Dawn Gagnon



Proposed $12.4 million Hermon school budget clears initial hurdle

By Dawn Gagnon on May 29, 2015, at 7:44 p.m.
School officials’ $12.4 million education spending plan for the fiscal year ahead received the first of two necessary approvals during the annual budget meeting recently at Hermon Middle School. The proposed $12,402,315 school budget for 2015-16 reflects a 3.6 percent increase from this year, Superintendent Patricia Duran …
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Hampden-area school budget faces district votes

By Dawn Gagnon on May 29, 2015, at 6:48 p.m.
Voters from the Regional School Unit 22 member towns of Hampden, Newburgh, Winterport and Frankfort will consider a $29.5 million spending plan for local education during their annual district budget meeting Thursday in the Hampden Academy gym. During the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., voters will …

Crews work to repair Brewer water main break

By Dawn Gagnon on May 28, 2015, at 8:29 p.m.
Water Department employees were working to repair a main break that occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Wilson Street, a city police sergeant said. The break happened in front of the Big Apple convenience store at 343 Wilson St., according to Sgt. Nelson Feero. He said that …
A crash involving a car and this 2003 Peterbilt tractor-trailer reduced southbound traffic to one lane on Thursday on Interstate 295 in Falmouth.

Traffic down to one lane after crash involving tractor-trailer in Falmouth

By Dawn Gagnon on May 28, 2015, at 7:46 p.m.
A crash involving a tractor-trailer and a car is causing traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 to back up, according to alerts from the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Department of Public Safety. The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m., when a blue …
Billie-Jo Dick, mother of Danielle Bertolini who went missing in 2014 in California talks about the recent discovery of remains that are believed to be her daughter's.

Plymouth woman says skull found in California is her daughter’s

By Dawn Gagnon on May 28, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
DETROIT | A skull found near a California river has been identified as part of the remains of a former Maine woman reported missing 15 months ago, according to her mother. Billie-Jo Dick of Plymouth said Thursday that she received the news the day before that her daughter, Danielle …
Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation chief, along with other Maine tribal representatives, gave a joint response to Gov. Paul LePage's recent executive order on tribal sovereignty and multiple actions by the state affecting tribal self-governance and the sovereign status of their respective nations on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribal leaders assert sovereignty, call for probe of state’s actions

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 8:42 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND | Leaders of three of Maine’s Native American tribes gathered on Wednesday on Indian Island to sign a joint declaration affirming their right to govern themselves — and calling for a congressional inquiry into state actions they say have hurt their cultures, rights and resources. The declaration …
The home where David Grant, 61, was found dead night of May 12 on Packard Road in Parkman.

Man charged in father’s shooting death in Parkman

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
An Abbot man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his father two weeks ago in Parkman, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. Zachery Grant, 38, was taken into custody upon his release from Acadia …
A line of strong storms moved through northern Maine late Wednesday afternoon producing lightning, thunder, wind and heavy rain.

Severe storms cause wind damage in northern Aroostook County

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
CARIBOU | Severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Wednesday in northern Aroostook County, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The hazardous weather began shortly before 5:30 p.m., with a second strong wind event occurring at 5:50 p.m., forecasters said. Cross Lake was hit hard, with reports of wind …

Hermon faces higher school budget, lower municipal budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 8:38 p.m.
Residents will be asked in the weeks ahead to consider budget proposals for school and municipal operations in the coming fiscal year. First up is the school budget plan for 2015-16, which will be the subject of a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the …

Coast Guard wiping up oil spill on Piscataqua River

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 8:29 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | The U.S. Coast Guard was called to the Piscataqua River Tuesday afternoon to help clean up an oil spill that occurred shortly after noon. The spill involved the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which accidentally discharged oily water overboard at its mooring …

Augusta man, Chelsea woman accused of robbery, assault indicted

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
A man from Augusta and a woman from Chelsea accused of a 2014 robbery in Augusta are among 19 people indicted Friday by the Kennebec County grand jury. Corey J. Dionne, 25, and Sara R. Negrete, 32, were indicted on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and theft …
The lack of a building permit brought construction on a rooftop deck at McLaughlin’s at the Marina in Hampden to a grinding stop last week.

Lack of building permit halts work on McLaughlin’s at the Marina

By Dawn Gagnon on May 17, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
HAMPDEN | The lack of a building permit brought construction on a rooftop deck at McLaughlin’s at the Marina to a grinding stop last week. At issue is that the project has not yet been approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office because of what appears to be a …

Orono woman suffers serious leg injury in motorcycle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on May 15, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
GLENBURN | A 59-year-old Orono woman suffered a serious leg injury Friday after losing control of her 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the intersection of Orono and Pushaw roads, a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy said Friday evening. Wendy Colavecchio, who lost consciousness after the crash, was flown to Eastern …

Hampden manager says property tax rate to hold steady

By Dawn Gagnon on May 15, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
Despite increases in the cost for education and the county tax, among other things, the town’s property tax rate for next year is expected to hold steady, Town Manager Susan Lessard said Thursday. “The instructions from the [Town] Council this year was they wanted to see what …
Newburgh volunteer firefighter Adam Armitage hoses down the remains of a fire on Sawyer Road in Hampden on Thursday afternoon.

Fire in Hampden shed, yard blamed on lawn mower

By Dawn Gagnon on May 14, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
A riding lawn mower that was parked in a shed after being used to cut grass is the suspected cause of a fire Thursday afternoon that burned about half an acre of the homeowner’s yard. The fire at 463 Sawyer Road began shortly after 2 p.m. and …

Maine forest rangers battle 4 wildfires across state

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 7:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Personnel from the Maine Forest Service spent Wednesday afternoon and evening battling four wildfires, rangers reported via social media. While a spokesman could not be reached Wednesday evening, the forest service said rangers dealt with a fire in Stetson that began about 3 p.m., followed shortly after …

Frost advisory issued for parts of interior Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
BANGOR | In the wake of a stretch of relatively warm weather, the National Weather Service on Wednesday issued overnight frost advisories for parts of interior Maine. In effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, a frost advisory issued by the weather service’s Caribou office applies to southern …
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Felony drug fugitive nabbed in Bangor with $47,000 cash

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
A New York City man wanted on felony drug charges was arrested Tuesday by investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s North Central Task Force Office. Alexander Mercado, 32, of the Bronx, New York, had been a fugitive since 2011, when he failed to appear on Class …
Jason Bishop (left) and Andrew Bien lost their duplexed 115-year-old farmhouse in Clifton to a basement fire on April 20th. They are currently staying at the Riverview Motel in Bangor. The pair are in need of things for themselves and their 10 cats.

Disabled homeowner, tenant from Clifton struggling to rebuild lives after house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
A disabled homeowner and his tenant, who also is disabled, are trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a fire that swept through the basement of the 115-year-old farmhouse-turned-duplex they were living in on Route 9. The April 20 fire, which began when a space …

Hermon residents to fill local posts, vote on school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
Residents will fill expiring Town Council and school board seats in local elections on June 9, Town Clerk Ruth Nickerson said Tuesday. Up for grabs are the council seats now held by Donald Pelletier and Douglas Sinclair, both of whom are seeking re-election for another three years. …
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