Nok-Noi Ricker

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Hannah Lowe, 4, and her mom, Jennifer of Brewer, wave at veterans passing by in the Greater Bangor Area 2017 Memorial Day Parade Monday morning.

Memorial Day taps is ‘like the last goodbye,’ bugler says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
On Memorial Day, “I’m reluctant to let go,” the bugler said of the musical notes. “The last note goes on until I’m out of breath.”

Search continues for missing canoeist as injured officers remain at hospital

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Jennifer Bousquet, 38, of South Berwick went missing Saturday after the canoe she was traveling in flipped in the Saco River.

Arundel man dies after armed confrontation with deputies

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 10:26 a.m.
Chad Dionne, 37, “was fatally wounded” during an armed confrontation with deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning.
Alec Coffin, 19, of Standish crashed his 2004 Audi A4 on White’s Bridge Road Sunday while attempting to catch up to a motorcycle who had passed him.

Teen hurt in Standish rollover

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Police say the teen was attempting to catch up with a motorcycle that passed him before the crash.
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Perry Drew was drafted during World War II when he was 18 years old. He was placed in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, who's units were established during WWII in an attempt to provide defensive firepower to merchant ships in convoy or merchant ships traveling alone. The unit no longer exists.

This Brewer millworker was a member of the forgotten Navy Armed Guard

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“I call it the forgotten Navy of World War II because most people, even those in the Navy, don’t understand what we’re talking about.”
The lot at 159 Hogan Road in Bangor is seen Wednesday.

LePage’s Bangor psychiatric facility would not be run by the state

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The developer for the project should be selected by mid-August and construction is expected to begin in April 2018 with a March 2019 opening date.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage push to treat drug, alcohol use during pregnancy as child abuse suffers setback

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 18, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
A committee dealt a blow to Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would designate drug or alcohol use by pregnant woman as child abuse.
The Brewer attack came the same week as a massive cyberattack that Interpol estimated hit more than 200,000 people in about 150 countries, the Washington Post reported.

Brewer schools didn’t have to pay that ‘ransom’ after all

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The school had only bought a portion of the Bitcoin required to pay the ransom before information technology employees found a backup of the files.
Ralph Shaw

New Newburgh fire chief wants to work with firefighters who quit

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 17, 2017, at 1:05 p.m.
“I’m going to try and meet with a few of them over the next week. I’m going to try to get some of the old ones back.”
All 11 members of Newburgh's volunteer fire department quit their jobs during Monday's selectmen's meeting.

Newburgh’s entire Volunteer Fire Department quits

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 16, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
All 11 members of Newburgh’s volunteer fire department quit their jobs during Monday’s selectmen’s meeting.

The Brewer School Department says it needs more than $1 million for new students

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 14, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The request would be equal to 13.9 percent more than last year’s budget — which the city says raises concerns.
The Brewer School Department paid $1,400 to unlock its computers after an employee apparently clicked on a link that allowed a “ransomware virus” to corrupt the system.

Brewer School Department pays $1,400 in ‘ransom’ to unlock computer system

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
The Brewer School Department paid $1,400 to unlock its computers after an employee apparently clicked on a link that allowed a “ransomware virus” to corrupt the system.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Drug, alcohol use by pregnant women is child abuse

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
“If you’re abusing drugs, if you’re abusing alcohol when you are pregnant, we have to do something. We have to work with you. We have to get you off them,” LePage said.

Elephant tranquilizer kills first Maine drug user

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 10, 2017, at 3:46 p.m.
Maine saw its first lethal overdose from a powerful elephant tranquilizer called carfentanil.
The lot at 159 Hogan Road in Bangor.

State moves forward on plan for Bangor forensic psychiatric facility

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 10, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
The state is asking contractors and developers to register their interest in building a new forensic psychiatric facility in Bangor.
A Narcan dose

Legislators say LePage’s Narcan bill raises privacy concerns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 08, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
“If I’m an ambulance in town A, I just can’t call an ambulance in Town B and get that information — it’s protected under HIPAA.”
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Hampden police used Narcan to revive an unresponsive man Wednesday.

Why pharmacists still can’t give out Narcan without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 06, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Legislature passed LD 1547 to make Narcan available at pharmacies without a prescription, but an apparent mistake still has the law requiring a prescription.
A sailboat owned by Clearwater, Florida resident Richard Tomlinson, 82, was en route to Maine when something happened and the vessel was found beached on Monday near the tip of the barrier island of Hatteras Island.

Coast Guard calls off search for Florida sailor who was headed to Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 04, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
“Making the choice to suspend a search by no means is a simple decision and a decision the Coast Guard never takes lightly.”
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BANGOR, MAINE -- 5/18/2016 -- The harm reduction coordinator for the Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance in Bangor is offering free Narcan nasal spray to heroin and opiate users and the people who care about them.

LePage wants Mainers repeatedly revived by Narcan to pay for it

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 04, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bangor area doctors and advocates said the bill would make it harder to stop the state’s drug epidemic — which last year killed more than one person a day.
The house in Old Town where Jeffrey Miller had been cooking meth, according to the MDEA. Four people were arrested last week and charged in connection with a meth lab discovered inside the apartment house at 178 Brunswick Street in Old Town.

Police identify man who died in Old Town meth lab explosion

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 01, 2017, at 12:47 p.m.
Jeffrey Miller, 50, recently had been released from jail after serving a sentence for making methamphetamine on Hammond Street in Bangor.