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City firefighters and police are investigating a suspicious package that was delivered to the Margaret Chase Smith federal building Thursday.

Authorities determine suspicious envelope found at Bangor federal building posed no threat

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Ryan McLaughlin on April 24, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Firefighters and police determined a suspicious envelope that was delivered Thursday afternoon to the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building did not pose a threat, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Cyr said. “The Orono haz-mat team removed an envelope,” said Cyr, noting the Orono Fire Department has provided …

Alleged shoplifter falls on her knife during scuffle with Bangor Mall store’s security

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 24, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A local woman who pulled a knife during a scuffle with a security officer from J.C. Penney at the Bangor Mall, who stopped her Wednesday night for shoplifting, ended up falling on the knife and cutting herself, Bangor police Lt. Paul Edwards said. Kimberly Kenney, 50, reportedly …
U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II (right) gave awards of recognition to (from left) Marjorie Withers, director of Community Caring Collaborative; Skip Gates; Sally Tardiff, executive director of the Shaw House; and former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow. The ceremony was held at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor to commemorate Crime Victims Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Maine’s U.S. attorney honors 5 citizens for their work helping victims, children

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 23, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The five people honored Wednesday by Maine U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II have changed lives by their actions to better the world around them, he said. Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow and Sue Bradford of Spruce Run were recognized for their work on behalf of …

Police arrest Hampden man accused of armed confrontation with family

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 23, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A local man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly threatening his family with a firearm, according to police. Police didn’t know if the shotgun was loaded but said that Perry Antone Jr., 31, carried it outside and walked around his wife’s car, with her and their children …
The 133rd Engineer Battalion marched from the University of Southern Maine campus to the Exposition Building in this Aug. 10. 2013 photo.

Nine members of Maine’s 133rd run Boston Shadow Marathon in Afghanistan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 21, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — It didn’t matter that they were half a globe away. Nine Mainers deployed in Afghanistan with the Maine Army Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion laced up their running shoes Friday and took off on a 26.2-mile run in honor of the Boston Marathon and last year’s …
The owner of this truck was driving on Interstate 395 Friday afternoon when he took a swig of his coffee and choked, causing him to crash, Maine State Police Trooper Taylor Dube said after the driver, who was not identified, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be checked out.

Man choking on coffee crashes pickup truck on I-395 in Brewer, loses washer and dryer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — A man driving a green pickup truck on Interstate 395 Friday afternoon apparently choked after taking a drink of his coffee, which caused him to crash, Maine State Police Trooper Taylor Dube said at the scene. The driver, who was not identified, was shaken from the crash …

Man choking on coffee crashes truck

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2014, at 6:19 p.m.
The owner of this truck was driving on Interstate 395 Friday afternoon when he took a swig of his coffee and it went down the wrong tube and he choked, causing him to crash, Maine State Police Trooper Taylor Dube said after the driver, who was not identified, was taken …
Beejan Savabi (left), vice president of property management for New York-based Park 7 Group, which is proposing a 270-unit student housing development off Park Street in Orono, answers questions during the April 16 Orono Planning Board meeting, while design engineer Paul Monyok of WBRC Architects and Engineers in Bangor reviews his notes.

Aroma Joe’s coffee shop moving into vacant building in Orono near University of Maine campus

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The vacant building at the Rangeley Road entrance to the University of Maine has a new owner and coffee, energy drinks, pastries and free Wi-Fi will be available there soon. Paul Bouchard, who owns an Aroma Joe’s and Subway restaurant on Warren Avenue in Portland, received planning …
On Thursday, Dr. Orville Hartford showed a birthday party photo from the Oronoka restaurant in Orono, Maine. Hartford recently purchased the restaurant site and will be developing it as a doctor's office.

Oronoka remembered as plans move forward for $2 million medical facility in Orono

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 18, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — The Oronoka restaurant and inn was more than a place to get a meal and a room for many of its customers for nearly 50 years. University of Maine students and airline crews flying through Bangor often thought of it as a second home. “Their hospitality was …
A two-vehicle collision in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 just past the Newburgh Road overpass prompted police to close the interstate and reroute vehicles at the Coldbrook Road exit in Hermon on Sunday evening.

Transcripts of 911 calls reveal details in wrong-way driver’s fatal crash on I-95

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 17, 2014, at 5:45 a.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Three people driving on Interstate 95 called 911 on April 6 when they first noticed the silver SUV that later would be involved in a wrong-way head-on collision that killed two men, and one Maine State Police sergeant came face to face with the erratic driver. “I’m …
The former Oronoka restaurant in Orono sits vacant in this August 2013 file photo.

