Nicholas McCrea


Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.

Maine father, son suffer minor injuries in Ohio plane crash

By Nick McCrea on July 31, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
They attempted to land on a plowed wheat field, but hilly terrain forced the pilot to try to land in a nearby bean field instead.
Earl Brechlin, editor of the new newspaper in Bar Harbor, the Mount Desert Islander, in 2001.

Longtime MDI newspaper editor to leave for PR job

By Nick McCrea on July 28, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
The founding editor of the weekly Mount Desert Islander newspaper is leaving for a communications post at an Acadia National Park-focused nonprofit.

Maine beach shuts down after portable toilets were tipped over

By Nick McCrea on July 27, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
A beach in Gray has been closed for most of the week after a group of teenagers allegedly tipped over portable toilets.
Maine State Police arrested Corey Berry, 31, of Hollis, after he allegedly wandered through Hollis wearing a clown mask and wielding a machete.

Report: ‘Creepy clown’ with machete arrested

By Nick McCrea on July 26, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
State police arrested a Hollis man after residents allegedly spotted him wandering around town wearing a clown mask and carrying a machete.
The sign outside the Oxford Casino in a 2011 file photo.

Two pedestrians killed on Route 26 outside Oxford Casino

By Nick McCrea on July 26, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
The pedestrians were crossing around 11 p.m. when they were struck by a pickup.
BDN coastal reporter Nick McCrea prepares to throw a rope to the windjammer Isaac H. Evans after a multi-day cruise in the North End Shipyard in Rockland.

24 hours before the mast: My day as a deckhand

By Nick McCrea on July 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“What have I gotten myself into?” I thought, knees trembling a little as I looked down at Rockland Harbor some 60 feet below.

Unmanned boat circles off Maine coast after tossing occupants

By Nick McCrea on July 24, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary went to try to board and recover the boat but couldn’t because it was traveling too fast in its tight circle. Instead, they stood by and waited for it to run out of gas.
Former gubernatorial candidate, Eliot Cutler (left) and University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

Alfond Foundation offers $7.5 million boost for Maine graduate center

By Nick McCrea on July 18, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
It would be the largest private gift to a project involving multiple campuses in the system’s history.
A pair of Maine fishermen rescued a young seal that became tangled in fishing gear.

Maine fishermen rescue seal pup entangled in fishing gear

By Nick McCrea on July 18, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
A pair of Maine fishermen rescued a young seal that became tangled in fishing gear last week.
Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this 2011 file photo. The UMaine System board of trustees on Monday created a 17-seat panel tasked with finding a new replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, who oversees the Orono and Machias campuses, when she retires in June 2018.

UMaine System starts search for next president of Orono, Machias campuses

By Nick McCrea on July 17, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
The University of Maine System has begun the process of finding a president who will lead the system’s largest and smallest campus.

Rockport woman, 63, dies in midcoast motorcycle crash

By Nick McCrea on July 17, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
A Rockport woman died Sunday when the motorcycle she was riding on collided with a car on Route 17.
Area firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at Cap's Tavern in Brewer late Thursday.

Fire guts popular Brewer bar Cap’s Tavern

By Nick McCrea on July 14, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
Flames swept through Cap’s Tavern, a popular Brewer nightspot, late Thursday.

Two drivers killed in head-on crash in Union

By Nick McCrea on July 13, 2017, at 9:01 a.m.
Both drivers were the sole occupants of the vehicles, and both died at the scene.

State names 3 finalists in school consolidation pilot project

By Nick McCrea on July 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Three groups of Maine schools, representing districts that are struggling with declining enrollment and flagging finances, are vying for state support to create new, creative models for consolidation.

Police: Maine man mistakenly calls police officer to set up drug deal, gets arrested

By Nick McCrea on July 11, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
Two midcoast residents are facing drug trafficking charges after one of them misdialed a police officer while trying to set up a drug deal.

Fort Kent woman seriously hurt after crashing into moose on I-95

By Nick McCrea on July 10, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
A Fort Kent woman is in critical condition after she struck a moose on Interstate 95 near Howland early Saturday morning.
Blueberries wait to be raked in 2016 in one of the Passamaquoddy Wild Blueberry Company fields in Township 19, Washington County.

Feds to buy $10 million in wild Maine blueberries to help absorb glut

By Darren Fishell and Nick McCrea on July 07, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved buying up to $10 million in Maine wild blueberries.
A team of rescuers carries an injured hiker off Borestone Mountain on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

For second day in a row, rescue team helps injured hiker off Maine mountain

By Nick McCrea on July 07, 2017, at 8:09 a.m.
Paulina Pope, 44, of South Berwick was hiking with a friend Thursday afternoon when she fell and suffered a broken leg on a steep section of trail.
A Maine Forest Service helicopter airlifts an injured hiker from the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles east of Greenville. The hiker suffered a broken leg, and was taken to a Bangor hospital for treatment.

Hiker rescued from Appalachian Trail after breaking leg

By Nick McCrea on July 06, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
A teenager who suffered a broken leg on the Appalachian Trail was airlifted off a mountain east of Greenville.
Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, New Hampshire was arrested in Bangor on Tuesday after a police chase.

Man who said his name was ‘Santa Claus’ leads police on a car chase through Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 05, 2017, at 9:18 a.m.
State police brought an end to a lengthy car chase in Bangor on July 4.