Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
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.
Dex, a Dutch-German shepherd mix set to become the Belfast Police Department’s first police dog since 1989, runs an agility course at the Maine State Police Canine Unit training center in Vassalboro with his handler, officer Travis Spencer of the Belfast PD.

Belfast police dog finds suspect who left shorts behind after crime spree

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
The newest addition to Belfast’s police force is already earning his stripes.

Coast Guard: Kayaker found safe hours after search was called off

By Dawn Gagnon and Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 10:28 a.m.
Cerezo was at Petit Manan when authorities called to confirm that he was the kayaker for whom crews had been searching.

Search suspended for kayaker who went missing off Milbridge coast

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing kayaker off the coast of Milbridge “after exhausting all search possibilities,” according to a Thursday news release.
Some Pittsfield residents will need to boil their water before use after crews shut off water service to several streets Monday as part of a public works project.

Water-boil order issued in Pittsfield

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Some Pittsfield residents will need to boil their water before use after crews shut off water service to several streets Monday as part of a public works project.

Tree falls over, knocks out power to 2,500 in downtown Bar Harbor

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The outages mostly affected businesses and homes on Main, Eden and Cottage streets and surrounding areas.

Fairfield man accused of making explosive device

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 9:39 a.m.
A Fairfield man was arrested Saturday after police found a homemade explosive device in his High Street apartment.

Thomaston woman, 70, dies of injuries from motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
She was wearing a helmet, and police said at the time of the crash that they believed the Davises suffered minor injuries.
Flood waters in the harbor of Blue Hill lap over the top of the town pier off Water Street on Nov. 16, 2016.

Early-week thunderstorms cause flooding, possibly house fire

By Nick McCrea on June 20, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
“Small creeks and streams could leave their banks and cause flooding. This is especially true in hilly and mountainous areas.”
The Downeast Salmon Federation says hundreds of dead fish have been seen floating downstream in the Union River. The fish were killed passing through the Leonard Lake Dam.

Hundreds of dead fish prompt call for changes at Ellsworth dam

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2017, at 5:40 p.m.
Some of those fish appeared to have parts chopped off, while others suffered slashes across their sides or were missing eyes, indicating they struck turbines in the dam.
Jon Fishman, drummer in the band Phish, introduces U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Portland, March 2, 2016.  Fishman has been elected as a selectman in Lincolnville.

Phish drummer, filmmaker elected as Lincolnville selectmen

By Nick McCrea on June 14, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
The drummer for the rock band Phish has been elected to public office in an unusually star-studded election for the town’s five-member selectboard.
First responders at the scene of a fiery truck crash in Carmel Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews respond to fiery truck crash in Carmel

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
Carmel resident Jim Thorne said the truck left the road when the driver tried to avoid a collision with another vehicle.
Patrick Mocarsky (from left), Hallie Sumner and Amber Walls graduated from 8th Grade at Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island on Saturday. They're the first students to graduate from that school, which had 11 students this school year, in 17 years.

Maine island school holds first graduation ceremony in 17 years

By Nick McCrea on June 12, 2017, at 3:38 p.m.
On Saturday, three students celebrated completing 8th grade in the first graduation ceremony on Great Cranberry Island in 17 years.