Dawn Gagnon



CDC: Testing finds no link between school lunch, 22 vomiting students

By Dawn Gagnon on March 27, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
PORTLAND | Although laboratory tests completed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control were unable to provide a reason for a March 10 outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at Reiche Elementary School, the tests show no link between the illness and the school lunch the children ate that day. The …

Bangor police investigating Market Street stabbing

By Dawn Gagnon on March 27, 2015, at 7:10 p.m.
Bangor police are investigating a stabbing on Market Street that left one person injured, a department official said early Friday evening. The incident, which happened at 89 Market St., was reported about 3:45 p.m. as a disturbance, according to Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnston. Upon their arrival, …

New Sharon couple charged with meth trafficking, child endangerment

By Dawn Gagnon on March 27, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a man and a woman from New Sharon on Friday after agents found a methamphetamine lab in their home at 545 Farmington Falls Road, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Both Daniel Villacci, 38, and Tabatha …
A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency team is at 545 Farmington Falls Road in New Sharon to dismantle a methamphetamine laboratory. Two people have been arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.

State drug agents investigating meth lab in New Sharon

By Dawn Gagnon on March 27, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators are at 545 Farmington Falls Road dismantling a methamphetamine laboratory, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page. Two people have been arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.  

Bail set for Corinna man facing multiple sexual assault charges

By Dawn Gagnon on March 27, 2015, at 2:28 p.m.
BANGOR | Bail was set at $25,000 Friday for a Corinna man arrested earlier this week on eight warrants for sex crimes, a Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office official said. Frank Johnson, 37, was ordered not to have contact with his victim or any witnesses connected to his case, …
Young performers from the Top Hat II Dance Studio perform during the 2013 Hampden Children's Day festivities held at the Weatherbee School in Hampden.

With final call for volunteers, Hampden Childrens’ Day may happen after all

By Dawn Gagnon on March 26, 2015, at 6:57 p.m.
Days after a final call for volunteers went out, it appears that Hampden Children’s Day might go on after all, a former town councilor who is helping recruit people for the event said Thursday. “We’ve had some good responses and folks have contacted me that are interested …
Guests browse downtown apartments during the Downtown Living Open House Wednesday in Bangor.

‘Apartment crawl’ in downtown Bangor showcases studios, luxury units for rent

By Dawn Gagnon on March 25, 2015, at 9:11 p.m.
Scores of people curious about what it’s like to live in downtown Bangor — and some who are interested in renting there — got a glimpse of the lifestyle Wednesday evening during a two-hour open house that covered a couple of city blocks. Armed with maps of …

11-year-old accused of making bomb threat at Gray school

By Dawn Gagnon on March 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
An 11-year-old student at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School was arrested Wednesday on a juvenile summons for felony terrorizing after he allegedly made a bomb threat that prompted an evacuation and investigation. The threat, which alleged a bomb was inside the school, was found about 10 a.m. on …

Police identify Madison crash victim, say lost wheel may be cause

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
Police have identified the motorist who was killed Tuesday morning in a collision on Route 201. Amy Bowman, 49, died at the scene of the accident, according to Madison police Chief Barry Moores. Moores said the accident happened shortly before 11 a.m., when Bowman lost control of …

Hampden Public Safety to offer citizen academy

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
Last offered three years ago, the Hampden Public Safety Citizen Academy is returning next month. During the 12-week interactive program, which begins April 7, participants will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to learn about the duties, responsibilities and skills needed to be a police officer, …
Spectators spread along Main Road North in Hampden watch the Hampden Children's Day parade in 2013.

Lack of volunteers puts Hampden Children’s Day in jeopardy

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2015, at 7:05 a.m.
A shortage of volunteers could lead to the cancellation of this year’s edition of Hampden Children’s Day, arguably the community’s largest annual family event. A recent organizational meeting drew only two people, far from the number needed to put on a daylong event that usually features a …
The US Coast Guard cutter Tackle breaks ice on the Penobscot River near Hampden in January.

Coast Guard to break up ice on Penobscot River

By Dawn Gagnon on March 23, 2015, at 7:25 p.m.
BANGOR | The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday that it is sending three ships to break ice in order to mitigate potential ice jam flooding on the Penobscot River near Bangor on Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England has been monitoring ice levels on the Penobscot River with …

Winthrop standoff ends in apparent suicide

By Dawn Gagnon on March 23, 2015, at 7 p.m.
A more than four-hour standoff involving a Winthrop man that prompted a lockout at a local school ended Monday afternoon in an apparent suicide, a police official confirmed. The deceased was identified as Ronald Tripp, 49, Winthrop police Capt. Ryan Frost said in an update early Monday …
Levant Fire Chief Eric Strout, Capital Ambulance Paramedic John Malcolm, Jess Devou and Josh Devou discuss the importance of knowing how to perform CPR during a recent gathering at the Levant Fire Station.

Levant siblings used CPR knowledge to save dad’s life

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2015, at 6:48 p.m.
When Jess Devou learned cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the age of 12 as part of a summer camp program, she never dreamed she would one day use the technique to save her father’s life. Neither did her brother, Josh Devou, who learned the skill at Hermon High School. …

Crews responding to Jonesboro house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
Crews from several area fire departments are battling a house fire, a Washington County emergency dispatcher confirmed. The residential structure fire on Station Road began shortly after 6 p.m. No other details were immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.
It took firefighters from Waterville and surrounding towns slightly less than an hour to extinguish this garage fire on Washington Street on Thursday. Although the garage was demolished, crews were able to save a nearby home. The fire was ruled accidental and resulted from an electrical problem. The residents will be able to return to their home after an electrician isolates the garage wiring from the house.

Waterville garage, car destroyed in electrical fire

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
It took firefighters from Waterville and surrounding towns slightly less than an hour to douse a garage fire that, in turn, caused a car fire on Washington Street on Thursday. Although the garage and a 2014 Nissan Versa parked next to it both were demolished, crews were …
Fred McPhee, 21, of Brewer.

2 Brewer men charged with cocaine trafficking

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
Brewer police, with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, arrested two local men Wednesday and Thursday on cocaine trafficking charges, Brewer police Lt. Christopher Martin said late Thursday afternoon. Charged with trafficking in illegal drugs were Fred McPhee, 21, and Marcus Amerson, 23, who resided …

Maine launches $57.4 million state-of-the-art radio network

By Dawn Gagnon on March 17, 2015, at 7:41 p.m.
BANGOR | For the first time ever, state agency radio users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency radio network as the result of a $57.4 million project was successfully launched last month. The new system, called the Maine State Communications Network, or MSCommNet, replaces …

Medical marijuana thief to serve 2 years, pay restitution

By Dawn Gagnon on March 17, 2015, at 6:39 p.m.
BANGOR | A local transient who pleaded guilty to a felony robbery charge after taking a man’s medical marijuana was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, with all but two years suspended. John Branscomb, 28, also was ordered to undergo four years of probation after his release, pay …
Hampden Town Manager Susan Lessard.

Hampden manager Lessard to leave post in June, citing family health issues

By Dawn Gagnon on March 16, 2015, at 10:41 p.m.
Hampden’s town manager for the past 14 years announced Monday night that she will not renew her contract when it expires at the end of June. “The town of Hampden is an amazing community and I have been honored to be its manager for the past fourteen …
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