Dawn Gagnon


Jason Bishop (left) and Andrew Bien lost their duplexed 115-year-old farmhouse in Clifton to a basement fire on April 20th. They are currently staying at the Riverview Motel in Bangor. The pair are in need of things for themselves and their 10 cats.

Disabled homeowner, tenant from Clifton struggling to rebuild lives after house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
A disabled homeowner and his tenant, who also is disabled, are trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a fire that swept through the basement of the 115-year-old farmhouse-turned-duplex they were living in on Route 9. The April 20 fire, which began when a space …

Hermon residents to fill local posts, vote on school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
Residents will fill expiring Town Council and school board seats in local elections on June 9, Town Clerk Ruth Nickerson said Tuesday. Up for grabs are the council seats now held by Donald Pelletier and Douglas Sinclair, both of whom are seeking re-election for another three years. …

No contests in Holden elections

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
All three of the candidates on the town’s June 9 local election ballot are running unopposed. David “Rod” Black is seeking re-election to another three years on the Town Council, according to the sample ballot posted on the town’s website. Seeking the pair of three-year openings on …

Holden area to consider $9.7 million school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.
Residents of the RSU 63 member towns of Holden, Eddington and Clifton will get their first look at the proposed $9.7 million education budget during a public hearing on Wednesday. During the hearing, set for 6:30 p.m. at Holbrook Middle School, school officials will present their 2015-16 …

Westbrook man gets 9 years for sharing child porn while posing as woman

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 51-year-old Westbrook man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sharing child pornography while posing as the mother of a 10-year old girl and transmitting an extortionate threat during an appearance before Judge Jon Levy Monday in U.S. District Court. Michael Van Eekhout also was …

Man found dead in Penobscot River identified

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
BANGOR | The body of a man found in the Penobscot River on Sunday has been identified as William Bell, 43, of Glenburn, a Bangor police official said Monday. Bangor police and firefighters and others began searching for Bell shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday, when they r eceived …

Sedgwick man sentenced to 10 years for child porn possession

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sedgwick man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography during a hearing Monday before Judge John Woodcock Jr. in U.S. District Court. John Tapley, 58, also was ordered to undergo 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. …
Bruce MacDonald of Bangor CPL LLC.

New Dunkin’ Donuts commercial kitchen to be built in Hermon

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 3:04 p.m.
It will soon be time to make a lot more doughnuts in Maine for the well-known Dunkin’ Donuts corporation. Bangor CPL LLC, which makes doughnuts and transports them to 39 Dunkin’ Donuts stores in eastern and central Maine, is gearing up to build a new, larger commercial …

Corinth man sentenced for possession of child porn

By Dawn Gagnon on May 07, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
BANGOR | A Corinth man was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of child pornography during an appearance Thursday before Judge George Z. Singal at U.S. District Court. David Livingston Brown, 41, also was ordered to undergo eight years of supervised release after completing his sentence, U.S. …
Superintendent Rick Lyons

Veazie school officials reject council’s directive to cut budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 07, 2015, at 6:02 p.m.
The proposed school budget for the coming school year will move ahead to a public hearing next week without the reduction requested by town councilors. Superintendent Rick Lyons said Wednesday that the school board on Monday night unanimously reaffirmed its $4,248,289 budget proposal. While the proposed budget …

Intestate accident affecting traffic near Union Street exit

By Dawn Gagnon on May 07, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
BANGOR | A multiple-vehicle crash in Bangor is affecting traffic in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in the Union Street area. The accident happened about 4 p.m., during the start of the busy evening commute. Maine State Police and Bangor firefighters are on the scene. Watch bangordailynews.com for …
Personnel from the Maine Forest Service battled a wildfire in Lubec Thursday affecting 205 acres. The effort is expected to continue into Friday.

Dry, windy conditions fuel wildfires across Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on May 07, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
BANGOR | About half a dozen wildfires kept forest rangers and firefighters busy Thursday as the state continued to experience dry and warm conditions. A brush fire on Wiswell Road in Brewer began about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a dispatcher with the Penobscot Regional Communications Center. Another wildfire …
People gather for a memorial service for Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka on Wednesday near Nutting Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. Veverka was killed in an attack in Iraq on May 6, 2006. He was a wildlife biology major at the university.

Army Guard, UMaine mark anniversary of student soldier’s death

By Dawn Gagnon on May 06, 2015, at 8:40 p.m.
ORONO | He may have died nine years ago, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his fellow soldiers and college acquaintances. Friends of Maine Army National Guard Staff Sgt. David Veverka gathered Wednesday afternoon outside the University of Maine’s Nutting Hall to mark the ninth anniversary …
Keenan Larry

Teen accused of sharing explicit photos makes court appearance

By Dawn Gagnon on May 04, 2015, at 9:38 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The 18-year-old Piscataquis Community High School student accused last month of receiving and sharing pornographic images of an underage girl on his cellphone entered no plea Monday during his initial appearance at the Piscataquis County courthouse, District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said. Keenan Larry of Abbot was …

Motorcycle rider seriously injured in Portland crash

By Dawn Gagnon on May 04, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
A 28-year-old motorcycle rider suffered serious injuries in a crash Monday afternoon on Congress Street near Bramhall Street. The motorcyclist, whose name and hometown were not immediately released, was taken to Maine Medical Center, Jessica Grondin, the city’s spokeswoman said Monday evening in a news release. The …
Emergency personnel have responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on Ohio Street near Griffin Road Monday afternoon. One vehicle rolled over onto its roof.

Speed apparent factor in Ohio Street rollover

By Dawn Gagnon on May 04, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
BANGOR | Speed appears to be a factor in a rollover crash on outer Ohio Street that sent a 19-year-old woman to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ohio Street and Griffin Road, when …
Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission member gkisedtanamoogk, an adjunct instructor with the Native American Studies and the Peace and Reconciliation Programs at the University of Maine, responds to a question asked by an audience member during a public hearing on Thursday night at Husson University.

Group calls on LePage to reinstate tribal executive order

By Dawn Gagnon on May 01, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
BANGOR | A commission formed to help heal the divide between the state and its native people called upon Gov. Paul LePage to reinstate his 2011 executive order proclaiming a special relationship between the tribes and the state during a public forum Thursday night at Husson University. The recommendation, …

Corinth crash sends 2 to hospital

By Dawn Gagnon on April 30, 2015, at 9:24 p.m.
A collision Thursday at the intersection of Route 15 and West Corinth Road sent two elderly Corinth residents to the hospital, one of them via LifeFlight. Injured were Carl Mitchell, 88, and his passenger, 87-year-old Sarah Ward, Sgt. Sean McCue of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said …

Authorities search Kenduskeag Stream after empty boat found at 6 Mile Falls

By Dawn Gagnon on April 30, 2015, at 9:06 p.m.
BANGOR | The discovery of what appears to be a reddish canoe or kayak in the rapids at Six Mile Falls late Thursday afternoon prompted a roughly two-hour search of Kenduskeag Stream, a Bangor police official said. The canoe was found about 4 p.m. hung up on the rocks …
A two-story house at 4 Highland Court had heavy heat and smoke damage after a fire broke out about 4 p.m. Thursday in Bangor. No one was home at the time except the family's pet fish, which was rescued by firefighters.

Bangor home damaged in blaze, but firefighters rescue boy’s pet fish

By Dawn Gagnon on April 30, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
A fire believed to have started in the basement Thursday left the home at 4 Highland Court with heavy heat and smoke damage. Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins said an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office has been called in to help pinpoint the fire’s cause …
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