Nok-Noi Ricker

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Downtown Old Town is shown earlier this year.

Old Town downtown redevelopment plan to be unveiled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 8:27 p.m.
Concept designs to improve the downtown area have been reviewed and crafted into a draft master plan that will be unveiled at a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. “What we want is to bring people downtown,” Ron Harriman, the city’s economic development …
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Ron Warner of Brewer, a Marine Corps veteran.

Maine veterans struggle using plan to cut long waits for care

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 3:19 p.m.
BREWER | Local Vietnam veteran Ron Warner, who has spent decades protesting long wait times for Mainers seeking health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs, was recently told he would have to wait three months to find out if he had cancer. Long wait times triggered the government’s …
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Route 2 in Carmel was cordoned off Sunday morning as police investigated an officer-involved shooting.

Police identify woman shot by deputy in Carmel

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
The woman shot by a deputy on Sunday morning after threatening people with a “homemade weapon” was carrying something that resembled a medieval flail — a metal rod with two ropes attached that had railroad spikes tied to their ends, witnesses said. The Maine attorney general’s office, …
Robert Burton

Reward offered as search for Parkman murder suspect continues

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
A reward of $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the capture of a local man wanted for murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend. Robert G. Burton, 38, also known as Robert G. Elliot, is accused of killing Stephanie Ginn Gebo on June …
The 133rd Engineer Battalion marched from the University of Southern Maine campus to the Exposition Building on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan next week.

Maine Army National Guard may learn soon about fate of restructuring plan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 28, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine Army National Guard leaders may soon learn the fate of a controversial plan to turn the state’s 133rd Engineer Battalion into an infantry regiment, the revelation of which earlier this year cost the former state guard leader his job. The U.S. Army’s command plan for fiscal …
Zachery Grant, accused of shooting his father to death in Parkman, makes his first appearance in court May 27 at the Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Abbot man accused of killing father indicted by Piscataquis grand jury

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 25, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | An Abbot man accused of shooting his father to death in Parkman on May 12 was indicted Thursday by the Piscataquis County grand jury. Zachery Grant, 38, is facing a murder charge in the death of David Grant, 61, at the father’s rural home in Parkman. The …
Stephanie Ginn Gebo

Parkman homicide victim’s friend: ‘I begged her to go to the police’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 25, 2015, at 12:36 p.m.
When Stephanie Ginn Gebo decided to break off a relationship with her boyfriend, Robert Burton, her best friend tried to warn her to protect herself. “I begged her to go to the police and just let them know about the situation due to his history,” Erika Kennedy …
Barry Dana paddles a traditional birch bark canoe in this July 2006 file photo.

For third time this year, EPA cracks down on Maine water quality rules

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which in February directed the state to adopt more stringent water quality standards along the Penobscot River to protect sustenance fishing rights of the Penobscot Nation, has expanded its order to tighten water quality rules across Maine. The order was delivered to …
Following a memorial service at the Columbia Street Baptist Church, flowers were placed on the bench where Robert "JR" West used to sit in Downtown Bangor.  West, who was homeless, died at the end of May after he was struck by a car while crossing the street.

‘Symbol of a broken system’: Homeless man’s memorial draws crowd

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
BANGOR | Several people who attended a memorial service Friday for a homeless man who died last month after being struck by a car while crossing a downtown street said his death should lead to better community partnerships to prevent others from slipping through the cracks. Robert Wallace West, …
Michael Hashey

Former Old Town police officer subject of evidence room theft investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
A veteran officer with the city’s police department who resigned earlier this year is under investigation in connection with a reported theft from the department’s evidence room, Old Town police Chief Scott Wilcox said Friday. “Sgt. Mike Hashey did resign in April,” Wilcox said. “He is …
Judith Josiah-Martin, Office of Multicultural Program director at the University of Maine and a doctoral student at the Smith College School of Social Work, was the keynote at the 21st annual Maine Child Welfare Conference, held at the University of Maine. Pictured on the monitor is her daughter, Nicky, when she was young.

