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11 more victims come forward after arrest of Limerick man accused of firewood scam

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
The arrest of a 30-year-old man who advertised cut and split firewood on Craigslist but never delivered the wood needed to heat his customers’ homes has led to additional victims coming forward and possibly more charges, York Sheriff William L. King Jr. said in a Saturday press …

Sexually explicit cardboard cutout, UNH mascot banner confiscated at UMaine hockey game

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
ORONO | A large white banner with the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcats mascot and a large pink cardboard cutout of a male sex organ were confiscated from the student section at Friday night’s University of Maine men’s hockey game. “The signs in question were confiscated when brought to …
This is what remains of Helen Dobosz's 2009 Honda Accord after it was hit broadside by a fully loaded logging truck Friday afternoon. Dobosz, 72, is from Seekonk, Massachusetts, and was listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014.

Driver in serious condition after her car was broadsided by a logging truck in Standish

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 10:19 a.m.
A Massachusetts woman who pulled into the lane of a logging truck Friday afternoon was struck by the fully loaded big rig. She was trapped inside her vehicle until rescue crews arrived and extricated her, according to Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office officials. Helen Dobosz, 72, of Seekonk, …
Patrik Arsenault

Former special education teacher gets 65 years for sexually abusing young boys

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 23, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
BANGOR | The sexual assaults committed by a former special education teacher from Norridgewock against three young boys were “the worst I’ve ever seen,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock Jr. said Friday when he sentenced the man to 65 years in prison. Patrik Ian Arsenault, 28, was also sentenced …
Verso Paper mill workers leave the mill one last time Dec. 17, 2014, in Bucksport. Bucksport officials and residents organized a rally for workers of the Verso mill.

Union asks federal judge to reconsider dismissal of lawsuit over severance pay for Verso millworkers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 21, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
BANGOR | Attorneys for a union representing workers at the shuttered Verso Paper mill in Bucksport have asked a federal judge to reconsider his dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to expedite severance and vacation pay for displaced employees. Judge John Woodcock issued an 86-page ruling on Jan. 6 …
A concentrate derived from marijuana referred to as honey oil is shown.

Bill to limit drivers’ THC levels concerns Maine medical marijuana growers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 19, 2015, at 9:29 p.m.
BANGOR | There are at least 15 bills before state legislators in Augusta regarding medical marijuana, including one that would tax and regulate the medicinal herb in the same way alcohol is handled in Maine. “Some are good and some are not so good,” Roxanne Munksgaard, a downtown gallery …
Tripp Murray (center), 3, gives his mother a kiss while his two sisters watch at their home in Bangor on Thursday. Tripp is currently in remission for brain cancer. Last year, he had a brain tumor removed and also underwent a bone marrow transplant.

Bangor boy battling brain cancer has hope with 2nd remission

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 17, 2015, at 5:51 a.m.
The words any mom who has a child with cancer wants to hear provide little comfort for Kimberly Tripp. “As of right now, he has no evidence of disease,” the Bangor woman said Thursday at her home, with her son, Tripp, 3, and daughters, Kylee, 7, and …
Troy T. McVey, 22.

Los Angeles police identify victim allegedly killed by Greenville man

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 16, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
BANGOR | Fingerprints and a previous arrest record helped Los Angeles police investigators put a name to the face of a homeless man allegedly shot to death by a Greenville man and his friend on the street two weeks ago, California officials said. Troy T. McVey, 22, the accused …
Ryan Thornell, executive director of the Board of Corrections (center), Chief Deputy Troy Morton (right) and Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross spoke to the Penobscot County Commissioners about the projected budget shortfall of the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Jail oversight board rocked by resignations faces uncertain future

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 13, 2015, at 6:55 p.m.
BANGOR | The future of the state panel that oversees Maine’s county jails is uncertain, with three key departures, including its executive director, coming amid strong criticism of its operations by Gov. Paul LePage. The departures from the State Board of Corrections essentially have “hogtied” the board, which no …

Police-involved shooting in Augusta under investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
An officer asked to assist mental health professionals at Riverview Psychiatric Center’s outpatient clinic with an unruly client ended up shooting the man, officials say. Officer Laura Drouin was dispatched at 3:40 p.m. to East Chestnut Street “at the request of mental health professionals who needed assistance …
 Eddington residents gathered to speak against a proposed quarry at the Eddington Elementary School in February 2014.

