Nok-Noi Ricker

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The Union Street Brick Church, located at 126 Union St. is now home to Manna, a faith-based nonprofit that operates a soup kitchen and food pantry. Bill Rae, Manna executive director, is pictured on the right carrying the group's sign.

Manna moves again, keeps searching for permanent home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 05, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
“We are still searching for a permanent home.”
Divers with the Maine Warden Service on Friday morning recovered the body of a missing canoeist who apparently fell out of his boat Thursday night on Panther Pond in Raymond.

Divers recover body of missing boater on Raymond pond

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 02, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
His body was recovered “about 200 feet from shore in about 16 feet of water.”
Gov. Paul LePage

Two LePage bills related to addiction are likely dead

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 01, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The governor’s bills — one that would essentially treat alcohol and drug use by pregnant women as child abuse, and another that would force towns to charge people revived more than once by an opiate overdose antidote — failed in the House on Thursday.
Brewer School Superintendent Cheri Towle talks during a school board meeting on May 15.

Brewer tax rate increases by $1.77 under proposed budget, with school getting $1M more

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 31, 2017, at 3:29 p.m.
A budget battle is brewing between the school department and city leaders.
Ayla Reynolds

Family asks court to declare missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds dead

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 30, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
Corrected: The mother of missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds is asking for a hearing to officially declare her daughter deceased.

Victim in fatal side-by-side rollover identified as Husson student

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 30, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
Officials have released the name of the woman who died Saturday night after an off-road vehicle she was a passenger in flipped over.
Cara Blewitt

Connecticut duo arrested in robberies of Bangor bank, store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.
The bank was robbed at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday by a man who demanded cash from a teller.
Hannah Lowe, 4, and her mom, Jennifer of Brewer, wave at veterans passing by in the Greater Bangor Area 2017 Memorial Day Parade Monday morning.

Memorial Day taps is ‘like the last goodbye,’ bugler says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
On Memorial Day, “I’m reluctant to let go,” the bugler said of the musical notes. “The last note goes on until I’m out of breath.”

Search continues for missing canoeist as injured officers remain at hospital

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick went missing Saturday after the canoe she was traveling in flipped in the Saco River.

Arundel man dies after armed confrontation with deputies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
Chad Dionne, 37, “was fatally wounded” during an armed confrontation with deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning.
Alec Coffin, 19, of Standish crashed his 2004 Audi A4 on White’s Bridge Road Sunday while attempting to catch up to a motorcycle who had passed him.

Teen hurt in Standish rollover

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Police say the teen was attempting to catch up with a motorcycle that passed him before the crash.
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Perry Drew was drafted during World War II when he was 18 years old. He was placed in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, who's units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. The unit no longer exists.

This Brewer millworker was a member of the forgotten Navy Armed Guard

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“I call it the forgotten Navy of World War II because most people, even those in the Navy, don’t understand what we’re talking about.”
The lot at 159 Hogan Road in Bangor is seen Wednesday.

LePage’s Bangor psychiatric facility would not be run by the state

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The developer for the project should be selected by mid-August and construction is expected to begin in April 2018 with a March 2019 opening date.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage push to treat drug, alcohol use during pregnancy as child abuse suffers setback

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 18, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
A committee dealt a blow to Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would designate drug or alcohol use by pregnant woman as child abuse.
The Brewer attack came the same week as a massive cyberattack that Interpol estimated hit more than 200,000 people in about 150 countries, the Washington Post reported.

Brewer schools didn’t have to pay that ‘ransom’ after all

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The school had only bought a portion of the Bitcoin required to pay the ransom before information technology employees found a backup of the files.
Ralph Shaw

New Newburgh fire chief wants to work with firefighters who quit

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 17, 2017, at 1:05 p.m.
“I’m going to try and meet with a few of them over the next week. I’m going to try to get some of the old ones back.”
All 11 members of Newburgh's volunteer fire department quit their jobs during Monday's selectmen's meeting.

Newburgh’s entire Volunteer Fire Department quits

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 16, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
All 11 members of Newburgh’s volunteer fire department quit their jobs during Monday’s selectmen’s meeting.

The Brewer School Department says it needs more than $1 million for new students

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The request would be equal to 13.9 percent more than last year’s budget — which the city says raises concerns.
The Brewer School Department paid $1,400 to unlock its computers after an employee apparently clicked on a link that allowed a “ransomware virus” to corrupt the system.

Brewer School Department pays $1,400 in ‘ransom’ to unlock computer system

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
The Brewer School Department paid $1,400 to unlock its computers after an employee apparently clicked on a link that allowed a “ransomware virus” to corrupt the system.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Drug, alcohol use by pregnant women is child abuse

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
“If you’re abusing drugs, if you’re abusing alcohol when you are pregnant, we have to do something. We have to work with you. We have to get you off them,” LePage said.