Nok-Noi Ricker

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Part-time Hampden police officer fired after pleading guilty to domestic violence assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:59 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A part-time Hampden police officer who pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault last week has been fired from the force, an official said Friday. William Briggs, 44, was placed on administrative leave in May after being accused of unlawful sexual contact. The charge was changed to domestic …
The Old Town Fuel & Fiber mill is seen Wednesday in Old Town.

Old Town Fuel & Fiber owes city more than $1 million in back taxes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 10, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town Fuel & Fiber, which closed its pulp mill in mid-August and laid off about 180 workers, owes the city more than $1 million in back taxes, and this year’s bill for another $1 million is in the mail, City Manager Bill Mayo said Wednesday. …
People play golf on Tuesday at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

‘We’re being abused’: Golf course company owes Orono, 4 other towns overdue taxes, protests high bills

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 09, 2014, at 8:25 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The owner of Penobscot Valley Country Club said Tuesday that he makes a conscious choice not to pay property taxes on time in protest of the high tax bill the town charges. The club on Route 2, featuring a historic 18-hole golf course and modern clubhouse, owes …

NH man accused of placing 2-year-old in dryer at Bangor residence remains jailed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 08, 2014, at 6 p.m.
The father of a 2-year-old, who police say was burned by a dryer, leaving a distinct burn pattern on his skin, talks about the injuries that led to felony changes of aggravated assault against a man from Berlin, New Hampshire.
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New Hampshire resident Mike Sousa shows the distinctive burn scars left on his 2-year-old son allegedly caused by a clothing dryer.

NH man accused of placing 2-year-old in dryer at Bangor residence remains jailed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 08, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A New Hampshire man accused of placing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son in a clothing dryer at her Bangor home last month and turning on the machine remained behind bars Monday. The boy suffered second-degree burns to his back and arms with a distinct pattern that matched the …
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An Orono police cruiser leaves The Grove apartment complex in Orono in May, 2013.

‘We kind of expected it’: Police respond in force to raucous off-campus party in Orono

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 07, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Police officers from as far away as Hampden responded to assist local officers with dispersing another huge party at The Grove, the largest apartment housing complex in town used by University of Maine students, police Chief Josh Ewing said Sunday. Police started to receive complaints about the …
Scott Lucas, who is resigning as Bangor's fire chief at the end of his contract in December, will become the new director of wrestling operations for the University of Maine.

Resigning Bangor fire chief eager to grapple with new job as UMaine wrestling coach

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 07, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Fire Chief Scott Lucas has accepted a second job as the new director of wrestling operations for the University of Maine’s National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II team. Lucas made the decision to accept the unpaid UMaine job Thursday, the same day he informed the city …

Dexter residence destroyed by morning blaze considered ‘crime scene’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 07, 2014, at 8:52 a.m.
DEXTER, Maine — One cabin and two other outlying buildings on Charleston Road burned to the ground during an early Sunday morning blaze that fire investigators consider suspicious, according to Dexter fire Capt. Mike McCormick. “It is considered a crime scene,” McCormick said. The fire at 515 Charleston Road was …

Bangor and Brewer city leaders compete on ropes course at Extreme Adventures

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 06, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
To built camaraderie between sister cities Bangor and Brewer, city leaders in both communities decided to tackle the new ropes course over at Extreme Adventures in Brewer in a friendly competition they dubbed the Councilor’s Challenge.
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Bangor City Councilor Josh Plourde holds on at the ropes course at Xtreme Adventures in Brewer on Saturday as part of the Councilor's Challenge between Bangor and Brewer.

‘You’re going down’: Bangor, Brewer city teams compete in ropes course

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 06, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Teams from sister cities Bangor and Brewer strapped on safety gear Saturday morning and challenged each other and their teammates to the new ropes course at Xtreme Adventures in Brewer for what they dubbed the “Councilor’s Challenge.” “Bangor? Is that a suburb of Brewer,” Brewer Mayor Jerry …
Trash on the front lawn is one of many problems a Brunswick parent has complained about in her son's apartment complex at The Grove in Orono in this recent photo.

