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 …
Snow falls in downtown Ellsworth early Saturday afternoon as a storm moves north along the East Coast. With predictions between 6 and 10 inches, interior portions of Hancock and Washington counties were expected to get the majority of the snowfall in Maine.

Winter storm moving up East Coast causes accidents in coastal Maine

By Bill Trotter on Jan. 24, 2015, at 12 p.m.
A winter storm moving up the East Coast that is expected to bring several inches of snow to eastern Maine by Sunday morning caused a spate of vehicle accidents Saturday in coastal Maine, according to reports. The storm is expected to dump between 6 to 10 inches of snow in …
Gru, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix, was seized from a home in Littleton last week along with more than 60 other animals. He will be available for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society beginning Saturday. Holding him is Mariah Cassidy, an animal care technician at the humane society.

Animals seized from alleged illegal breeding operation in Aroostook County cleared for adoption

By Evan Belanger on Jan. 23, 2015, at 7:20 p.m.
BANGOR | State officials have cleared Maine animal shelters that took in more than 60 dogs, cats, goats and chickens seized last week from an alleged illegal breeding operation to begin offering the animals for adoption to permanent homes. State animal welfare agents removed the animals on Jan. 13 …
Cassius Clark climbs out of his car after being hit from behind on turn three in the last lap of the Hight Chevorlet 150 at Speedyway 95 in Hermon Sunday. Clark crossed the finish line to win the race before leaving the track in this 2014 BDN file photo.

PASS Super Late Models returns to Hermon’s Speedway 95 in June

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 23, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
The Pro All-Stars Series North Super Late Model tour will return to Hermon’s Speedway 95 this season. The series returned last season after a five-year absence and Tom Mayberry, founder and president of the PASS Tour, said after the race that he was impressed with the crowd and the improvements …
The Juice Cellar, Bangor's only raw and plant-based food and drink cafe, opened Friday at it's Maine Street location adjoining the Maine Discovery Museum. Along with a juice and smoothie bar, the cafe also features made-to-order salads, a full line of house-made vegan cheeses, dressings and snacks.

New vegan eatery, juice bar brings the squeeze to Main Street in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 23, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
The anticipation has been near-unbearable for Chris Roberts, owner of The Juice Cellar, the new juice bar and vegan restaurant that opened Friday in downtown Bangor. He signed the lease on the space that would hold his animal product-free and gluten-free eatery way back in August and originally planned to …
Patrik Arsenault

Former special education teacher gets 65 years for sexually abusing young boys

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 23, 2015, at 1:32 p.m.
BANGOR | The sexual assaults committed by a former special education teacher from Norridgewock against three young boys were “the worst I’ve ever seen,” U.S. District Judge John Woodcock Jr. said Friday when he sentenced the man to 65 years in prison. Patrik Ian Arsenault, 28, was also sentenced …

Woman hit by car in downtown Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
A local woman escaped major injury Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Main Street, according to Bangor Police Sgt. Tim Cotton. Sherry Small, 36, was crossing Main Street at Union Street when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Philip Guerrette, 77, of …

Man struck by vehicle on Hammond Street dies of injuries

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
BANGOR | A 55-year-old man who was struck by a vehicle on Hammond Street earlier this week has died, Bangor police said Friday. Timothy Gotto died of his injuries at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Thursday night, Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said in an email. Gotto, formerly of …

Milford man accused of robbing Orono convenience store

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 11:47 a.m.
A Milford man was scheduled to appear in a Bangor courtroom Friday to face a robbery charge, according to police. Jason Foster, 21, is accused of robbing the Circle K convenience store on Stillwater Avenue, according to Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing. The robbery occurred shortly after …
People cross West Market Square on a snowy December evening in Bangor.

Coastal storm could produce up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
GRAY | With a winter storm trucking its way up the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the state. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to southeastern New Hampshire and coastal Maine Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, according …
A building offered for sale on Central Street in Bangor.

