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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
University of Maine officials deleted an “offensive and unauthorized” tweet sent Friday from the UMaine Parking Service Office Twitter account, campus officials said.

UMaine investigating source of ‘offensive’ tweet sent from parking service account

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 02, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
ORONO | University of Maine officials deleted an “offensive and unauthorized” tweet sent Friday from the UMaine Parking Service Office Twitter account, campus officials said. “Move. Out. Of. My. Country.,” is what the 11:20 a.m. tweet sent from the @UMParking Twitter account said in response to a tweet by …
Clifton Planning Board member Gerald Foster (left) reviews some of the 8,000 pages of documents that pertain to the board's review of the permitted Pisgah Mountain wind farm on Aug. 14, 2013, with Vernon Campbell beside him. Planner Bruce Jellison (standing left) points out a section of the land use ordinance to Chairman Eric Johns (seated center) with David Szewczyk, the town's attorney, looking on.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court rules appeal to stop permitted Clifton wind farm filed too late

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 01, 2015, at 5:39 p.m.
The state’s highest court decided Wednesday that an appeal by two Rebel Hill Road farmers to stop a permitted $25 million wind farm on nearby Pisgah Mountain was filed too late. The justices of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that local perennial farmers Peter and Julie …
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Westbrook police are looking for an armed robber who used a knife to get cash from the cashier at Art’s Variety at around 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Westbrook police looking for armed robber

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 01, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
Police are looking for an armed robber who used a knife to get cash from the cashier at Art’s Variety on New Year’s Eve, Westbrook police Detective Sgt. John Desjardins stated in an email. Police were called to the convenience store about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. “The preliminary …
Wil Vander Lugt, the son of Amanda Adcock and Chad Vander Lugt, was the state's first baby born in 2015. He arrived at 12:48 a.m. at MaineGeneral in Waterville.

2015 New Year’s baby born at MaineGeneral

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 01, 2015, at 11:41 a.m.
WATERVILLE | It’s not official, but hospital staff at MaineGeneral are pretty sure they have the first Maine baby of 2015, according to hospital spokesman John Begin. Shortly after midnight Jan. 1, Wil Vander Lugt came into the world at MaineGeneral. “He’s three or four weeks early,” said new …
Bangor Police Department set up a roadblock near 368 Finson Road where a fatal single-vehicle crash occurred at around 2:30 a.m. New Year's Day. A male was driving and his female passenger died at the scene, police are saying.

Hudson woman dies in crash on Finson Road in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 01, 2015, at 8:24 a.m.
A Hudson woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Finson Road early on New Year’s Day, and the Bangor Police Department is investigating, Bangor police Deputy Chief Brad Johnston said in an email. Elizabeth Horlieca, 37, died at the scene of the 2:30 a.m. crash after …
An apartment fire at Holden Square Apartments on Upper Dedham Road in Holden on Sunday night left all residents evacuated and two hospitalized.

Apartment fire at Holden complex for elderly and disabled displaces residents

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2014, at 9:53 p.m.
A fire broke out at the Holden Square Apartments and more than one apartment was on fire, a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher said about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The fire at 41 Upper Dedham Road was reported shortly after 9 p.m., but few other details were available. …

Brewer barber hit walking to work last week still in critical condition

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2014, at 5:22 p.m.
There has been no change in the condition of a longtime local barber who was struck by a vehicle while he walked to work on the morning of Dec. 20, according to a nursing supervisor at the hospital. David Grant, 73, of Brewer remains in critical condition. …
A 17-year-old male from Indian Island driving a 2004 Chevy Cavalier struck a concrete barrier protecting the gas pumps at the Foster'’s On the Run on Main Street in Milford at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Ray Goodspeed of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office.

Teen driver crashes into Milford gas tank barrier

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
A speeding car filled with what appeared to be teenagers crashed into a concrete barrier that protects gas pumps at a local store early Sunday and one teen boy was taken to the hospital, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Goodspeed said. Air bags deployed on the 2004 …
First Sgt. Joseph Taylor of Bingham, Maine, picks up a letter during a recent mail call at the National Police Training Center in Paynesville, Liberia.

Maine soldiers helping Ebola treatment efforts in Liberia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 27, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
A Mainer from Hartland, a platoon leader with the 902nd Engineer Company, helped build a 50-patient Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, and another from Bingham is the noncommissioned officer in charge of protection, lodging and logistics for the facility. 1st Lt. Abraham Richardson and the 902nd built the first Ebola …
 
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