Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
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The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Thursday in Norridgewock.

Norridgewock residents defend New Balance from social media uproar

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 19, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“They’re always the first at the table to do what they can to help,” Richard LaBelle said. “Norridgewock wouldn’t be Norridgewock without New Balance.”
Karl Crute Jr.

Two midcoast residents charged after apparent drug overdose death

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 16, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
Karl Crute Jr., 43, and Ranae Robbins, 45, were arrested after allegedly trafficking heroin.
Belfast Superindentent Paul Knowles shows areas that need improvement at Belfast Area High School on Nov. 4.

Belfast-area voters approve high school renovation bond

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 15, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Belfast-area voters have decided to borrow $7.6 million to fix up their 51-year-old high school, allowing the district to push forward planning the renovations.
Belfast Area High School can be seen on Friday in Belfast. Belfast-area residents have a $7.6 million bond question on their ballots asking for money to renovate the high school.

Voters to decide on $7.6M proposal to renovate 51-year-old Belfast school

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 05, 2016, at 10 a.m.
“The building is showing its age, and it needs some attention quickly,” Superintendent Paul Knowles said Friday during a tour of the school.
A teen driver accidentally backed her car up a utility pole guy wire in Freedom on Thursday, according to the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Teen driver backs up onto utility pole guy wire

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
“Deputy Mulligan was able to assist the operator out of the vehicle and get her safely away from the car, which had backed up the wire so far it was resting on its front bumper,” Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton said Friday.
Rick Fitzsimmons (right) works with Eye Cheenthada (second from right), 17, to drill anchor holes while Liam MacMillan (left), 16, and Colby Johnson, 15, measure boards at the Penobscot Marine Museum's Hamilton Educational Center in Searsport in this January 2016 file photo.

The state’s first high school for future sailors is getting closer to opening

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 03, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
“We’re a maritime state, we need to get back to that with our kids,” Rep. James Gillway said. “It’s part of our heritage.”
Rylan Norris removes a broken 2-by-6 board while testing Norway spruce lumber at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono in this December 2015 file photo.

After UMaine testing, Norway spruce approved for use in construction

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 02, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
In Maine, the bulk of Norway spruce is in Aroostook County, though smaller plantations are scattered across the state, according to the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.
Kyle Skinner

Belfast man accused of grocery store arson sentenced to 90 days in jail

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 31, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
A Belfast man will spend 90 days in jail after he allegedly set fire to his grocery store in an effort to get insurance money.
Bangor High School students check in to vote during classes on Tuesday in a statewide mock election.

In ‘tense election,’ Maine teachers challenged to keep classrooms civil

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 28, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
For teachers, the task of showing children how to interpret the hyperbole and communicate their political beliefs in a civil, productive way has been an enormous challenge during what many believe is the most divisive and unpredictable presidential race in modern U.S. history.

Washington County Jail inmate’s death ruled suicide

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a Washington County Jail inmate died from injuries suffered when he jumped from a stairwell on Oct. 21.
Gordon Hamilton

Scientists across globe mourn loss of respected UMaine climate researcher

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
Climate change researchers around the world are mourning a well-respected University of Maine scientis t who was killed in a snowmobile crash in Antarctica over the weekend.

Washington County Jail inmate dies

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 25, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
The state medical examiner’s office is expected to determine the cause of Roy’s death.

UMaine System trustees push forward proposed Portland graduate center

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 24, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Trustees unanimously backed an 80-page business plan for the center during a special meeting at University College Center in East Millinocket.

Midcoast woman says man blew powder in her face, sexually assaulted her

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Investigators say the suspect was described as an “older male,” with brown wavy hair standing 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall.

UMaine System releases plans for consolidated graduate center in Portland

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
Leaders of the University of Maine System released details of their plan to unite graduate programs for aspiring businesspeople, lawyers and public administrators under one roof.

State’s last charter school slot to remain vacant as applicant withdraws

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
“We have decided to stay focused on the work we know and the work we do well as a private school,” Wayfinder’s CEO said.
Lynn Arsenault

Murdered woman’s sons sue stepfather over forged will

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
Mathew and Nick Day, are suing their former stepfather, Donald Arsenault, and a Portland businessmen after a probate judge ruled that their dead mother’s will had been forged.

In a Belfast bar where no one is enthused with this election

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:05 p.m.

Parlez-vous? Maine schools struggle to find foreign language teachers

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 17, 2016, at 1 a.m.
In a taxing scramble to find qualified foreign language teachers, some Maine school districts are turning to digitized assistance to expose their students to other tongues.

Skowhegan educator honored by state officials

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
The Maine Department of Education has named a Skowhegan middle school teacher the state’s top educator of 2017.