Nok-Noi Ricker



Cianbro to make more modules at Brewer manufacturing plant

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 17, 2017, at 7:08 p.m.
Cianbro will likely be hiring employees at its Brewer manufacturing facility to build parts for a refinery next year.
Joseph Gilley

Search over for missing Enfield man

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 16, 2017, at 3:17 p.m.
Joseph Gilley, 26, was located near his house Wednesday afternoon.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video

Bangor father of white nationalist who organized Charlottesville protest ‘disappointed’ in him

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
“They divided people [in prison] by race,” Lodge said. “It was really where he was radicalized in his thinkings about race.”
An example of one canvas cot saved as part of the Vietnam Graffiti Project, which collected more than 700 pieces of history from the U.S.N.S. General Nelson M. Walker, a transport vessel that took thousands to the war in Vietnam.

Troop ship’s Vietnam War-era graffiti docks in Augusta

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6:07 p.m.
More than 700 items were saved from the transport vessel and now are on display at the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and other museums around the county.
Master Sergeant Harold Whitten of Enfield holds his 10-month-old grandson Landon Nickerson during the Send Off Ceremony for the 120th Regional Support Group at Hampden Academy on Friday.  Thirty five Bangor-based Maine Army National Guard soldiers from the unit are deploying to Afghanistan.

Bangor Army Guard unit heading to Afghanistan

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Thirty-five members of the 120th are heading to Afghanistan, after a period of training at Fort Hood, Texas. Two-thirds of the 35 soldiers have deployed before.
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) speaks about North Korea as he sits beside U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price (L) during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, Aug. 8, 2017.

Maine could benefit from Trump’s opioid-crisis emergency declaration

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 11, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
Maine drug treatment providers, doctors and public health officials are optimistic about getting federal resources to fight the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, now that the president has decided to declare a national public health emergency.
A woman from Florida, who has a summer home in Harrison, and a police cruiser driven by a Cumberland County Sheriff's Office deputy collided on Thursday morning. Both vehicles were destroyed in the 9 a.m. collision, but neither driver suffered serious injuries, officials said.

Florida woman collides with Cumberland County cruiser

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 10, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
A woman from Florida sideswiped a Cumberland County deputy’s cruiser heading in the opposite direction, authorities said.

Panhandler claiming to raise funds for Bangor shelter is scam artist, director says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 10, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
“We NEVER use this as a fundraising method and the person is scamming the public,” the notice posted on the agency’s Facebook page stated.
Soldiers from the 120th Regional Support Group prepared for deployment to Southwest Asia at Plymouth Training Site in town.

Bangor unit deploying to Asia

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 5:55 p.m.
The soldiers will manage facilities, provide administrative and logistical support for troop services and ensure the security of personnel and facilities on a base camp during their year long deployment.
Opioids such as OxyContin, pictured here, have contributed to the rise in overdose deaths.

Drug overdose deaths spiked nationally in 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
More than 64,000 Americans died by overdose in the first nine months of 2016, compared with the record number of 52,404 people who overdosed in all of 2015.

Woman who died in head-on crash in Etna has been identified

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
Authorities has released the name of the woman who died Friday in a head-on crash on Route 2 in Etna.
Hemi, a pit bull and labrador mix, sits on the lap of owner Chelsye Mason in this undated photo. Hemi's barking alerted Mason and her fiancee that their home was on fire early Tuesday morning, saving the family, but the dog perished in the flames. The family considered him a hero.

Hero dog credited with saving family from fire ‘will be insanely missed’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 03, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Chelsye Mason and her fiance awoke Tuesday morning to the bark of Hemi, their pit bull and labrador mix, alerting them to the flames that were devouring their Naples trailer.
Regional School Unit 22 Superintendent Richard Lyons

RSU 22 voters approve revised school budget

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 03, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The four member communities of Regional School Unit 22 on Tuesday endorsed a revised version of the budget they rejected during June’s election, after school leaders used extra money from the state to cut the cost for residents.
 The house at 664 River Road in Orrington, where Stephen King came up with "Pet Sematary," is up for sale.

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ house for sale

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 03, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
For $255,000 the house that inspired internationally known horror writer Stephen King to write “Pet Sematary” can be yours.
Nicholas Spencer

Drunk driving Greenbush man gets 2.5 years for death of his brother

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 02, 2017, at 6:47 p.m.
Nicholas Spencer was driving at a high rate of speed on the County Road in Milford when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a telephone pole and a large 800 pound rock.

VA Choice emergency funding passes House, Senate vote pending

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 01, 2017, at 7:10 p.m.
The House passed a $3.9 billion emergency funding bill on Friday afternoon, just before its August break, with $2.1 billion designated for the Veterans Choice Program.

Bangor State Fair ride breaks down with riders on board

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 31, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
The Rock’n Tug had 11 children and adults riders when it automatically shut itself down.
Jessica Fagre talks about her daughter, 18-year-old Ambroshia Fagre, who was fatally shot by police on Feb. 10.

Mother of woman shot by police files notice of lawsuit

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 31, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
The goal of the lawsuit is to get law enforcement to change its policies, Jessica Fagre said.
An image of Southern Cove in Orrington with the former HoltraChem plant, in the top right, and Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in the bottom right, printed in a remediation report by environmental firms CDM Smith, Inc. and Anchor QEA. The circles indicate areas of mercury contamination in the Penobscot River.

Firm studying how to deal with 9 tons of mercury in Penobscot River

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 29, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
The now defunct HoltraChem Manufacturing Co. made chlorine, pesticides and papermaking chemicals in Orrington, and Amec Foster Wheeler is researching ways to get rid of contaminants dumped into the Penobscot.
Scott Shanaman, non-destructive testing inspector with Aerial NDT Inspection Inc, follows up on the Freak Out with additional (not required) ultrasonic thickness testing by request of the ride owner following the fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Bangor fair ride passes safety check, draws long line

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 28, 2017, at 5:22 p.m.
A Bangor State Fair thrill ride similar to the one that failed in Ohio, killing one, had the longest line of any mechanical attraction in the opening hour of the fair.