3 Penobscot County men indicted in bath salts case

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
BANGOR | Three Penobscot County men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly obtaining bath salts from China and selling it in Maine. Edwin Hamel, 48, of Milford, Harold R. Peters III, 37, of Bradford and Mark Wood, 55, of Old Town were indicted Thursday in …
A group of people known as the Bangor Elves get ready to tour city Bangor on Saturday, delivering gifts and doing good deeds for people.

Queen City struck by Bangor Elves spreading good deeds, cash

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.
The Bangor Elves struck the Queen City again Saturday morning, handing out Christmas cheer, candy canes and cash to unsuspecting strangers. Members of the group, who sought to hide their identities by donning elf hats, stopped at restaurants, laundromats, nursing homes and stores around the city. Some …

Brewer barbershop owner struck by vehicle while crossing street

By Judy Harrison on Dec. 20, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Police have identified the man struck early Saturday morning near the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge as David Grant, 73, of Brewer. He was struck at 6:27 a.m. Saturday while crossing North Main Street near City Hall, according to Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt. Grant was taken to Eastern Maine …
Nine-year-old Maurcia Mosley has been playing piano since she was 3 years old.

Gift of music: Bangor girl given piano played by generations of Mainers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 20, 2014, at 6:06 a.m.
Nine-year-old Maurcia Mosley remembers when she decided she wanted to play piano. She was 4 years old, and she was riding in the car with her dad, Alfonzo. “We were listening to piano music in the car, and my dad turns to me and says ‘Hey, Maurcia, do you like …
From the community
The attached picture is for the money collected that day and the Dining for Dollars Event at Long Horn, which was mentioned in the press release as well. The individuals in the picture are, left to right: FF Andy Willigar, FF Jeff Sennett and Lisa Nouchanthavong(Fundraising Coordinator for the MDA).

Bangor Firefighters raise $9,084 for MDA in Black Friday Fill the Boot

on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – More than nine members of the Bangor Fire Department Local 772 raised $9,084 during the annual Fill the Boot drive on Black Friday to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Bangor area. To date the Bangor Fire Department has raised  $29,322 for the MDA of …
A rendering of the proposed five-story Residence Inn by Marriott in Bangor.

New hotel restaurant to celebrate Bangor’s lumbering tradition with ‘loose-tie’ atmosphere

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 19, 2014, at 2:10 p.m.
The restaurant on the first floor of the hotel in the works next door to the Cross Insurance Center will pay tribute to Bangor’s rich history in the lumber industry, according to developer Ocean Properties. The 150-seat restaurant will be called Timber Kitchen and Bar. “The new …
Fifty-six police officers earned their badges Friday during graduation exercises at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Five new Bangor police officers among 56 Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduates

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 19, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
VASSALBORO | Five new Bangor police officers were among 56 who earned their badges at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s commencement ceremonies on Friday. The new officers have spent 18 weeks studying and training on topics ranging from crime scene processing to investigating domestic violence and sexual assault, Department …

Firefighters quickly extinguish dryer fire at Bangor home

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 19, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
A home on Bowdoin Street was spared damage Thursday after a dryer caught fire, according to officials. Bangor firefighters were called to the residence shortly before 1 p.m., according to Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie. Cheverie said a comforter was drying in the machine when it …
Pro riders fly through the air during a 2014 race on the East Coast Snocross circuit. East Coast Snocross will kick off this year's season with a stop at Bass Park in Bangor on Jan. 10-11.

East Coast Snocross tour kicks off at Bangor’s Bass Park in January

By John Holyoke on Dec. 19, 2014, at 7:53 a.m.
Longtime city residents likely remember the days in the 1970s when snowmobiles zoomed across an icy surface on the Bass Park track. Anyone longing for the good old days — along with those who love the adventure sports seen on the X Games — are in for …
A series of changes are slated for Central Street in downtown Bangor to make way for a Bagel Central expansion in 2015. The Briar Patch and Top Shelf Comics are both relocating in January so Bagel Central can expand into the storefront currently occupied by Briar Patch.

