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Delegates fill the floor during the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Members of Maine State Police on duty at GOP convention

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
“Seven troopers arrived over the weekend and will spend the week there,” Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
Mollie Greenier talks about her friends, Tyler Babcock, 18, and Alex Chabre, 17, both of Bangor, who died in a Sunday morning car crash near the Bangor city line.

Sheriff releases identities of Bangor teens killed in crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 18, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
The Penobscot County Sheriff released the identities of two teenagers who died Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Route 15 near the Bangor city line.
A photo of Sharon Smith (left) and her daughter, Mandi Clark, can be seen Wednesday in Clark's home in Bangor. Clark is still searching for answers about her mother's disappearance.

New leads revive family’s 36-year-old mystery: What happened to Sharon Smith?

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 16, 2016, at 1 a.m.
With new leads in the case, surviving members of her family were given hope for resolution, and memories of the woman and her disappearance came flooding back.
A Brewer man, approximately 44, was seriously injured when a driver exiting Upper Dedham Road collided with the Brewer man's motorcycle as he headed towards Ellsworth on Route 1A.

Serious Holden crash involving motorcycle ties up traffic

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
A crash involving at least one car and a motorcycle has tied up traffic on Route 1A near G&M Market Friday afternoon.
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at the Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office, July 23, 2014.

State issues permits for proposed waste-to-energy plant in Hampden

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
“We are delighted to have our state permits in hand,” Craig Stuart-Paul, Fiberight’s CEO, said.
George Bradford "Brad" Woodbury III, 32, died of asphyxiation during a physical altercation on June 25.

Asphyxiation listed as cause of death in Greenville homicide

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 14, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
A local man who died in a June altercation, reportedly in a dispute over rental property, died of asphyxiation.
The 2016 Maine Harley Owners Group rally gets underway in Bangor Wednesday. Audry Williams, a H.O.G. rally volunteer from the Bronx, New York, parks one of the Harleys people can try out at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine Harley-Davidson rally rolls into Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 13, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
“As it turns out, all the things planned [in the city] work for us — our people like to go to concerts,” rally coordinator Cliff Lippitt said Wednesday as volunteers set up the events area in the parking lot of Cross Insurance Center.
Retired Lt. Col. Jay Winslow, who commanded Brewer High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program until last week, talks about his appeal.

Parents upset after Brewer’s Junior ROTC commander fired

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2016, at 9:18 p.m.
The commander of Brewer High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC program was fired Thursday and in response several area residents and former students went to Monday’s school board meeting to express their displeasure or concern.
Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., is seen on March 28, 2014. The Municipal Review Committee's general council, Dan McKay, sits beside Lounder.

MRC extends deadline for some communities considering waste contract

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 11, 2016, at 6:10 p.m.
At least six communities have been given more time to sign trash contracts and be eligible to share in future profits of the Municipal Review Committee’s Fiberight plant in Hampden.
U.S. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the United States Southern Command in Doral, Florida, Nov. 19, 2012.

Retired Marine Corps general to discuss military strategy at forum

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 06, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Military personnel and civilians from all over the country arrived Wednesday for the opening of the conference at Maine Central Institute.
Exterior views of Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia.

Less trash than projected may shrink $69M waste plant in Hampden

By Dawn Gagnon and Nok-Noi Ricker on July 04, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
The MRC has said the size of the Fiberight plant could be reduced from its planned annual capacity of 180,000 tons to 110,000 tons and still be financed, built and profitable.
Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. plant Manager John Barry (left) watches as company environmental consultant Ted Johnston demonstrates the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance. The plant takes septic waste and sludge for processing into organic non-food crop fertilizers.

Plymouth fertilizer plant halts septic waste intake to comply with odor rules

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 03, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
A local fertilizer processing plant that uses septic waste and sludge to make its products has temporarily stopped accepting the waste due, in part, to stringent odor nuisance rules that last year resulted in the company paying thousands of dollars in fines.
Claritin-D, a decongestant medication that includes pseudoephedrine, at a Rite Aid in Presque Isle. Rite Aid and other stores are phasing out non-prescription sales of pseudoephedrine-containing products in select areas, in response to ongoing problems with diversions for meth manufacturing.

Pharmacies in northern Maine halt sales of certain decongestants to thwart meth labs

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 02, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
“We feel that this is a huge step forward in our effort to decrease substance abuse misuse [of the products].”
Mount Katahdin reflects in a pond by the Abol Stream Trail in Baxter State Park on June 20, 2013.

Connecticut woman carried off Katahdin after falling on trail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 30, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
It took 10 hours and more than 40 people to carry a 20-year-old hiker from Connecticut off Mount Katahdin Wednesday after she fell and injured herself while descending the Hunt Trail.

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Greenbush resident Sandy Thibeault brought her children Grayson, 10, and Jaelyn, 5, as well as friend Wesley St. Louis, 5, to Bangor and parked at the airport hoping to catch a glimpse of Trump’s airplane. “It’s pretty cool,” Grayson said. “Is he running for president because George Washington is done?” asked …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
Trump’s plane, a white craft with “Trump” writed in white across the top, landed at Bangor International Airport about 2:45 p.m. As Trump departed the airplane, a man watching yelled, “Make America great again!” and got a raised hand from the presidential candidate.  

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Christopher Seiler, who was selling Donald Trump merchandise, works for David Dixon of Political Buttons, based in Sarasota, Florida. “I’ve been with him since Labor Day,” Dixon said. “That makes 47 states.” He said you will not find any sexual innuendos on his T-shirts, which some other vendors have provided at …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Hampden residents and sisters Allexa and Taylor Iaderosa arrived at the rally at noon and purchased “Trump 2016″ pins from merchandise vendor Christopher Seiler. “We love Trump,” Taylor Iaderosa said. “There are a lot of reasons,” her sister said. “Everything he says I agree with.” “We’re all about building that …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 11:07 a.m.
Bangor resident Barry Nowell, who walked in the side door of the Cross Center to get a photo of the podium a couple hours before the event started, said he was glad that Trump was coming to Maine. He said the next president needs to see how hard it is …

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 29, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Molly Ramirez, 19, of Bath, will be voting in her first presidential election in November. “I haven’t clearly endorsed Trump because, obviously, I’m Mexican,” she said, referring to when Trump said that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana, cannot treat him fairly because of his Mexican heritage. “I don’t …