Nok-Noi Ricker


The Maine Department of Transportation's work plan for the next three years includes $7.25 million to start construction the controversial Interstate 395-Route 9 connector.

Work on I-395/Route 9 connector scheduled to start this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 17, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
City officials were surprised to learn that the Maine Department of Transportation’s work plan for the next three years includes $7.25 million to start construction of the controversial Interstate 395/Route 9 connector.

Inflight problem leads to emergency BIA landing

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 17, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
An instrument panel on a KC-135 Stratotanker flying over Bangor on Tuesday indicated there was a problem around noon, so the refueler requested an emergency landing.
An eaglet perches in a tree in Bangor while an adult eagle keeps an eye out. The nest is occupied by "Bangor Mom," an eagle that fell ill in 2014.

‘Bangor Mom’ eagle found ill Thursday dies of lead poisoning

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 13, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
The 8½-year-old eagle died overnight from lead poisoning.
Someone is making fake rabies certificates and state officials are warning city and town clerks to be on the lookout for the falsified documents, which could put lives in danger.

State warns of fake rabies certificates after Brewer clerk discovers fraud

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2017, at 7:34 p.m.
Steve Abreu

Bronx man arrested twice for selling drugs from Bangor motels

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
A man from the Bronx, New York, who was out on bail for selling drugs from a Bangor motel in May, was arrested again Wednesday for drug dealing at another local motel.
Footprints lead to an area near the I-395 bridge along the Penobscot River where Bangor officials had a homeless camp removed in late December of 2016.

‘It was a crappy thing to do,’ advocate says after Bangor homeless encampment removed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 11, 2017, at 6:33 p.m.
“What gives anybody the right to throw somebody’s stuff away?” Shannon Denbow of Bangor, who once worked at the Greater Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, asked Wednesday.

Brewer officials: Tunnel for riverside trail is the talk of the town

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2017, at 8:18 p.m.
Officials outlined plans for the 1,700-foot trail extension that will be paid for with funds left over from a 2005 federal transportation earmark.
Paul Francis III

Search continues for missing Bangor man considered ‘despondent,’ detectives say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
A local man who went missing just over a month ago was apparently feeling depressed in the days leading up to his disappearance, Bangor police Detective Lt. David Bushey said Tuesday without disclosing what investigators believe happened.
As part of a statewide campaign, voters walked up Harlow Street on Tuesday morning to visit the Bangor office of Sen. Susan Collins to protest her support for and introduction of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Bangor-area residents protest Collins introduction of Trump’s AG pick

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
Mainers marched Tuesday on five state offices of Sen. Susan Collins to protest her introduction of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, at the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be attorney general.
Katelyn Heiman

Armed robbery reported at Orono apartment complex

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 09, 2017, at 7:18 p.m.
Two men and a woman were arrested after an armed robbery reported Sunday at Orchard Trails, a student housing complex on Park Street, that ended when one victim grabbed a shotgun and chased the robber away, Orono police Chief Josh Ewing said Monday.
A local man and his dog go for a walk on Brewer's riverwalk trail on Monday. City officials have asked the Maine Department of Transportation whether they could extend the trail north by going under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge and have received initial approval to do so. A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall to discuss the plans.

Brewer waterfront trail may go through base of Joshua Chamberlain Bridge

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 09, 2017, at 4:37 p.m.
The proposed path for an extension of the city’s riverwalk trail would take people through the base of the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, which was built in 1954 as a toll bridge.
Items belonging to three ice fisherman lay on top of thin ice on Long Lake in northern Maine in January 2011. The men went through the ice on an ATV and tote sled. All got out safely.

‘The ice is very treacherous,’ Maine Game Warden warns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
With reports of a pair of all-terrain vehicles and a snowmobile trail groomer going through lake ice in northern and western Maine this past week, snowmobilers and ice fishermen are being warned to be cautious.
Thomas Anderson

Connecticut man, two Bangor residents arrested in heroin-cocaine bust

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
The Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises hopes to open a distillery on this property seen on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribe’s plan to sell vodka to casinos fuels conflict on Indian Island

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The corporate arm of the Penobscot Indian Nation plans to launch its own line of vodka to sell primarily to tribal casinos in other states, an idea the nation’s former chief said contradicts tribal values and the aims of its affiliated corporation.
The Macy's at the Bangor Mall is seen Wednesday in Bangor.

Bangor council chairman: Closing of Macy’s ‘just a bump in the road’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 05, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.
“This is not a Bangor issue,” City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci said. “This is happening nationwide.”
Jeffrey Barnard

Ellsworth man shot in face by police during 2014 standoff sentenced for gun possession

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 05, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
“During the stand-off, Barnard fired the weapon [a 22-caliber rifle] and proclaimed that ‘this is war.’”
The Macy's store at the Bangor Mall is seen Wednesday in Bangor.

Macy’s in Bangor to close

By Christopher Burns and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 4:47 p.m.
The Macy’s at the Bangor Mall will be among 63 locations nationwide that will close early this spring.
A plow works to remove snow from a bridge in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo.

Ice storm in Maine cancels school for many, delays for others

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 04, 2017, at 2:23 p.m.
“Bangor reported 0.15 inches of ice. That glaze of ice can make traveling dangerous.”
Sandra Robbins of Bangor says she pulled a 6-year-old girl from the water at the Fairfield Inn pool on New Year's Eve. The girl was at first unresponsive, but after CPR was administered she eventually started breathing on her own.

Quick action saves Brewer girl, 6, from drowning in hotel pool

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.
“I turned my head and said, ‘Oh my God, it’s a little girl,’” Sandra Robbins recalled Tuesday.
Air-supported indoor practice facility Mahaney Dome, which collapsed under the pressure of heavy snow that fell Thursday night into Friday, can be seen on Friday at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nor’easter blankets Maine, collapses UMaine’s Mahaney Dome

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:34 p.m.
The snow knocked out power to more than 100,000 residents, brought down utility lines and even caused the University of Maine’s Mahaney Dome to collapse.