Embracing diversity stressed at Maine Child Welfare Conference

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 18, 2015, at 3:25 p.m.
ORONO | The keynote speaker at the 21st annual Maine Child Welfare Conference told the story of how well-meaning and loving relatives didn’t accept that her child, who is half black and half white, needed to be treated differently when it came to her hair care. “They were treating …

Old Town projecting $25 million decrease in mill’s value, 5 percent tax increase

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2015, at 9:50 p.m.
Much is still up in the air for town leaders trying to wrestle with the 2015-16 budget amidst a requested Expera Old Town mill abatement and unrest in Augusta, Town Manager Bill Mayo said after Wednesday’s Special City Council meeting. “We are assuming at least a …
A trash truck driver prepares to dump his load of municipal solid waste at Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington in this Sept. 17, 2009, file photo.

Report: With repairs, PERC can last until 2035

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2015, at 6:47 p.m.
ORRINGTON | A Nebraska-based engineering firm hired by the majority owner of the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. to study the waste-to-energy plant’s operations released a report this week stating the facility can survive for 20 more years, “provided that appropriate capital repairs and replacements are completed.” The Maine plant …
Newly hired Veazie Community School principal Matthew Cyr shakes hands with School Committee Member Kristen Bagley at the May 18 special school board meeting scheduled to discuss cutting $201,000 from the draft budget, which did not occur. Retiring principal Scott Nichols is pictured to the left.

Veazie residents reject $4.1 million school budget

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
Even though residents increased the school budget by the allowed 1.5 percent at the annual town meeting last week, they still voted it down Tuesday in the school budget validation referendum, officials said. “The budget basically has been defeated and we’re right back at ground zero on …
Maine State Police trooper Adam Coover displays a "wanted for murder" poster officials have been distributing in the Monson area as they continue the search June 9 for Robert Burton, who is wanted for murder.

Murder suspect’s family pleads for him ‘to immediately turn himself in’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
MONSON | As the search for a local man wanted in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend entered its 13th day, his family released a statement on Wednesday asking him to stop running from police. Robert Glenn Burton, 38, also known as Robert G. Elliot, is facing a …
Maine State Police continue their search in Abbot for Robert Burton.

Piscataquis County deputy says murder suspect is ‘very woods wise’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2015, at 12:58 p.m.
PARKMAN | The thickly wooded terrain of this rural town and neighboring communities, where law enforcement personnel on Tuesday continued to search for a local man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, makes good camouflage, Piscataquis County Chief Deputy Robert Young said Tuesday. “It’s thick enough in places that a …
Robert Burton

DA talks about murder suspect’s violent history as manhunt continues

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 15, 2015, at 4:32 p.m.
PARKMAN | The criminal history of the man wanted for murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend stretches back 15 years and has always been violent, Piscataquis County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Monday. Robert Glenn Burton, also known as Robert G. Elliot, 38, is accused …
Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse member Robert "J.R." West (left) hands the red ribbon to Governor Paul LePage during the 2012 opening ceremony of the new facility in Bangor.

Trust, donations to pay for homeless man’s funeral in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 15, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
Donations and a trust fund in the name of a homeless man who died after being struck by a car two weeks ago while crossing a street in downtown Bangor will pay for his funeral and, possibly, a grave marker, according to the Rev. Stan Moody, a …
A memorial near the home of Stephanie Ginn Gebo, who was killed last Friday. Maine State Police continued their search Wednesday in Monson for Robert Burton, who is wanted for Ginn Gebo's murder.

Search continues for man wanted in Parkman homicide

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 10, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
As police continued to search the area Wednesday for the man accused of killing Stephanie Ginn Gebo, a memorial of flowers and messages of love set up by family and friends adorned the roadside near her home. “I love you mom so much. You will be missed …
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Maine State Police trooper Adam Coover displays a "wanted for murder" poster officials have been distributing in the Monson area as they continue the search Tuesday for Robert Burton, who is wanted for murder.

Piscataquis County residents lock doors as manhunt continues

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 09, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
MONSON | People are locking their homes and vehicles in this heavily wooded area of Piscataquis County, where police continued searching Tuesday for a man wanted for murder. Robert G. Burton, 38, is being sought in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ginn Gebo, 37, who was …
 
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