Mill closures cloud otherwise positive forecast for Bangor-area development in 2015

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
PORTLAND | The forecast for development in the Bangor area has bright spots, including the city’s emergence as an entertainment destination, but uncertainty hangs over the ripple effect paper mill closures will have for the regional economy. “So much of the industry that supported the mills was located [in …
Dr. Paul LaMarche (left) is shown with Dr. Laurent Beauregard Jr. in 2003 at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Former Bangor doctor Paul LaMarche dies

By Evan Belanger on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:45 p.m.
A pioneering pediatrician and geneticist in Maine died Wednesday after working most of his life to improve health care for children. Paul LaMarche, former chief clinical officer at Eastern Maine Medical Center, died at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida, after suffering chronic heart problems and being …

Drunk driver causes chain reaction crash at I-395’s Exit 1

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:34 p.m.
BANGOR | A Bangor motorist was injured Thursday when the SUV he was driving was struck from behind by a pickup and then pushed into the back end of another pickup near the four-way intersection of Odlin Road and Outer Hammond Street, a Maine State Police trooper said. Mark …
A poster for Smith Law Offices hangs above Giacomo's in downtown Bangor in this 2014 BDN file photo. Smith took down the advertisement after joining Lipman & Katz, and an advertisement for that firm promptly replaced the old one.

Downtown Bangor lawyer’s looming visage sparks talk of closing sign ordinance loophole

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 22, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
Last spring, a Bangor lawyer’s larger-than-life cutout likeness was the talk of downtown as it drew eyes to his office window. Now, city officials are eyeing an ordinance change to prevent oversized signs from appearing in the future. The display in the second-floor window of 9 Central …
Police are searching for this vehicle and Harold "Butch" Knight in connection with a Michigan homicide. Knight has ties to Turner and could be headed toward Maine.

Police ‘confident’ that suspect in Michigan homicide has been spotted in Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
BANGOR | A man suspected in the suspicious death of a Michigan woman may have been spotted in Maine, according to police. Harold “Butch” Knight, 66, is the husband of the victim, Sara Lee Knight, 48, according to Capt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan. …
Juan Rivera

New York man sentenced to 9 years for selling heroin, crack from Bangor motel

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
A New York City man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison for drug trafficking. Juan Rivera, 40, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class A crime, according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, …

Hampden council sets public hearing on tax deal for Emera Maine’s headquarters plan

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 22, 2015, at 2:31 p.m.
A property tax deal that will support Emera Maine’s plans to consolidate its southern region operations in Hampden will be the subject of a public hearing next month. Town councilors voted Monday night to conduct the hearing on the utility’s application for a municipal development and tax …
Tom McCord, a history and urban planning instructor at the University of Maine Augusta, leads a walking tour in front of the Hannibal Hamlin statue in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The tour was part of the UMaine Humanities Initiative summit and focused on the history of development in Bangor and the changes that have occurred in the area over recent years.

Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day moves to January, offers broad array of topics for discussion

By Emily Burnham on Jan. 22, 2015, at 11:10 a.m.
Defining what the humanities are is the first challenge the organizers of the third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day have to tackle. Broadly, the humanities are disciplines that study human culture — anything from art to anthropology, from history to media, from music to law, and everything in between. …
Light snow falls in Bangor on Jan. 9.

National Weather Service: Saturday winter storm possible

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
CARIBOU | A winter storm tracking up the eastern seaboard could bring significant snowfall to Maine this weekend. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, Washington and Hancock counties are expected to get the bulk of the snowfall, with the storm’s track expected to be just to …
People enjoy dinner during the annual Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce awards event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Wednesday.

Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce hosts 1,000 for dinner at annual awards

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 21, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
More than 1,000 area business and community leaders gathered Wednesday night to celebrate the successes of movers and shakers, innovators and volunteers. Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce CEO John Porter said the crowd on the arena floor of the Cross Insurance Center was the largest the Chamber …
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