Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
The University of Maine at Machias has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university.  The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

University of Maine at Machias VP tapped to take top post on campus

By Nick McCrea on April 06, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Kay Kimball will serve as executive dean and chief of academic operations at UMM when the campus’ new leadership structure becomes official on July 1.
The City of Belfast has decided to scrap the idea of charging a fee for plastic bags used at large stores and instead is looking at enacting a city-wide prohibition on plastic bags for all retail businesses. The ban would be similar to similar restrictions adopted or being considered in other municipalities in midcoast and southern Maine.

Belfast Council scraps plastic bag fee idea, eyes stronger ban

By Nick McCrea on April 05, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
The Belfast City Council has mothballed a proposed fee on single-use plastic bags and instead wants to consider an outright ban.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.
Maine State Police are looking for a man suspected of trying to break into a store in Sidney and later trying to rob a person at gunpoint in Oakland early Sunday morning. Investigators believe the man was driving a dark blue sedan and wearing a dark trench coat, jeans and a skull face mask.

State police seek suspect in failed break-in, armed robbery

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
State police are looking for a man suspected of trying to rob a person in Oakland and break into a store in Sidney early Sunday morning.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
University of Maine students and officials participate in a 2014 domestic violence prevention walk on campus. A group of students want to reinstate the Women's Resource Center on campus, which closed in 2015 after 23 years of providing information on issues such as women's health and support for victims of domestic violence.

Two years after it closed, women’s service center being reconsidered by UMaine

By Nick McCrea on March 31, 2017, at 5:42 p.m.
The Women’s Resource Center shut down prior to the start of the 2015 school year after 23 years on campus.
Ed Cyr uses a snowblower to clear his driveway at his Bangor home on March 15.

It’s no joke: April Fools’ storm rolls into Maine

By Nick McCrea on March 31, 2017, at 8:43 a.m.
A spring snowstorm is expected to hit Maine overnight Friday, hitting southern Maine hardest.
Matthew Mason

Man accused in Ohio homicide found during Augusta bail check

By McCrea and Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Members of the Class of 2016 at the University of Maine await their degrees at their graduation at Alfond Arena at the Orono campus last spring. The University of Maine System is expected to approve in May the first system-wide tuition increase in the past six years.

Maine’s public universities to see first tuition bump in six years

By Nick McCrea on March 30, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
The state’s public university system held its tuition flat for six years, but that uncommon streak is expected to end as system trustees weigh their next budget.
A winding, low-speed police chase through downtown Belfast and surrounding side streets came to an end around 9 a.m. Monday, when the driver of the white Volvo crashed into a light pole and got stuck. Police say the driver damaged several police cruisers during the pursuit.

Winterport woman charged following bizarre Belfast police chase

By Nick McCrea on March 29, 2017, at 5:53 p.m.
Police charged Rebecca Hills with eluding a police officer, operating under the influence, refusing to submit to arrest and more.
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

Midcoast man calling it quits after decade spent fighting town’s jet ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 29, 2017, at 8 a.m.
Liberty residents voted 99-36, rejecting Haskell’s request to remove Lake St. George from a list of places where personal watercrafts aren’t allowed.
The University of Maine at Machias  has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university.  The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

University of Maine at Machias to be absorbed into UMaine flagship

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
The partnership is in response to a prolonged decline in enrollment and financial security at the Machias university.
A police chase through downtown Belfast and surrounding side streets came to an end around 9 a.m. Monday, when the driver of the white Volvo crashed into a light pole and got stuck. Police say the driver damaged several police cruisers during the pursuit.

Belfast chase ends after car rams police SUVs, crashes into light pole

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
A bizarre, slow-speed police chase through downtown Belfast and side streets Tuesday morning ended after a car rammed several police vehicles and struck a light pole, sending one officer and the driver of the car to the hospital.
Students walk across the University of Maine through a 2017 spring snowstorm.

How Trump’s deep budget cuts might affect Maine universities

By Nick McCrea on March 27, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
“We are concerned about the potential impact that cuts to federal agencies may have on UMaine academic, research and service programs.”
Mark Haskell rides his personal watercraft on Lake St. George in Liberty in July 2005.

This man has spent a decade trying to overturn Liberty’s Jet Ski ban

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2017, at 3:43 p.m.
Liberty residents will be asked whether they want to lift a ban on Jet Skis during the town’s annual meeting on Saturday, March 25.
Two men died and a third was critically injured when the 2010 Toyota Tacoma they were riding in struck a utility pole and rolled several times in Prospect in Sept. 2016.

Man indicted on manslaughter for fatal Prospect crash

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Adam Littlefield had at least three prior convictions in the past decade for driving with a revoked license, including one Aug. 23, 2016, just days before the fatal crash.
James Kuhn

Maine father who had used shock collar on kids pleads to explosives charge

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 5:12 p.m.
A Department of Health and Human Services employee reported receiving a tip that Kuhn built improvised explosive devices and blew them up near his 7-year old son.
Glenn Reed, 69, of Searsmont was arrested Feb. 22 for unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime. He has a long history of sexual crimes in the midcoast.

Midcoast man with sex assault history indicted on recent charges

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
Reed’s record of convictions for violent sexual crimes stretches back to a 1983 conviction for raping a teenage hitchhiker he had picked up in Lincolnville.
Mark O'Brien

York County men accused of firing gun out car window, striking home

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
A pair of York County men face charges after police say they fired a handgun from a vehicle, possibly striking at least one home, according to York County Sheriff William King.

Wardens identify snowshoer, 57, found dead on Rome hiking trail

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
“It appears as though the cause of death may be exposure.”