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Jeffrey Barnard, June 18, 2014

Man shot in Ellsworth standoff faces federal charges for being a felon with a firearm

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 20, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Ellsworth man who exchanged gunfire with police during an overnight standoff that ended when he was shot in the face earlier this month, agreed Friday to be held without bail pending the outcome of a federal gun charge. Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, appeared about 1:30 p.m. …
Anthony Bowie

Bangor man charged in connection with Thursday night stabbing that sent 25-year-old to EMMC

By Judy Harrison and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 20, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Police on Friday afternoon arrested a local man in connection with a stabbing Thursday night on Warren Street in Bangor. Anthony Bowie, 24, of Bangor is charged with elevated aggravated assault, according to a news release issued by Bangor Police. The 25-year-old male victim was stabbed at …
Service technician Ethan Pratt of ReVision Heat plumbs a boiler inside a "heat pod" Monday in Portland. The "heat pod" is a small structure with three wood pellet boilers that can be hooked into a building's existing heating system.  It will be installed at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin by Pelletco LLC.

Have heat, will travel: Orono heating company PelletCo takes a new approach to business

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 20, 2014, at 6:04 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — The idea is simple: Install an automated outdoor wood pellet boiler, and hook it up to a building’s existing heating system. Don’t charge the building’s owner for either the boiler or the pellets. Charge for the heat that is used. That’s the business model of local heating …
Norman "Buddy" Webb

Terminated Orono fire chief files lawsuit claiming age discrimination

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Former Fire Chief Norman “Buddy” Webb has filed a federal age and disability discrimination lawsuit against the town. Webb, 63, was fired June 14, 2012, the day after he filed a Maine Human Rights Commission complaint and six months before his contract was set to expire, according …
Joseph Demmons

Wanted Holden man caught in Bangor with large hidden knife

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Police arrested a Holden man wanted on 12 warrants near Shaw’s on Main Street after someone reported seeing him Thursday, Bangor police Sgt. Kevin MacLaren said. Joseph Demmons, 29, was last seen running into the woods in Warren on Tuesday while being chased by police in Knox …
The Maine Army National Guard unveiled two new UH-72 Lakota helicopters Thursday at the Army Aviation Support Facility located on Hayes Street in Bangor to replace aging Bell OH-58A/C Kiowa helicopters that have been in service for almost three decades.

Maine Army National Guard unveils two high-tech helicopters in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Army National Guard unveiled two new UH-72 Lakota helicopters Thursday equipped with the tools needed to work in combat conditions and in Maine’s challenging environment, according to guard spokesman Maj. Michael Steinbuchel. The 2014 helicopters are very high-tech and designed for aerial reconnaissance, aerial support, …

Bangor-based 224th gets two new helicopters

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2014, at 4:46 p.m.
The Maine Army National Guard unveiled two new 2014 UH-72 Lakota helicopters Thursday that are replacing aircraft from the 1970s.
Jeffrey Barnard

Ellsworth man shot in standoff arrested Wednesday after checking himself out of EMMC

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 18, 2014, at 4:47 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Ellsworth man shot June 1 by a Maine State Police tactical team member during an armed confrontation and lengthy standoff was arrested Wednesday in Bangor on a warrant for theft and assault, Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said. “Apparently he decided to check himself out of …

Flash mob surprises former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
Former Bangor police chief Don Winslow was surprised Tuesday by a flash mob on the Bangor Waterfront that unfolded in front of him and his wife, Dora. Winslow, who has lung cancer, recently decided to stop treatment in order to enjoy the time he has left.
Maddison Foss-Greenaway shows off a picture of her deceased sister Brooklyn, while her mother talks to members of the media at her Clinton home in this August 2012 file photo.

Waterville woman sues babysitter, 12-year-old girl over death of infant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — When Nicole Greenaway dropped off her 3-month-old daughter at the babysitter’s house in Fairfield on July 7, 2012, she left her child in the care of her then friend and co-worker, Amanda Huard. Huard’s 10-year-old daughter, who is now 12, was later charged with manslaughter in the …

Pittston woman sentenced to more than 2 years for selling oxycodone to MDEA informant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An accomplice to a convicted pharmacy robber who handled the money and oxycodone pills during a 2012 drug deal with a confidential informant working with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was sentenced Monday in federal court to more than two years in prison. Jennifer Dowling, 33, of Pittston …

Police release name of Carmel woman killed in Monday crash in Hermon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 17, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
HERMON, Maine — A fight between a mother and daughter Monday night caused the mother to become distracted while driving, and she crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into the car of a Carmel woman, killing her on impact, Deputy Chief Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said …
Hampden resident Joyce Rankin, who lives on Main Road North, spoke during Monday's public hearing in opposition to a proposal to eliminated the Community Connector’s Saturday bus runs to town as a cost-cutting measure. "It will mean an additional $60 a month," said Rankin. She and others asks councilors to find a solution, such as reducing the number of runs to town, but not eliminate the Saturday runs.

Hampden council adds $28,000 to town budget for Saturday bus service

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2014, at 10:47 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — After hearing from residents and Bangor Area Homeless Shelter director Dennis Marble about a proposal to eliminate the Community Connector’s Saturday runs to town as a cost-cutting measure, town leaders voted to add $28,000 to the budget to fund the service. “Everybody keeps saying nobody is taking …

One dead, two seriously injured in evening crash on Route 2 in Hermon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2014, at 9:49 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — A Carmel woman has died in a head-on crash on Route 2 near the Carmel-Hermon town line, and two others have been sent to area hospitals with serious injuries, according to Deputy Chief Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. A Jeep SUV traveling on Route …

Portland police pull man’s body from water near Maine Yacht Center

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Police are releasing few details in the death of a man whose body was pulled from the water Monday near the Maine Yacht Center on Kensington Street. Police were called to the area at the eastern mouth of Back Cove at 3:40 p.m. and found an unconscious …
Derrick Barnett

Old Town man charged with sexual assault, aggravated assault held on $50,000 bail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — A woman walked into the Old Town Police Department last week with a black eye and bite marks on her face. She reported being sexually and physically assaulted several days before. As a result of the report, Old Town police arrested Derrick Burnett, 40, on Wednesday …

Brothers who own Mexican restaurants in Maine plead guilty to hiring illegal aliens, lying to federal investigators

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2014, at 4:51 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The owners of three Mexican restaurants who were convicted of hiring illegal aliens in March 2013, but later granted a new trial after a jury member called them a derogatory name, returned to federal court Monday to enter guilty pleas. Brothers Guillermo Fuentes, 38, of Westbrook and …

Eddington proposed budget puts more money toward road maintenance, reserve account

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 15, 2014, at 4:52 p.m.
EDDINGTON, Maine — The proposed municipal budget is increasing with more money put into maintaining the roads, protection and restarting a reserve account to pay for items such as fire trucks and computers, Town Manager Russell Smith said Sunday. The budget hearing on the draft municipal budget is 6 p.m. …

Old Town man with prior convictions arrested for two bank robberies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
An Old Town man with two prior bank robbery convictions was arrested Thursday for two recent bank robberies in Corinth and Orono.
Jim Ryan

Retiring Penobscot County dispatch executive director, Hampden police officer recalls helping solve murder

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When Jim Ryan started dispatching for the Maine State Police 41 years ago, law enforcement personnel and dispatchers had to do their jobs the old fashioned way — using radios and the kind of telephones that had cords. “You must remember that the technology we have today …
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