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Jeremy Somers

Police: Bangor man arrested after jumping from second-story window to escape

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2016, at 5 p.m.
Jeremy Somers “barricaded himself inside the apartment” before attempting his failed escape, Detective Lt. David Bushey said.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Amber Hawkins drops a wreath into the icy water of the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor, during a ceremony remembering the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.

‘It’s good we can live in peace’: Bangor honors 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
Veterans, active duty military, area residents and politicians from around the region gathered on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor to remember the fallen, and those who have put on military uniforms to follow in their footsteps.
Steven Gadsden

5 people charged in connection with burglaries in Penobscot County

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
Five suspects, including a father and two sons, are facing charges in connection with separate burglaries on Monday here and in nearby Eddington and Clifton.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Billings (left) and petty officer Vekisha McCall of the Navy Operational Support Center in Bangor prepare to release two wreaths into the Kenduskeag Stream during the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony on Dec. 7, 2015, in Bangor. The ceremony was held on the Willard Carleton Orr Bridge, a pedestrian bridge named in honor of Orr, a Bangor resident who died at Pearl Harbor.

Bangor parade, wreath-laying planned for 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:53 p.m.
A parade of veterans and a ceremonial wreath-laying on Wednesday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. into World War II.

Eddington boy’s death likely accidental, medical examiner says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
An 8-year-old boy who died the day before Thanksgiving may have been playing around and accidentally hanged himself, the medical examiner has determined.

2 out-of-staters charged with card skimming at Brewer gas station

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
A car parked at the gas pumps of a closed convenience store early Sunday morning seemed weird to Brewer police Sgt. Paul Gauvin, who caught 2 out-of-staters attempting to skim credit card numbers.
Paul Francis III

Bangor man missing since leaving work at Geaghan’s Friday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Paul Francis III, 29, was last seen on Sanford Street between 1-2 a.m. Friday after leaving work

Woman smoking on oxygen escapes Skowhegan fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 05, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
“The woman was able to escape the mobile home and was found outside near her car.”
A Canada lynx sits in an enclosure in October 2013 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

More than $5,000 reward offered in Canada lynx killings in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
It is illegal to shoot Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Cedric Butler

Boston woman accused of bringing crack cocaine to Bangor to sell for friend’s bail money

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
After a Boston man was arrested for selling crack cocaine in the city earlier this week, a couple of his acquaintances decided to bring more drugs to Bangor to sell to bail him out of jail.
Justin Pratt

Bangor resident alerts police to alleged Elm Street car burglar

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
“During the investigation and subsequent arrest of Mr. Pratt, he struck one officer in the face in what is commonly described as a ‘head butt.’”

Police: Man hit by vehicle after driver ‘confronted by several individuals carrying weapons’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
A man was struck by a vehicle and injured after the driver was “confronted by several individuals carrying weapons” Wednesday night in the William S. Cohen School parking lot.
A couch placed in Pickering Square by Shaw House, an agency that works with homeless and at-risk youth, can be seen during a #CouchesDontCount rally on Wednesday in Bangor. #CouchesDontCount was started last year in Philadelphia to highlight the fact that about 50 percent of homeless youth aren't counted because they "couch surf."

Couch placed in Pickering Square to draw attention to youth homelessness problem

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
“The goal is just to raise awareness to the hidden homelessness of teens,” Dan Fleming said. “They’re not counted.”
Barry Dana of Solon trims away ash saplings as he works on the internal frame of a wigwam he is helping to build at the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine in Orono in a 2010 file photo.

Skowhegan man charged with harassing former Penobscot Indian Nation chief

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 29, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Dana said he thinks that Aubrey confused him with someone else.
Local chalk artist Andrea Simoneau works outside the Bangor Daily News building on Monday morning to protest an editorial written by Lawrence Lockman, R-Amherst, that ran in the Bangor Daily News in September. The design — a state of Maine built by people of multiple cultures and led by Paul Bunyan — intends to directly oppose Lockman's opinion that Maine should close its doors to immigrants.

Bangor chalk artist responds to anti-immigrant OpEd with display

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
An opinion piece penned by a state representative from Amherst who said in September that Maine should close its doors to immigrants has spurred a local chalk artist to design a display in opposition.
Treats Falls House resident Nye Ivers (center) laughs as a helper straightens her hardhat during the groundbreaking for a nearly $5 million renovation and expansion at the facility on Nov. 16 in Orono.

Orono facility for disabled renovating, expanding services

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 27, 2016, at 7:19 a.m.
Treats Falls House, a 17-bed intermediate care facility for people with intellectual, medical and/or behavioral needs tucked between the Penobscot River and Park Street, is getting a facelift and more space thanks to a federal loan.
Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. plant Manager John Barry, left, watches as company environmental consultant Ted Johnston demonstrate the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance.

Brewer to send sludge to Hartland; Plymouth fertilizer plant still not accepting waste

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
For years, sludge created in the city has been sent to a Plymouth fertilizer processing plant that uses septic waste and sludge to make its products, but that all changes next month, when it will be sent to Hartland.

Bangor police explain why woman not charged in possible hate crime assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 22, 2016, at 6:20 p.m.
A woman involved in a possible racially motivated altercation Friday night was not charged because her involvement with the alleged victim “was verbal only,” police said Tuesday.
Hermon High School English teacher Chad Boucher and his son, Bennett, in an undated photo. Boucher died Sunday at his home.

Hermon teacher remembered: ‘He helped a lot of kids’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2016, at 8:23 p.m.
“Tragically, one of our faculty members, Mr. Chad Boucher, died suddenly, Sunday, Nov. 20. We are deeply saddened by this loss.”
Antonio and Alice Balcer

Exiles memorial ride ends in tragic fatal crash, sheriff says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Tragedy struck as members and friends of the Exiles Motorcycle Club gathered on Saturday to honor the club’s fallen road captain and his wife when a member of the funeral procession died in a crash.