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Police investigate an accident that left one dead on Hammond Street at 8:35 p.m. Saturday evening in Bangor.

No charges expected in Bangor pedestrian death

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 02, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
The man driving the car that struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday night broke no laws, and therefore he will not be charged, Bangor police Detective Sgt. Dave Bushey said in a Tuesday email. Roy Parker, 68, who lives on Clinton Street, struck Robert Wallace West, 50, …
Lee Jackson

Supporters worry alcohol amnesty bill may get LePage veto

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 02, 2015, at 1:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill aimed at encouraging minors to seek help for alcohol poisoning is sitting on Gov. Paul LePage’s desk and, according to its supporters, is at risk of being vetoed by the governor. Overconsumption of alcohol poisoning is a leading cause of death among young people in …
Resident Ed Spencer stands behind the lectern at Monday's Old Town Council meeting to announce that Casella officials will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers about their expansion plans to double capacity at Juniper Ridge Landfill. Siting in the front row is town attorney Jim Katsiaficas.

Old Town council to apply for $50,000 intervenor status grant for Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2015, at 10:17 p.m.
City leaders voted Monday to prepare for the planned expansion to double capacity at Juniper Ridge Landfill by asking for intervenor status now, which comes with a grant to pay for experts, and to change who reviews the expansion plans locally. “If there is a benefit …
A note to the man that was killed on Hammond Street Saturday evening lays on the bench in front of the area where he was struck by a vehicle and died on Monday in Bangor.

Makeshift memorial set up for homeless man killed in downtown Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
A handwritten note, a yellow flower and a brown cigarillo were placed neatly on a downtown bench where a man who was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street Saturday night was known to sit. Rain on Monday soaked the makeshift memorial. The letter …
James Puiia, owner of the New Waverly, a downtown Bangor bar for 42 years, said Friday a proposal to extend drinking hours till 2 a.m. would have little effect on his business.

Maine bartenders, owners have mixed feelings about selling alcohol until 2 a.m.

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 30, 2015, at 6:13 a.m.
BANGOR | Some Maine bartenders and bar owners love it, some predict problems and some are saying they will not serve alcohol until 2 a.m., even if allowed to under a pilot program proposed by Gov. Paul LePage that would delay last call for an hour in order to …
Firefighters throw debris out a window while battling a blaze at the Family Dollar on the corner of Broadway and State Street in Bangor in this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo.

February fire at Bangor Family Dollar still under investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2015, at 12:05 p.m.
A fire that heavily damaged the Family Dollar store on State Street nearly four months ago remains under investigation, Sgt. Tim York of the state fire marshal’s office said Friday. “At this time the fire is under investigation and the cause is undetermined,” York said in an …
Angie Blevins draws a forest scene on a piece of paper made from military uniforms as part of the Combat Paper group, a veteran-run arts project, held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle on Wednesday.

Veterans use uniforms to make art, tell their stories

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 28, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
DEER ISLE | Vietnam War veteran, sculptor and poet Terry Grasse of Lisbon Falls cut up his combat pants, mashed them into pulp and made a special type of paper that he used to create a sculpture of a prisoner behind bars. “It’s called ‘POW or PTSD or ?’” …
Zachery Grant, accused of shooting his father to death in Parkman, makes his first appearance in court Thursday at the Piscataquis County Superior Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Abbot man charged in father’s shooting death wears medical helmet in court

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 28, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The man accused of shooting his father to death in Parkman two weeks ago made his first court appearance Thursday wearing a white plastic medical helmet. Zachery Grant, 38, of Abbot is facing a murder charge in the death of David Grant, 61, on May 12 at …
Veazie police Chief and Town Manager Mark E. Leonard

Veazie council keeps school committee’s budget proposal off warrant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 27, 2015, at 6:08 p.m.
Town councilors voted Tuesday to put their recommended school budget request on the warrant for the annual town meeting in June and not include the budget recommended by the school committee. “The amount recommended by the school committee … is legally impermissible under the town charter,” a …
Kelli McFarlin (left) laughs with her boyfriend, Michael Chapman, after the two were found Tuesday afternoon in Elliotsville Township.  The two Newport residents were lost in the woods for 24 hours in Elliotsville Township and had been camping with family at Little Wilson Falls before becoming separated from the group.

