Dawn Gagnon



Police identify victim, suspect in Portland shooting

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.
Portland police have identified the two people involved in a shooting at 111 Elizabeth Road. Arrested and charged with reckless conduct with a firearm was Christopher McMann, 18, who resides at the address at which the shooting took place, Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said Friday night …

Firefighters on scene of Brewer apartment building fire

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2015, at 8:50 p.m.
Firefighters from Brewer and neighboring communities were at the scene of an apartment building fire on Holyoke Street about 8:30 p.m. Friday, a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatch confirmed. No other details were available at that time. Watch bangordailynews.com for updates.
Finishing touches are being made to the living room area of the Holden Fire Department's soon-to-be completed addition as seen on Friday in Holden.

Holden fire station expansion, renovations nearing completion

By Dawn Gagnon on April 17, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
If all goes to plan, firefighters will be moving into a larger, newly overhauled work and living space in early June, Holden Town Manager Benjamin Breadmore said Friday. Work on the new addition and renovations to the existing truck bays began in November and will continue through …
Lawrence Barrett

EMCC president tentatively accepts Florida post

By Dawn Gagnon on April 16, 2015, at 6:43 p.m.
BANGOR | Eastern Maine Community College President Lawrence Barrett announced Thursday tentative plans to step down from the post he has held for nearly five years. “I have tentatively accepted an offer to serve as president of Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida, pending final contract negotiations,” Barrett …
Fire crews work to extinguish a fire in a single-family home on Monday evening at 55 Treadwell Acres in Hermon.

Spontaneous combustion of brush or rags cited as cause of Hermon fire

By Dawn Gagnon on April 16, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
The spontaneous combustion of a brush or rags used in a furniture refinishing project was cited as the cause of a fire that leveled a garage and damaged a home on Monday at 55 Treadwell Acres. Hermon Fire Chief Ray Pipes said Thursday that an investigator from …
Owen Adair

Vinalhaven man pleads guilty for hoax distress call to Coast Guard

By Dawn Gagnon on April 15, 2015, at 7:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | A Vinalhaven man pleaded guilty to a charge of making a false distress call to the U.S. Coast Guard during an appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court. Owen R. Adair, 23, was accused of using a VHF radio to initiate a two-way radio conversation with a radio …
Resident Randy Nye looks at the one item he saved from an apartment fire at 449 South Main St. -- an autographed Geoff Bodine NASCAR helmet -- on Tuesday in Brewer. The fire started shortly after midnight and displaced the tenants that lived in the building.

Investigation of Brewer apartment building fire finds no cause

By Dawn Gagnon on April 14, 2015, at 7:14 p.m.
An investigation into a fire that heavily damaged a South Main Street apartment building early Tuesday morning did not reveal a cause, according to an official from the state fire marshal’s office. That’s because the damage was too extensive, Sgt. Tim York said Tuesday. The fire, which …
Three people escaped a fire in a single-family home at 55 Treadwell Acres in Hermon on Monday evening. Hermon Assistant Fire Chief Eric Pelletier said the fire started in the attic and took several crews to get under control.

Fire destroys garage in Hermon, damages home

By Dawn Gagnon on April 13, 2015, at 11 p.m.
Fire crews from Hermon and several surrounding towns converged at 55 Treadwell Acres on Monday night to battle a fire that leveled a garage and heavily damaged a two-story home. Homeowners Jody and Sherry Theberge and their teenage son were at home when the fire began shortly before 9 p.m. …
Maine State Police are seeking information about the person or people who vandalized this utility pole at the intersection of Cleveland and Guerrette roads in St. Agatha.

