Dawn Gagnon

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Brewer police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators are at the scene of a possible meth lab at 35 Maple St. Brewer police obtained a search warrant for the residence as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged drug activity.

Five arrested in Brewer police, MDEA drug investigation

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
Brewer police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab at an apartment at 35 Maple St. Brewer police obtained a search warrant for the residence as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged drug activity that began Tuesday, according to Deputy Chief …

Dexter man pleads guilty to Guilford Rite Aid robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 09, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
BANGOR | A Dexter man pleaded guilty to robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy in Guilford during a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced in a news release. Court records show that Michael Thompson, 27, went into the drugstore on March 10, 2012, …
James Manning

Newburgh man pleads guilty to Dysart’s Travel Stop robbery

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 08, 2014, at 9 p.m.
BANGOR | A Newburgh man pleaded guilty Monday to felony robbery and other charges related to an Aug. 7 armed robbery at Dysart’s Travel Stop during a hearing at the Penobscot Judicial Center. A former employee of the Carmel Road North filling station and convenience store, James Manning, 22, …
The Festival of Lights parade makes it's way down Main Street  in Bangor in this December 2013 file photo. The parade has been cancelled this year.

Bangor, Ellsworth holiday parades canceled because of weather

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 05, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
Holiday parades in Bangor and Ellsworth have been cancelled because of icy weather forecast for Saturday. Neither parade has been rescheduled. “We’re just not going to do one this year and I’m so sorry. People have put so much work into the floats and everything,” Barbara McDade, …
Kirk Panther, 21, of Brewer.

Brewer man facing sex charges involving minor back behind bars

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 04, 2014, at 8:14 p.m.
A local man arrested last month on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual abuse of a minor is back behind bars after Brewer police executed a search warrant at his home and uncovered evidence suggesting that he violated a condition of his release. Kirk …
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Milo comes together to rescue pooch from icy river

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 04, 2014, at 7:14 p.m.
A 9-year-old black lab is safe at home recovering from her unexpected icy plunge Wednesday afternoon into the Sebec River. Maggie, a 9-year-old black lab, had been treading water for at least an hour when she was rescued in an operation that involved an observant local couple, …
These were some of the 450 marijuana plant being grown by a Lewiston man who was arrested by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators and Lewiston police. John Katula, 39, is charged with aggravated cultivating of marijuana, a Class B felony, in connection with the growing operation.

Lewiston man faces felony pot cultivating charge after police find 450 plants in his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 03, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
A Lewiston man was arrested Tuesday on a felony drug charge after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency personnel and Lewiston police found 450 marijuana plants in the building in which he lives. John Katula, 39, is charged with aggravated cultivation of marijuana, a Class B felony punishable by …

Three FairPoint strikers hit by truck on NH picket line

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 9:03 p.m.
KEENE, New Hampshire — Three striking FairPoint workers suffered minor injuries when they were struck Tuesday by a replacement worker who was driving a pickup truck across a picket line. None of the strikers suffered serious injuries, but one of them was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, …

AOS 81 member town voters to consider 2015-16 budget

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 8:38 p.m.
AURORA | Residents of the seven communities that belong to Alternative Organizational Structure 81 will be holding their annual budget meeting a little earlier than usual, the superintendent of schools said Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Airline Community School located at 26 …

State police at scene of serious accident in Wesley

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Maine State Police are at the scene of a serious motor vehicle crash in Wesley. The accident happened about 7 p.m. on Route 9, a state police dispatcher confirmed. Additional details were not immediately available. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.

AOS 81 seeking candidates for superintendent post

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 02, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
HOLDEN | A school unit that serves students from seven towns in Penobscot and Hancock counties is on the lookout for its next superintendent. David Anderson, the current superintendent, however, isn’t going anywhere, he said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “Let’s just say I’m transitioning out of the superintendent …
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A storm brought several inches of snow to central Maine on  Wednesday evening and Thanksgiving Day.

Fewer than 5,400 statewide remain without power

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 28, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
BANGOR | Fewer than 5,400 Central Maine Power and Emera Maine customers remained without electricity early Friday evening in the wake of a snowstorm that disrupted service to more than 100,000. Crews have been making rapid progress, however, as Central Maine Power reported about 8 p.m. that the number …

Math teacher charged with sex crime ‘not currently at Bangor High School’

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 26, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
The Bangor High School math teacher who was charged last month with unlawful sexual contact is not currently teaching at the school, according to a statement issued by the superintendent of schools on Wednesday. The statement did not indicate if mathematics teacher James McHenry, 48, is still …
Bangor police officers help local residents rallying to support Ferguson protesters cross the road Tuesday evening outside the Bangor police station. About 20 people came out to voice their concerns.

Demonstrators decry Ferguson decision at pair of Bangor rallies

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 25, 2014, at 9:26 p.m.
Though the shooting of Michael Brown happened half a country away, demonstrators from the Bangor area turned out for two events Tuesday aimed at showing opposition to what they say are issues surrounding racism, classism and the militarization of U.S. police forces. The demonstrators were reacting to …

Man naked from the waist down arrested in Old Town after attempted break-in

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 25, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
A man whom police say attempted to break into a Bennoch Road home while naked from the waist down and under the influence of bath salts was arrested Tuesday after police received a strange string of reports. The series of incidents that led to the arrest …

Bangor High School math teacher charged with unlawful sexual contact

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 25, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
A Bangor High School math teacher was charged last month with unlawful sexual contact, Penobscot County Deputy District Attorney Michael Roberts confirmed Tuesday evening. James McHenry, 48, allegedly touched the genitals of an underaged person, Roberts said. The alleged assault did not take place on school property, …

National Weather Service: Thanksgiving storm could drop 6-12 inches of snow

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:34 a.m.
CARIBOU | A forecast winter storm calling for as much as a foot of snow in some parts of Maine has the potential to throw a wrench into Thanksgiving travel plans, according to the National Weather Service. Although some uncertainty remained, weather forecasters were confident Monday that much of …
James F. Ford

Monroe marijuana farm patriarch gets 10-year sentence for drug, gun convictions

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 21, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
BANGOR | A Waldo County man found guilty last November of operating a large-scale, indoor marijuana farm in Monroe was sentenced to 10 years in prison during a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court before Chief Judge John Woodcock. James F. Ford, 59, also was ordered to undergo eight …

Hermon voters OK funding for local share of Route 2 improvements

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
Residents overwhelmingly voted in favor of funding the local portion of planned improvements for the section of Route 2 that runs through the town’s village district during a special town meeting Thursday night. About 75 residents attended the meeting, Town Manager Roger Raymond said Friday. Raymond said …

Community creates scholarship fund in memory of Dexter police detective

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 21, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Residents have established a memorial scholarship fund in honor of a local police officer who touched many lives during his 24-year career with the Dexter Police Department. Dexter police Detective Lt. Alan Grinnell died Monday night of natural causes, Town Manager Shelley Watson said Tuesday. Grinnell, 61, …
 
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