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Patrol cars are lined up along the fence outside the former Orono Troop E Maine State Police barracks, April 24, 2009.

Car dealer plans to turn old state police barracks in Orono into sales lot

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 27, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
An area car dealership has purchased the old Maine State Police barracks on Main Street and wants to change it into a used car lot.

Holden chief warns people to lock their doors after rash of burglaries

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 26, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Criminals are breaking into homes in the area and Police Chief Chris Greeley — whose residence was once burglarized — is warning residents to protect their property.
Jeannie Chapman

Police arrest Brewer woman accused of Pokemon Go-related hit-and-run

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 25, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
Bangor police have arrested a woman accused of intentionally driving her vehicle into a man who had been playing Pokemon Go.
Blank Canvas Brewer owner and brewer Stephen Genthner talks with customer Alison Keane during his grand reopening at the brewery's new location, 43 Betton St., in Brewer.

Blank Canvas Brewery moves into new home in Brewer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2016, at 11:46 a.m.
Blank Canvas Brewery, which opened in Brewer last year, has moved into a new space on Betton Street, not far from its original location.

Orono school board names new superintendent

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
The RSU 26 school board has tapped Mike Tracy, a veteran educator who worked previously in Dexter and Clinton, as the new superintendent.
Shawn Abbott, 44, of Brewer has died because of his injuries from a crash Friday, when a driver exiting the Upper Dedham Road collided with his motorcycle while he was traveling toward Ellsworth on Route 1A.

Motorcyclist involved in Holden crash last week dies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A motorcyclist involved in a Friday afternoon crash on Route 1A has died.
The Old Town pulp mill can be seen on Nov. 10, 2015.

Old Town leaders consider $3M bond to buy defunct mill land, warehouses

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
City leaders don’t want to wait and see what happens to the 40-acre defunct mill site along the Penobscot River.
Interstate 395/Route 9 options for traffic.

I-395 connector informational meeting to take place in Eddington

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 19, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
The Maine DOT will provide updated information on the permitted Interstate 395/Route 9 connector.
Delegates fill the floor during the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Members of Maine State Police on duty at GOP convention

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
“Seven troopers arrived over the weekend and will spend the week there,” Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
Mollie Greenier talks about her friends, Tyler Babcock, 18, and Alex Chabre, 17, both of Bangor, who died in a Sunday morning car crash near the Bangor city line.

Sheriff releases identities of Bangor teens killed in crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
The Penobscot County Sheriff released the identities of two teenagers who died Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Route 15 near the Bangor city line.
A photo of Sharon Smith (left) and her daughter, Mandi Clark, can be seen Wednesday in Clark's home in Bangor. Clark is still searching for answers about her mother's disappearance.

New leads revive family’s 36-year-old mystery: What happened to Sharon Smith?

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
With new leads in the case, surviving members of her family were given hope for resolution, and memories of the woman and her disappearance came flooding back.
A Brewer man, approximately 44, was seriously injured when a driver exiting Upper Dedham Road collided with the Brewer man's motorcycle as he headed towards Ellsworth on Route 1A.

Serious Holden crash involving motorcycle ties up traffic

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
A crash involving at least one car and a motorcycle has tied up traffic on Route 1A near G&M Market Friday afternoon.
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at the Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office, July 23, 2014.

State issues permits for proposed waste-to-energy plant in Hampden

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
“We are delighted to have our state permits in hand,” Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberight’s CEO, said.
George Bradford "Brad" Woodbury III, 32, died of asphyxiation during a physical altercation on June 25.

Asphyxiation listed as cause of death in Greenville homicide

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 14, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
A local man who died in a June altercation, reportedly in a dispute over rental property, died of asphyxiation.
The 2016 Maine Harley Owners Group rally gets underway in Bangor Wednesday. Audry Williams, a H.O.G. rally volunteer from the Bronx, New York, parks one of the Harleys people can try out at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine Harley-Davidson rally rolls into Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
“As it turns out, all the things planned [in the city] work for us — our people like to go to concerts,” rally coordinator Cliff Lippitt said Wednesday as volunteers set up the events area in the parking lot of Cross Insurance Center.
Retired Lt. Col. Jay Winslow, who commanded Brewer High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program until last week, talks about his appeal.

Parents upset after Brewer’s Junior ROTC commander fired

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2016, at 9:18 p.m.
The commander of Brewer High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program was fired Thursday and in response several area residents and former students went to Monday’s school board meeting to express their displeasure or concern.
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., is seen on March 28, 2014. The Municipal Review Committee's general council, Dan McKay, sits beside Lounder.

MRC extends deadline for some communities considering waste contract

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
At least six communities have been given more time to sign trash contracts and be eligible to share in future profits of the Municipal Review Committee’s Fiberight plant in Hampden.
U.S. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the United States Southern Command in Doral, Florida, Nov. 19, 2012.

Retired Marine Corps general to discuss military strategy at forum

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 06, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Military personnel and civilians from all over the country arrived Wednesday for the opening of the conference at Maine Central Institute.
Exterior views of Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Less trash than projected may shrink $69M waste plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on July 04, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
The MRC has said the size of the Fiberight plant could be reduced from its planned annual capacity of 180,000 tons to 110,000 tons and still be financed, built and profitable.
Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. plant Manager John Barry (left) watches as company environmental consultant Ted Johnston demonstrates the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance. The plant takes septic waste and sludge for processing into organic non-food crop fertilizers.

Plymouth fertilizer plant halts septic waste intake to comply with odor rules

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 03, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
A local fertilizer processing plant that uses septic waste and sludge to make its products has temporarily stopped accepting the waste due, in part, to stringent odor nuisance rules that last year resulted in the company paying thousands of dollars in fines.