Nok-Noi Ricker

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An Orono resident looks at a map of the proposed site for a 270-unit student housing development planned for the end of Washburn Drive. Town planners held a public hearing on the project Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and voted to continued the hearing at the next meeting in April.

Orono residents express concerns about proposed 270-unit student housing project’s impact on trails, wildlife

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 20, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — There are four identified vernal pools and a popular cross country skiing trail on the forested land at the end of Washburn Drive where New York-based Park 7 Group wants to build a 270-unit student housing complex. Local residents and Orono Land Trust members at Wednesday night’s …
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Phillip A. McCue

Father files lawsuit against Bangor police, Taser manufacturer over death of son in 2012

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 19, 2014, at 2:57 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Jackson man has filed a federal lawsuit against Bangor police and others, claiming their actions resulted in the wrongful death of his son, who was under the influence of bath salts when a police officer used a Taser on him during an arrest. Phillip A. McCue …
Derek McLeod

Family of man found dead near Bangor Walmart waiting for answers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 17, 2014, at 7:48 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The family of the 27-year-old man found dead last week near Walmart said Monday that they do not know what happened, and not knowing is painfully hard on them and others who loved or cared for him. “I, of course, fell apart,” Debbie Arsenault-York of Orrington said …
Zedric Joseph

Extradition hearing rescheduled for UMaine student accused in Florida fatal stabbing

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 17, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The former University of Maine football player accused of wounding the mother of his child and fatally stabbing a man in Florida on March 7 went before a judge in Georgia on Monday and learned his extradition hearing was postponed, a jail official said. Zedric Joseph, 23, …
Community members gather around drawings depicting the lay out and plans for a proposed quarry in the town of Eddington before the start of a public meeting to allow Hughes Brothers to submit plans and to allow public comment on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Eddington selectmen move forward with quarry moratorium

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 16, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
EDDINGTON, Maine — As planners continue to review an application to open a rock quarry on Fox Hill, a petition for a six-month moratorium on quarries also is moving forward to provide town leaders time to create local rules regarding their operation. The public hearing on the proposed quarry moratorium …
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Don Winslow (fourth from left) poses with classmates from the Old Town High School class of 1975. Hundreds of people came to a  benefit dinner Saturday night at Jeff's Catering in Brewer for former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow, who is battling lung cancer.

Benefit dinner for Don Winslow filled with laughs, support for his battle with lung cancer

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 16, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — There were stories upon stories — some true, some partially true — about former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow’s escapades over his long career that filled the crowded banquet room with warm-hearted laughter and filled his heart with support. “Standing here, I am reminded of just how …
The Effie MacDonald murder in 1965 at the Bangor House remains unsolved.

Unsolved 1965 chambermaid’s murder at prestigious Bangor House, one of state’s cold cases

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 15, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The strangulation slaying and molestation of a chambermaid at a premier downtown hotel 49 years ago, sent shockwaves through the community and her family, and led to speculation that her death was tied to the unsolved sex murders of the infamous Boston Strangler. The way the unknown …
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University of Maine Vice President for Student Life Robert Dana (second left) and athletics director Karlton Creech respond to questions from Zone Radio reporter Kaylie Reese (left) during a media event held Friday on the Orono campus. The officials discusses the situation involving former UMaine football player Zedric Joseph, 23, who was arrested Wednesday in Georgia in connection with a March 7 stabbing in Florida that left another man dead.

UMaine officials defend school’s handling of 2012 incident involving football player now accused of murder

By Nok-Noi Ricker and Pete Warner on March 14, 2014, at 7:52 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — University of Maine officials defended the institution’s management of a football player’s arrest on domestic violence assault charges in 2012, describing its response as “comprehensive and thorough.” Those are the words Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student affairs, repeated several times during a press conference Friday …

UMaine officials react to Zedric Joseph’s arrest for murder in Florida

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 14, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
University of Maine student and former football player Zedric Joseph, 23, has been arrested in connection with a March 7, 2014 fatal double stabbing in Florida.
Zedric Joseph

Prosecutor explains plea bargain for UMaine football player accused of 2012 domestic violence assault

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 14, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The woman who Florida police say was stabbed by a former University of Maine football player last week in an attack that left another man dead told prosecutors in Maine last year that she did not want him to go to jail after she reported that he …
Zedric Joseph

