Nok-Noi Ricker

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Veazie resident Suzanne Malis-Anderson talks at a community conversation about her concerns with trihalomethanes, a water disinfection byproduct that is a suspected carcinogen, found in her drinking water in this 2014 file photo.

Orono-Veazie Water District considers buying water from Old Town

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
In an effort to reduce the level of disinfection byproducts in the public water, which has concerned a vocal group of residents, the Orono-Veazie Water District is talking with the Old Town Water District about purchasing water, Joan Perkins, a water district board member representing Veazie, said …
Mike Booth, of Sevee & Maher Engineering of Cumberland Center, talks about the design for a multi-layer landfill liner as part of the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion application that is expected to be submitted in July 2015, as Old Town resident Ed Spencer (right) and Laurna Sanborn, a Juniper Ridge Landfill Advisory Committee member, look on.

Casella finalizing plan to double capacity of Old Town landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town is expected to fill in less than seven years at the current rate of disposal, which is prompting Casella Waste Systems — the company hired to operate it — to prepare an expansion plan. “Literally since 2005, we’ve been at …

Three Bangor teens face burglary, criminal mischief charges related to break-in

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
A group of teens with their faces covered smashed a window at a Hewey Street home Tuesday afternoon while the homeowner was inside and later were taken into custody, according to police. The homeowner called 911 and startled the young suspects, who took off running, according to …

Trash disposal group, town officials unveil plan for solid waste processing plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
A town with a long history of dealing with solid waste from around the state may become the home of a new processing facility that will turn trash into biofuel. The Municipal Review Committee, a group representing the trash disposal interests of 187 Maine communities, announced at …
Christopher Ruhlin, owner of the Herbal Tea and Tobacco smoke shop, in the smoking parlor of the shop in Bangor.

Medical marijuana users rent downtown Bangor space to take their medicine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2014, at 6 p.m.
A local group of medical marijuana patients is renting a space downtown where they can smoke or ingest their medicine. A group calling itself the 13 Owls Club is renting on an hourly basis the VIP smoking area above the recently expanded hookah lounge run by the …
Capt. Steven Morin, commander of the 136th Engineer Company, based in Lewiston, stands in front of the second group of about 70 soldiers in his unit who went to El Salvador this summer to build schools and latrines as part of an international humanitarian and training exercise in this file photo.

Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company alerted to 2016 Kuwait deployment

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company who build buildings and other structures got an alert this week about a scheduled deployment to Kuwait in spring of 2016, Maine Guard spokesman Sgt. 1st Class Pete Morrison said Friday. “It’s 15 months out, but the sourcing …
Girl Scouts MacKenzie Hanson, left, Katie Byrne and Jana Farrington, a member of Brewer Troop 911, pat a rescued horse at the Last Stop Horse Rescue in Prentiss.

Brewer Girl Scouts helping to care for rescued horses

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 12, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
When three Girl Scouts in Troop 911 learned some horses that broke free from a Bangor barn in September had been adopted by a horse rescue operation in Prentiss, they wondered what they could do to help care for the animals. “We were very happy someone was …
Defense attorney Hunter Tzovarras of Bangor, left, asks questions of Zachary Carr, 23, who is serving a 35-year sentence for  murder in the shooting death of John “Bobby” Surles, 19, of Bangor during a street brawl on Jan. 27, 2010. Carr is asking for a post-conviction review saying he did not fully understand the ramifications of turning down a plea agreement offered by the state that asked him to enter a guilty plea for manslaughter in exchange for a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Bangor man convicted of murder in 2010 street brawl seeks 2nd chance at plea deal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 11, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
A local man who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the shooting death of another young man during a street fight nearly five years ago was in court Thursday seeking to reinstate a plea deal he was offered and rejected in 2010. Zachary Carr, now …

School committee fires Bangor High School math teacher charged with unlawful sexual contact

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 11, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
A Bangor High School math teacher charged in October with unlawful sexual contact was fired at Wednesday night’s school committee meeting, Superintendent Betsy Webb said in a statement released Thursday. James McHenry, 48, is accused of touching the genitals of an underaged person at an off-school location. …
Glenn Geiser Jr. leaves the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door on Feb. 10, 2014 after a public hearing was postponed because Geiser's attorney Joe Baldacci had not received all the paperwork from the state.

Two lawsuits filed against My Maine Ride owner alleging deceptive sales, faulty cars

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:39 a.m.
BANGOR | A Waldoboro woman and a couple from Farmingdale have sued the former owner of a notorious, now-closed used car dealership in Bangor, My Maine Ride, claiming they were duped into buying faulty vehicles from him in 2013. The lawsuits were filed this fall against Glenn A. Geiser …
Larry Orcutt (right) tees off while playing golf with Jack Austin at the Bucksport Golf Club.

