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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.

Holden woman attacked in home invasion released from hospital

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 15, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
“We believe she was pistol-whipped,” the police chief said Tuesday.
Terry Walsh, fire deputy chief in Portland, Maine, responds to a possible heroin overdose by an 18-year-old man on July 4, 2015.

‘One person a day is dying’ in Maine, drug overdose numbers surpass 2015

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.
With 286 drug overdose deaths in Maine already on the books as of September, the state has already exceeded the record-setting drug-related death totals of last year, Attorney General Janet Mills announced Monday.

Brewer woman identified as driver in fatal Hampden crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 1:47 p.m.
Police are still notifying the family of an elderly woman who drove onto Route 202 going the wrong way Sunday night and died in a head-on collision.
The use of “seat belts is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent injury and ejection in a motor vehicle crash,” Lauren Stewart said.

Five out of six people killed in weekend crashes were not wearing seat belts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 14, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
The use of “seat belts is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent injury and ejection in a motor vehicle crash.”
Nancy Tibbitts of Bangor served in the Navy during WWII. She helped to train pilots who flew from aircraft carriers.

Bangor WWII Navy veteran was in singing platoon, worked with first flight simulators

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 11, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Nancy Tebbetts, 92, was part of the first group of women to enlist in the U.S. Navy some 70 years ago.
Michelle Byram, her mom, Kathy Lennon, 65, and daughter Maile Sawyer. Lennon, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and doesn't know who is president, voted by absentee ballot last week at a senior living facility where she lives.

Alzheimer’s patient voted even though ‘she couldn’t name a candidate,’ daughter says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 07, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
A 65-year-old woman who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2012 and nowadays doesn’t know what year it is or who is currently president voted last week by absentee ballot.
Tina Hinkley of Clifton recently went back to school to become a certified medical administrative assistant and now works as a reimbursement specialist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare.  After being displaced through FairPoint after the strike, Tina went back to school as one of her daughters was also starting college.

‘I’m not a number here’: EMDC program helps all displaced workers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 06, 2016, at 7 a.m.
When Clifton resident Tina Hinkley found herself laid off and without a job, she turned to Eastern Maine Development Corporation for help with retraining for a new career.
Senior Airman Earl Grover Jr., a 2011 Brewer High School graduate who served with the 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Greenville, North Carolina died from injuries suffered Saturday, Oct. 29, during an off-road motorcycle accident at a motocross park in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, according to a statement from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Body of Brewer veteran who died in North Carolina headed home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 04, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Friends, family and members of the military plan to line Center Street near Brookings Smith Funeral Home late Friday night to welcome home the body of Senior Airman Earl Grover Jr., a 2011 Brewer High School graduate.
Homicide victim Alice Balcer is pictured a few years ago at the Mutt Strut hosted by the Kennebec County Humane Society, where she once worked. She and her husband were killed Monday at their Winthrop home and their 17-year-old son is facing murder charges.

How Winthrop couple died being withheld, medical examiner says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 03, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
“The autopsies have been completed but we continue to withhold all information at request of the Attorney General’s staff,” Mark Belserene said in an email.
Jael Hilderbrand

Bangor missing person case remains open, but her family feels case is closed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 03, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
“We have closure and that is the main thing.”
Orono resident Jeff Sanders went to the town office for early absentee voting on Wednesday in Orono.

Maine city, town clerks say early voter turnout strong this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t see this many absentees since 2008,” the Bangor city clerk said.