Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
LINCOLN, Maine -- 07/22/17 -- Officers from Lincoln and the Maine State Police are investigating a deadly car-motorcycle crash near Drinkwater's Variety on Route 2. A man, whose name has not yet been released, died at the scene.

Motorcyclist dies in Lincoln crash

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 22, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.
Manna Ministries Executive Director William Rae chats with volunteers Maddie Hartford-Stewart of Lincoln (far right) and Kelly Coffin of Passadumkeag after the evening meal at Manna Ministries' at Union Street Brick Church in Bangor. Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

State says it overstated Manna Ministries debt by $800,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 21, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Rather than $1.3 million, Manna Ministries only owes the state $496,836, according to DHHS department spokeswoman Samantha Edwards.
The late Wilma Bradford [far left] is pictured here in 2007 attending a panel discussion in Bangor that marked the 30th anniversary of court mediation in Maine. A mediator for many years, Bradford suffered congestive heart failure and was 97.

Bangor’s Wilma Bradford, leader of local civic groups, dies at 97

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Wilma Bradford, a well-known volunteer and leader of Bangor-area civic groups for nearly 70 years, has died. She was 97.
LINCOLN, Maine -- 071817 -- A Lincoln man is taken into custody by state police after a 22-hour standoff at a home on Route 2 in Lincoln that ended Tuesday. Contributed

Amateur video shows arrest in standoff

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 18, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
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State police stand down but a cruiser still blocks Route 2 in Lincoln outside the home of William Bradbury following the latter's arrest on sexual assault charges and a 22-hour standoff with police.

Police used tear gas in 22-hour Lincoln standoff that ended when suspect surrendered

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 18, 2017, at 10:13 a.m.
William Bradbury, 56, was charged with two counts of Class C sexual abuse of a minor after surrendering to Maine State Police at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Police blocked off a large section of Route 2 shortly before noon on Monday as they attempted to diffuse a standoff situation in the vicinity. The section of roadway that was closed to traffic ran from just north of the Knights of Columbus Hall to the Sargent Materials concrete and aggregate plant.

Lincoln, state police at scene of standoff in Lincoln

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 17, 2017, at 6:26 p.m.
Lincoln police and members of the Maine State Police’s tactical team are at the scene of a standoff in the vicinity of Route 2 and Mohawk Road.

West Newfield woman, 48, dies in St. Albans camper fire

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 17, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
A West Newfield woman died in a camper fire Saturday when a lit candle ignited a blanket.
The Libra Foundation, a nonprofit economic development foundation, will be turning the former Brothers auto dealership in Dover-Foxcroft into a sports complex as part of plans to revitalize the local economy.

Plan to revitalize poor Maine county includes indoor hockey rink

By Ernie Clark and Nick Sambides Jr. on July 17, 2017, at 5:50 a.m.
The foundation’s goal: To turn Piscataquis, which the U.S. Census Bureau rated as Maine’s poorest county in 2015, into a center for tourism, recreation and agriculture.
Seen here on June 16, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Thursday that he will recommend that President Trump leave untouched two of 27 national monument under review.

Zinke reaffirms status of two national monuments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 13, 2017, at 3:20 p.m.
He has not yet said whether he would recommend changing the designation of Maine’s national monument.
Hermon, Maine--08/19/2013-- A Pan Am Railways worker looks at rail cars along a section of track near the Coldbrook Road in Hermon on Monday. Kevin Bennett|BDN

Poland Spring seeks improved rail service in Lincoln area

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 13, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
A Pan Am Railways worker looks at rail cars along a section of track near the Coldbrook Road in Hermon.

Poland Spring wants faster rail service for possible Lincoln bottling plant

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 13, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
A Poland Spring official says the region’s slow-moving freight train service may hurt its chances to host a $50 million bottling plant.
The late Peter Alfond. 

Photo courtesy of the Alfond Foundation

Maine philanthropist Peter Alfond dies of malaria at age 65

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 11, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
Maine philanthropist and former Dexter Shoe Co. executive Peter Alfond died Monday from malaria contracted during a recent trip to Africa.
Katelyn Giles of Stacyville and Erin Crawford of Holden [right] walk on Swift Brook Road on Sunday. Both advised Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument visitors to drive carefully -- and bring a Jeep. "You have to watch your speed," Giles said.

Dirt roads to Maine’s monument intended for loggers, not visitors

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 11, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
A dozen representatives of the loggers, landowners, truckers and National Park Service officials are working to prevent crashes on the roads that lead to the 87,562-acre Katahdin Woods, which critics say are unfit for tourist traffic.
POLL QUESTION
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, here visiting Maine’s national monument in June, is due to advise President Trump on the monument next month.

99 percent of comments tell Trump to keep Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
All but 67 of the 192,052 comments about Maine’s monument that were submitted to Interior’s website from May 11 to July 4 supported it.

Lincoln leaders to wait on criminal case before deciding town manager’s fate

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It’s hard, if someone is found guilty, to continue to employ them in a town manager role.”
BANGOR, Maine -- 062417 -- Several hundred people participated in the Bangor Pride parade in Bangor on Saturday despite drizzly conditions. Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN

Bangor gets its pride on

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 25, 2017, at 1:21 p.m.
Bangor City Hall is seen Thursday.

Bangor and Portland can weather a state government shutdown, at least for a while

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
Bangor has a rainy day fund of approximately $10 million — enough to maintain services for about two months.

Lincoln man, 67, dies making explosives to ‘blow up tree stumps’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 22, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
“There does not seem to be anything sinister in this.”
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The visit was the start of a four-day visit to New England.

Zinke: Maine monument’s foes and fans will be ‘enthusiastic’ about recommendation

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 20, 2017, at 6:55 p.m.
“I have talked to the governor, and I think we have a reasonable approach with the recommendation that all parties will be satisfied with,” Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told Sen. Angus King on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) chats with outdoor enthusiasts during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tuesday.

Zinke might recommend Katahdin monument be national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2017, at 11:35 a.m.
“The driver would have to be from Congress,” Zinke said at a breakfast with Katahdin area political and business leaders.