Auction of Bucksport Golf Club called off for lack of acceptable bid

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 10, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.
There were two bids placed Wednesday to purchase the Bucksport Golf Club, a nine-hole course up for auction as part of an arbitration agreement between the owners, but neither bid came close to the lowest acceptable amount, one owner said. “The auction was called off because there …

Bangor High School math teacher charged with unlawful sexual contact enters not guilty plea through attorney

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 10, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
A Bangor High School math teacher charged in October with unlawful sexual contact entered a not guilty plea to the charge through his attorney in court Wednesday. James McHenry, 48, is accused of touching the genitals of an underaged person at an off-school location, according to Penobscot …
The meteorological tower atop Pisgah Mountain, erected in 2010 to collect data about where there was enough wind to harvest, was found damaged Sunday.

Owner says collapse of meteorological tower at site of proposed Clifton wind farm an act of vandalism

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 09, 2014, at 2:17 p.m.
Paul Fuller of Bangor and his business partner Mike Smith went to Pisgah Mountain on Sunday to cut down Christmas trees to decorate their homes for the holidays and discovered a meteorological tower on the hilltop Fuller owns had collapsed. “The nuts and bolts from one [support] …
Sidney Phillip Kilmartin

Bail denied for Maine man charged with sending poison to suicidal Englishman who died

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 08, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A South Windham man who faces federal charges in connection with the cyanide poisoning death of a man in England was denied bail Monday in U.S. District Court. Sidney P. Kilmartin, 52, was indicted by a federal grand jury in November on one count each of mailing …
The front of the 1898 Stewart Library Building, which was built by Levi M. Stewart, a noted philanthropist and childhood resident of Corinna. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the town's public library, town office, the Stewart Private Library, and includes a second-floor auditorium and stage.

Corinna’s historic 1898 Stewart Library Building given $1 million preservation grant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 08, 2014, at 6:28 a.m.
Two groups have recently given the town grants that total more than $1 million to help preserve and renovate the historic 1898 Stewart Library Building and its clock tower and steeple for generations to come. Next Generation Foundation of Maine recently issued a $1 million grant and …
Marcus Bennett, 19, who recently moved to Minot, died Sunday after he lost control of his 1993 Saab on an icy curve and slid into the path of a Honda Pilot operated by Donna Wallace, 51, of Minot.

Lewiston teen dies in collision on icy road in Minot

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
A local teenager who recently moved to town died Sunday morning after he lost control of his vehicle on an icy curve on Center Minot Hill Road and slammed into an oncoming car, police say. Marcus Bennett, 19, who recently moved to Lewiston from Norway, was driving …

NAACP’s ‘March to End Violence’ rally in Portland deemed ‘quiet’ by police

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
Several hundred people protesting the recent deaths of two black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York stopped traffic in the city’s busy downtown on Friday and similar sized group gathered Sunday at another protest hosted in part by the NAACP Portland. There were …

Rowdy Bangor fight leads police to underage teen girls holding party

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2014, at 6:59 p.m.
A brawl involving a group of intoxicated young people, most of whom appeared to be under the age of 21, was broken up early Sunday by police who then traced the origins of the group to the residence of three teen girls, Bangor police Sgt. Wade Betters …
The Festival of Lights parade makes its way down Main Street  in downtown Bangor in this December 2013 file photo.

Bangor Rotary says Festival of Lights parade cannot be rescheduled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 07, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
Rescheduling the Bangor Rotary Club’s annual Festival of Lights parade is “unfortunately, not a viable option” club officials said in a statement issued Sunday, citing scheduling difficulties with the hundreds of participants. One group, the Getchell Agency, decided to turn the bad news into something good — …
Judith Coscarelli (from left), Hope Brogunier and Adam Hallett along with other Bangor demonstrators wave signs in downtown last month in response to the grand jury's decision to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. "What's happening in Ferguson is not going to be allowed to disappear," said Brogunier. A rally is planned Sunday in Portland.

NAACP, other groups plan Portland ‘March to End Violence’ at 2 p.m. Sunday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 06, 2014, at 7:08 p.m.
Several hundred people protesting the recent deaths of two black men by white police officers stopped traffic in the city’s busy downtown on Friday and another similar protest is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, said Rachel Talbot Ross, state director of the Maine NAACP. “The march is …
 
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