Nok-Noi Ricker


A Canada lynx sits in an enclosure in October 2013 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

More than $5,000 reward offered in Canada lynx killings in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
It is illegal to shoot Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Cedric Butler

Boston woman accused of bringing crack cocaine to Bangor to sell for friend’s bail money

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
After a Boston man was arrested for selling crack cocaine in the city earlier this week, a couple of his acquaintances decided to bring more drugs to Bangor to sell to bail him out of jail.
Justin Pratt

Bangor resident alerts police to alleged Elm Street car burglar

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:57 a.m.
“During the investigation and subsequent arrest of Mr. Pratt, he struck one officer in the face in what is commonly described as a ‘head butt.’”

Police: Man hit by vehicle after driver ‘confronted by several individuals carrying weapons’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
A man was struck by a vehicle and injured after the driver was “confronted by several individuals carrying weapons” Wednesday night in the William S. Cohen School parking lot.
A couch placed in Pickering Square by Shaw House, an agency that works with homeless and at-risk youth, can be seen during a #CouchesDontCount rally on Wednesday in Bangor. #CouchesDontCount was started last year in Philadelphia to highlight the fact that about 50 percent of homeless youth aren't counted because they "couch surf."

Couch placed in Pickering Square to draw attention to youth homelessness problem

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
“The goal is just to raise awareness to the hidden homelessness of teens,” Dan Fleming said. “They’re not counted.”
Barry Dana of Solon trims away ash saplings as he works on the internal frame of a wigwam he is helping to build at the Hudson Museum at the University of Maine in Orono in a 2010 file photo.

Skowhegan man charged with harassing former Penobscot Indian Nation chief

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 29, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Dana said he thinks that Aubrey confused him with someone else.
Local chalk artist Andrea Simoneau works outside the Bangor Daily News building on Monday morning to protest an editorial written by Lawrence Lockman, R-Amherst, that ran in the Bangor Daily News in September. The design — a state of Maine built by people of multiple cultures and led by Paul Bunyan — intends to directly oppose Lockman's opinion that Maine should close its doors to immigrants.

Bangor chalk artist responds to anti-immigrant OpEd with display

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
An opinion piece penned by a state representative from Amherst who said in September that Maine should close its doors to immigrants has spurred a local chalk artist to design a display in opposition.
Treats Falls House resident Nye Ivers (center) laughs as a helper straightens her hardhat during the groundbreaking for a nearly $5 million renovation and expansion at the facility on Nov. 16 in Orono.

Orono facility for disabled renovating, expanding services

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 27, 2016, at 7:19 a.m.
Treats Falls House, a 17-bed intermediate care facility for people with intellectual, medical and/or behavioral needs tucked between the Penobscot River and Park Street, is getting a facelift and more space thanks to a federal loan.
Plymouth-based Soil Preparation Inc. plant Manager John Barry, left, watches as company environmental consultant Ted Johnston demonstrate the n-butanol odor intensity scale the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be using to determine if an odor is a nuisance.

Brewer to send sludge to Hartland; Plymouth fertilizer plant still not accepting waste

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 26, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
For years, sludge created in the city has been sent to a Plymouth fertilizer processing plant that uses septic waste and sludge to make its products, but that all changes next month, when it will be sent to Hartland.

Bangor police explain why woman not charged in possible hate crime assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 22, 2016, at 6:20 p.m.
A woman involved in a possible racially motivated altercation Friday night was not charged because her involvement with the alleged victim “was verbal only,” police said Tuesday.
Hermon High School English teacher Chad Boucher and his son, Bennett, in an undated photo. Boucher died Sunday at his home.

Hermon teacher remembered: ‘He helped a lot of kids’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2016, at 8:23 p.m.
“Tragically, one of our faculty members, Mr. Chad Boucher, died suddenly, Sunday, Nov. 20. We are deeply saddened by this loss.”
Antonio and Alice Balcer

Exiles memorial ride ends in tragic fatal crash, sheriff says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
Tragedy struck as members and friends of the Exiles Motorcycle Club gathered on Saturday to honor the club’s fallen road captain and his wife when a member of the funeral procession died in a crash.

Council members denounce alleged pro-Trump attack as hate crime

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
A trio of Bangor City Council members is denouncing what they say was a hate crime against a black man in downtown Bangor Friday night.
Valerie Tieman is seen with her husband, Luc Tieman, in a photo taken in July.

Fairfield man enters not guilty plea in murder of wife

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Luc Tieman, who is accused of shooting his wife in the head and burying her body in a shallow grave, stood before a Somerset County Superior Court judge on Friday for his arraignment on the indictment for murder.
The Bangor office entrance of FairPoint Communications is seen in October 2009.

FairPoint to lay off more than 110 in New England, unions say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
FairPoint Communications announced plans Thursday to lay off 110 employees from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, a union representative said Friday.
A Shared Hope International graphic that shows most states have made progress in adding laws that protect children who are caught in sex trafficking.

Maine receives near-failing grade for dealing with juvenile sex trafficking

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 18, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
“Law has not kept up with reality,” Smith said. “The reality is that these children are victims of sex trafficking and cannot be criminals at the same time for the same thing.”
Antonio and Alice Balcer

Winthrop teen enters ‘no answer’ in double murder, affidavit to be unsealed in 60 days

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
The Winthrop teen accused of killing his parents on Oct. 31 entered a “no answer” plea Thursday afternoon at the Capital Judicial Center.

Bangor police on webcam sex scam: ‘Once it is out there, we can do nothing for you’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 16, 2016, at 11:47 a.m.
“We do not have a repair kit for stupid mistakes,” Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton writes.
Officials Tuesday are investigating a fatal fire that happened on Bradbury Street in Old Town.

Police continue to investigate deaths of Old Town family killed in fire

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 16, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
While the family of a woman and her two children who died in a house fire prepares for a remembrance service on Saturday, detectives continue to investigate the deaths.
Jerry Goss (center), who was named Brewer's deputy mayor, looks on as Bangor City Councilor David Nealley (right) thanks new Mayor Kevin O'Connell (second from right) on his appointment while Joseph Ferris (left) and Beverly Uhlenhake sit at the tabel on Tuesday at Jeff's Catering in Brewer.

City Council incumbent named Brewer mayor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 15, 2016, at 8:11 p.m.
City Council incumbent Kevin O’Connell, who earned the most votes in the Nov. 8 local election, was elected mayor by the panel on Tuesday at the annual meeting.