Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers Orono and Old Town from the Bangor bureau.
An auction sign in front of a home on Bangor's west side.

Bangor officials hope to increase homeownership with trio of proposed programs

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 06, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — In an effort to boost homeownership and court new families to settle in Bangor, city councilors will vote later this month on a trio of new programs aimed at making it easier for people to buy and fix up a house. “It’s going to help support the …
Crew members enter and exit the plane carrying a second patient infected with the ebola virus from Africa to Atlanta stopped to refuel at Bangor International Airport Tuesday morning.

Second American Ebola patient arrives in US when plane stops to refuel in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A plane carrying missionary Nancy Writebol, the second American aid worker to contract the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Africa, touched down briefly in Bangor Tuesday morning to take on fuel and supplies before continuing on to Atlanta, where doctors will work to save her …
The oldest standing church in Bangor, originally known as East Bangor Congregational Church, could soon change hands and be converted into a single-family residence, according to the real estate agent.

Bangor church built in 1849 up for sale, may become single-family home

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 04, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — One of the oldest standing churches in Bangor could soon change hands and likely will add to the trend of converting old houses of worship for other uses. The 165-year-old structure was built as the East Bangor Congregational Church at 401 Pushaw Road off outer Broadway. The …
LaGrange Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bacon stops a vehicle near 5572 Bennoch Road in LaGrange on Sunday. It was one of two places where firefighters or police had traffic stopped on in response to a police standoff with Lewis Conlogue of LaGrange.

LaGrange man, 49, killed by state trooper after 3-hour standoff

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 04, 2014, at 5:30 a.m.
LAGRANGE, Maine — A Maine State Police trooper shot and killed a 49-year-old man during a lengthy standoff in LaGrange Sunday night, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. McCausland identified the man as Lewis Conlogue of LaGrange. The shooting occurred near 5572 Bennoch Road. Conlogue was …
LaGrange Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bacon stops a vehicle near 5572 Bennoch Road in LaGrange on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. It was one of two places where firefighters or police had traffic stopped on in response to a police standoff with an armed man.

Police: 3-hour LaGrange standoff ends with officer-involved shooting

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
LAGRANGE, Maine — A nearly 3-hour standoff in LaGrange Sunday ended when a state police trooper shot a man somewhere along a cordoned-off stretch of Route 16, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. The standoff ended shortly after 7 p.m., he said. Police have not yet …
Randolph Westphal, with his dogs Nanook and her son, Chinook, outside Fireside Inn in Bangor on Sunday, Aug. 3 is spreading cancer awareness and biking around the world, encouraging people to never give up. He will be riding around Bangor Monday and plans to head north to Canada in preparation for a flight home to Germany to have surgery in September.

German cancer survivor who has biked 132,000 miles around world set to cycle through Bangor on Monday

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Cancer didn’t take out Randolph Westphal. Neither did 28 surgeries to remove it. Neither did a hit-and run crash in Argentina that knocked him off his bike and severed a portion of his lower leg — though that came close. Westphal, 56, will be out and about …
The Kennebec County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man suspected of robbing the Manchester Rite Aid early Sunday afternoon.

Kennebec County sheriff’s department looking for man who robbed Manchester Rite Aid

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
MANCHESTER, Maine — Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Manchester Rite Aid just after noon on Sunday. A man wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap, gym shorts, sunglasses and a black hooded sweatshirt over a T-shirt that appeared to have a skull on it approached …
Don Winslow, right, gives a thumbs-up in support of the flash mob unfolding in front of him and his wife Dora Winslow on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Bangor Waterfront.

Memorial events planned for next summer in honor of late Bangor police chief

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A memorial event honoring Don Winslow, Bangor’s late police chief, will pit area police officers against firefighters on the Bangor Waterfront next summer. “Don Winslow is one of a kind, and we were blessed to have known him during our lifetime,” Corenna O’Brien said during an interview …

Flash flood warning issued for tiny section of western Maine

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for a tiny region of Somerset and Franklin counties as slow-moving thunderstorms roll through the area Saturday evening. The warning affects “extreme west central Somerset County and northwestern Franklin County,” according to the weather service, which expects …
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King just returned from visiting the Texas-Mexico border with a group of lawmakers who were investigating the immigration crisis. The senators said the situation is complex and the government has to take steps to correct the problem.

