Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
The Paris Fire Department doused a vehicle fire Sunday night in a sand pit off Oxford Street. The vehicle that was destroyed was one of three reported stolen over the weekend, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Report: Jeep stolen from Otisfield found in flames

By Nick McCrea on June 06, 2017, at 10:33 a.m.
The Oxford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the thefts.
Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media in Fort Kent, Maine, Oct. 31, 2014.

Nurse who sued Chris Christie over Ebola lockdown nears settlement

By Nick McCrea on June 05, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
Kaci Hickox claims she was held illegally and unconstitutionally against her will as part of a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning from certain West African countries who treated patients with Ebola.
Tourists walk around at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.  The ozone level in the Mount Desert Island area is the highest in the state, according to environmental specialist Paul Nichols.

Maine scientists, environmental groups call withdrawal from Paris climate accord ‘disastrous’

By Nick McCrea on June 02, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
“We’re passing the high road in this regard to China, in particular, and Europe,” Mayewski said. “We look extremely foolish internationally.”

Report: One person killed in head-on collision in Oakland

By Nick McCrea on June 02, 2017, at 8:07 a.m.
One person involved in the crash later died in the hospital.

Divers search for missing boater on Raymond pond

By Nick McCrea on June 02, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
The man, 52, is presumed to have drowned.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. Fifteen inmates were moved Friday from the facility to other state prisons in anticipation of the prison being closed down later this year. File pic.

15 inmates moved from Down East prison as state prepares to close it

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 3:37 p.m.
Despite recent political wrangling to save Downeast Correctional Facility, prisoners are being moved in preparation for the facility’s closure.
Katherine Harriman

Bangor woman sentenced for running over man with car

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
A Bangor woman will spend a year in jail for running her former boyfriend over with a car.
Six people are without a home after an apartment fire at this Spruce Street building in Waterville on Thursday morning.

Waterville apartment blaze displaces 8

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 10:37 a.m.
Six adults and two children were displaced when a fire tore through an apartment building in Waterville on Thursday morning.

Route 3 in Trenton reopens after morning crash

By Nick McCrea on June 01, 2017, at 7:57 a.m.
A box truck crashed into a utility pole, which left wires in the road.
Brandon York

Man slashing tires at campground subdued with duct tape

By Nick McCrea on May 31, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Campers used duct tape to subdue a man who allegedly was slashing tires at a Canaan campground causing $3,000 worth of damage Sunday evening.
A search for a shooting suspect is underway after police said a man was shot outside the Preble Street Shelter late Tuesday night.

Police search for suspect in Portland shooting

By Nick McCrea on May 31, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
Dex, a Dutch-German shepherd mix set to become the Belfast Police Department’s first police dog since 1989, leaps from an obstacle in an agility course at the Maine State Police K-9 Unit training center in Vassalboro. Belfast police officer Travis Spencer and Dex are one of six K-9 teams in the intense 14-week training program and scheduled to graduate in June.

Why more police departments in Maine are recruiting dogs to their ranks

By Nick McCrea on May 31, 2017, at 1:30 a.m.
Police dog units are growing in favor, often thanks to their ability to track down missing people.
Neighbors around this Belfast home at 273 Lincolnville Ave. said they're stunned by the death of Dennis Ward, 71, of Belfast, after police used a taser on him during an armed confrontation on Saturday, May 27.

Neighbors surprised by Belfast man’s death following police standoff

By Nick McCrea on May 30, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
“I heard an officer shouting ‘Dennis put down the gun! I don’t want to do this!’”
The state fire marshal’s office is investigating an early Tuesday morning fatal fire on Little Boyd Lake Road in Orneville Township.

Man dies after Orneville house fire

By Nick McCrea on May 30, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
One man has died following an overnight house fire in Orneville.
Shane Thyng

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.