Nok-Noi Ricker

Reporter

 
Bidders line up outside the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor on Tuesday to register for the auction of 3,232-plus lots of items from shuttered mills in Lincoln and Old Town. Hundreds more registered online to participate. Items from the former Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill are being sold first with Expera Old Town mill items scheduled to hit the auction block around noon Wednesday.

Auction underway for Lincoln, Old Town mill parts

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 19, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
The auction of 3,232-plus lots of items from shuttered mills in Lincoln and Old Town started Tuesday morning at the Hilton Garden Inn with a group that wants to restart tissue production in Lincoln, hoping its bid would be enough to make it possible.
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After 22 years as a meteorologist at Channel 2, Steve McKay is retiring to spend more time in ministry.

Steve McKay shares memories of his career as Maine weatherman

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 17, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The meteorologist has announced that he is leaving television to pursue religious ministry.

I-395 plan expected to move forward after clearing environmental hurdle

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 15, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
Experts have determined the proposed I-395/Route 9 connector is unlikely to adversely affect northern long-eared bats, which means the project is on track to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration and move forward.
Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton talks about jail overcrowding at his office in Bangor, Oct. 1, 2015.

Maine sheriff going to DC to try to learn how to keep those with mental illness out of jail

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 14, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
Sheriff Troy Morton is part of a team from Penobscot County heading to Washington, D.C., Sunday for a three-day national summit designed to reduce the number of adults with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails.

Lebanon man arrested on drug trafficking charge after raid of his home

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 14, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
A three-month investigation resulted in the arrest of a local man Thursday on a charge of drug trafficking.
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Brother Don of the Friars' Brewhouse in Bucksport blesses Brewer's newest brewery, Mason's Brewing Co., on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's first brew.

Franciscan friar blesses soon-to-open Brewer brewery

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2016, at 6:01 p.m.
Mason’s Brewing Co. will start brewing beer on Thursday.
A handful of University of Maine students, residents and organizers, who are part of the new Maine Student Action group, took part in the national Million Student March Wednesday in Orono.

Maine students protest high cost of college education

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
“We are here to protest the increasing cost of education.”
Eileen Weintraub Ringel (left) and Steve Smith, known to many as WLBZ 2 weather reporter Steve McKay, were among the graduates who received degrees during commencement at Bangor Theological Seminary May 22, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church on Essex Street in Bangor.

Weatherman Steve McKay leaving TV to be full-time minister

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 13, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
A longtime meteorologist for WLBZ-TV Channel 2 has decided to give up his television job to follow his spiritual calling.
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Korean War paratrooper and cook George McCann shows photos and talks about his recent trip to Washington, D.C., as part of Honor Flight Maine on Tuesday in Bangor. He visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Honor Flight Maine gives Bangor veteran chance to see Korean War memorial

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2016, at 5:47 p.m.
George McCann said while the Korean War may be “The Forgotten War,” it will never leave his mind, especially with so many lives lost and so many still missing in action.
Merlin Ellingwood

Lewiston men accused of making meth in multiple locations

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
Police arrested two men accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in different locations using the “one pot” method.
Nicholas Henry

Carthage man charged with possessing child porn

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 12, 2016, at 10:42 a.m.
A tip led police to search a local man’s computer where they found thousands of pornographic images of young girls, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday in a press release. Nicholas Henry, 31, was charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the …
A St. Albans man told his girlfriend, her father and police that he shot his uncle after a day of drinking, according to an affidavit released Monday following the accused man’s initial appearance on a murder charge in Skowhegan District Court.

Affidavit: St. Albans man told police he shot uncle after day of drinking

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 11, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
A St. Albans man told his girlfriend, her father and police that he shot his uncle after a day of drinking, according to an affidavit released Monday following the accused man’s initial appearance on a murder charge in Somerset County District Court.
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Larry Adams stands in his backyard next to a tree line where a two-lane limited access highway is slated to be built. Adams and his wife, Mary, have made fighting the project their life's work. “I die a little bit every time” another step in the process is made, he said.

‘Hanging over us’: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 10, 2016, at 9:42 p.m.
Several homeowners in the area face losing their homes through eminent domain to make way for the connector.
Portland Fire Deputy Chief Terry Walsh responds to a possible heroin overdose by an 18-year-old male.

Listening session in Bangor aims to open dialogue on heroin, opiate

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 29, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Community members touched by opiates or heroin are invited to share their experiences, observations and suggestions at an event Wednesday night.
Old Town police Sgt. Lee Miller holds a small baggie that once held synthetic bath salts at a community-parent drug awareness forum held April 30, 2014, at Leonard Middle School in Old Town.

‘We’re here to help’: Old Town chief unveils drug amnesty program

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 28, 2016, at 4:48 p.m.
“We’re going to help them get into treatment centers. If they come into the [police department] and they ask for help, they’ll get help.”

Rhode Island man admits to traveling to Maine for juvenile sex assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 28, 2016, at 4:45 p.m.
A Rhode Island man indicted in October on one count of crossing interstate lines to have sex with a minor, admitted to the federal crime on Monday, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty said in a statement.
Joshua Dunston

Bangor man who downloaded child porn sentenced to 10 years

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 28, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
A Bangor man who was previously convicted in federal court of possessing child pornography was sentenced on Monday to 10 years behind bars for a second conviction on the same charge.
Part of the Maine Vietnam Veterans Memorial is seen at the Cole Land Transportation Museum at 405 Perry Road in Bangor. The Veterans Administration of Maine is holding a ceremony Tuesday to honor and thank those who served in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975 “regardless of location” and to remember the sacrifice made by those who didn’t return.

Vietnam veterans to be thanked during Tuesday ceremony at Togus facility

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 28, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
The Veterans Administration of Maine is holding a ceremony Tuesday to honor and thank those who served in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975 “regardless of location” and to remember the sacrifice made by those who didn’t return.
Larry Adams of Brewer (center) speaks at a Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System’s policy committee meeting  Friday morning. Adams spoke out passionately against the project, saying his home would be razed. Committee members said they did not like being forced to approve a new Transportation Improvement Program that includes the controversial Interstate-395-Route 9 connector or risk losing $57 million in road projects for this year.

Planners claim state forced them to approve I-395 connector project

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
When asked whether the connector plan could be removed from the Bangor plan with the other projects moving forward, Deputy DOT Commissioner Jon Nass said that was not possible.

Panel tackles confusion over Hampden trash plant profit-sharing deadline

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 25, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
An emergency board meeting was held Thursday to clarify wording.