Ex-UMaine football player accused of stabbing same woman he attacked in Orono in 2012

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 13, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A former University of Maine football player accused of fatally stabbing a man and wounding a woman in Florida last week attacked the same woman while the two lived in Orono with their children in 2012, according to court documents. Zedric Joseph, 23, of West Palm Beach, …

Newcomer beats incumbent for Orono school board seat

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 11, 2014, at 9:33 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The two Town Council incumbents easily earned another term during Tuesday elections, but one of two school board members running for her seat again was beat out by a newcomer, according to unofficial election results provided by Town Clerk Donna Emerson. Town Council incumbents Geoffrey Gordon, with …
Glenn Geiser Jr. (center), his attorney Joe Baldacci (right) and Eugene M. Sullivan Jr., Baldacci's associate, leave the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at the Airport Mall in Bangor through the back door after a public hearing Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, was postponed.

Judge denies My Maine Ride motion; employees empty Bangor used car lot office

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 11, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Penobscot County Superior Court judge has denied a motion filed by the attorney representing local used car dealer Glenn Geiser seeking to further explain the 10-count lawsuit brought against Geiser by Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills. Mills announced last month that her office was suing …

Orono eliminates one voting ward

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 10, 2014, at 9:41 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Town Councilor Judy Sullivan said Monday that she has heard from a number of constituents who live in outlying voting Ward 2 — located basically west of Stillwater Avenue — about how they “might lose their identity” if the voting district was eliminated. However, none showed up …
Sabina Grasso (left), 21, of Cumberland, and Anna McDonough, 20, of Scarborough were both struck by a metal bar after the Boston Bruins game on Thursday. Both woman were bleeding profusely and were treated for concussions. University of Maine student Caitlynn Brown, 20, of Portland, had just taken a photo of her two friends hugging and took the second photo just before rendering first aid.

Safety net pole hits Mainers after Boston Bruins game at TD Garden

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 10, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
BOSTON — Shortly after the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals on Thursday, a trio of college friends from Maine stopped near the end of the TD Garden ice rink to take a photo. Seconds later, two of them were knocked to the ground and were bleeding from their heads. …

Money found in Orono parking lot still unclaimed

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 10, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Someone dropped an envelope containing money in a local parking lot in January and authorities are still seeking the owner. Even though a story was posted on the town’s website, no one has come forward to claim the money, Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said Monday. It …
Peter Crockett of Argyle, an artist and pipe welder hired by the Orono Historical Society to refurbish the town's Civil War monument, demonstrates where the soldier's new gun will be placed. Weather and vandals damaged the statue and its pedestal over the last century, and Crockett is working to refurbish the monument for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in 2015.

Argyle pipe welder refurbishing statue of soldier in effort to restore Orono Civil War monument

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 10, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — After one out of every 10 able-bodied men in town volunteered to serve in the Civil War and 39 didn’t return home, town leaders erected a Civil War monument featuring a statue of a soldier holding a musket so that future generations would never forget the men’s …

Argyle pipe welder casting new musket, base for soldier on Civil War monument

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 10, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
Peter Crockett of Argyle, an artist and pipe welder, has been hired by the Orono Historical Society to refurbish the town’s Civil War monument. Weather and vandals damaged the statue and its pedestal over the last century, and Crockett is working to refurbish the monument for the 150th anniversary of …

New York developer plans 270-unit student apartment complex in Orono

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 07, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A New York developer has submitted a plan for a 270-unit student housing complex at the end of Washburn Drive, and if it’s approved by the Orono planning board, shovels could hit the ground in the next two months. “I believe they plan to start at the …
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Alton resident Darlene Young was one employee who took advantage of federal retraining funds, which recently have been allocated to millworkers in Lincoln. Her training to become a certified medical assistant has paid off, she says she loves helping people at her new job at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town.

Life after a paper mill closes: Longtime Old Town millworker shares her journey to a new career

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 07, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — When papermaking giant Georgia-Pacific closed the doors of the local mill in 2006, Alton resident Darlene Young took advantage of federal retraining funds to find another job. “We were devastated,” she said Monday, talking about her “mill family,” which was made up of neighbors, friends and …
 
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