Donnie Smith seen May 29, 2013.

Theft charges dropped against Donnie Smith for lack of evidence

By Judy Harrison on June 27, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
Smith still faces misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and driving to endanger in connection with a Jan. 6, 2015, incident in Lubec with a woman he had previously accused of assaulting him.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Bruce Poliquin to hold forum at EMCC on addiction prevention

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 27, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Congressman Bruce Poliquin is scheduled to host a town hall-style meeting at Eastern Maine Community College Tuesday to discuss addiction prevention and treatment.
Dean Bennett

Hampden budget proposal calls for staff changes

By Dawn Gagnon on June 27, 2016, at 6:17 a.m.
The plan would eliminate the community and economic development director post.
Motorists should use caution while traveling on Harlow Street, where a sinkhole appeared late Friday. Repairs are expected to begin Monday.

Sinkhole opens up on Harlow Street in Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon on June 26, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
Public works crews are expected to investigate what caused, and how to repair, a sinkhole that opened up on Harlow Street.

Truck going wrong-way down State Street causes multi-vehicle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on June 26, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
A medical problem appears to have been the cause of a wrong-way crash in which several vehicles were damaged Saturday evening on State Street.
Ellen Connors of Eddington waves and cheers, ringing a small purple cowbell for passing pride parade participants on Exchange Street Saturday. Connors was part of a pair of Mazda Miata's in the parade called the "Mia-TaTas" that pulled into a lot at the end of the parade to cheer on the remaining marchers. She said this year it's more important than ever to step out a be a part of the community following the shootings in Orlando.

Bangor Pride participants sign banner in hopes it will hang in Orlando nightclub

By Judy Harrison on June 25, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
Angela Hauser and Gina Langley carried a banner in Saturday’s Bangor Pride 2016 parade they hope will hang in the Orlando nightclub where earlier this month a gunman shot more than 100 people.
Kristine L. Neil

Woman who ‘came to commit a felony’ convicted only of misdemeanors

By Judy Harrison on June 25, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
A jury on Friday found a Mattawamkeag woman accused of breaking into her ex-lover’s home last year, stealing a vacuum cleaner and threatening him with a handgun not guilty of robbery, burglary, theft and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
Def Leppard performs at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Friday evening.

’80s icons Def Leppard rock Bangor Waterfront

By Micky Bedell on June 25, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
Check out this gallery of photos from their concert last night in downtown Bangor.
A 12-year-old Bangor boy was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he allegedly stole a 2011 Kia van. Bangor police Sgt. Jason Stuart stopped the van with his cruiser at Broadway near Center Street after the driver refused to stop.

Boy charged with stealing bus now accused of taking van on joy ride

By Judy Harrison on June 25, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
A 12-year-old boy charged May 3 with taking a school bus for a joy ride was apprehended again Saturday morning after allegedly stealing a van and driving it through the streets of Bangor’s east side.
The Maine Department of Transportation started working on a planned Interstate-395-Route 9 connector for the Brewer-Holden-Eddington area in 2000.

Maine DOT gets federal approval for I-395-Route 9 connector design

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
After 16 years of planning, the proposed and controversial Interstate 395/Route 9 connector has gained its first federal approval.
Scenes from Lakeside Landing, a town-owned public beach on Pushaw Lake in Glenburn. Recent problems with parking, unleashed dogs, vandalism and similar matters had town officials looking for ways to curb bad behavior.

Glenburn closes Lakeside Landing to nonresidents

By Dawn Gagnon on June 24, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
After several years of making it available to the general public, town officials reluctantly have decided to limit access to a popular recreation spot on Pushaw Lake.
Bangor’s property tax rate is likely to go up, but some of the city’s homeowners won’t be seeing a higher tax bill.

Bangor’s tax rate projected to increase 2.5 percent, but many residents might pay less

By Nick McCrea on June 24, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
Bangor’s property tax rate is likely to go up, but some of the city’s homeowners won’t be seeing a higher tax bill.
Orono Superintendent Joanne Harriman (center) announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post. She is pictured at Tuesday's school board meeting with Orono Middle School principal Jeff Paul, left, and school board members Mark Brewer, Jacob Eckert, Chairman Brian McGill and Leo Kenney. Board member Michelle Michelle was at the meeting but is not pictured.

Orono superintendent leaving for Steuben principal job nearer to home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 1:54 p.m.
Superintendent Joanne Harriman announced Wednesday that she is leaving her post of three years for one that is closer to her coastal home.
Steven (left) and Jesse Melgar, who moved to the Queen City from Colorado six months ago, clean off their car on Tuesday in Bangor. A homophobic slur was scratched on their car last Saturday at Wal-Mart in Bangor.

After a slur was scratched into their car, gay couple speaks out against hate

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“I am not ashamed of who I am, and no act of hate or ignorance or intolerance will change that.”
Several police agencies search the yard of a New Boston Road home for the remains of Sharon Smith, a Bangor woman missing since 1980, on Thursday in Hermon.

Digging on Hermon property fails to uncover missing woman’s remains

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2016, at 5:32 p.m.
A Thursday search for a Bangor woman missing since 1980 failed to turn up her remains, but police also combed the area for trace evidence related to her disappearance.
Revolution Research president Nadir Yildirim (left) and vice president Alexander Chasse came up with a foam-like material that is derived from wood fiber. After further modification versions of the material could be used as insulation, possibly packaging, or in the electronics industry.

Orono firm to compete for $100,000 pitch show prize

By Darren Fishell on June 23, 2016, at 5:22 p.m.
Friday night, three Maine companies will compete for $100,000 in a pitch contest that will cap off the Maine Startup and Create Week conference.
Bangor resident and businessman Orlando Frati meets country music star Dolly Parton backstage before her performance at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Saturday, June 18. Frati last saw Parton, and snapped the photo he is carrying here, 47 years ago when she was the relatively unknown opening act for country star Porter Wagoner at a performance in Bangor.

‘To Orlando, love, Dolly Parton’: This Bangor man got the autograph of a lifetime

By Meg Haskell on June 23, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
“She was beautiful,” Orlando Frati, 84, said. “She had on a beautiful dress, and she was all glittered up.”
Relatives of George Gilks, a suspect in the disappearance of a Bangor woman in 1980, watch as the front yard of their Hermon home on New Boston Road is dug up Thursday. The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Maine State Police and Penobscot Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene searching for any evidence related to the disappearance of Sharon Smith, who was reported missing Sept. 4, 1980.

‘New information’ prompts police dig in Hermon for woman missing since 1980

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on June 23, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
Crews were at the scene of a home Thursday morning on New Boston Road in Hermon excavating a lawn in hopes of recovering the body of a woman who has been missing since 1980.
Maine Focus
Even as the economy has begun to recover, statewide poverty rates haven’t improved.

How Maine redirected millions meant to help poor families with kids

By Matthew Stone on June 23, 2016, at 6:16 a.m.
Documents obtained by the BDN show the state has spent at least $7.8 million in federal welfare funds in ways that run afoul of the law.
The former HoltraChem facility (left) and the PERC plant in Orrington. Aerial photo taken Nov. 12, 2010.

Mercury remediation work continues at Orrington site

By Dawn Gagnon on June 22, 2016, at 5:51 p.m.
As state fisheries officials examine the impact the mercury contamination is having on upper Penobscot Bay, Mallinckrodt continues its court-ordered work to clean up the former HoltraChem Manufacturing site.

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