Down East

"I was there," U.S. Army veteran Rob Jones, 23, of Brewer said when Iraq was mentioned in the presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

Scrooge McDuck versus mac and cheese? Mainers react to presidential debate.

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
Mainers’ reactions to Monday’s showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew reactions ranging from the serious to the surreal to the incredulous.
High school students and school staff interact during the event One Life Project - Youth Voice at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Sept. 20.

Maine teens shared these raw, powerful ideas to prevent addiction

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
“Our generation is dealing with these issues firsthand, so we should have a say in the decisions that will be made.”

Before addiction there’s a child

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
A look at preventing one of the largest public health problems of this time.
The last time Jake had a full year of school was three years ago, in sixth grade.

The solitary journey of a Maine boy expelled from school

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
It’s clear why many schools opt to kick out kids like Jake. But in the long run, doing so may cost more and make communities less safe.
Forrest Sapiel

Man convicted of possessing child porn charged with assaulting girl

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 22, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
A local man convicted three years ago of possession of child pornography is facing charges that he sexually molested and assaulted a girl for years, starting when she was 8 years old.
Linwood Doughty

Grand jury indicts man accused in Milbridge hatchet attack

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 22, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
A man with a significant domestic violence history has been indicted in Washington County on multiple charges, including aggravated attempted murder, in connection with an alleged hatchet attack on a woman in Milbridge this past June.
Devon S. Andrews

Man charged in connection with Machias bank robbery

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 20, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
“There was a sizable amount of money taken from the bank.”

A life lived on the water floats underneath every trap buoy

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
Michael Lund, 36, of Machias waits for Superior Court Justice William Anderson to convene a civil trial Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Lund alleges he was injured during a blueberry field burn in 2012 because of his employer's negligence.

Judge to decide if blueberry firm negligent in worker’s severe heat stroke

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 19, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
Michael Lund, 36, sued Milliard A. Whitney & Sons two years ago in Washington County Superior Court.

Man arrested after Machias store, bank robbed

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 19, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
A man has been arrested in the wake of the robberies of a discount store and then a bank Monday morning, according to the local police chief.

Harvest Holiday Craft Fair at Columbia Falls

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Maine Focus
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

After denying it misused millions in welfare funds, Maine changed its spending to follow the law

By Matthew Stone on Sept. 19, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“The BDN has their facts wrong,” DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said in June. Then, her department retroactively changed its spending to line up with the law.
Librarian Heidi Hinckley shows off a Wi-Fi checkout device at the Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport.

Looking for broadband Down East? Check it out of the library.

By Robbie Feinberg,MPBN on Sept. 14, 2016, at 8:05 p.m.
Mobile Wi-Fi devices can be checked out of the library, just like a book.
Carey Nason is the director of Hope Rising, a residential treatment program that provides 24-7 care to sex trafficking victims. The program is located at an undisclosed location in Penobscot County.

It’s one thing for a sex trafficking victim to escape. It’s another to heal.

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Recovery is possible, but all-encompassing care can be hard to find and fund.
Nurses like Michelle Markie, who have received Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner certification, are trained to record sexual assault victims' histories and collect evidence to help in the prosecution of their abusers. Markie, who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, estimated she personally encounters two to three cases of sex trafficking in her unit per year. She is pictured at a recent art auction to raise money for Hope Rising, a residential treatment program for survivors of the crime of human trafficking.

How 1 nurse knows when she’s looking at a victim of sex trafficking

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 13, 2016, at 6:14 a.m.
Over the past four years, Michelle Markie has personally encountered about two to three cases of trafficking in her unit per year.
Teresa Jungo (left) and Peter Valencia work recently at Down East Mexican Takeout in Gouldsboro.

‘This is my home’: Mexican-Americans embrace life Down East

By Jennifer Mitchell, MPBN News on Sept. 12, 2016, at 7:51 p.m.
In the first in a series aiming to capture the stories of Maine people who are directly affected by this debate over immigration — including migrant workers and their children — we meet a Down East Mexican-American family that’s trying lay down roots.
The sun sets on the Portland skyline. Sex trafficking is a problem in Maine towns and cities like Portland, where traffickers translate their deep understanding of how to manipulate and use people into personal gain.

What drives Maine sex traffickers’ inhumanity

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6 a.m.
A look at the motives and calculations behind forcing people into the sex trade.

Calais man arrested in Canada after crossing border river on air mattress

By Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal on Sept. 09, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
John Bennett pleaded guilty to violating Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Sara was one of the 200 to 300 people in Maine estimated to be victims of sex trafficking each year.

Inside the minds of Maine’s sex trafficking victims

By Danielle McLean on Sept. 09, 2016, at 8:42 a.m.
Broke, with nobody to turn to, here’s how one 15-year-old Maine girl came to ‘the Life.’
Coast Guard responders work Thursday to extinguish a fire that destroyed the lobster boat Bigger Dirls in Jonesport.

Fire destroys lobster boat off Jonesport

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 08, 2016, at 4:36 p.m.
A fire Thursday morning destroyed a lobster boat tied to a mooring ball off Hopkins Point, according to the Coast Guard.