Dawn Gagnon


Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation chief, along with other Maine tribal representatives, gave a joint response to Gov. Paul LePage's recent executive order on tribal sovereignty and multiple actions by the state affecting tribal self-governance and the sovereign status of their respective nations on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribal leaders assert sovereignty, call for probe of state’s actions

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 8:42 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND | Leaders of three of Maine’s Native American tribes gathered on Wednesday on Indian Island to sign a joint declaration affirming their right to govern themselves — and calling for a congressional inquiry into state actions they say have hurt their cultures, rights and resources. The declaration …
The home where David Grant, 61, was found dead night of May 12 on Packard Road in Parkman.

Man charged in father’s shooting death in Parkman

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
An Abbot man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his father two weeks ago in Parkman, according to a news release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. Zachery Grant, 38, was taken into custody upon his release from Acadia …
A line of strong storms moved through northern Maine late Wednesday afternoon producing lightning, thunder, wind and heavy rain.

Severe storms cause wind damage in northern Aroostook County

By Dawn Gagnon on May 27, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
CARIBOU | Severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Wednesday in northern Aroostook County, according to the National Weather Service’s Caribou office. The hazardous weather began shortly before 5:30 p.m., with a second strong wind event occurring at 5:50 p.m., forecasters said. Cross Lake was hit hard, with reports of wind …

Hermon faces higher school budget, lower municipal budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 8:38 p.m.
Residents will be asked in the weeks ahead to consider budget proposals for school and municipal operations in the coming fiscal year. First up is the school budget plan for 2015-16, which will be the subject of a special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the …

Coast Guard wiping up oil spill on Piscataqua River

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 8:29 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | The U.S. Coast Guard was called to the Piscataqua River Tuesday afternoon to help clean up an oil spill that occurred shortly after noon. The spill involved the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which accidentally discharged oily water overboard at its mooring …

Augusta man, Chelsea woman accused of robbery, assault indicted

By Dawn Gagnon on May 26, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
A man from Augusta and a woman from Chelsea accused of a 2014 robbery in Augusta are among 19 people indicted Friday by the Kennebec County grand jury. Corey J. Dionne, 25, and Sara R. Negrete, 32, were indicted on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and theft …
The lack of a building permit brought construction on a rooftop deck at McLaughlin’s at the Marina in Hampden to a grinding stop last week.

Lack of building permit halts work on McLaughlin’s at the Marina

By Dawn Gagnon on May 17, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
HAMPDEN | The lack of a building permit brought construction on a rooftop deck at McLaughlin’s at the Marina to a grinding stop last week. At issue is that the project has not yet been approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office because of what appears to be a …

Orono woman suffers serious leg injury in motorcycle crash

By Dawn Gagnon on May 15, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
GLENBURN | A 59-year-old Orono woman suffered a serious leg injury Friday after losing control of her 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle at the intersection of Orono and Pushaw roads, a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy said Friday evening. Wendy Colavecchio, who lost consciousness after the crash, was flown to Eastern …

Hampden manager says property tax rate to hold steady

By Dawn Gagnon on May 15, 2015, at 7:15 p.m.
Despite increases in the cost for education and the county tax, among other things, the town’s property tax rate for next year is expected to hold steady, Town Manager Susan Lessard said Thursday. “The instructions from the [Town] Council this year was they wanted to see what …
Newburgh volunteer firefighter Adam Armitage hoses down the remains of a fire on Sawyer Road in Hampden on Thursday afternoon.

Fire in Hampden shed, yard blamed on lawn mower

By Dawn Gagnon on May 14, 2015, at 2:29 p.m.
A riding lawn mower that was parked in a shed after being used to cut grass is the suspected cause of a fire Thursday afternoon that burned about half an acre of the homeowner’s yard. The fire at 463 Sawyer Road began shortly after 2 p.m. and …

Maine forest rangers battle 4 wildfires across state

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 7:47 p.m.
BANGOR | Personnel from the Maine Forest Service spent Wednesday afternoon and evening battling four wildfires, rangers reported via social media. While a spokesman could not be reached Wednesday evening, the forest service said rangers dealt with a fire in Stetson that began about 3 p.m., followed shortly after …

Frost advisory issued for parts of interior Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
BANGOR | In the wake of a stretch of relatively warm weather, the National Weather Service on Wednesday issued overnight frost advisories for parts of interior Maine. In effect from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, a frost advisory issued by the weather service’s Caribou office applies to southern …
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Felony drug fugitive nabbed in Bangor with $47,000 cash

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 5:54 p.m.
A New York City man wanted on felony drug charges was arrested Tuesday by investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s North Central Task Force Office. Alexander Mercado, 32, of the Bronx, New York, had been a fugitive since 2011, when he failed to appear on Class …
Jason Bishop (left) and Andrew Bien lost their duplexed 115-year-old farmhouse in Clifton to a basement fire on April 20th. They are currently staying at the Riverview Motel in Bangor. The pair are in need of things for themselves and their 10 cats.

Disabled homeowner, tenant from Clifton struggling to rebuild lives after house fire

By Dawn Gagnon on May 13, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
A disabled homeowner and his tenant, who also is disabled, are trying to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a fire that swept through the basement of the 115-year-old farmhouse-turned-duplex they were living in on Route 9. The April 20 fire, which began when a space …

Hermon residents to fill local posts, vote on school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
Residents will fill expiring Town Council and school board seats in local elections on June 9, Town Clerk Ruth Nickerson said Tuesday. Up for grabs are the council seats now held by Donald Pelletier and Douglas Sinclair, both of whom are seeking re-election for another three years. …

No contests in Holden elections

By Dawn Gagnon on May 12, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
All three of the candidates on the town’s June 9 local election ballot are running unopposed. David “Rod” Black is seeking re-election to another three years on the Town Council, according to the sample ballot posted on the town’s website. Seeking the pair of three-year openings on …

Holden area to consider $9.7 million school budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.
Residents of the RSU 63 member towns of Holden, Eddington and Clifton will get their first look at the proposed $9.7 million education budget during a public hearing on Wednesday. During the hearing, set for 6:30 p.m. at Holbrook Middle School, school officials will present their 2015-16 …

Westbrook man gets 9 years for sharing child porn while posing as woman

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
PORTLAND | A 51-year-old Westbrook man was sentenced to nine years in prison for sharing child pornography while posing as the mother of a 10-year old girl and transmitting an extortionate threat during an appearance before Judge Jon Levy Monday in U.S. District Court. Michael Van Eekhout also was …

Man found dead in Penobscot River identified

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 4:45 p.m.
BANGOR | The body of a man found in the Penobscot River on Sunday has been identified as William Bell, 43, of Glenburn, a Bangor police official said Monday. Bangor police and firefighters and others began searching for Bell shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday, when they r eceived …

Sedgwick man sentenced to 10 years for child porn possession

By Dawn Gagnon on May 11, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sedgwick man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography during a hearing Monday before Judge John Woodcock Jr. in U.S. District Court. John Tapley, 58, also was ordered to undergo 10 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. …
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