Orono code inspector handling new complaints about student apartment complex The Grove

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 05, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Local officials are again dealing with complaints about the condition of apartments in the largest off-campus student housing complex in town, Code Enforcement Officer William Murphy said Friday. The code inspector and the fire marshal have inspected four units at The Grove in the last week after …

Support network emerges for pregnant woman blinded in Bangor attack

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 04, 2014, at 6:49 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The pregnant woman severely beaten last month at an Essex Street apartment building where she lived with the man accused of attacking her said Wednesday that she is “doing as best as I can” to recover from her injuries. “It’s hard but I have a child on …

Orono panel recommends public hearing to discuss student housing, moratorium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 03, 2014, at 9:16 p.m.
A town subcommittee decided Wednesday to recommend that the full council hold a public hearing to get comment about a moratorium on student houses.  
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Town Planner Evan Richert explains the reasons behind a proposal to restrict the conversion of single-family and two-family homes into student housing in certain neighborhoods to the Orono Town Council’'s community development committee on Wednesday in Orono.

Orono panel recommends public hearing on student housing moratorium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 03, 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A town subcommittee decided Wednesday to recommend that the full council hold a public hearing to get comment about a moratorium on student houses. The town’s community development committee met to consider a proposal to define what a “student home” is and to enact a moratorium. But …
Members of 262nd Engineer Company were scheduled to head to Afghanistan in December help close down bases and forward observation posts with departure of US troops from the war-torn country. They learned Wednesday the deployment has been canceled.

Deployment of Maine National Guard’s 262nd to Afghanistan canceled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 03, 2014, at 9:07 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Westbrook-based 262nd Engineering Company of the Maine Army National Guard, heavy equipment operators who have been training and preparing for months to deploy to Afghanistan this December, learned Wednesday their deployment is canceled. “We have been aware for some time that there was a possibility that …
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., announced on Friday, March 28, 2014, that the group is requesting permission from the state to open a landfill and recycling facility in Greenbush or Argyle.

DEP extends deadline for decision on proposed Penobscot County landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will take another 30 days to determine if the public will benefit from a controversial integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Greenbush or Argyle planned by an organization representing more than 180 Maine towns. “There is a …
Joshua Cole and Jeremiah Haley of Bangor, his court-appointed attorney for the day, can be seen on a monitor at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Wednesday.

Bail set at $100,000 for Bangor man accused of beating pregnant woman

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 20, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A judge set bail at $100,000 cash for a local man accused of beating a 41-year-old pregnant woman who was staying at his Essex Street apartment so severely she may never see again. Joshua Cole, 34, appeared by video from jail Wednesday before District Court Judge Gregory …
Joshua Cole

‘He was possessed,’ says neighbor of Bangor man charged with beating pregnant woman

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A neighbor of the man accused of brutally beating a pregnant woman who was staying with him said she opened her Essex Street apartment’s front door early Monday and saw Josh Cole attempting to strangle the woman in the hallway while chanting about the devil. Donna Lewis, …
Joshua Cole

Pregnant woman attacked in Bangor undergoes 3 surgeries, according to police

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A 41-year-old pregnant woman who was brutally beaten at an apartment on Essex Street early Monday was taken to a Boston hospital where she underwent three surgeries, Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Tuesday. The woman was found by police lying in a hallway of the apartment …
Richard Olson

Driver in fatal Dedham crash crossed centerline, but it’s unclear why

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — The initial report about the Aug. 5 fatal collision on Route 1A indicates 85-year-old Richard Olson, who was driving to his summer home in Ellsworth, may have drifted in his lane and overcorrected, causing his vehicle to cross the centerline and hit an oncoming truck head-on. Olson, …
 
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