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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 …
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 …
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 …

Maine veterans recall D-Day

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 06, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
Two veterans from Maine talk about the horrors of D-Day.
Bangor Auto Solutions was to open at the former location of My Maine Ride, which closed March 1, 2014 after owner Glenn Geiser's license to sell cars was suspended by the Secretary of State for 180 days.

Brewer woman withdraws application to sell vehicles at former My Maine Ride site

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 03, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer woman with ties to suspended used car dealer Glenn Geiser Jr. has withdrawn her application with the state to sell used cars, according to Deputy Secretary of State Patty A. Morneault. Gwendolyn Reddy, who lives at Geiser’s house in Brewer, according to city records, filed …
A trial over the cleanup of mercury in the Penobscot River began Tuesday at the Margaret Chase Smith federal building in Bangor.

Federal trial over mercury cleanup in Penobscot River begins in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 03, 2014, at 9:40 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The chairman of a three-person independent team tasked in 2004 with studying mercury levels in the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay south of the former HoltraChem plant in Orrington spent nearly six hours Tuesday in federal court answering questions about what the panel discovered. Dr. John Rudd, …
Jacob Swan (left) son of Chelsea residents Marshall Swan and Carole Swan, seen holding a notebook, and other family and friends leave the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor on Monday after Marshall Swan was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison and a $40,000 fine for five counts of federal tax fraud for underreporting his income by $650,000.

Chelsea businessman Marshall Swan sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison, $40,000 fine for tax fraud

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 02, 2014, at 7:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — His wife, family, friends and even the Chelsea businessman who committed federal tax fraud by underreporting $650,000 in earnings over a five-year period were surprised when he was taken into custody directly after learning Monday he’ll be spending the next two years and nine months in prison …
The 2013-14 Bangor High School speech and debate team members who qualified to go to nationals, pictured from left, are junior Kathryn Nagle, seniors Brennan MacDonald and Malik Robinson, sophomores Nick Danby and Elizabeth Robbins, junior Ike Weitman and senior Jan Tompkins.

Bangor High School debate team member earns national ranking at Chicago conference

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2014, at 7:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When you compete on a debate team, you need to be able to argue for and against each issue that comes before you, Bangor High School debate team captain Brendan Moore said Thursday. “They make you debate both sides, so you have to think about the issue …
Adam MacDonald of Presque Isle (second row, second from left) is joined by Bangor firefighters for the MDA Fill the Boot campaign in 2012. Shown during the campaign are (first row, from left) Pamela Small, Lacie Willett, Ryan Blanchette, (second row) firefighter Cory Wyman, MacDonald, Ben Money, (back row) Jeff Sennett, Chuck Rodway, Dale Wunder and David Rudolph.

Bangor firefighters will be out collecting for Muscular Dystrophy Association at Tim McGraw concert

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor firefighters will be out conducting Fill the Boot fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association before the Tim McGraw concert Thursday, with a few modifications from prior years, union representative John York said earlier in the day. “We’re going to be collecting for the MDA off-duty,” York …

Bangor police not looking for murder victim’s sister despite apparent bail violation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A key witness who appeared to violate terms of her bail agreement after testifying earlier this month in the triple murder trial that culminated in the conviction of two men on Wednesday is not being sought by police. Katelyn Lugdon, 19, formerly of Bangor, was last seen …

Part-time Hampden police officer, regional dispatcher suspended over sexual allegations

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — A part-time police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of unlawful sexual contact, according to Hampden Police Chief Joe Rogers. “On April 1, we received a report of unlawful sexual contact with a [person] over the age 18” implicating the officer, the police …
Nicholas Sexton, 33, of Warwick, Rhode Island, speaks to his attorney Jeffrey Toothaker during the closing arguments of his and Randall “Ricky” Daluz's trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

After verdicts, jurors in triple murder trial voice concerns for safety

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 28, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some jurors who convicted two men for murder and arson in the violent deaths of three people in August 2012 feel concerned for their safety, according to three who spoke with the Bangor Daily News. “Drugs are involved, and when drugs are involved anything could happen,” said …

Orono school budget hearing set Tuesday at middle school

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 27, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The Regional School Unit 26 proposed fiscal year 2014-15 budget adds two teachers, increases stipends and doubles the money paid to the athletic trainer, but will also ask taxpayers to pay $75,000 less for education, the superintendent said. The public hearing on the budget is 6 p.m. …

‘Tornado of birds’ visits downtown Bangor during migration

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 26, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
Migrating chimney swifts, which travel through Bangor each May and August, make quite a spectacle when they dive into a chimney to bed down for the night.
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