Nok-Noi Ricker

Reporter

 
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.
A map of Sherman Marsh.

I-395 connector may cost Newcastle residents waterfront access

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 6:06 p.m.
“They’re looking to take the rights over the use of the property with eminent domain,” Town Manager Jon Duke said.
Brewer High School Principal David Wall, a 27-year school veteran in education, is pictured in 2012 on the night Brewer School Committee approved his contract.

Brewer principal, school department agree to ‘part ways’ after closed-door meeting

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:49 p.m.
“Brewer School Department and Principal David Wall have agreed to part ways due to difference in leadership philosophy and management style.”

Teen accused of killing parents makes first court appearance

By Judy Harrison and Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
Andrew Balcer allegedly killed Anthony and Alice Balcer, both 47, late Sunday or early Monday.
A body was recovered from the rubble following an explosion at a house in Saco early Tuesday morning.

Saco home explosion was arson caused by victim, investigators say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
A home explosion early Tuesday morning on Pheasant Road that claimed the life of a man inside was apparently caused by the man, according to a press statement released by the state fire marshal’s office.
Collette Boure and Alexander Meyers.

Maine runaway dies, boyfriend expected to be charged in Oklahoma crash

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 01, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Collette Boure, 17, of Standish suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash and later died.
Two bodies were found in a home in Winthrop on Monday morning.

Teen charged in 2 deaths in Winthrop identified as son

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 31, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found Monday in their Pine Knoll Road home after an early morning 911 call.

Brewer to hold closed-door meeting Tuesday

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 28, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.
The Brewer School Committee has scheduled a special board meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in order to hold a closed-door gathering about a personnel issue.
Wellspring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, a residential and outpatient services program in Bangor, recently learned it will get $1.1 million to open a 10-bed social detox center in the area. Pictured are Wellspring's outpatient and administrative offices on Hammond Street.

Maine to get second detox center as Bangor nonprofit awarded 10-bed contract

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 28, 2016, at 3:49 p.m.
“We are pleased to be expanding social detox options to the state of Maine,” Samantha Edwards, a DHHS spokeswoman, said.

Fire destroys Corinna home, displaces six

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 28, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
When firefighters arrived at a home on Hilltop Drive that caught fire early Friday, they knew there was little chance of saving the home.
Patrick Morrison

Brewer schools lift lockdown after possible armed suspect arrested

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 27, 2016, at 10:47 a.m.
The lockdown lasted about 20 minutes.
Voters in Orono will head to the polls at the University of Maine field house on Nov. 8. Town officials say they made the move to accommodate larger-than-expected crowds.

Orono voting moved to UMaine field house

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 26, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
With a higher-than-average turnout expected during the coming presidential and state elections, town leaders voted in July to move voting booths to the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House.
Municipal Review Committee Executive Director Greg Lounder (third from left), and Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul (center) stand among members of various companies involved in the development of the Fiberight municipal solid waste and recycling facility during the facility's groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday in Hampden.

Controversial Fiberight waste-to-energy plant breaks ground in Hampden

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 26, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
“We’re completely thrilled to be moving forward,” MRC board member Jim Guerra said. “We look forward to an opening sometime next year.”
A map of the Maine Department of Transportation's planned roundabout at the junction of Route 2 and University of Maine's Rangeley Road can be seen during a public hearing on the project on Tuesday in Orono.

Orono town manager: ‘We have an intersection that is dangerous’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 25, 2016, at 9:48 p.m.
“The roundabout is the most important piece” of the long-term solution, the town manager said.
Derek Blake, 30, of Sidney

Early morning raid nets four arrests for drug trafficking

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
One ounce of crack cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, a half pound of marijuana and $1,000 cash were seized.
Staff Sgt. Qasey Perry (left), crew chief with the 101st Air Refueling Wing, Maine Air National Guard, receives the 10,000th walking stick from Galen Cole at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor on Friday morning.

MAINEiac with family history of service gets 10,000th veteran walking stick

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 21, 2016, at 3:08 p.m.
“It means all the more for me because the military has always been in my family.”
A no trespassing sign is seen on a side door of the foreclosed home at 91 Longmeadow Drive in Brewer Thursday. The city of Brewer purchased the property and plans to renovate it and put it back on the market.

Brewer renovating notorious foreclosed home, which will soon be for sale

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 20, 2016, at 7:09 p.m.
The foreclosed Brewer house that police officers responded to complaints about many times in recent years will soon get a facelift in order to be placed on the market.
Attendees of a public hearing about an application to expand Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town listen during the second day of the hearing on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Concerns aired about water quality, out-of-state waste at Old Town landfill expansion hearing

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 20, 2016, at 2:53 p.m.
Residents opposed to the plan to double the capacity of Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town expressed concerns at a two-day public hearing.
Brewer High School Principal David Wall

Brewer principal hires attorney amid questions about his departure

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 19, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
Brewer High School Principal David Wall has not been fired, attorney Rebecca Webber said.
Brewer High School Principal David Wall, a 27-year school veteran in education, is pictured in 2012 on the night Brewer School Committee approved his contract.

Questions swirl around Brewer principal’s departure

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Oct. 18, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
“I, nor anyone else authorized to speak for the School Department, can provide information about personnel issues.”