Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
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Sanford man faces meth trafficking charges

By Nick McCrea on May 25, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
A Sanford man was arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.
Officers checking on an apartment that was supposed to be vacant found this eerie sight at the bottom of the basement stairs on Tuesday night.

Orono officers spooked by unusual find in apartment basement

By Nick McCrea on May 24, 2017, at 9:19 a.m.
“I’d be lying if I said that didn’t startle us slightly.”

80-year-old Union man killed in farmhouse blaze

By Nick McCrea on May 24, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
An elderly man has reportedly died in a house fire in Union early Wednesday.
John Bragg, president of N.H. Bragg and Sons, reads a book to students at the Head Start Center at Eastern Maine Community College in a 2011 file photo.

Study urges Maine, other states to get more kids into early education

By Nick McCrea on May 23, 2017, at 4:05 p.m.
Maine could be doing more to support early childhood education programs aimed at children from birth to age 2 from impoverished families.
Graduates celebrate after switching their tassels over during the University of Maine’s 215th Commencement at Alfond Arena in Orono on May 13. The University of Maine System board of trustees Monday voted Monday to approve the first system-wide tuition hike in in six years.

UMS board approves first system-wide tuition hike in six years

By Nick McCrea on May 23, 2017, at 1:10 a.m.
Board also approves new organization, leader at UMPI.

Rockland hit-and-run victim in fair condition

By Nick McCrea on May 22, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
The victim was using a wheelchair when she was struck from behind on South Main Street.

Woman dies, two injured in Brownfield crash

By Nick McCrea on May 22, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
A woman died Friday when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a second vehicle that crossed the centerline.
Sheep graze on Little Nash Island Wednesday. Alfie Wakeman and his family take care of approximately 150 sheep spread between Little and Big Nash Islands.

These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep

By Nick McCrea on May 21, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The only visitors the sheep see regularly are those that come to check for lambs in the spring, and those that come every year for an Addison-area cultural rite of passage — shearing.
Graduates enter the Alfond Arena during the University of Maine's 215th Commencement in Orono.

University of Maine System to get its first tuition bump in six years

By Nick McCrea on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The flat tuition rate over the past six years has been unusual among Maine’s peer institutions in other states, bucking a trend of increasing education costs across the country.
Tourists explore the southwest side of Cadillac Mountain on a sunny summer day in July of 2016.

Breathing might be a bit more difficult along the coast today

By Nick McCrea on May 18, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
The sudden burst of heat in Maine on Thursday has prompted an air quality warning for all of coastal Maine.
The Bangor International Airport

Bangor airport hosting emergency drill

By Nick McCrea on May 16, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
The emergency vehicles descending on Bangor International Airport on Tuesday morning are part of a drill and shouldn’t be cause for alarm.
Tristian Soucie Thompson enjoys riding on his father, Jonathan Thompson, at the shoreline of Branch Lake in Ellsworth, Sept. 7, 2015.

Parts of Maine could approach 90 degrees Thursday

By Nick McCrea on May 16, 2017, at 10:09 a.m.
Some areas could set new high temperature records.

Child, 5, dies in Vassalboro canoe accident

By Nick McCrea on May 16, 2017, at 8:29 a.m.
“The boy became trapped beneath the water against debris. His mother was able to free him from the debris and called for help.”

Woman, 80, dies in interstate crash in Benton

By Nick McCrea on May 16, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
An 80-year-old Portland woman died Monday when her car struck a ledge along Interstate 95 in Benton.
Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth, which served ice cream, burgers, fried food and a touch of nostalgia for many of its loyal customers, has listed the property for sale.

Jordan’s Snack Bar up for sale

By Nick McCrea on May 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
The owners of the iconic Jordan’s Snack Bar in Ellsworth have put the business up for sale. The listing price, through Sargent Real Estate, is just under $1.4 million.
The hood ornament on a 1913 Rolls Royce. A similar ornament was stolen from a 1913 Rolls Royce in Portland on Friday night. A suspect has since been arrested.

Man charged in theft of rare car hood ornament

By Nick McCrea on May 15, 2017, at 11:16 a.m.
The vehicle, once owned by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s daughter, was being stored inside a trailer parked inside the garage in advance of its appearance in that weekend’s Maine Historical Society fundraiser event.

Oxford driver gets rear-ended then crashes into his own home

By Nick McCrea on May 15, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
A man turning into his driveway was rear-ended Sunday afternoon, sending his car careening into his own home and porch.

Wayne man, 19, dies in crash, two others injured

By Nick McCrea on May 15, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
One man died and another seriously was injured after a pickup crashed in Readfield on Friday night.
A Falmouth police officer picked up this runaway pig on Mother's Day and returned it to its owners.

‘Swine whisperer’ officer apprehends pig on the run in Falmouth

By Nick McCrea on May 15, 2017, at 7:47 a.m.
“This [was] our Mother’s Day Sunday. Hope yours is half as fascinating,” the Falmouth Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Victoria Scott

Two arrests made in separate Waldo County deaths

By Nick McCrea on May 12, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
Two women have been arrested and charged in connection with two separate months-old deaths in Waldo County.