Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
A winding, low-speed police chase through downtown Belfast and surrounding side streets came to an end around 9 a.m. Monday, when the driver of the white Volvo crashed into a light pole and got stuck. Police say the driver damaged several police cruisers during the pursuit.

Winterport woman charged following bizarre Belfast police chase

By Nick McCrea on March 29, 2017, at 5:53 p.m.
Police charged Rebecca Hills with eluding a police officer, operating under the influence, refusing to submit to arrest and more.
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

Midcoast man calling it quits after decade spent fighting town’s jet ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 29, 2017, at 8 a.m.
Liberty residents voted 99-36, rejecting Haskell’s request to remove Lake St. George from a list of places where personal watercrafts aren’t allowed.
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.

University of Maine at Machias to be absorbed into UMaine flagship

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
The partnership is in response to a prolonged decline in enrollment and financial security at the Machias university.
A police chase through downtown Belfast and surrounding side streets came to an end around 9 a.m. Monday, when the driver of the white Volvo crashed into a light pole and got stuck. Police say the driver damaged several police cruisers during the pursuit.

Belfast chase ends after car rams police SUVs, crashes into light pole

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
A bizarre, slow-speed police chase through downtown Belfast and side streets Tuesday morning ended after a car rammed several police vehicles and struck a light pole, sending one officer and the driver of the car to the hospital.
Students walk across the University of Maine through a 2017 spring snowstorm.

How Trump’s deep budget cuts might affect Maine universities

By Nick McCrea on March 27, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
“We are concerned about the potential impact that cuts to federal agencies may have on UMaine academic, research and service programs.”
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

This man has spent a decade trying to overturn Liberty’s Jet Ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
Liberty residents will be asked whether they want to lift a ban on Jet Skis during the town’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 25.
Two men died and a third was critically injured when the 2010 Toyota Tacoma they were riding in struck a utility pole and rolled several times in Prospect in Sept. 2016.

Man indicted on manslaughter for fatal Prospect crash

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Adam Littlefield had at least three prior convictions in the past decade for driving with a revoked license, including one Aug. 23, 2016, just days before the fatal crash.
James Kuhn

Maine father who had used shock collar on kids pleads to explosives charge

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 5:12 p.m.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee reported receiving a tip that Kuhn built improvised explosive devices and blew them up near his 7-year old son.
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 sex assault history indicted on recent charges

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
Reed’s record of convictions for violent sexual crimes stretches back to a 1983 conviction for raping a teenage hitchhiker he had picked up in Lincolnville.
Mark O'Brien

York County men accused of firing gun out car window, striking home

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
A pair of York County men face charges after police say they fired a handgun from a vehicle, possibly striking at least one home, according to York County Sheriff William King.

Wardens identify snowshoer, 57, found dead on Rome hiking trail

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
“It appears as though the cause of death may be exposure.”
Chelsea Larrabee

Belfast woman to be sentenced for role in deadly crash

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
A local woman will be sentenced next month for manslaughter and other charges following a car crash last year that caused the death of one of her passengers.
The fate of an Oakhurst Dairy labor lawsuit may come down to an Oxford comma.

A missing comma keeps Oakhurst Dairy labor lawsuit alive

By Nick McCrea on March 15, 2017, at 2 p.m.
“For want of a comma, we have this case,” reads the opening line of First Circuit Judge David Barron’s 30-page decision.
Three excavators continue to organize debris at the former Great Northern Paper Co. LLC mill site in East Millinocket on Tuesday.

Fire crews ‘dodged a bullet’ battling GNP site fire, official says

By Nick McCrea and Nick Sambides Jr. on March 14, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
“I don’t know what avenues we can pursue but these people are not doing the job correctly, not for this to happen,” Mark Scally, chairman of the board of selectmen, said Tuesday.

Belfast, state settle dispute over General Assistance reimbursements

By Nick McCrea on March 14, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
The dispute arose in early 2016 when a DHHS auditor visited on the heels of a significant increase — from $35,000 to $325,000 — in the city’s General Assistance spending from 2015 to 2016.
An excavator tears down one of four buildings to be demolished at the former paper mill site on Main Street, Feb. 7, 2017.

Firefighters douse ‘toxic’ blaze at former GNP mill site

By McCrea and Sambides on March 14, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
The blaze had to be controlled because of the toxicity of the debris. If the fire got out of control, locals may have been forced to evacuate.
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of this man, who is suspected of robbing four Maine banks since 2012. The FBI is calling him "The Silent Bandit" because he never spoke a word during the robberies, instead passing notes to tellers.

FBI offers $5K reward for Maine’s ‘Silent Bandit’ bank robber

By Nick McCrea on March 13, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
Police describe the suspect as a white male, between the ages of 55 and 65, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10, and heavy set.

Auburn woman critically burned while smoking on oxygen

By Nick McCrea on March 13, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
A woman is in critical condition Monday after suffering serious burns in her apartment Monday morning.
Robbins Lumber president Jim A. Robbins walks around the plant's existing biomass boiler, used to produce steam to heat the facility’s buildings and dry lumber in kilns. The company has plans for a new boiler with better pollution controls and the ability to produce power that can be sent to the grid.

With mills struggling, a Maine lumber firm is building a biomass plant

By Nick McCrea on March 11, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
The shuttering of paper mills has forced businesses in the forest products industry to take a fresh look at their approach.

Maine mogul buys, plans to reopen iconic midcoast lobster pound

By Nick McCrea on March 10, 2017, at 8:03 a.m.