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The former Old Town Canoe site is now used for dumping snow.

Plans for downtown Old Town begin to take shape

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:26 a.m.
One draft plan for reusing the approximately six-acre former Old Town Canoe factory site is all business, another combines retail and residential space, and a third offers a gathering place with parks and recreation areas and a farmers market. Those are the concepts put together by …
The city is gathering public input about what to do with the 6-acre empty lot next to the Old Town Fire Department where the former Old Town Canoe factory once stood.

Old Town to host second public gathering on downtown redesign Monday night

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 09, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Draft concept plans to redevelop the downtown area currently plagued by a travel-through traffic plan and unused buildings will be unveiled Monday night at the second public gathering about improving the city’s center. City leaders are working with engineering firm Wright-Pierce on a master plan for …
Bangor firefighters respond to a fire at the Family Dollar on the corner of Broadway and State Street Monday morning.

Family Dollar on State Street damaged by fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 09, 2015, at 10:44 a.m.
BANGOR | A fire swept through the Family Dollar store at 89 State St. on Monday morning, heavily damaging the discount retail establishment. Thick, black smoke was pouring out of the front of the business at the intersection of State Street and Broadway when firefighters arrived. The blaze was …
Kyle Dube is escorted into the courtroom on Jan. 29 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Orono man accused of killing Nichole Cable offered plea deal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 06, 2015, at 8:09 p.m.
BANGOR | The Orono man accused of using Facebook to lure 15-year-old Nichole Cable to her death was offered a plea deal by the state, it was revealed Friday as potential jurors began filling out questionnaires before his murder trial. Members of the jury pool were asked about their …
Brig. Gen. James Campbell of the Maine Army National Guard

National Guard plans to transform Maine engineer battalion into infantry to save jobs

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 04, 2015, at 7:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Army National Guard is planning to change the role of Maine’s oldest and largest military force in order to save as many jobs as possible amid federal defense belt-tightening, according to officials. Under the plan, the 133rd Engineer Battalion and other units would become the 1st …
Rick Seger Jr. of Bucksport, driver with the Bangor-based Town Taxi, makes his way to the next call during the snowstorm Monday afternoon. Seger said they are always very busy during storms because many people would rather call a cab instead of driving.

‘People still go places’: Snowstorms mean big business for Bangor cabbies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 03, 2015, at 5:26 a.m.
For local cab driver Rick Seger Jr., the heavy snow that fell Monday was good for business. “On days when it’s crappy like this, people still go places,” he said from behind the wheel of his Town Taxi. “People not only have to go to work, but …
A new head and gun are about to be requisitioned for the statue of the Civil War soldier that stands watch over Webster Park along the Stillwater River in Orono.

Orono Historical Society seeks new home for Civil War statue

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 02, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
The Civil War soldier statue originally installed 125 years ago to honor the 39 local men who died during the bloody conflict has been repaired and now needs a new home, according to the historical society. “The statue is done and [Argyle artist Peter Crockett] has the …
A note from Main St. Barber and Beauty is seen Wednesday on the door of Dave's Barber Shop in Brewer along with a closed sign. David Grant died Monday from injuries after being struck by a vehicle while walking to work on the morning of Dec. 20.

Bill seeks to improve pedestrian, bicyclist safety by toughening Maine’s crosswalk, roadway law

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 31, 2015, at 7 a.m.
BREWER | A well-known Brewer barber who was struck and killed by a car in December while walking in a crosswalk in front of his business is the last recorded pedestrian death in Maine for 2014. Because one of every four people hit by cars every year in Maine …
An aerial view shows Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town in this January 2012 file photo.

Old Town landfill to sell methane to Michigan-based renewable energy producer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 30, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
Juniper Ridge Landfill operators say they have found a partner to use the landfill-produced methane gas, equivalent to about 8,000 gallons of heating oil on a daily basis. Aria Energy, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is partnering with Casella Waste Systems, which operates the state-owned landfill, to …
The Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Dec. 4, 2014.

Bucksport mill sale to scrap metal company complete, Verso official says

By Abigail Curtis and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Despite a flurry of legal action and the hopes of millworkers who wanted to continue making paper, the sale of the Verso Paper mill to a subsidiary of scrap dealer American Iron and Metal has been completed, a company spokesman confirmed Friday. “The sale has closed,” Verso …
Donald "Duke" Martin.

