Nok-Noi Ricker



Bangor police on webcam sex scam: ‘Once it is out there, we can do nothing for you’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 16, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
“We do not have a repair kit for stupid mistakes,” Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton writes.
Officials Tuesday are investigating a fatal fire that happened on Bradbury Street in Old Town.

Police continue to investigate deaths of Old Town family killed in fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 16, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
While the family of a woman and her two children who died in a house fire prepares for a remembrance service on Saturday, detectives continue to investigate the deaths.
Jerry Goss (center), who was named Brewer's deputy mayor, looks on as Bangor City Councilor David Nealley (right) thanks new Mayor Kevin O'Connell (second from right) on his appointment while Joseph Ferris (left) and Beverly Uhlenhake sit at the tabel on Tuesday at Jeff's Catering in Brewer.

City Council incumbent named Brewer mayor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 15, 2016, at 8:11 p.m.
City Council incumbent Kevin O’Connell, who earned the most votes in the Nov. 8 local election, was elected mayor by the panel on Tuesday at the annual meeting.

Holden woman attacked in home invasion released from hospital

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 15, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
“We believe she was pistol-whipped,” the police chief said Tuesday.
Terry Walsh, fire deputy chief in Portland, Maine, responds to a possible heroin overdose by an 18-year-old man on July 4, 2015.

‘One person a day is dying’ in Maine, drug overdose numbers surpass 2015

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
With 286 drug overdose deaths in Maine already on the books as of September, the state has already exceeded the record-setting drug-related death totals of last year, Attorney General Janet Mills announced Monday.

Brewer woman identified as driver in fatal Hampden crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
Police are still notifying the family of an elderly woman who drove onto Route 202 going the wrong way Sunday night and died in a head-on collision.
The use of “seat belts is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent injury and ejection in a motor vehicle crash,” Lauren Stewart said.

Five out of six people killed in weekend crashes were not wearing seat belts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
The use of “seat belts is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent injury and ejection in a motor vehicle crash.”
Nancy Tibbitts of Bangor served in the Navy during WWII. She helped to train pilots who flew from aircraft carriers.

Bangor WWII Navy veteran was in singing platoon, worked with first flight simulators

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 11, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Nancy Tebbetts, 92, was part of the first group of women to enlist in the U.S. Navy some 70 years ago.
Michelle Byram, her mom, Kathy Lennon, 65, and daughter Maile Sawyer. Lennon, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and doesn't know who is president, voted by absentee ballot last week at a senior living facility where she lives.

Alzheimer’s patient voted even though ‘she couldn’t name a candidate,’ daughter says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 07, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
A 65-year-old woman who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2012 and nowadays doesn’t know what year it is or who is currently president voted last week by absentee ballot.
Tina Hinkley of Clifton recently went back to school to become a certified medical administrative assistant and now works as a reimbursement specialist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.  After being displaced through FairPoint after the strike, Tina went back to school as one of her daughters was also starting college.

‘I’m not a number here’: EMDC program helps all displaced workers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 06, 2016, at 7 a.m.
When Clifton resident Tina Hinkley found herself laid off and without a job, she turned to Eastern Maine Development Corporation for help with retraining for a new career.
Senior Airman Earl Grover Jr., a 2011 Brewer High School graduate who served with the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Greenville, North Carolina died from injuries suffered Saturday, Oct. 29, during an off-road motorcycle accident at a motocross park in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, according to a statement from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Body of Brewer veteran who died in North Carolina headed home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 04, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Friends, family and members of the military plan to line Center Street near Brookings Smith Funeral Home late Friday night to welcome home the body of Senior Airman Earl Grover Jr., a 2011 Brewer High School graduate.
Homicide victim Alice Balcer is pictured a few years ago at the Mutt Strut hosted by the Kennebec County Humane Society, where she once worked. She and her husband were killed Monday at their Winthrop home and their 17-year-old son is facing murder charges.

How Winthrop couple died being withheld, medical examiner says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 03, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
“The autopsies have been completed but we continue to withhold all information at request of the Attorney General’s staff,” Mark Belserene said in an email.
Jael Hilderbrand

Bangor missing person case remains open, but her family feels case is closed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 03, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
“We have closure and that is the main thing.”
Orono resident Jeff Sanders went to the town office for early absentee voting on Wednesday in Orono.

Maine city, town clerks say early voter turnout strong this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t see this many absentees since 2008,” the Bangor city clerk said.
A map of Sherman Marsh.

I-395 connector may cost Newcastle residents waterfront access

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 6:06 p.m.
“They’re looking to take the rights over the use of the property with eminent domain,” Town Manager Jon Duke said.
Brewer High School Principal David Wall, a 27-year school veteran in education, is pictured in 2012 on the night Brewer School Committee approved his contract.

Brewer principal, school department agree to ‘part ways’ after closed-door meeting

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
“Brewer School Department and Principal David Wall have agreed to part ways due to difference in leadership philosophy and management style.”

Teen accused of killing parents makes first court appearance

By Judy Harrison and Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Andrew Balcer allegedly killed Anthony and Alice Balcer, both 47, late Sunday or early Monday.
A body was recovered from the rubble following an explosion at a house in Saco early Tuesday morning.

Saco home explosion was arson caused by victim, investigators say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A home explosion early Tuesday morning on Pheasant Road that claimed the life of a man inside was apparently caused by the man, according to a press statement released by the state fire marshal’s office.
Collette Boure and Alexander Meyers.

Maine runaway dies, boyfriend expected to be charged in Oklahoma crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Collette Boure, 17, of Standish suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and later died.
Two bodies were found in a home in Winthrop on Monday morning.

Teen charged in 2 deaths in Winthrop identified as son

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found Monday in their Pine Knoll Road home after an early morning 911 call.