Nok-Noi Ricker

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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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Troy Gay

Old Town man with prior convictions arrested for two bank robberies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — An Old Town man with prior bank robbery convictions is behind bars again at the Penobscot County Jail after being charged with two new bank robberies in Corinth and Orono, police officials said Friday. Troy M. Gay, 26, was arrested without incident about 10 a.m. Thursday at …
From left, Peggy Merritt and Julie Beckford of Rebel Hill Farm wave Vote Yes signs on a referendum to increase wind farm setbacks to 4,000 feet on Election Day in Clifton, Maine.

Clifton wind farm development supporters defeat petition measure that would have increased turbine setbacks

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 11, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
CLIFTON, Maine — The first of two townwide votes on wind farm rules left the current wind turbine setbacks in place. A Clifton Task Force on Wind petition question put before voters Tuesday that would have drastically increased setbacks was defeated, 230-177, according to election results provided by Town Clerk …
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A person stands in a voting booth at the Cross Insurance Center Tuesday morning.

Mainers head to polls for primary election; turnout picks up in Bangor area

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 10, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Voter turnout in the June primary election in the Bangor area jumped a little with lunchtime voting after starting slowly in the morning, according to election officials. Polls across the state will remain open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. “It’s kind of sparse, not huge numbers,” Brewer City …

Orono holds public hearings on town budget, downtown development proposals Monday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 08, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Residents will be able to voice their opinions about the proposed town and wastewater budgets, as well as a new Orono Village Center District Development Program and associated tax rate during public hearings scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday. The proposed combined municipal, county and school …
The Dave Matthews Band performed at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion Friday night.

Only one noise complaint from Dave Matthews Band concert, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 08, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — There were noise complaints from Friday’s Dave Matthews Band concert on the waterfront, but they didn’t come from residents, Bangor police Sgt. Rob Angelo said Sunday. “People inside — the concertgoers — were complaining it wasn’t loud enough,” the sergeant said. Only one noise complaint from a …
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Ellsworth resident Vicki Barnard, 56, whose husband Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, was shot  June 1 by Maine State Police Trooper Scott Duff after a shootout and lengthy standoff with police, indicates on her face where the bullet entered her husband's eye socket.

‘They wanted to kill him’: Wife of Ellsworth man shot by police details June 1 standoff

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 08, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The wife of an Ellsworth man shot last week by a Maine State Police tactical team member during an armed confrontation and standoff said Sunday he is in a medically induced coma. “He’s still in critical condition,” Vicki Barnard, 56, said of her husband of 19 years. …

Condition of Howland man shot in armed confrontation with police improves to ‘fair’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 08, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
HOWLAND, Maine — The armed man who was shot early Saturday morning by a Maine State Police trooper who went to check on his well-being has improved, a nursing supervisor at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor said Sunday morning. “He’s in fair condition,” she said. Dale Saucier, 36, of …
Caleb Collins, 5, from Kenduskeag gets a high-five from Lowe's employee Robert Dunphy of Plymouth after completing the obstacle course portion of a bike rodeo for kids held Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the parking lot of the retail store in Bangor.

Bangor PD’s Facebook post about bike safety ‘took off’ all over the country

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 07, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A recent Facebook post from the Bangor Police Department about bike safety was read by people around the world and bicyclist and motorist chimed in with their sometimes angry opinions. “I was not ready for the onslaught of comments that followed,” Sgt. Tim Cotton, who posted the …
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Dana Wilson (left) and attorney Hunter Tzovarras at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Friday.

Judge considering verdict in DJ Dana Wilson’s child pornography trial

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 06, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A question about the acronym PTHC, which stands for pre-teen hardcore, is the last thing Superior Court Justice Ann Murray asked about after closing arguments Friday in the jury-waived trial of local disc jockey Dana Wilson for possession of child pornography. “The 1,200 hits. That was either …
Dana Wilson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor

Closing arguments in DJ Dana Wilson’s child pornography trial set for Friday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 06, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Closing arguments in the jury-waived trial of local disc jockey Dana Wilson are scheduled to take place before Superior Court Justice Ann Murray Friday afternoon, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Wilson, 63, well-known DJ and former member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, …
Lester Cohen of Bangor holds a picture of himself (second from right) with his three brothers (from left), Sam, Bernard and George, in uniform during World War II.

‘I was afraid of getting captured’: Jewish Maine soldier who stormed Omaha Beach thankful to have survived

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 06, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When 19-year-old Lester Cohen — one of the 160,000 soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day — joined the Army to fight against Adolf Hitler and his Nazi forces, he already knew that the German dictator was systematically killing off his people. Cohen, who is …
 
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