Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
State police say three escapees from a Long Creek Youth Development Center camping trip stole this SUV early Friday and later crashed it during a police chase in South Portland.

Police: Long Creek escapees steal SUV, cash, alcohol, flee camping trip

By Nick McCrea on March 03, 2017, at 12:36 p.m.
A trio of 18-year-olds who escaped from the Long Creek detention center camping outing are in custody after they stole an SUV and later crashed it during a police pursuit, according to police.
Bangor firefighters assisted in the delivery of a baby girl on March 2 on the Union St. overpass overlooking Interstate 95.

Bangor firefighters deliver baby on I-95 overpass

By Nick McCrea on March 03, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
First responders delivered the baby girl shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday on a busy bridge over Interstate 95.
Snow and ice on a stretch of Interstate 95 Thursday night caused a rash of crashes, including this one, which set the car ablaze. The driver escaped without injury, according to Maine State Police.

Snow, ice cause fiery crash, multiple other crashes on stretch of I-95

By Nick McCrea on March 03, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
A snowy, icy stretch of Interstate 95 in Aroostook County contributed to a rash of crashes Thursday night, including one that set a vehicle ablaze.
Hollie Ann Beal talks about renovations to her small Stockton Springs house, which was declared a dangerous building by town officials two years ago.

The long battle over a condemned Stockton Springs home could end soon

By Nick McCrea on March 02, 2017, at 3:49 p.m.
A contentious 2 1/2-year legal dispute over an old grain storage shed turned home could finally be coming to a close.
Habib Dagher, director of UMaine advanced structures and composites sector, speaks to the crowd during a trip to celebrate the first year of the University of Maine's floating wind turbine, VolturnUS in 2014.

Fishermen air concerns about floating wind turbine test site off Monhegan

By Nick McCrea on March 01, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.
“It’s a balancing act. Renewables are positive unto themselves, but as fisherman we have to be able to get to the fish.”

Police: Belmont man killed in Waldo was stabbed

By Nick McCrea on March 01, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
Police now say they’re investigating his death as a homicide.
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An inspirational message is painted above a door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4, in this November 2016 photo. School officials in the Guilford-based district have been in discussions with their counterparts in neighboring AOS 94 about applying for a state-funded school consolidation pilot project that would result in a merger of multiple high schools.

Here’s how the state plans to get more schools to consolidate

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 28, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
The state is looking for a new model for high school education and is turning to ailing school districts to help build it.
Aaron Clark

Ex-high school teacher sentenced to probation for sex crime against student

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 27, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy woman pleads not guilty in death of infant son

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 27, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
Miranda Hopkins, 32, has been out on bail since her indictment earlier this month.

Windham man allegedly tried to grab a gun from arresting deputy’s holster

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 27, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
Richard Valliere, 40, faces charges of refusing to submit to an arrest, assault on a police officer, and disorderly conduct.
The Lobster Pound Restaurant in Lincolnville is closed for good.

Iconic midcoast eatery going up for auction

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 24, 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
The former owners of the Lincolnville Lobster Pound announced in December that the business wouldn’t be opening its doors next season, closing the books after nearly a century.
Glenn Reed, 69, of Searsmont was arrested Feb. 22 for unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. He has a long history of sexual crimes in the midcoast.

Midcoast man with long history of sex crimes arrested again

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 24, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
A Waldo County man with a 30-year history of sexual crimes is back in jail after he allegedly touched a woman in a “sexually inappropriate manner” while they were in a vehicle together, according to police.

Report: Turner woman dies in Auburn crash

By Nick McCrea and Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
One person has died and another has been injured in a two-vehicle crash in Auburn.
A crash on Route 1 in Searsport resulted in three people being injured three people and caused traffic on the busy coastal thoroughfare to be stopped for 45 minutes, Aug. 15, 2016.

Driver who died Tuesday was under investigation for similar crash 6 months ago

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 23, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
A midcoast woman who died Tuesday when her car crossed the centerline of Route 1A and struck an oncoming vehicle was under investigation for her role in a similar head-on crash last August.
An artist's rendering of what the "earth-like" planets orbiting Trappist 1 might look like. NASA announced the discovery of the exoplanets on Wednesday, saying that some of the planets likely have water and the potential for extraterrestrial life.

Discovery of new ‘earth-like’ planets sparks new talks of alien life

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The blockbuster discovery of seven “earth-like” planets — including some that may have liquid water and the potential for extraterrestrial life — set off a firestorm of excitement among astronomers across the globe on Wednesday.
The city of Belfast is considering a fee on plastic shopping bags.

A Belfast proposal to curb plastic bag use is too weak, activists say

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
A draft version of a plastic bag ordinance would tack on a 5-cent fee for every fresh single-use plastic bag — but only at three stores.

Woman killed, 3-year-old son injured in Frankfort collision

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 8:58 p.m.
Teresa Sirois, 34, of Brooks died after the car she was driving crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic.

Alfond Foundation vows to pay off students’ debt to draw STEM workers to Maine

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The Alfond Leaders competitive grant program will give about 150 recipients up to $60,000 in college debt relief per person over the next three years.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert of Drexel University would serve as the university's next president.

University of New England introduces next president from Drexel

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The University of New England announced Tuesday that James Herbert, a Drexel University administrator, will become the school’s next president.
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university. The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

Merger with UMaine could save struggling Machias campus

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:47 a.m.
“We have to start prioritizing our young people in this county.”