Downtown roundup: Bagel Central to expand, a soul moving, and two new stores

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 19, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
BANGOR | Downtown Bangor is seeing one of its most active periods in recent memory. Three major apartment and retail projects are in the works, one at the former Freese’s Department Store building on Main Street and two on Broad Street. (Not to mention the Bangor Daily News, which …
A pedestrian crosses Main Street Thursday evening in Bangor. Fresh snow blanketed much of Maine Thursday including more than a foot in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said the Houlton area accumulated several inches of snow that wound down Thursday evening.

Winter storm winds down, dumps more than a foot of snow in parts of Aroostook, Washington counties

By Dawn Gagnon on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
BANGOR | Much of Maine woke up Thursday morning to fresh snow on the ground, including a foot or more in some locations. Timothy Duda, a forecaster at the National Weather Service’s Caribou office, said Thursday that the Houlton area had about 13 inches of snow. Other places that …
Veazie resident Suzanne Malis-Anderson talks at a community conversation about her concerns with trihalomethanes, a water disinfection byproduct that is a suspected carcinogen, found in her drinking water in this 2014 file photo.

Orono-Veazie Water District considers buying water from Old Town

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
In an effort to reduce the level of disinfection byproducts in the public water, which has concerned a vocal group of residents, the Orono-Veazie Water District is talking with the Old Town Water District about purchasing water, Joan Perkins, a water district board member representing Veazie, said …

Downtown Bangor businesses expanding, relocating, opening in 2015

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
There’s a shakeup among businesses on Central Street. Bagel Central is expanding, meaning both The Briar Patch and Top Shelf Comics are relocating. These changes are just a few of the many downtown Bangor can expect to see in the early weeks of 2015.
Zedric Joseph

Prosecutors claim former UMaine football player charged with murder tried to intimidate ex-girlfriend from jail

By Stephen Betts on Dec. 18, 2014, at 6:03 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A state judge agreed Thursday to allow a former University of Maine football player — awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder — to have his mother and grandmother visit him for the holiday. But at the request of the prosecution, the visit will be …
A Community Connector bus in downtown Bangor in this 2013 BDN file photo.

Limestone company may have a deal to rehab Bangor’s aging bus fleet

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
City officials are in discussions with an Aroostook County company that refurbishes military vehicles and heavy equipment to perhaps replace Bangor’s oldest buses. “Our fleet is aging rapidly and we really need to begin replacing buses,” Finance Director Debbie Cyr said during a recent meeting of the …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said earlier this year that Portland would not comply with a directive from Gov. Paul LePage to cut General Assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants. Both Portland and Westbrook have asked a state judge to make the state pay the overdue General Assistance reimbursements until the legality of the governor's order is settled.

Portland, Westbrook ask judge to make state pay overdue GA reimbursements

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 18, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The cities of Portland and Westbrook are asking a Superior Court judge to make the state pay more than $1.2 million worth of reimbursements for General Assistance spending while the cities challenge the state’s decree that such aid not be given to some immigrants. The two cities, …
Mike Booth, of Sevee & Maher Engineering of Cumberland Center, talks about the design for a multi-layer landfill liner as part of the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion application that is expected to be submitted in July 2015, as Old Town resident Ed Spencer (right) and Laurna Sanborn, a Juniper Ridge Landfill Advisory Committee member, look on.

Casella finalizing plan to double capacity of Old Town landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town is expected to fill in less than seven years at the current rate of disposal, which is prompting Casella Waste Systems — the company hired to operate it — to prepare an expansion plan. “Literally since 2005, we’ve been at …

Health news

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
‘Top Doc’ listing BANGOR — Dr. Heather Evans of St. Joseph Family Medicine, Evergreen Woods, has been named to DownEast magazine’s annual list of Top Doctors for 2014. The fourth annual “Top Docs” peer survey is based on voting by physicians statewide. The listing of all winners will be published …

Utility company announces start of 11th annual Mitten Drive

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is joining forces with WMTW-TV Channel 8 to keep Maine children warm this winter. The utility is launching its 11th annual Community Mitten Drive, and WMTW will support the event through a series of public-service announcements, according to a press release. …

Online campaign to benefit Orono Village Green

on Dec. 18, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
ORONO — The Orono Public Library Foundation invites the public to support Chapter Two: The Campaign for the Orono Village Green with an online giving opportunity launched on Dec. 13 to help complete the $370,000 capital campaign. “Between Dec. 13th and the 31st, donors have 456 hours to support the …
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