Dawn Gagnon



Skowhegan fire chief dismissed after 3 months on the job

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
The town’s fire chief was dismissed Friday, half way through his six-month probationary period, Town Manager Christine Almand confirmed Monday. Richard Fowler was tapped to serve as fire chief in May, Almand said. He previously had been chief in Farmington, New Hampshire, according to published reports. According …

Bangor officials continue to grapple with Waterfront Concerts sound

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 11, 2014, at 9:09 p.m.
City officials Monday continued to grapple with finding a balance between what is too loud — and what’s not loud enough — when it comes to outdoor concerts and other productions at the Bangor Waterfront. One hand, the city logged 124 noise complaints May 10, when the …
 The Wellness Connection of Maine in Brewer recently remodeled their medical marijuana dispensary.

Medical marijuana dispensary in Brewer celebrates renovations with ‘Weed Country’ guests

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 09, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
Members of the Wellness Connection of Maine’s medical marijuana dispensary in Brewer had a chance Friday to check out the improvements made to the facility over the past two months. For starters, the facility’s entrance was shifted to one end of its leased space, allowing the company …
Dustin Beane

Skowhegan man facing felony pot cultivation charge after raid at his home

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
A 32-year-old local man was charged with aggravated cultivation of marijuana Friday after personnel from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Skowhegan police executed a search warrant at his Norton Lane home. Dustin Beane of 8 Norton Lane also was charged with violating the conditions of his …
Sandra Goodrich of Newport reported Friday that her home was on fire and her dogs were dead.

Fire that gutted Newport home suspicious, may have been set by homeowner’s son

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.
A fire Friday afternoon that gutted a home at 146 Rutland Road has been deemed suspicious and may have been set by the homeowner’s son, Newport Chief Leonard Macdaid said Friday. Sandy Goodrich, who was not home when the fire began, called 911 to report that her …
Chuck Veeder (left) and Jane Veeder paint panels at Sarah's House in Holden on Wednesday. The former Fox Run Furniture building on US 1A is being converted into housing for families of cancer victims from outside the area as a place to stay while they or their loved ones are undergoing treatment in Bangor-Brewer.

Sarah’s House: Holden hospitality house for cancer patients on track to open in late summer

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
Converting a former furniture retail showroom into a hospitality house for cancer patients and their loved ones is no easy task. Just ask the volunteers who have been working to turn Sarah Robinson’s dream into a reality. Among other things, the effort has involved expanding the septic …

East Millinocket voters shoot down $4.01 million school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
Residents overwhelmingly rejected a $4.01 million school budget Thursday during the second validation referendum conducted here so far this year. By the time the votes were cast and counted, the budget proposal had tanked, with 112 voters in favor and 264 opposed, according to election results …

Three juveniles charged after assaults on hospital staffers

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 07, 2014, at 6:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Three male juveniles have been charged in connection with the assault Wednesday evening of four staff members from Acadia Hospital, a Bangor police official said Thursday. The hospital employees’ injuries were not life threatening, Lt. Paul Edwards said in a news release Thursday. All four were treated …

Forty bullets accidentally go off during six-car pileup on I-95, state police say

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 07, 2014, at 1:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Augusta were shut down Thursday after bullets inside a car that caught fire during a six-vehicle pileup went off. Maine State Police said 40 bullets exploded during a 10-minute period. Though no one involved was shot, three people …
Jean Leonard Teganya

U.S. Border Patrol arrests wanted Rwandan man near Houlton border crossing

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
A Rwandan man wanted on an active warrant in Canada for removal from that country was arrested Sunday after he illegally crossed the international border near Houlton, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. Jean Leonard Teganya, 42, whose last known address was in Laval, Quebec, was …

Holden man arrested after Dysart’s employees report suspicious activity

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
A local man was arrested Tuesday night after employees of Dysart’s Travel Stop called police to report suspicious activity around closing time. Patrick Hooper, 40, of Holden was charged with operating after suspension and violation of the conditions of his release from a prior arrest after Dysart’s …

Dedham man found passed out at convenience store gets drug charge

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
HOLDEN | A Dedham man was charged with felony drug possession early Monday morning after he was found passed out in his vehicle at the Circle K convenience store on U.S. Route 1A. David Rocha, 30, was arrested after Holden police received a report from a concerned motorist shortly …
Mickey, a rescued border collie, gets his belly scratched  by his master, Tom Duffy, during an interview.

Longtime Penobscot County courthouse maintenance director, former lawmaker dies at 69

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 05, 2014, at 8:11 p.m.
OTIS | A longtime Penobscot County maintenance supervisor and former state representative for Bangor died Sunday at his home on Springy Pond after a period of declining health. Thomas Allen “Tom” Duffy was 69 at the time of his death, according to his obituary. A 1962 graduate of John …

National Weather Service warns of strong thunderstorms heading for Penobscot, Aroostook, Oxford, Franklin counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 05, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
BANGOR | The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement effective until 8 p.m. for central Penobscot and southern Aroostook counties in the north and also for Oxford and Franklin counties in the south. The weather service’s Doppler Radar has tracked a strong thunderstorm 6 miles north …
Ambulances are on the scene of a two-car accident on Tuesday on Route 1A in Dedham.

Three killed in Dedham crash

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 05, 2014, at 6:23 p.m.
All three of the people involved in a vehicular accident on U.S. Route 1A late Tuesday afternoon have died, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday evening. The two-car crash occurred about a mile from the Lucerne Inn about 5:45 p.m., when an SUV …

State police investigating Minot home invasion; drugs, guns, cash seized

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 04, 2014, at 8:51 p.m.
The Maine State Police is investigating a home invasion that occurred Saturday night in which three people were robbed and suffered minor injuries. The incident happened about 11 p.m., when a resident of Garland Road called 911 to report that someone was being held hostage at 340 …

Brewer police charge four area women after prostitution sting

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:57 p.m.
Four local women face prostitution charges after a sting conducted Wednesday afternoon by Brewer police. Charged with engaging in prostitution were Coleen Singer, 31, of Bangor; Shaina Tibbetts, 25, of Old Town; Amanda Wallace, 25, of Bangor; and Heather Nadeau, 25, of Bangor, Brewer police Lt. Chris …
Mike Azevedo removes a charred section of a garage on Horseback Road in Carmel Jan. 25, 2013. The former Carmel fire chief hopes to be given a reason for his dismissal.

Former Carmel fire chief appealing town manager’s decision to fire him

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:39 a.m.
Former fire chief Mike Azevedo said Wednesday that he was abruptly fired by the town manager on July 21 and he has yet to be told why. “I have appealed the decision,” Azevedo said, who since has been tapped to serve as a firefighter for nearby Levant. …

Strong storm, hail forecast for Piscataquis County

By Dawn Gagnon and Ryan McLaughlin on July 31, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
CARIBOU | The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Thursday evening for southwest Piscataquis County. Shortly before 7 p.m., the weather service’s Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds of up to 60 mph. The storm was located 15 miles …

Hazmat team cleans fluid spill at Brunswick Bath Iron Works plant

By Dawn Gagnon on July 30, 2014, at 9:06 p.m.
Although no one was injured when a crane tipped over Wednesday at Bath Iron Works’ Brunswick plant, members of the region’s hazardous materials response team spent most of the afternoon cleaning up a roughly 30-gallon hydraulic fluid spill, a local fire officials said Wednesday evening. The incident …
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