Sens. Collins, King say US should do more to counter promises Central American gangs make to young immigrants

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Returning from a tour of immigration facilities on the Texas-Mexico border, both Maine’s U.S. senators criticized the Obama administration for failing to stem misinformation that has led tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children to the U.S. border. “I’ve called on the administration to make much …
Two eaglets at Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation facility in Freedom, could be released in a matter of weeks.

Orphaned Bangor eagles learning to fly, could be released soon

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 01, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The two young eagles that lost their father to an electric shock and nearly lost their mother to illness could be just weeks away from their release, according to the people rearing the eaglets in the absence of their parents. The Kenduskeag Avenue eaglets are becoming stronger …

Bangor businesses beset by phone scam seeking utility payment

By Nick McCrea on July 30, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Several Bangor-area businesses reported receiving fraudulent phone calls on Wednesday from a person or persons claiming to represent Emera Maine seeking money. Those receiving the calls were told that refusal to pay would result in having the power shut off just hours before opening for business. And …

Feds schedule Maine hearings on impact of possible missile defense site

By Nick McCrea on July 30, 2014, at 2:35 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Maine — The Department of Defense is asking for public input as it prepares environmental impact statements for U.S. locations being considered for potential missile defense sites, including one in Maine. The Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency is eyeing a U.S. Navy facility in Redington Township, near Rangeley, …
U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows spoke in front of Bangor's Paul Bunyan while making a campaign stop in Bangor on Tuesday as part of her campaign trek across Maine.

Shenna Bellows shares stories of struggling Mainers during Bangor stop on walking campaign tour

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — At the foot of Bangor’s 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows shared stories from her campaign trek across Maine — stories of rural people who have lost their jobs and are struggling to get by with only part-time work or no work at …
Bradley Moore, superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, said 58 tons of grease per year is removed from the treatment plant.

Bangor sewage treatment plant tells restaurants to get the grease out

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The last time you ate at a Bangor restaurant you probably didn’t spend much time thinking about what was going down the drain in the kitchen. City officials have been thinking about it a lot and are beefing up efforts to ensure restaurants are doing all they …

Woman suffers serious injuries in Saco crash

By Nick McCrea on July 28, 2014, at 5:48 p.m.
SACO, Maine — A Scarborough woman suffered “serious internal injuries” when her van was struck by a wrecker on Route 1 on Monday afternoon, according to a news release from the Saco Police Department. Bronwyn Hoplight-Powers, 24, was turning her 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan left onto Route 1, also known …
Teresa Hall of Milo and her 5-year-old nephew, Collin Hall of Millinocket, run through a downpour at the Bangor State Fair on Monday afternoon.

Weather forces Bangor State Fair to shut down Monday evening

By Nick McCrea on July 28, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Organizers announced late Monday afternoon that the Bangor State Fair would shut down Monday evening because of heavy rain and thunderstorms rolling through the area. In a news release sent just before 5 p.m., organizers said no further fair events would be held that day. The fair …

Bill aimed at state’s worst OUI offenders goes into effect Aug. 1

By Nick McCrea on July 24, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The “worst of the worst” drunk drivers face stiffer penalties and longer consideration of their past offenses under a Maine law that goes into effect Aug. 1. The bill, LD 1729, was proposed this past session by Rep. Tim Marks, D-Pittston, a 25-year state trooper who retired …
Sweet treats are lined up for the grand opening of The Whole Grain Bakeshop in Brewer. The bakery is in the basement of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Brewer and specializes in gluten-free and vegan sweets.

Shop selling gluten-free, vegan treats opens in Brewer church basement

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Kelly Thompson got a taste for healthful cooking as a nutrition student at the University of Maine around the turn of the millennium. She hopes her passion and penchant for baking has finally evolved into a livelihood. The Hermon resident cut the ribbon on her new business, …
A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic, July 9, 2013. The crude oil freight train that derailed and blew up in the small town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning, July 6, 2013, was traveling far too fast when it went off the rails, investigators told reporters.

Maine delegates laud proposed steps to prevent Lac-Megantic-level railway disaster in US

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a series of proposed new rail safety rules on Wednesday, including phasing out tens of thousands of older railway tanker cars used to transport flammable liquids, including crude oil, over the next two years. Maine’s congressional delegation celebrated the proposals …
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