Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
Former gubernatorial candidate, Eliot Cutler (left) and University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

Alfond Foundation offers $7.5 million boost for Maine graduate center

By Nick McCrea on July 18, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
It would be the largest private gift to a project involving multiple campuses in the system’s history.
A pair of Maine fishermen rescued a young seal that became tangled in fishing gear.

Maine fishermen rescue seal pup entangled in fishing gear

By Nick McCrea on July 18, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
A pair of Maine fishermen rescued a young seal that became tangled in fishing gear last week.
Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this 2011 file photo. The UMaine System board of trustees on Monday created a 17-seat panel tasked with finding a new replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, who oversees the Orono and Machias campuses, when she retires in June 2018.

UMaine System starts search for next president of Orono, Machias campuses

By Nick McCrea on July 17, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
The University of Maine System has begun the process of finding a president who will lead the system’s largest and smallest campus.

Rockport woman, 63, dies in midcoast motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on July 17, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
A Rockport woman died Sunday when the motorcycle she was riding on collided with a car on Route 17.
Area firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at Cap's Tavern in Brewer late Thursday.

Fire guts popular Brewer bar Cap’s Tavern

By Nick McCrea on July 14, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
Flames swept through Cap’s Tavern, a popular Brewer nightspot, late Thursday.

Two drivers killed in head-on crash in Union

By Nick McCrea on July 13, 2017, at 9:01 a.m.
Both drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles, and both died at the scene.

State names 3 finalists in school consolidation pilot project

By Nick McCrea on July 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Three groups of Maine schools, representing districts that are struggling with declining enrollment and flagging finances, are vying for state support to create new, creative models for consolidation.

Police: Maine man mistakenly calls police officer to set up drug deal, gets arrested

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
Two midcoast residents are facing drug trafficking charges after one of them misdialed a police officer while trying to set up a drug deal.

Fort Kent woman seriously hurt after crashing into moose on I-95

By Nick McCrea on July 10, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
A Fort Kent woman is in critical condition after she struck a moose on Interstate 95 near Howland early Saturday morning.
Blueberries wait to be raked in 2016 in one of the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company fields in Township 19, Washington County.

Feds to buy $10 million in wild Maine blueberries to help absorb glut

By Darren Fishell and Nick McCrea on July 07, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved buying up to $10 million in Maine wild blueberries.
A team of rescuers carries an injured hiker off Borestone Mountain on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

For second day in a row, rescue team helps injured hiker off Maine mountain

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
Paulina Pope, 44, of South Berwick was hiking with a friend Thursday afternoon when she fell and suffered a broken leg on a steep section of trail.
A Maine Forest Service helicopter airlifts an injured hiker from the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles east of Greenville. The hiker suffered a broken leg, and was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment.

Hiker rescued from Appalachian Trail after breaking leg

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
A teenager who suffered a broken leg on the Appalachian Trail was airlifted off a mountain east of Greenville.
Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, New Hampshire was arrested in Bangor on Tuesday after a police chase.

Man who said his name was ‘Santa Claus’ leads police on a car chase through Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 05, 2017, at 9:18 a.m.
State police brought an end to a lengthy car chase in Bangor on July 4.

Rockland officer rescues skunk from peanut butter jar

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2017, at 10:50 a.m.
“We can’t blame the skunk; peanut butter is awesome,” the department said in the post.
A squirrel munches a piece of bread after taking it from man's hand in Deering Oaks Park in Portland.

Squirrel knocks out power in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Crews expected to restore power around 10 a.m.
“Sea urchins sit crammed into a plastic crate on the deck of a fisherman’s boat off the town of St. George in this September 2016 photo. On Wednesday a federal judge fined a Portland seafood distribution company more than half a million dollars for illegally importing urchins from Canada.”

Portland firm sentenced for illegal urchin imports

By Nick McCrea on June 29, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
ISF Trading Co. has been ordered to pay a $552,500 fine and forfeit $297,500 for selling urchins it imported from Canada by illegal means.
Animal control recovered this 6-foot boa constrictor from High Street in Biddeford and is now looking for the owner.

Missing your boa constrictor? Biddeford found it

By Nick McCrea on June 28, 2017, at 8:25 a.m.
Are you looking for your boa constrictor?
A father and son fishing in the Kennebec River pulled this rifle from the water on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Father, son on fishing trip haul rifle from Augusta river

By Nick McCrea on June 27, 2017, at 8:58 a.m.
A father and son reeled in an unexpected catch on the Kennebec River over the weekend — a rusted bolt-action rifle.
This small plane crashed on Vinalhaven Monday morning, June 26 while attempting to land. The pilot was injured, but the extent of those injuries wasn't immediately known.

Mail plane crashes near runway on Vinalhaven, pilot injured

By Nick McCrea on June 26, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge bridge, linking Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River.

Search underway after vehicle was found abandoned on Penobscot Narrows Bridge

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Marine Patrol is searching the Penobscot River after a vehicle was found parked on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.