Dawn Gagnon



Jackknifed tractor-trailer temporarily shuts down Route 1A in Holden

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — A section of U.S. Route 1A in Holden is temporarily shut down town allow for the removal of jackknifed tractor-trailer, the Maine Department of Transportation said in an alert issued shortly after 6 p.m. The accident occurred near the intersection of Route 1A and Route 46, according …

Bangor institutions to receive major gifts from estate of former resident

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Humane Society and St. John’s Catholic Church will receive a total of $790,000 from the estate of the late Shann Gillespie. The two nonprofits will benefit equally, according to Joseph Baldacci, attorney for Gillespie’s estate. “As the attorney for the estate of Shann M. Gillespie …
Holden town councilors voted to adopt a consumer fireworks ordinance aimed at providing a longer quiet time on weekdays for the benefit of those who work early shifts and or do shift work.

Holden consumer fireworks ordinance limiting hours now in effect

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — After a public hearing on the matter on Monday night, town councilors voted to adopt a consumer fireworks ordinance aimed at providing a longer quiet time on weekdays for the benefit of those who work early shifts and or do shift work. The new ordinance for fireworks …
Hampden town manager Susan Lessard reacts to William Shakespeare saying that he was falsely accused of harassing a NESCOM videographer. Tensions among Hampden officials erupted over the report.

Tensions in Hampden erupt, town manager calls for end to ‘craziness’

By Dawn Gagnon on March 20, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A town councilor who likened his treatment by town officials to tactics used by the “Gestapo” triggered a public confrontation this week that prompted the town manager to call for an end to the “craziness” she says is getting in the way of doing the work of …
Jim Bishop shovels his drive on Fairfax Street in Bangor after last week's snow storm subsided.

Oh, no — more snow forecast for parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Although the official start of spring is just a day away, weather forecasters say that winter-weary residents of some parts of Maine can expect as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow Wednesday into Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning calling …

Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Rumford

By Dawn Gagnon on March 18, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
RUMFORD, Maine — Personnel from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department, the Maine State Police and local municipal police departments are at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Rumford, an Oxford County emergency dispatcher has confirmed. The shooting took place at a residence at 77 Maine Ave., the dispatcher said. …
The Bath Iron Works-built USS Michael Murphy, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, left Bath in September 2012 and was commissioned in October 2012.

Bath Iron Works gets nod for fifth destroyer

By Dawn Gagnon on March 14, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
BATH, Maine — The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract, worth more than $640 million, to Bath Iron Works to build a fifth destroyer, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Friday. The Bath shipyard had previously been awarded contracts to build four of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. A shipyard …
Acton's fire chief suffered smoke inhalation Friday morning while fighting a fire at this Hopper Road residence, which was unoccupied.

Acton fire chief injured during house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on March 14, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
ACTON, Maine — Acton’s fire chief was taken to the hospital for treatment Friday morning after suffering smoke inhalation while battling a house fire on Hopper Road, according to Chief Deputy William King Jr. of the York County Sheriff’s Office. Fire Chief Peter Smith, 46, was taken to the Sanford …

Mexico man killed in head-on collision with logging truck in Hanover

By Dawn Gagnon on March 14, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
HANOVER, Maine — A 58-year-old Mexico man was killed Friday in a head-on collision on Route 2, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant has confirmed. Arland Burgess was traveling west at about 3:40 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo on a slush-covered stretch of Route …

Public hearing set for proposed Holden consumer fireworks use ordinance

By Dawn Gagnon on March 13, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — Since consumer fireworks displays became legal in Maine in 2012, Holden residents have been allowed to shoot them off under the provisions set by state law. During a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday at the Holden Municipal Building, residents will have an opportunity to weigh in …

Hospitality house for cancer patients expected to open in Holden this summer

By Dawn Gagnon on March 13, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — If all goes to plan, Sarah Robinson’s dream will come true this summer. That’s when the former Fox Run Furniture Galleries building is scheduled to be reborn as Sarah’s House, a home away from home for cancer patients undergoing treatment at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of …
Dean Fitzherbert

Pair arrested after daytime Raymond burglary

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2014, at 8:20 p.m.
RAYMOND, Maine — An Auburn man and a Lewiston woman were arrested Wednesday shortly after a Raymond woman called 911 to report a burglary in progress, Cumberland County sheriff’s Capt. Shawn O’Leary said in a news release. The incident that led to the arrests began shortly after 11 a.m., when …
Aerial view Sears Island and Mack Point in Searsport, Maine. Photographed Feb. 27, 2012.

Bangor councilors officially endorse Searsport harbor dredging project

By Dawn Gagnon on March 11, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — City councilors have formally pledged Bangor’s support for a plan to conduct a dredging project in Searsport harbor that aims to improve access for today’s bigger ships. A resolve to that end was adopted in an 8-1 vote during Monday night’s council meeting, with Chairman Ben Sprague …

Police: Man killed by Downeaster train in apparent suicide in Old Orchard Beach

By Dawn Gagnon on March 11, 2014, at 4:24 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — One of Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger trains struck and killed a man shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, Old Orchard Beach police have confirmed. Lt. Timothy DeLuca said that a white male was killed when he stepped out in front of the southbound train at the Union …

Bangor councilors unanimously vote to acquire five abandoned properties

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 9:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — With no discussion, city councilors Monday night unanimously voted to take possession of five properties apparently abandoned by their owners. There was no comment from the public before the councilors agreed to acquire the properties in a series of consecutive votes. Last week, a council committee recommended …

Police vehicle purchase, natural gas for industrial parks on tap at Hermon special town meeting

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — Voters will be asked to authorized funding for a natural gas expansion and police vehicle purchase during a special town meeting Thursday night in the Public Safety Building meeting room. During the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., voters will consider a plan to use up to …

Houlton man arrested after hit-and-run accident with stolen vehicle

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 7:20 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man was arrested on several charges Monday after he allegedly was involved in a hit and run accident on U.S. Route 1 in Monticello. The suspect — 23-year-old James Keaton — allegedly was driving a stolen 2006 Dodge 1500 pickup truck at the time, Maine …
Justice Spell

Presque Isle duo arrested after alleged assault near downtown pub

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 6:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A man and a woman from Presque Isle were arrested early Sunday morning after they allegedly assaulted a Bangor man during an altercation outside of a downtown pub. The episode leading to the arrests of Justice Spell, 27, and Mikey York, 37, began about 1:10 a.m., outside …
Katie Lane

Hermon woman arrested after allegedly smoking pot at eye center, refusing to leave

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 27-year-old Hermon woman was arrested Saturday after Bangor police were called to Vision Care of Maine for a report that a woman there was acting oddly and smoking marijuana in the building. The series of alleged incidents that led to the arrest of Katie Lane began …
Tamara Bullock

Bangor woman charged with drug possession during warrant arrest

By Dawn Gagnon on March 10, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police charged a local woman with heroin possession Friday after they reportedly found four packet of the substance in her pocket during a pat down. The search happened after Tamara Bullock, 31, of Bangor was arrested on nearly half a dozen active warrants. The arrest took …
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