monday’s event wasn’t called a conference; organizers preferred to emphasize an exchange of information and ideas. Whatever its official name was, attendees and planners alike were calling it both worthwhile and a success. It’s official name was “An Evening for Leadership” and it was organized by the Penobscot River …

Celtic Woman ensemble excited to share American audience enthusiasm

By Andrew Neff on March 02, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
PORTLAND | It’s been almost a decade since Celtic Woman began touring the U.S. and the rest of the world, but as familiar as Susan McFadden was with the tour showcasing the music and dancing of Ireland, it was a new experience. “For me personally, on a performance level, …
Hinder and opening act Nonpoint are scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at The Asylum in Portland.

Portland Asylum gig offers rockers Hinder a chance to relive early days

By Andrew Neff on March 01, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.
When it comes to crowd capacity, the Asylum sports bar, grill and nightclub will never be confused with Madison Square Garden or even the Bangor Auditorium. But that’s not only fine, it’s preferential for the rocking, five-man band from Oklahoma City known as Hinder continuing its “Welcome …

Maine state trooper’s handgun discharges during staff meeting Wednesday

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 27, 2013, at 7:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine State Police are investigating the accidental firing of a lieutenant’s handgun during a staff meeting Wednesday morning. “Lt. Shaun Currie, who heads up our commercial vehicle enforcement division, was at a computer training class at our former headquarters on Hospital Street in Augusta with two other …
Ed Lovejoy, a former building inspector, sits in the Bangor Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Lovejoy was the inspecctor for the building when it was being built in 1955. The new Cross Insurance Center is replacing the old Bangor Auditorium this spring.

Man who helped build Bangor Auditorium shares rich history — from location change to female urinals

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 27, 2013, at 5:39 p.m.
You’d think that a man who was one of the primary people involved with the design and construction of the Bangor Auditorium would be wistful and maybe even sad as its 57-year run as eastern Maine’s primary civic entertainment venue winds down. Not Edward Lovejoy, who for …
A Cyr Bus Line motorcoach transporting the University of Maine women’s basketball team to Boston for a Wednesday night game was involved in an accident on I-95 in Georgetown, Mass., Tuesday night that seriously injured the driver.

Driver, coach among injured after UMaine women’s basketball team’s bus crashes

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 26, 2013, at 10:34 p.m.
GEORGETOWN, Mass. — A Cyr Bus Line motorcoach transporting the University of Maine women’s basketball team to Boston for a Wednesday night game was involved in an accident Tuesday night that injured the driver and left head coach Richard Barron with facial lacerations. No other significant injuries to the team …
Sonya Eldridge, owner of Bagel Central in Bangor, washes the windows of her business Tuesday afternoon. "I have not had a chance to do this since October. It is such a nice day to do it," Eldridge said while working in what felt like T-shirt weather. According to the National Weather Service, the weather is expected to change and a significant winter storm is going to hit the state by Wednesday evening.

Drawn-out snowstorm could dump 15 inches, but most will see 5 to 10

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 26, 2013, at 10:08 a.m.
CARIBOU | Another winter storm is expected to hit the state Wednesday and last into Thursday, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service in Gray is expecting the storm to hit the southern part of the state early Wednesday and track northward throughout the day. “This isn’t probably going …

Argument at Bangor restaurant leads to ex-boyfriend’s arrest

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 25, 2013, at 11:11 p.m.
An argument between a man and his former girlfriend at a Bangor restaurant resulted in his arrest after Bangor police officers called to the scene discovered he had violated his bail conditions. Bangor police received a complaint call from someone at My Fork restaurant on the Odlin …
Revelers are silhouetted against the colorful light display of freeform dubstep electronic artist Lorin Ashton, better known as Bassnectar, who performed at KahBang on Bangor's waterfront Saturday night, Aug. 11, 2012.

Website names KahBang one of top 5 up-and-coming U.S. music festivals

By Andrew Neff on Feb. 25, 2013, at 9:43 p.m.
BANGOR | Bangor’s KahBang music festival, now entering its fifth season, picked up some welcome offseason buzz and publicity with its inclusion as one of website DJZ’s Top 5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Festivals. DJZ, a website dedicated to everything connected to electronic dance music and established last year, named KahBang …