Pedestrian death in Presque Isle deemed civil offense to family’s dismay

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:56 a.m.
A woman charged with a civil violation stemming from the October death of a retired local educator who was struck by her car in the crosswalk at a Presque Isle grocery store denied any wrongdoing during a court hearing on Jan. 21. The family of Donald …

Maine Supreme Court rules against medical marijuana patient in child custody appeal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 29, 2015, at 5:33 p.m.
PORTLAND | The state’s highest court on Thursday denied the appeal of a Biddeford father who claimed a lower court awarded custody of his daughter to his ex-girlfriend because he is a medical marijuana patient. Dustin A. Sternick asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to review a decision by …
An alleged homeless person's camp is seen under the I-395 bridge Wednesday in Bangor.

Bangor officials scour city for homeless camps to evaluate local population

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 28, 2015, at 9:28 p.m.
They looked under bridges and in makeshift camps for homeless people, to offer them blankets, food and shelter. “There are a number of reasons why a person is homeless — substance abuse, alcohol, mental illness, domestic violence, loss of a job, no opportunity for a job,” Hope …
Glenn Geiser Jr. leaves the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door Feb. 10, 2014, after a public hearing was postponed because Geiser's attorney Joe Baldacci had not received all the paperwork from the state.

Lawsuit: Banned My Maine Ride car dealer had property liens totaling more than $2.6 million

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 28, 2015, at 5:21 a.m.
BANGOR | A debt collector’s lawsuit against Glenn Geiser, former owner of closed Bangor used car dealership My Maine Ride, seeking overdue home mortgage payments has revealed Geiser owed more than $2.6 million to other creditors, including the Maine Revenue Service and the Internal Revenue Service. The complaint for …
Old Town Police Chief Don O'Halloran, seen here in 2006, is retiring after 46 years of service and 26 years working for Old Town. The city is seeking applicants to fill O'Halloran's position.

Old Town police Chief Don O’Halloran retiring after 46 years in uniform

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 25, 2015, at 5:49 p.m.
Police Chief Donald O’Halloran has been wearing a uniform for so long that some of the young crooks he busted when he started as a patrolman in Bangor now have grandbabies. O’Halloran joined the Bangor police force in January 1969 as a patrolman and he was …

Massachusetts man killed in Bethel single-vehicle crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 25, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
A Massachusetts man driving on Sunday River Road died when he crashed his car into a snowbank that launched him into a utility pole early Saturday morning, Oxford County Sheriff Sgt. Tim Holland said Sunday. Mickael Jette, 25, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, was driving south in a 2006 …
Lettering on the door at the Wellness Connection of Maine marks its Portland office in this September 2013 file photo.

Maine medical marijuana dispensary group promotes study that says THC slows Alzheimer’s disease

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 25, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
GARDINER | Few people know about a recent preclinical study by the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Florida that states THC, the component in marijuana that gets users high, may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, according to Becky DeKeuster of Wellness Connection of Maine. “Patients in Maine don’t seem …
Sarah J. Lemery

Old Town woman on probation for drug trafficking charged again

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 25, 2015, at 7:33 a.m.
Two officers and a detective from the Old Town Police Department did a probation check on a convicted drug dealer Friday night and found nearly 2 ounces of white powder that tested positive for cocaine, Old Town police Sgt. Lee Miller said Saturday. Sarah J. Lemery, …
Justin Nichols

11 more victims come forward after arrest of Limerick man accused of firewood scam

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 4:43 p.m.
The arrest of a 30-year-old man who advertised cut and split firewood on Craigslist but never delivered the wood needed to heat his customers’ homes has led to additional victims coming forward and possibly more charges, York Sheriff William L. King Jr. said in a Saturday press …

Sexually explicit cardboard cutout, UNH mascot banner confiscated at UMaine hockey game

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 24, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
ORONO | A large white banner with the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcats mascot and a large pink cardboard cutout of a male sex organ were confiscated from the student section at Friday night’s University of Maine men’s hockey game. “The signs in question were confiscated when brought to …
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