Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 

Underused midcoast elementary school targeted for closure

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 23, 2017, at 5:57 p.m.
The little-used Stockton Springs Elementary School could be headed for closure.
The 40 grams of heroin valued at $12,000 that was allegedly found during a traffic stop on Monday in Southwest Harbor.

MDI traffic stop nets heroin trafficking arrests

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 23, 2017, at 3:28 p.m.
Neighbors reported the fire at the one-story home on Cattle Pound Road around 5:45 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke.

Victims identified, two deceased, in Washington house fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 23, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
Investigators have recovered a second body from the rubble of a home in Washington that was destroyed by fire Monday morning.
One person has died and another was taken to the hospital after a fire ripped through a home in the town of Washington on Monday morning, according to officials with the The Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Two believed dead in Washington house fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 23, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Investigators believe two people are dead and a third injured after fire swept through a Knox County town Monday morning.
Roger Bloomfield, CEO of the Terre Armee Group, announces a partnership with Advanced Infrastructure Technologies, which sells the University of Maine-developed Bridge-in-a-Backpack, on Thursday in Orono. Terre Armee plans to start marketing and selling the bridges in larger numbers across North America and internationally.

Bridge-in-a-Backpack company secures deal with international firm to sell more bridges

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.

Camden town manager abruptly resigns

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 19, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Camden’s town manager is resigning at the end of the week, and the select board plans to launch a search for her replacement as soon as possible.

Maine man accused of killing cat, setting family’s barn on fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:48 p.m.
On Nov. 8, Andrew Sousa allegedly used a knife to kill the family cat because he was “trying to cleanse the house of evil.”

Vinalhaven man dies following island crash

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
A Vinalhaven man has died from injuries suffered in a crash on the island.
Miranda Hopkins

Troy infant died of blunt force trauma, extensive injuries

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.
Miranda Hopkins, 32, made her first appearance in Belfast District Court late Tuesday afternoon.
The Camden Snow Bowl can be seen on Tuesday in Camden.

Businesses hope to return to Camden Snow Bowl slopes

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:19 p.m.
Cold Toes Tacos and Sidecountry Sports, which were booted from the slopes of the Camden Snow Bowl earlier this month, hope to return by the end of January.
Hollie Ann Beal stands in front of her Sandy Point home, which was declared a dangerous structure by town officials, on Feb. 23, 2016, in Stockton Springs.

Woman determined to finish, return to condemned Stockton Springs home

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 16, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
“My plan has always been to live in that house, and that hasn’t changed,” said Hollie Beal, the owner of the 675-square-foot Sandy Point house.
Logs are stacked up in Oxbow on Nov. 7, 2016.

Foresters, feds unveil strategy to boost beleaguered industry

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 12, 2017, at 4:45 p.m.
Maine’s foresters will have to get creative in finding new uses for their wood and new places to send it if the industry wants to recover from years of mill shutterings and economic upheaval, according to a report issued this week.
The Camden Snow Bowl can be seen on Tuesday in Camden.

Town boots businesses from Camden Snow Bowl

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4 p.m.
Town officials are under pressure after a taco vendor and sporting goods store were kicked off the slopes of Camden Snow Bowl last weekend.

Rockport mobile home burned after chair by wood stove caught fire

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
A fire last week that left a Rockport man with serious injuries started when a chair sitting too close to a wood stove caught fire.
The rusty patched bumblebee, which will officially receive endangered status on Feb. 10, can be seen in Madison, Wisconsin, in this August 2015 file photo.

Midcoast Maine among last strongholds for newly protected bumblebee species

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
For the first time, a bumblebee species is slated for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and one of its few remaining strongholds is in Waldo and Knox counties.

Fire crews contend with ice, explosions as blaze levels Liberty business

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
“I remember at least five or six explosions,” Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie said Monday afternoon.

Ax-toting man arrested for terrorizing Cushing residents, police say

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
A Rockland man accused of wielding an ax and peeking in the windows of a house in Cushing early Sunday faces terrorizing charges.
Belfast resident Kiril Lozanov recently purchased the former William C. Crosby School in Belfast. He plans to turn the building into community theater space, offices and co-housing apartments.

New owner plans co-housing, performance space for old Belfast high school

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 05, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
“I’m looking at soon making the Crosby School my home, and a home for other people, too.”
Belfast City Hall.

Belfast stalls marijuana sales, social clubs as it awaits regulations

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 5:18 p.m.
Belfast has put a hold on any retail marijuana operations for at least 180 days, and perhaps longer, as it weighs how to regulate the expected industry.
The eye-catching former Dos Amigos restaurant, which has been sold to Anna Wagner, who hopes to give the space a drastically new look and open a coffee shop and lounge, can be seen Tuesday off Route 1 in Northport.

Former midcoast Mexican restaurant getting major makeover

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 04, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
The gaudy, lime green former home of Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant, at 144 Bayside Road, is getting a makeover and a new life, likely as a cafe and lounge.