Judge rules in favor of Eddington in contractor’s lawsuit over quarry moratorium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2015, at 12:53 p.m.
A judge on Friday decided the town acted legally when it enacted a moratorium on quarry construction that affected a project proposed by a Hampden-based earthwork contractor. Hughes Bros. Inc. filed a two-count lawsuit in April 2014 in Penobscot County Superior Court that claimed town planners and selectmen …

Road deaths at 70-year low in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2015, at 5:26 a.m.
BANGOR | Fatalities on Maine roads were at a 70-year low in 2014, according to state officials, who credit changes to laws, better enforcement and safety education for reducing the number of motor vehicle-related tragedies. A deadly collision on Dec. 30 in Leeds that claimed the lives of a …
Duane Lugdon, United Steelworkers Union international representative for Maine, stands outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building after a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of the Old Town mill to Wisconsin-based Expera Speciality Solutions.

‘We’re still here’: In trying times, union man becomes voice for millworkers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2015, at 5:54 a.m.
OLD TOWN | Like many of his classmates in 1972, Duane Lugdon graduated from Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, got a job at the Old Town paper mill and punched his union card. Being a millworker in the 1970s not only paid well, it provided workers with a …

Union rep Duane Lugdon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2015, at 5:51 a.m.
Duane Lugdon, United Steelworkers Union international representative for Maine, joined a labor union after starting at the mill in Old Town in 1972.
Shawn Macnevin, 42, appeared via videoconference at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday.

Bail set at $7,500 for Hudson man charged in crash that killed fiancee

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 09, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
BANGOR | A judge set bail at $7,500 Friday for a Hudson man who police say was drunk when he drove his Jeep into a tree New Year’s Day in a crash that killed his fiancee. Shawn Macnevin, 42, who has three prior operating under the influence convictions, is …
Troy T. McVey

Hollywood shooting suspect from Greenville ‘not currently enrolled’ at California Maritime Academy

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 08, 2015, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR | A former Greenville man, one of two friends arrested earlier this week on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a homeless man in Hollywood, is a student at California Maritime Academy but had not enrolled for classes that started Monday, according to a school …
Greenville residents Colby R. Kronholm (left) and Troy T. McVey are pictured at the continental divide in the Rocky Mountains during their fall trip from Maine to California. Both were charged with murder on Jan. 5 in connection with the death of a homeless man who was shot and killed on the streets of Hollywood.

Prosecutors name alleged shooter from Greenville in Hollywood homicide

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 07, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
BANGOR | Prosecutors have accused one of two Greenville men of pulling the trigger in the fatal shooting of an unidentified man last weekend in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. Troy T. McVey, 22, shot and killed a homeless man Sunday night, according to a statement released …
An aerial view of Dewitt Field in Old Town. The city council voted to allocate funds that will go towards expanding the facility and make necessary safety improvements required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Old Town moves forward with process to tear down condemned house, expand Dewitt airport

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2015, at 6:48 p.m.
A foreclosed home that caught fire more than two years ago and was left with a gaping hole in its roof, no running water and full of pet feces, has been condemned and city officials want it torn down. A public hearing was held Monday night …
Troy R. McVey

Two Greenville men arrested in connection with shooting death in California

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
Two men from Maine are behind bars charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a homeless man in California, according to Los Angeles police Officer Jack Richter. Troy T. McVey, 22, and Colby R. Kronholm, 21, of Greenville were arrested early Monday and are being held on …
Aisha Dickson

Who killed Aisha? Bangor baby’s death is unsolved, 20 years later

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
Aisha Mariah Dickson was just 8 months old when she died on Jan. 6, 1995, after someone broke nearly every bone in her 11-pound body. At the time, her parents, Sarah Johnson and DeShawn Dickson, and grandmother June Johnson denied knowing anything about her death. They had …
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