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American Red Cross in Maine volunteers partnered with Bangor firefighters on Saturday to install free smoke detectors in houses without them.

Bangor firefighters, American Red Cross install free fire alarms

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:46 a.m.
An active smoke detector in a home increases the odds of someone surviving a home fire by 50 percent, according to the American Red Cross.

Three running for two Brewer City Council seats

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 23, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Two incumbents and a newcomer are running for two available seats on the Brewer City Council.
Wind farm developer Paul Fuller shows a site map of the Pisgah Mountain wind project during a tour of the site in Clifton in this March 2016 file photo.

Traffic delays expected as wind turbine parts make way to Clifton

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
Beginning Thursday, “there will be three pieces a day travelling through Brewer for about three and a half weeks,” he said.
Officer David Farrar (left) hands a Bangor Police Department challenge coin to Bernard Skarda, who along with his wife, Lorraine, alerted authorities after discovering a person who apparently overdosed on heroin inside a bathroom at Bangor City Hall on Sept. 13.

Janitors likely saved life of man overdosing on heroin at Bangor City Hall

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
“It is not lost on us that the person could have lost their life if it were not for Bernie’s quick action.”
The city of Brewer has foreclosed on the property at 91 Longmeadow Drive after the homeowner failed to pay her 2013 property taxes.

Brewer puts notorious home up for sale, creates moratorium on marijuana clubs, retail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 20, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
City leaders authorized the sale of a foreclosed house that was the site of more than 150 police calls.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (center) mails letters in Bangor Monday to more than 200 U.S. House members urging them to join him and other lawmakers in repealing provisions of the Social Security program that negatively affect some public servants, such as the ones participating in a rally in Bangor on Monday.

Poliquin calls for Social Security reform to help public employees

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 19, 2016, at 4:17 p.m.
“This is a problem we desperately need to fix,” said U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.
Roderick Hotham. 1992

On eve of indictment 24 years ago, this Maine accountant vanished

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:25 a.m.
Tim Hotham insists that his brother, who would now be 62, is dead and that the Maine State Police searched for his body just west of Dover-Foxcroft in 2005.
Clay Randall head brewer at Marsh Island Brewing prepares kegs to be filled with beer Tuesday. The Orono brewery is opening a tasting room late next week.

Marsh Island Brewing adding tasting room, food at Orono location

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 13, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
“We’ll be selling our own beer and some food … chips and hummus, chips and salsa, artichoke dip, wraps.”
Police are looking for Christopher Julian, 43, and his black Mercury Mountaineer, plate number 1874MD.

Old Town police issue warrant for man, seek him and missing teen

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 13, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
Local police are asking for the public’s help in finding a girl and her stepfather, who is wanted for criminal restraint for taking the teenager.
Matt Foye of Plympton, Massachusetts, drag races his 1913 Model T Ford Touring on Friday at the Winterport Dragway. The Model T Ford Club of America’s Down East Chapter rolled into the dragway ready to race as part of its "Mainely T Tour." Foye's Model T was a birthday present to his grandfather years ago and has been in the family ever since.

Watch these century-old Ford Model Ts compete in a Maine drag race

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 10, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A total of 48 Model Ts lined the raceway at Winterport Dragway and more than 100 members of the Down East car club participated or came to watch, he said.
David Jack

Man who served time for 1995 stabbing behind bars again for 14 sex crimes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 09, 2016, at 7:31 p.m.
A local man who spent years behind bars for stabbing another man in 1995 is now facing more than a dozen charges for alleged sexual crimes against a 9-year-old girl and possession of sexually explicit materials involving minors.
The city of Brewer has foreclosed on the property at 91 Longmeadow Drive after the homeowner failed to pay her 2013 property taxes.

Court date on notorious Brewer home with history of disturbances postponed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 09, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
“The parties are negotiating, and my understanding is we’re close to a settlement.”
University of Maine student Samiera MacMullen.

‘Terrorism is everywhere’: Bangor-area college students, first-time voters talk 9/11

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 08, 2016, at 2 p.m.
“You never know when things are going to happen. I feel like everyone is scared,” said Julie Levesque, 18, of Lebanon.
Levi Ashley

Police: Intoxicated Orono man breaks into superintendent’s office

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 07, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
Levi Ashley of Orono was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, the police chief said.
Charles Later

Maine Warden Service pilot accused of spitting at police officer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 06, 2016, at 7:06 p.m.
The warden service placed Charles Later on administrative leave after his arrest, Cpl. John MacDonald said in an email sent Tuesday.
Retired Lt. Col. Jay Winslow talks about why he was let go from his job as commander of the Brewer High School's Jr. ROTC program at his home in Brewer last month.

Ex-Brewer JROTC commander claims retaliation, religious views led to his firing

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 05, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
“I had a flawless 21-year career and she destroyed it,” Lt. Col. Jay Winslow said, referring to the school superintendent.
 The larger of these two sister cows jumped out of a trailer en route to its new home in Cambridge on Friday and was on the lam for nearly seven hours before a Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office deputy used a Taser to subdue it in order to capture it.

Maine deputy uses Taser to subdue runaway cow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 30, 2016, at 3:35 p.m.
“When I got there, I spoke to the farmer and said, ‘How about we try something crazy. How about we try and Taser it.’”
A photo of Ashley Angela Winchell (right) with her daughter, Katerina Winchell, can be seen recently in Bangor. Ashley Angela Winchell died of an apparent drug overdose on Aug. 19.

Maine woman’s eighth drug overdose proves fatal

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 30, 2016, at 1 a.m.
“She didn’t seem to grasp the weight of the situation.”
Amy Brunning of Minnesota reads what Gov. Paul LePage recently said in a voicemail to Rep. Drew Gattine on Friday in Bangor.

People in Bangor react to LePage’s obscenity-laced tirade

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:23 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News played the audio of Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks for those interviewed or let them read a printed version.
A house in Otis was destroyed in an early morning fire.

Fire destroys home on Beech Hill Pond

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
The residents of a West Shore Road home near Beech Hill Pond that caught fire early Friday were able to get out of the burning building, but the house, garage and a vehicle in the driveway were destroyed.