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A crisis phone is seen on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Verona Island. The bridge connects Verona Island to Prospect.

Most crisis phones on bridge out of order as crews searched river

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
“[The phone] offers a connection,” said Greg Marley, clinical director for National Association on Mental Illness of Maine. “A suicidal crisis usually lasts a short time. And helping someone through those darkest hours can save a life.”
Husson student Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, is still recovering from critical injuries sustained when his car was hit head-on by a truck going the wrong way on Interstate 95 back in March, but he's already driving and is returning to school in the fall.

Husson student hit by wrong-way driver is on the mend

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
“I’m driving again,” Tristan Kaldenberg, 19, said Thursday by phone from his hometown of Littleton, Massachusetts. “There is no slowing me down.”

Coast Guard searching for kayaker who reported falling in water

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
Authorities are searching the coast for a man who issued three mayday calls Wednesday after he apparently fell off his kayak near Bois Bubert Island.

Former probate judge fined, suspended for 2 years for ethics violations

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 21, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
This is the third sanction for Robert M.A. Nadeau, who lost his bid for re-election in a three-way race last year.
There are four steps down into the new Bangor office for Rep. Bruce Poliquin, located at 4 Union Plaza, in Suite 7.

Poliquin’s Bangor office stairs could be out of step with federal law

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 20, 2017, at 4:24 p.m.
“He says he’s all about veterans. Well, a lot of these vets are in wheelchairs.”
Robert McKee

Unsolved 1975 Newport homicide of Pittsfield teacher spotlighted

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 20, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.
Maine State Police are asking for the public’s help in solving a 42-year-old case involving a teacher gunned down at a gas station.
James Varner (left) who organizes the local Juneteenth celebration to mark the end of slavery in the United States, talks as Brewer Mayor Kevin O'Connell looks on. The crowd stood near the statue of a slave emerging from an Underground Railroad tunnel on display at Chamberlain Freedom Park.

Juneteenth celebration in Brewer salutes end to U.S. slavery

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2017, at 6:34 p.m.
Event organizer James Varner said while progress has been made over the last 152 years, more work needs to be done.
The Aroostook River spills over its banks in a 2009 file photo.

Lightning, flash flooding expected Monday afternoon

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 19, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
As much as an inch or 2 of rain an hour could fall on parts of the state and cause flash floods.

Bucksport mother identified as woman found in burning car

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 16, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
Robin Davis has been identified by the Maine State Police as the woman whose body was found inside a burning car in a small stream off Swetts Pond Road.
Aroostook County corrections officer Matthew Morrison of Mars Hill remained Wednesday at Maine Medical Center after being shot in the leg late Monday by a fellow Maine Criminal Justice Academy cadet.

Wounded cadet calls shooting ‘freak accident’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 15, 2017, at 1:22 p.m.
“It fractured my femur,” said Morrison, who was still hospitalized. “And it did a lot of nerve damage.”
Fire departments respond to a blaze at the Penobscot Indian Nation finance building on Sarahs Spring Lane that was reported just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday June 14.

At least 7 fire departments battle blaze at Penobscot Indian Nation building

By Danielle McLean and Nok-Noi Ricker on June 14, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Old Town, Orono, Milford, Bradley, Holden, Veazie and Bangor firefighters are at the scene of the fire assisting Penobscot Indian Nation crews. The fire was reported just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Richard Lyons, superintendent of Regional School Unit 22

How Bangor-area voters cast their ballots in Tuesday’s election

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 14, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
The superintendent said the question school officials have to answer is why residents were displeased with the budget.

Corrections officer shot in leg by fellow cadet

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
All three cadets are part of a class of 29 correction officers enrolled in a five-week basic corrections training program at the academy.
Hampden police display Narcan they used to revive an unresponsive man in 2016.

Pharmacists may soon be able to sell Narcan without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2017, at 3 a.m.
Legislators endorsed an emergency bill designed to fix a stalled law to allow pharmacists to sell opiate overdose antidotes over the counter without a prescription.
Sarah Lemery received her high school equivalency diploma after getting support from a jail program. Penobscot Count Jail has started a new pilot program to help female clients learn to read, get their high school diplomas, or parenting classes.

A new program teaches female inmates to tell their own stories

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
For high school dropout Sarah Lemery,, finding a reading and writing tutor behind bars changed her life.
The Maine State Police evidence response team surveyed the scene where 54-year-old Mark Ellis was killed after a more than 12-hour standoff with police at his home in Orrington on Wednesday.

Single bullet killed Orrington man, 54, shot by police

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 09, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
The Orrington man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with three members of the Maine State Police tactical team after a 12-hour standoff was killed by one bullet.
Cheri Towle, right, superintendent of Brewer School Department, talks with Brewer City Council members Bev Uhlenhake, left, and Joe Ferris during a break in Tuesday's meeting.

Brewer City Council sends $500,000 school budget hike to voters

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 07, 2017, at 5 p.m.
The proposed school budget next will go before voters on Tuesday.
Cheri Towle, superintendent of Brewer schools.

Brewer school officials are inflating enrollment numbers, city leaders say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 06, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
The students are new to the district, but they did not increase the total enrolled number.
The Union Street Brick Church, located at 126 Union St. is now home to Manna, a faith-based nonprofit that operates a soup kitchen and food pantry. Bill Rae, Manna executive director, is pictured on the right carrying the group's sign.

Manna moves again, keeps searching for permanent home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 05, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
“We are still searching for a permanent home.”
Divers with the Maine Warden Service on Friday morning recovered the body of a missing canoeist who apparently fell out of his boat Thursday night on Panther Pond in Raymond.

Divers recover body of missing boater on Raymond pond

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 02, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
His body was recovered “about 200 feet from shore in about 16 feet of water.”