Nok-Noi Ricker


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.
The crowd waits for the countdown to the ball drop in West Market Square in Bangor, Dec 31, 2010.

‘Alberta clipper’ to dump New Year’s Eve snow in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 30, 2016, at 12:03 p.m.
Thanks to a fast-moving storm system, New Year’s Eve revelers in Bangor can expect to see snow when the beach ball is thrown off the top of Paddy Murphy’s at midnight to welcome in the new year.

Connecticut man sentenced for selling crack in case involving escape, Bangor prostitution

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
A Connecticut man who escaped from a halfway house in order to sell crack cocaine in Maine got extra time tacked onto his federal sentence for his role as a “pimp” to drug-addicted Bangor women, who sold sex in exchange for drugs, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced Thursday.
Woodrow Cross gets a bit choked up as employees sing "Happy Birthday" to him during his 100th birthday celebration on Thursday at the headquarters of Cross Insurance, a business he started more than six decades ago, in Bangor. Cross hasn't stopped working since he started selling seed out of a wagon strapped to his pony in 1923.

Maine businessman Woodrow Cross turns 100, not looking to stop working

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
“A strong work ethic, integrity, business acumen, perseverance and professionalism are but a few of the strengths we most admire in him.”
BMC Sean Dolan navigates the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tackle down the Penobscot River to break up ice in Brewer Wednesday.

Coast Guard cutters tackle ice in Bangor area

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
Thick ice formed on the Penobscot River earlier than normal this year, so the U.S. Coast Guard was called in to help break it up as part of its annual mission to keep the river passable.
Two Maine Warden Service aircraft are shown at Millinocket Municipal Airport on Monday. The aircraft were used in efforts to find three lost snowmobilers.

Woman recounts surviving Christmas night stranded on a Maine snowmobile trail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
After getting more than halfway to Kokadjo, one of the snowmobiles got stuck in a ditch near Penobscot Pond. Without cellphone service, the women could not call for help.
Zane Wetzel, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on Wednesday in federal court in Bangor, can be seen in Boston in this December 2010 file photo.

Man who survived 69,000 volts of electricity pleads guilty to downloading child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
“The defendant used peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to download up to hundreds of images at a time.”

Phoenix rising: Puppy dragged behind truck gets adopted, lives on family farm

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
“He has tons of room to run and sometimes he thinks he’s a horse,” his new owner said. “And he absolutely loves to go for car rides.”
Phoenix, the pit bull puppy that was dragged behind a pickup truck in June of 2016, has been living a happy life on a farm after being adopted by Colby Walker. Walker has other rescue animals on her farm that Phoenix is fitting in well with, including the horses. Because of the impact of the dragging when he was 6 months old, Phoenix once had no paw pads and his feet were fully bandaged. He now has little visible signs of injury left from the incident. Only a very small, hard to see scar on the side of one paw.

Phoenix rising: Puppy dragged behind truck gets adopted, lives on family farm

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 28, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
“He has tons of room to run and sometimes he thinks he’s a horse,” his new owner said. “And he absolutely loves to go for car rides.”
Brothers Peter, left, and Benjamin Robishaw help their dad pick out a cut Christmas tree -- a family tradition. "An artificial tree is a cop-out," Benjamin Robishaw said.

Fresh-cut Christmas tree only way to go for many Mainers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 24, 2016, at 1 a.m.
When it comes to a traditional Christmas celebration, having a freshly cut tree is the only way to go.
Bangor City Council Chairman Joe Baldacci

Bangor leaders denounce latest York County casino effort

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 23, 2016, at 5:47 p.m.
Proponents delivered approximately 65,600 signatures on Thursday in an effort to get it on the ballot in 2017.

Stolen gun leads to three Orono arrests

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 21, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
A stolen handgun that was discovered after a minor traffic violation led to felony charges against three men, one from Maine and two from New York, Orono police Chief Josh Ewing said Thursday.

Bangor assault case going to trial, attorney says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 21, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
In a 911 call made to police by a 27-year-old black man in November, he says an unknown man attacked him near downtown and kept telling him, “Trump is going to deport you.”
Pickering Square in Bangor.

Proposed changes to Bangor’s Pickering Square prove contentious

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 20, 2016, at 9:37 p.m.
“It’s really taken a long time to get back to a place where we feel like we have a downtown we can be proud of.”
Brent Miller, director of Discovery House.

Bangor to see influx of funds to fight drug addiction

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 20, 2016, at 6:06 p.m.
More than half of the additional treatment slots being opened for poor people addicted to drugs in Maine will be made available in Bangor.
The final designs to redevelop the former Old Town Canoe factory site on Middle Street in downtown Old Town include three retail spaces and three apartment buildings.

Old Town final redesign of old canoe factory unveiled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 19, 2016, at 9:17 p.m.
Planners working with resident volunteers have created designs to add retail space — possibly with an anchor store — mixed with two types of housing on the approximately 6-acre former Old Town Canoe factory site in the heart of the city.
Members of the community enjoy hot cocoa and cookies as part of the United Way Day of Thanks on Thursday in West Market Square in Bangor. Throughout the day, teams of volunteers and partnering agencies throughout the five counties in Eastern Maine delivered random acts of kindness to individuals, organizations and companies.

United Way volunteers perform random acts of kindness in Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 5:08 p.m.
For example, Bangor Y staffers spent hours making cookies that they delivered to businesses.
Augusta Police Department issued a notice on Thursday that the department's Facebook page had been spoofed, and disturbing fake news about deaths and accidents within the city have been posted. The legitimate page is listed as a government site and has over 11,000 likes.

Fake Augusta Police Facebook page under investigation

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 15, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
“These stories [are] FALSE and Detective Blodgett is investigating this situation.”
EMMC Cancer Care nurse Tinna Peck adjusts Eugene Dunton, 76, of Burnham during a cancer infusion at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center on Wednesday afternoon following the facility's announcement as the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative that morning. EMMC Cancer Care staff will now have opportunities to consult with medical specialists at the renowned Boston facility, and access to many more of the latest Dana-Farber clinical trials will be available in Maine for patients at EMMC Cancer Care.

EMMC Cancer Care clinical trials to expand with Dana-Farber collaboration

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 14, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
“This will help to bring some of our clinical trials right up here, so [patients] don’t have to travel to Boston,” David Jackman, senior physician and medical director of clinical pathways at Dana-Farber, said Wednesday.