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Riders enjoy the Freak Out during the Bangor State Fair at Bass Park in Bangor, July 30, 2016.

Bangor State Fair officials plan safety check for ride after death of man in Ohio

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 27, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
The Freak Out ride — which is similar to the Ohio State Fair’s Fire Ball, and manufactured by the same company — will be checked by a specialist on Friday before the gates open.
Don Larrabee

Longtime BDN correspondent Don Larrabee dies in DC

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
Don Larrabee, 93, a Portland native who died Tuesday, is remembered as a dedicated reporter who for three decades kept Maine informed about what was happening on Capitol Hill.
Walgreens on Broadway is seen in Bangor Tuesday.

Only Walgreens selling Narcan in Bangor without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
The Walgreens chain announced in December that Maine was one of the states where it would be dispensing Narcan without a prescription.
A boat that got stuck in the mud six years ago is seen in Hampden Wednesday.

Mudflat owner on the hook for boat that ran aground 6 years ago

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The rusted fishing boat that has been stuck in river mud in Hampden since 2011 doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

Hydraulic problem diverts Portland aircraft to Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2017, at 2:43 p.m.
A Delta airplane that took off from Portland heading to Detroit was diverted Tuesday afternoon to Bangor International Airport.
Area firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at Cap's Tavern in Brewer, July 13, 2017.

Cap’s Tavern fire deemed arson

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 17, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.
The fire had “an intentional human element,” Sgt. Scott Richardson of the state fire marshal’s office said.
State fire marshals investigate the blaze that destroyed Cap's Tavern in Brewer. Authorities were trying to determine the cause of the fire, which is being investigated as a possible arson.

Passerby helped guide 4 people to safety from Brewer bar fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 14, 2017, at 3:51 p.m.
“She heard yelling and saw four people on the roof on the Orrington side of the building. They climbed from one roof to another and onto the ground” using the woman’s guidance.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the community during a drug summit at Crosspoint Church in Bangor.

LePage: ‘Narcan will save lives’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday declared that an overdose-reversing drug he previously criticized is actually effective at saving lives — but that he still wants drug abusers to pay for it or be sent to rehab.

Bangor Army Guard pilots deploying to Asia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2017, at 7:42 p.m.
Pilots from the Maine Army National Guard’s Operational Support Airlift Command in Bangor are leaving Thursday for a roughly one-year deployment to Asia.
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, a Maine soldier who lost part of all four of his limbs in Afghanistan who is now an advocate for injured veterans, met with President Donald Trump in an impromptu meeting on Monday.

Maine veteran who founded retreat for injured vets meets Trump

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2017, at 2:34 p.m.
Retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who lost part of all four of his limbs in Afghanistan, met with the president and vice president on Monday during a visit to Washington, D.C.
Michael Spaulding (left) with his son, Michael J. Spaulding, 21, of Gorham. The elder Spaulding was one of three victims in a shooting in Madison.

Victims in Madison triple homicide shot in head, chest

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 10, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
The victims in last week’s triple homicide in Madison all died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, authorities said Monday.
Nasal spray Narcan will now be allowed to be sold over the counter, without a prescription.

Narcan pharmacy bill becomes law without governor’s signature

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2017, at 6:59 p.m.
The bill is an effort to battle the state’s drug overdose epidemic, which claimed the lives of 376 people in 2016, 313 of whom had used an opiate.
Maine Department of Transportation's Luke Lorrimer tests the crisis phones at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on the Prospect side.

State rep: Suicide fence on Penobscot Narrows Bridge too expensive, ugly

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Rep. Karl Ward said committee members told him that suicidal people simply “would find another way” if jumping from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge were impossible.

20-month-old girl shot in Winn home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 28, 2017, at 4:51 p.m.
A 20-month-old girl from Winn is in a Bangor hospital after she was accidentally shot on Monday evening, authorities said Wednesday.
Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton discusses how Penobscot County Jail workers are trying to help inmates combat opioid addiction.

The Penobscot County Jail is trying something new to fight the opioid crisis

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 27, 2017, at 11:21 a.m.
“It’s not a miracle [drug]. It’s a tool.”
This crisis hotline phone and three others located on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be repaired this week after intermittent problems over the last few months.

State to replace handsets on bridge crisis hotline phones after months of problems

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 26, 2017, at 6:16 p.m.
The state has had trouble with the phones for months, MDOT spokesman Ted Talbot said.
A crisis phone is seen on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Verona Island. The bridge connects Verona Island to Prospect.

Most crisis phones on Penobscot Narrows Bridge out of order as crews search river for body

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
“[The phone] offers a connection,” said Greg Marley, clinical director for National Association on Mental Illness of Maine. “A suicidal crisis usually lasts a short time. And helping someone through those darkest hours can save a life.”
Husson student Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, is still recovering from critical injuries sustained when his car was hit head-on by a truck going the wrong way on Interstate 95 back in March, but he's already driving and is returning to school in the fall.

Husson student hit by wrong-way driver is on the mend

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
“I’m driving again,” Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, said Thursday by phone from his hometown of Littleton, Massachusetts. “There is no slowing me down.”

Coast Guard searching for kayaker who reported falling in water

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
Authorities are searching the coast for a man who issued three mayday calls Wednesday after he apparently fell off his kayak near Bois Bubert Island.

Former probate judge fined, suspended for 2 years for ethics violations

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
This is the third sanction for Robert M.A. Nadeau, who lost his bid for re-election in a three-way race last year.