Dawn Gagnon


Several law enforcement vehicles were parked at The Grove apartment complex in Orono in 2013.

Orono manager says The Grove management ‘very, very angry’ as town cracks down

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — After repeated attempts to work with operators of The Grove to curb the kind of loud, raucous parties for which it has developed a reputation, town officials are cracking down. And the management of Orono’s largest student housing complex is not pleased about it, Town Manager Sophie …

Woman struck by car in Hampden Hannaford parking lot

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 15, 2014, at 5 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A local woman suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when she was struck by a car in the Hannaford supermarket parking lot on Western Avenue. Melanie McGran, 31, of Hampden was taken to St. Joseph Hospital after she complained of pain at the accident scene, Hampden police Officer …

New Jersey man pleads guilty to firearms charge

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:58 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of firearms during a hearing on Friday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a news release. Court records show that during a probation home check at a Moose River residence on July …
Information packets for Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment are seen as police in Maine undergo training in anticipation of new standards for determining bail for those charged with domestic violence crimes Tuesday at the Maine State Police barracks on Maine Avenue in Bangor.

Bail or jail? New test helps Maine police predict repeat domestic violence offenses

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine law enforcement officers are getting a new tool that will help them and others in the justice system determine whether people charged with domestic violence offenses should be eligible for bail or remain in jail. Beginning Jan. 1, all law enforcement personnel in Maine — from …
Dawn Crocker

Four arrested in connection with drug trafficking operation in Washington County

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2014, at 9:05 p.m.
ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine — Four people have been arrested on drug charges as the result of a joint investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith and MDEA Cmdr. Peter Arno said in a news release. Dawn Crocker, 31 of …
FairPoint workers and their supporters gathered Thursday near the intersection of Main and Railroad streets for a rally and informational picket. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America unions is fighting for a new contract for about 2,000 of its members in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Members of the union have authorized a strike, while company officials said they have hired replacement workers and made other arrangements if a strike is called.

FairPoint workers rally in Bangor against ‘Wall Street Greed’

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — FairPoint workers and their supporters gathered Thursday near the intersection of Main and Railroad streets for a rally and informational picket they say was meant to send a message to Wall Street: “Stop putting profits above working families!” In a news release they issued on Thursday, FairPoint …
Kelly and Leon Licata of Orrington look over the newly formed precipice on the Swetts Pond Road created by a dam breach in Orrington in March 2012.

Orrington, landowners settle lawsuits over beaver dam breaches

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
ORRINGTON, Maine — Settlement agreements have been reached in civil lawsuits that the town brought against the owners of two properties that abut a beaver dam that burst twice since 2001, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the nearby roadway. In filing the lawsuits in 2012, …

Eddington man gets more than 6 years on federal gun, drug charges

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Eddington man was sentenced to more than six years in prison on gun and drug charges on Wednesday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said. In addition to his 75-month sentence, Nicholas McDonald, 33, also was ordered to undergo three years of …

Two found dead in Biddeford motel room

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:45 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — Biddeford police are investigating the discovery of two bodies at the Sleepy Hollow Motel, located at 297 Elm St., Assistant Police Chief JoAnne Fisk confirmed. The bodies of a male and female were found in the room just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to CBS 13. The …

Former owner of Brewer, Lincoln paper mills dies

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 09, 2014, at 6:59 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The former owner of paper mills in Brewer and Lincoln died last week in Charleston, South Carolina, after a period of declining health. Joseph Hall Torras, also of Shelbourne, Massachusetts, died Sept. 2 at the age of 89, according to his obituary. Born in Georgia, Torras served …

Hampden council to expand recording, broadcasting of RSU 22 meetings

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 08, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Get the popcorn ready: Residents of Hampden and other Regional School Unit 22 towns will be able to watch school committee meetings in the year ahead as the result of town councilors’ unanimous vote last week to continue a broadcasting program. The town began taping and broadcasting …

Winslow man in protective custody after police called to China Road residence

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
WINSLOW, Maine — A Winslow man was taken into protective custody Friday afternoon after Winslow police were called to a China Road residence for a possible domestic violence situation. Winslow police officers and Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies were sent to the area, Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said Friday in …
Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow

Bangor city manager appoints new department heads

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — City Manager Cathy Conlow announced Friday the appointment of two new department directors. Patricia Hamilton of Bangor has been appointed director of Health and Community Services, and John Theriault of Bangor has been named city engineer. Both appointments are subject to City Council confirmation, which is expected …

Court approves $5.7 million settlement for South Paris Superfund site cleanup

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The owner of a former tannery in South Paris has settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will reimburse the agency $5.7 million for cleaning up the site. Terms of the settlement between ConAgra Grocery Products Company LLC and the EPA were released on …

Carmel crash victim’s name released

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
CARMEL, Maine — The Maine State Police have released the name of the Brewer man who was injured late Wednesday night when his pickup truck left the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Carmel and went into the woods. The driver was identified as Jonathan Brooks, 36, Sgt. Sean Hashey …

Vehicle rolls over on I-95 in Argyle

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
ARGYLE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Two men escaped injury in a rollover crash Friday afternoon in Argyle Township, a Maine State Police trooper said. The accident happened about 3:15 p.m., when Michael Libby, 62, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his 2005 Saab station wagon, Trooper Adam Coover said. When …
Hampden officials consider issues during a town council meeting in April. Voters will decide in November if the number of councilors required for a quorum is reduced from 5 to 4.

Hampden voters to decide if town council can reduce quorum requirement

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Among the charter amendments that voters in Hampden will consider in November is whether the number of town councilors needed to constitute a quorum should be reduced from five to four. In recent months, two council meetings have been scrapped for lack of a quorum, which in …

Somerset County to use monitoring devices to track high-risk domestic violence offenders

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 05, 2014, at 6:09 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — At the beginning of next month, Somerset County will become the first county in Maine to use electronic monitoring devices — or ankle bracelets — to track the movements of high-risk domestic violence suspects. The devices are designed to alert authorities when people charged with domestic violence …

It’s open season for town council seats in Hampden election

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 04, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Election Day in Hampden should be interesting, with contests for every open seat, with the exception of a five-year opening on the Hampden Water District that has no takers. Up for grabs on Nov. 4 are the expiring Town Council seats held by District I representative Ivan …

Multiple-vehicle crash in Scarborough diverts traffic from I-295

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 04, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Emergency vehicles are at the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 295 near mile marker 3, Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said. The crash happened about 4 p.m., he said. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route.
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