Maine State Police seeking person who damaged utility pole in St. Agatha

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
The Maine State Police is seeking information about the person responsible for damaging an Emera Maine utility pole, Sgt. Brian Harris said Friday evening. The damage to the pole, located at the intersection of Cleveland and Guerrette roads, was reported by Emera Maine on Thursday. “Sometime …
Tony St. Pierre

Man arrested after drunken crime spree ends in Androscoggin River

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 6:58 p.m.
LISBON | A local transient formerly from Augusta was arrested Friday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck and numerous items from a Capitol Avenue business, then led a Lisbon police officer in a brief pursuit that ended with a more than 80-foot plunge down to the banks of …

Missing toddler found safe in Ellsworth

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
A 2-year-old girl from Ellsworth who wandered away from her home shortly before noon Friday was found safe within half an hour of her disappearance, a Maine Warden Service official said. The child — who was wearing only socks, jeans and a shirt at the time — …
Jesse Rosebush

Bangor police arrest 2 on robbery charges, seek third suspect

By Dawn Gagnon on April 10, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
Bangor detectives arrested two local men Friday and are seeking a third in connection with a robbery on April 3 at the One Stop convenience store at 96 State St. Jesse Rosebush, 19, of Bangor and Jonathan Kenneson, 19, of Hermon are charged with Class A robbery, …

4 St. John Valley teens charged in burglary spree

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2015, at 9:41 p.m.
FORT KENT | Four teenagers from the St. John Valley were charged Thursday with burglary and theft in connection with a string of home and vehicle break-ins in Fort Kent, St. John and Frenchville in the early morning hours of April 5, according to Maine State Police. Zachary McBreairty, …

Caribou man pleads guilty to federal firearm charge

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2015, at 7:16 p.m.
BANGOR | A Caribou man pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a news release. George D. LaCasse, 35, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Delahanty said. LaCasse …
Peter Desantis

Gray police arrest man accused of impersonating DEA agent

By Dawn Gagnon on April 09, 2015, at 7:08 p.m.
A New Gloucester man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly searched patrons, assaulting two of them, while impersonating a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Peter Desantis, 44, faces two counts of assault and four counts of impersonating a public servant, Capt. Don Goulet of the Cumberland County …

Community invited to weigh in on Hampden town manager search

By Dawn Gagnon on April 08, 2015, at 8:57 p.m.
After longtime Town Manager Susan Lessard announced plans to step down when her contract expires at the end of June, town councilors agreed to hire Eaton Peabody Consulting Group to help find her successor. Later this month, residents, businesspeople and local organizations are invited to get involved …
Kirsten Libby

MDEA arrests Skowhegan woman accused of being leader of heroin ring

By Dawn Gagnon on April 08, 2015, at 8:12 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Massachusetts man and a woman from Skowhegan on Tuesday as the result of a months-long investigation that led to to the seizure of a significant amount of heroin before it could be distributed in central Maine, according to authorities. Kirsten …
People wait for the Antonov An-225, the world's biggest plane, Wednesday at the Bangor International Airport. Word that the plane would stop in Bangor spread on social media, but it never showed.

World’s biggest plane a no-show at Bangor airport

By Dawn Gagnon on April 08, 2015, at 7:36 p.m.
Although more than 100 people lined both sides of Maine Avenue — a prime vantage point for local plane spotting — hoping to catch a glimpse of the world’s biggest airplane late Wednesday afternoon, it was not meant to be. Word that the Antonov An-225 was scheduled …

Hampden Children’s Day back on track but may be scaled back

By Dawn Gagnon on April 08, 2015, at 8:19 a.m.
The community’s signature summertime family event is back on track, a former town councilor who helped recruit volunteers for the event said Tuesday. A shortage of volunteers in recent months prompted discussions about canceling the 2015 edition of Children’s Day, arguably the community’s largest annual family event. …

Portland pedestrian struck by vehicle Friday identified

By Dawn Gagnon on April 07, 2015, at 3:37 p.m.
City police have identified the Portland man who suffered serious injuries Friday when he was struck by a vehicle. Mikhail Slussky, 75, was walking near the intersection of Allen Avenue and Yale Street shortly before 4:30 p.m. when he was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo driven …
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