Dawn Gagnon



Police: Death under Lisbon-Durham Bridge a suicide

By Dawn Gagnon on May 15, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Police had interacted with the man within the past month.
RSU 22 Assistant Superintendent Emil Genest

Hampden area school board OKs $30 million education spending plan

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
The RSU 22 school board approved a $30 million education budget for the upcoming school year during a meeting Wednesday night at Hampden Academy.

Concerns about odor, truck traffic continue to dominate Fiberight site plan review

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2016, at 10:50 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Residents again raised concerns about potential odor and increased truck traffic during a public hearing Wednesday night conducted by the planning board as part of its review of Fiberight’s site plan application for a $69 million waste-to-energy facility proposed in the town. Those were the two top …

MDEA arrests 5 on drug charges in Somerset County

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday arrested five people for their roles in distributing crack cocaine and fentanyl throughout Somerset County.
Hampden Mayor David Ryder (center) tours Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia, in April.

Visit to Fiberight plant surprises Hampden mayor

By Dawn Gagnon on May 10, 2016, at 8:01 p.m.
During a visit to Virginia, Mayor David Ryder and his wife toured a demonstration plan in Lawrenceville to see firsthand what impacts it is having, if any, on the area in which it operates.
Orrington Town Manager Paul White

Plan to replace Orrington fire chief still in the works

By Dawn Gagnon on May 10, 2016, at 7:13 p.m.
Selectmen likely will take the matter up at their next regular meeting, set for May 23, Town Manager Paul White said.
Former Orrington Fire Chief Mike Spencer is seen in 2013.

Orrington selectmen uphold dismissal of fire chief

By Dawn Gagnon on May 09, 2016, at 10:51 p.m.
After an appeal hearing attended by roughly 100 residents, including several of the town’s firefighters, the town’s Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night to uphold the town manager’s decision last month to dismiss former Fire Chief Mike Spencer.
From left are salutatorian Danielle Violette and valedictorians Mikala Varela, Stephen Coston and Sarah Smith during Husson University's 117th commencement on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Trio of valedictorians among highlights of Husson commencement

By Dawn Gagnon on May 08, 2016, at 9:25 p.m.
For the first time since the school was founded in 1898, there were a trio of valedictorians rather than the traditional one.
Eight people were injured in a head-on collision between the Nissan Altima and GMC Sierra on Sunday on Route 159.

Eight people injured in head-on crash on Route 159

By Dawn Gagnon on May 08, 2016, at 7:35 p.m.
Eight people were injured, several of them seriously, in a head-on collision Sunday morning on Route 159.
Officer Lucas Hafford of the Presque Isle Police Department.

Police shooting in Presque Isle caught on video, man hospitalized

By Dawn Gagnon on May 08, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
The shooting is under investigation by the Maine attorney general’s office.
Seth C. Hopkins

Milford man facing drug, other charges after traffic stop

By Dawn Gagnon on May 05, 2016, at 7:54 p.m.
Seth C. Hopkins, 25, was charged with possession of OxyContin, resisting arrest and destruction of evidence.

Emera Maine announces planned outage in Millinocket

By Dawn Gagnon on May 05, 2016, at 7:24 p.m.
The planned outage is expected to start at 9 a.m. and last for about three hours.
John St. Germain III (left) accepts a Challenge Coin from Bangor police Officer Jose Vidaurri on Wednesday for his role in stopping a school bus allegedly stolen by a 12-year-old boy.

Bangor police say 12-year-old stole school bus, went on joy ride

By Dawn Gagnon on May 05, 2016, at 6:58 p.m.
Bangor police said that a 12-year-old boy stole a bus and went on a brief joy ride before a couple of good Samaritans intervened.
U.S. Sen. Angus King speaks with Traci Brown, mother of Garrett Brown, at the One Life Project on Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

BDN’s One Life Project focuses on slowing drug overdose deaths

By Dawn Gagnon on May 04, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
The effort was inspired by Garrett Brown, a young man from the state’s capital, who let Erin Rhoda, editor of Bangor Daily News’ Maine Focus, chronicle his life for 2½ years. He died in November 2015 after overdosing on heroin.
Robert Seeley

3 arrested as 3 suspected meth labs investigated in Brewer

By Dawn Gagnon on May 03, 2016, at 9:18 p.m.
The meth-making operation at the Big Apple was the second uncovered in Brewer in two days, and another at the Village Green Motel was the third.
Orrington Fire Chief Mike Spencer was fired on Wednesday after being placed on administrative leave.

Orrington fire chief fired after week on paid leave

By Dawn Gagnon on April 21, 2016, at 6:56 p.m.
Town Manager Paul White declined to comment on the reason for the firing.
A car and a commercial truck were involved in a crash on Route 302 in Casco on Wednesday. One motorist died and another suffered serious injuries.

Police identify victims in fatal Casco crash

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2016, at 9:34 p.m.
Killed in the collision was Adam Perron, 22, who was driving a 2009 Pontiac Vibe.
 Cedric Lacroix (from right) walks in red high heels with Dane Gibson and Brendan Robbins during the “Man Enough to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at the University of Maine in Orono on Wednesday.

UMaine athletes Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise sex assault awareness

By Dawn Gagnon on April 20, 2016, at 8:24 p.m.
The event aims to bring attention to the challenges of being a woman and to raise awareness about sexual and other violence against women.
Donna Loring

Maine tribal leaders voice disputes with state government

By Dawn Gagnon on April 19, 2016, at 9:41 p.m.
Concerns about the state and Gov. Paul LePage’s apparent lack of respect for tribal sovereignty prompted the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes to withdraw their delegates to the Maine Legislature in May of last year.

Hampden-area school officials finalizing $30.1M budget plan

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
Members of the budget committee are wrapping up work on a spending plan for local education during the school year ahead.