Doctor wants to build $2 million medical facility on site of former Oronoka restaurant in Orono

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 14, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — For five decades, the Oronoka restaurant was known for serving big steaks, homemade honey biscuits and cold draft beer, all while offering panoramic views of the Penobscot Valley Country Club golf course through its front windows. The landmark restaurant and bar closed in 2003 and has been …
Old Town High School robotics team member Cameron Sullivan (right) pushes the 23-member team's robot out on the field during the Pine Tree Regional Competition on April 4 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Behind Sullivan are driver Zach Fox and coach Austin Comeau.

Old Town robotics team finishes second at New England competition in Boston

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 14, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Shortly after the high school’s robotics team took second place at a New England competition, the school’s marquee was changed to let everyone in town know about their accomplishment. The team was runner-up in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, also known as …
The third annual Way of the Cross Palm Sunday Community Procession held three of the 14 stations at Indian Trail Park in Brewer. About 80 parishioners from St. Paul the Apostle Parish took part in the pilgrimage of prayer in preparation for Easter. The procession began at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brewer and ended at St. John Catholic Church in Bangor.

Way of the Cross re-enactment helps Bangor-area faithful feel Jesus’ final hours

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2014, at 5:27 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Thinking about how Jesus of Nazareth must have felt nailed to the cross, alone and basically naked, as people — some who loved him and others who wished for his death — watched him die is what Hampden resident Jake Maltz kept in his heart as he …
Carmel residents Kathy and Richard Picken hug 3-year-old Natalia Ogden on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The toddler was shot in the neck in October and is paralyzed but is able to hold a cup to drink and feed herself. "She's young and there is still hope she'll walk again," Kathy Picken said. "And Richard will be there to dance with her."

Toddler paralyzed by gunshot feeding herself, talking, family friend says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The 3-year-old girl who was paralyzed by a gunshot to the left side of her neck at her Bald Mountain Drive residence nearly six months ago is already feeding herself and talking a little, and on Saturday she danced with family friend Richard Picken. The bullet “nicked …
Hilary Lister of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine speaks at a free medical marijuana information session downtown at the Big Easy Lounge inside the Charles Inn on Broad Street on Saturday.

Nurse practitioners added to list of those who can prescribe medical marijuana

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The state’s medical marijuana law, first approved by Maine voters in 1999, has been amended, and the biggest change replaces the word physician with the words “medical provider.” The amendment , which was signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage last week and goes into effect in …
Several residents on Bouchard Drive in Orrington had their homes burglarized overnight and woke up on Saturday, April 12, 2014, to find items missing.

Orrington homes burglarized as people slept inside, one victim says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
ORRINGTON, Maine — Several homes in town were burglarized overnight while the homeowners slept inside, including the home of Nick McCrea, a Bangor Daily News reporter. “They got into the garage, which was unlocked. That won’t happen again,” he said Saturday morning by cellphone as he searched the area around …
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Family members of wrong-way driver call double-fatal ‘a tragedy’ with no warning

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 08, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Relatives of the Carmel man involved in the fatal wrong-way collision on Interstate 95 Sunday night say they have no answers about why their loved one turned around on the highway and drove against traffic. “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of the man …

Proposed budget in Bradley increases, but taxes would go down

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 07, 2014, at 6:37 p.m.
BRADLEY, Maine — The proposed town budget for 2014-15 is going up slightly compared with this year, but the tax rate needed to cover town expenses is expected to fall, according to data provided by Town Manager Melissa Doane. A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled to start …
Community members gather around drawings depicting the plans for a proposed quarry in Eddington in this February 2014 file photo.

Eddington planners ask for new sound study for quarry plan; moratorium vote Tuesday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 04, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
EDDINGTON, Maine — Town planners considering a Hampden contractor’s proposal to create a ledge quarry on Fox Hill decided Thursday to ask for an independent sound study for the project. “No decision has been made” on whether to approve the quarry application by earthwork contractor Hughes Bros. Inc., Town Manager …
A still frame from a patrol officer's camera shows Bangor Police carrying Phillip A. McCue to a patrol car on Sept. 12, 2012 after using a Taser to subdue him during an arrest. McCue later died at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Taser company says device saves lives after wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 04, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — While attempting to subdue a 28-year-old man under the influence of bath salts on a September night in 2012, a Bangor police officer zapped him with a Taser. The 50,000-volt shock from the device appeared to have little effect on Phillip McCue, who continued to struggle as …
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