Newport man lost in woods with girlfriend found, then arrested

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 26, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
ELLIOTSVILLE TOWNSHIP | A Newport couple who got lost in the woods in Piscataquis County said after they were found Tuesday that they had just wanted a couple of minutes by themselves. They got about 24 hours of unexpected alone time followed by a sudden separation. Michael Chapman, 40, …
Maine State Police Trooper David Yankowsky (right) and a resident walk toward the home where David Grant, 61, was found dead on Packard Road in Parkman in this May 2015 file photo.

Two weeks after Parkman man’s death, investigators say there is ‘nothing new’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 26, 2015, at 7:11 p.m.
Two weeks after the body of local resident David Grant was found at his Packard Road home, where police also found another man injured, investigators have released no details about what led to his death, including if it was a homicide. “Nothing new today,” Stephen McCausland, Maine …
Thomas Hayden (right) talks about using the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Old Town as a place to seek consul from other veterans who can relate to his military experiences. Members of the VFW in Old Town have had a difficult time recruiting younger members.

Fading away: How Maine’s veterans groups are being tested by time

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 25, 2015, at 6:09 a.m.
BANGOR | Retired Navy veteran Ashley Wilson, who served two tours in Iraq, said joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3381 in Old Town gave her something every veteran needs — understanding. “Everyone has the same mindset,” she said over a beer inside the darkened post lounge. …
Paul Olsen

York County DA disqualified from prosecuting sex assault case

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 22, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
PORTLAND | An Eliot man who has been behind bars at York County Jail since 2012 awaiting trial on charges he sexually assaulted his former girlfriend and tried to kill her was released Wednesday after his bail was reduced from $100,000 to $1,000. Paul Olsen, 34, of Eliot went …
Firefighters with the 101st Air Refueling Wing train for airplane crashes and rescues at Bangor International Airport in April 2014.

$7.2 million sought for facelift of crash rescue, fire station at Bangor Air Guard base

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 22, 2015, at 12:06 p.m.
The Maine Air National Guard’s 101st Air Refueling Wing learned this week that the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill that would give them $7.2 million to renovate Building 512, the base fire and crash rescue station. “The money will be used to repair and replace …

Veazie superintendent criticizes use of surplus funds to balance school budget

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 21, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
When there is a continuous drop in enrollment at Veazie Community School and a subsequent decrease in state education dollars, it’s not prudent planning to keep using the school’s undesignated fund balance to reduce local costs, Superintendent Richard Lyons said Wednesday. “We are going to be in …

Maine veterans clubs want to draw younger members into the ranks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 21, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
Local veterans talk about how to attract new members to century-old military clubs such as the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which are filled with members in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

Franklin daughter accused of cashing dead mom’s Social Security checks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 21, 2015, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR | A Franklin woman who spent Social Security funds sent by mistake to her deceased mother’s checking account has admitted to stealing from the government, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court. Barbara Phillips, 66, was charged with theft of public money after an investigation by …
David B. Fisher

Transient wanted on 11 outstanding warrants caught in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
An observant Bangor police officer who spotted a man he suspected of being wanted on Saturday afternoon, stopped him and discovered once he ran him through the onboard computer that he had 11 outstanding warrants, Sgt. Tim Cotton, Bangor police spokesman, said Wednesday. David Fisher, 48, who …
John Porter, president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce speaks during the organization's Early Bird Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on June, 26, 2014.

Bangor Chamber president resigns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2015, at 11:52 a.m.
John Porter, president and CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, has handed in his resignation letter. “It is with a mix of sadness, pride and anticipation that I tell you that I am leaving the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce later this year to become …
Orono planners will review a 61-unit student housing project at 111 Park St. on Wednesday.

Orono planners considering 61-unit student housing project

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 19, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
Boston-based Orion Student Housing, which purchased the Orchard Trails apartment complex one year ago, is before town planners seeking to add 61 units to the Park Street property. Orion UME Edge LLC has submitted a preliminary subdivision application for a clustered student housing residential development at 111 …
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