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Vigil to commemorate Bangor’s annual Homeless Memorial Day

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — PCHC’s Hope House Homeless Shelter in collaboration with the Hammond Street Congregational Church and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will sponsor the Homeless Vigil at Hammond Street Congregational Church, 28 High Street, Bangor on Sunday, December 21st, Bangor’s Annual Homeless Memorial Day. Please join us in remembering those who passed away …
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St. John’s Episcopal Christmas Basket Project benefits 25 families

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Saint John’s Episcopal has been operating their Christmas Basket Project for more than 20 years. As part of our mission to serve the needs of the community we give a Christmas dinner and toys to 25 families in the Bangor area.  We partner with Hannaford Supermarkets and Penquis …
A row of mailboxes on Pushaw Road Thursday after Barbara Crossman was struck by a vehicle and killed Wednesday evening. Crossman, 66, was getting her mail when she was struck by Stephen Niles, 57, of Bradford who was driving a 2005 Suzuki Forenza.

Woman killed in Glenburn accident had just finished final shift before retiring

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
A 66-year-old nurse who died Wednesday after being struck by a car on Pushaw Road had just finished her last shift at work. Barbara Crossman was crossing Pushaw Road at the entrance to Skidgel Road to pick up mail around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when she was struck …

Winter storm expected to wind down throughout Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
CARIBOU | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area already has about 13 inches of snow, with a total of …
Jeffrey Barnard

Man shot in Ellsworth standoff refuses to enter a plea, get dressed to attend court

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
BANGOR | The man who was shot in the face during a standoff with police on June 1 in Ellsworth refused to enter a plea on a gun charge Wednesday at his arraignment in U.S. District Court. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison entered a not-guilty plea to one count …

Pedestrian hit by car in Glenburn dies

By Brian Feulner on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
Lt. Sean Hashey with the Maine State Police talks about a fatal accident in Glenburn that left a woman in her mid-30s dead after being struck by a sedan driven by a male on Pushaw Road.
A fatal car wreck in Glenburn closed Pushaw Road at Lakeview Road on Wednesday evening.

Car hits, kills Glenburn woman crossing road to get mail

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:58 p.m.
Maine State Police are investigating a fatal accident on Pushaw Road in which a woman was struck by a vehicle. Maine State Police Lt. Sean Hashey said it appeared the victim, who is in her mid-30s, was going to get her mail shortly before 4:30 p.m. when …
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Fourteenth annual Lights of Hope slated at EMMC Cancer Care

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Hope will shine brightly for local cancer patients when the Lights of Hope tree is lit Dec. 18, at Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care. Lights may be purchased to honor or remember a loved one. The names of the honorees will be displayed at the tree lighting ceremony. …

State police in Bangor seeking missing truck

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
State police in Penobscot County are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing truck, Trooper Matt Grant said Wednesday afternoon. The truck, which has Wisconsin plates, is a company vehicle owned by Agi-Trac, which is based in Wisconsin, according to Grant. “The company is seeking to …
James Cameron

Ex-prosecutor sentenced to 15 years, 9 months in federal prison on child pornography, flight charges

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 17, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR | The state’s former top drug prosecutor will spend less time behind bars on child pornography charges than he would have if he hadn’t cut off his ankle bracelet and fled the state two years ago. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock resentenced James M. Cameron on Wednesday to …
Bob Montgomery-Rice, new president of Bangor Savings Bank.

Bangor Savings Bank names new president, confirms CEO transition plan

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
The Bangor Savings Bank board of directors has appointed Bob Montgomery-Rice to serve as president effective Jan. 1, and he will become chief executive officer and director of the financial institution effective April 1, 2015. Current president Jim Conlon will remain the bank’s CEO until April 1, …
Aaron is a volunteer at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance.

‘I just felt I should do something’: Mainers come together to help abuse victims

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Learn what they did — and how you can help, too.

With new trash plans in Hampden, what happens to Orrington and PERC?

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 16, 2014, at 8:54 p.m.
BANGOR | The minority owner of Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. and its host town, Orrington, are raising questions about how to keep that facility viable, as plans for a new $40-$60 million waste and recycling facility move ahead in Hampden. The Municipal Review Committee, a group representing the trash …

Three Bangor teens face burglary, criminal mischief charges related to break-in

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 16, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
A group of teens with their faces covered smashed a window at a Hewey Street home Tuesday afternoon while the homeowner was inside and later were taken into custody, according to police. The homeowner called 911 and startled the young suspects, who took off running, according to …
Sportscaster Rich Kimball is moving his afternoon radio show from Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket to WZON 620 AM in Bangor on Jan. 5.

‘The Drive’ set to compete against ‘Downtown’ in eastern Maine sports radio lineup in 2015

By Pete Warner on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Beginning in January, there will be a new player in the eastern Maine sports radio lineup. WEZQ, Sports Radio 92.9 FM “The Ticket,” and SportsNet Maine have teamed up for a new afternoon show called “The Drive.” The live program will air 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. …
Tom Davis, chairman of Penobscot County Commissioners

Penobscot County’s $16 million budget passes resulting in small tax hike

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 16, 2014, at 3:02 p.m.
BANGOR | The Penobscot County Commissioners on Tuesday morning passed a $16.23 million budget for 2015, with a significantly smaller tax hike than communities have seen in recent years. “We have a reputation for being frugal, but we’ve earned it,” Commissioner Tom Davis said of the budget process. The …
Louis Sockalexis poses in his Poland Spring uniform during the summer of 1894.

Campaign seeks support for Louis Sockalexis statue in Bangor

By Joe Mclaughlin on Dec. 16, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
Bangor native and writer Ed Rice is starting a campaign to find support and interest in building a statue in Bangor of Maine Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis, the first Native American to play Major League Baseball. “I’ve believed, for a very long time, that it’s a shame that the first …
Leanna Norris enters the court room on the first day of her trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Oct. 27.

Judge finds mother guilty of murder in the death of her toddler, rejects insanity defense

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
BANGOR | A Superior Court judge on Monday rejected the insanity defense of a woman who admitted killing her toddler last year and found Leanna Norris guilty of murder. Norris, 25, of Auburn, formerly of Stetson, repeatedly admitted to investigators that on the evening of June 23, 2013, she …
Christopher Ruhlin, owner of the Herbal Tea and Tobacco smoke shop, in the smoking parlor of the shop in Bangor.

Medical marijuana users rent downtown Bangor space to take their medicine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2014, at 6 p.m.
A local group of medical marijuana patients is renting a space downtown where they can smoke or ingest their medicine. A group calling itself the 13 Owls Club is renting on an hourly basis the VIP smoking area above the recently expanded hookah lounge run by the …
James Cameron, 52, of Rome.

Attorney seeks 6 ½ -year sentence for ex-drug prosecutor who fled Maine after court upheld child pornography counts

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 15, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
BANGOR | The attorney representing the state’s former top drug prosecutor, who fled the state after some but not all of his convictions on child pornography charges were overturned two years ago, has recommended James Cameron spend 6 ½ years behind bars. David Beneman said in his 54-page sentencing …
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