Jen Lynds

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Houlton man suspected of operating meth lab indicted by Aroostook County grand jury

By Jen Lynds on July 17, 2014, at 5:06 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man who was arrested in April after a fire in his garage led investigators to find items they suspected were involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury July 11. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the list …
Jessica Tremblay

Girlfriend of suspect in Merrill meth lab bust also arrested

By Jen Lynds on July 17, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — Police released more information Thursday about their investigation of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a home a Merrill man was renting at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Micah Lawlor, 38, was found Tuesday evening with his girlfriend, Jessica …
Surrounded by some of the many works by artist Bernard Langlais, Heather Sincavage, Reed Fine Art Gallery director at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, announced last April that UMPI received a gift of more than 800 Langlais art pieces from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.

UMPI receives $50,000 grant to establish new visual arts center

By Jen Lynds on July 16, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle were celebrating Wednesday after hearing news that they had received a substantial grant to establish the region’s first facility dedicated to the visual arts. The university was given a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the …

Houlton-area voters reject $12.7 million school budget again

By Jen Lynds on July 16, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Voters in the majority of the four towns that make up Regional School Unit 29 on Tuesday rejected a $12.7 million school budget for the second time. Only 261 of approximately 5,125 registered voters in the district came out to cast ballots. The final tally was 138 …

Co-host of Aroostook Watchmen radio show found guilty of operating without a license

By Jen Lynds on July 15, 2014, at 8:01 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Woodland resident and a member of the Constitutional Coalition, a four-man group of conservative activists in Maine, was convicted of two counts of operating a motor vehicle without a license on Monday. Jack McCarthy, 63, was found guilty after a less than two-hour jury trial in …
Micah Lawlor, 38, of Merrill

Police track down Merrill man accused of meth trafficking

By Jen Lynds on July 15, 2014, at 7:51 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — A Merrill man was taken into custody on Tuesday evening several days after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab at a home he was renting at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Micah …
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency was working Thursday to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab at 233 Clark Road in Merrill.

Investigators on scene of suspected meth lab in Merrill

By Jen Lynds on July 10, 2014, at 12:17 p.m.
MERRILL, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to dismantle a suspected methamphetamine lab Thursday at 233 Clark Road, which is about 20 miles west of Houlton in Aroostook County. Investigators were processing the scene for evidence that the drug was being manufactured at the site. For the past …

Crews from Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island continue to repair tropical storm damage

By Jen Lynds and Nick McCrea on July 06, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emera Maine crews on Monday morning continued to repair damage done by the remnants of Hurricane Arthur over the weekend, bringing the number of homes and businesses without power down to about 3,600 as of 5:30 a.m. More than 2,500 of those outages were located in Washington County with another …
Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oakfield launched a new line, Arborwall Solid Cedar Homes, in early 2014. The custom-built log homes feature a more contemporary style than the traditional log home.

Log homes get a facelift as Oakfield company launches new take on traditional style

By Jen Lynds on July 06, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
OAKFIELD, Maine — For more than 40 years, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes in Oakfield has been designing and building homes and other structures to fit each customer’s request. So when a customer approached marketing director Gabe Gordon, a third-generation businessman, about purchasing a structure that did not look like a …

Houlton area schools to shuffle students next year

By Jen Lynds on July 04, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Changes are underway for students in Regional School Unit 29 following the district’s decision to close the Wellington School in Monticello. Sixth-graders who would have spent their year at the Southside School in Houlton will attend Houlton Junior Senior High School on Bird Street because of an …

Caribou man arrested after allegedly trafficking meth, bath salts

By Jen Lynds on July 01, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Caribou man was arrested and charged with two counts of felony trafficking in scheduled drugs on Tuesday after he was allegedly found with methamphetamine and synthetic hallucinogens, commonly referred to as “bath salts.” Ward Ballard, 49, first came to the attention of police during a traffic …

Houlton councilors reroute cash to hold line on taxes

By Jen Lynds on July 01, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — During a special meeting on Monday evening, town councilors made last minute revisions to the budget that they believe will enable them to hold taxes at the current rate. Some councilors, however, said during the meeting that they feared the town might be setting itself up for …
Houlton Police Officer Gary McGuire escorts Gary Schillinger out of a cruiser in Houlton on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Houlton sex offender gets 10 years in prison on child porn charges

By Jen Lynds on June 27, 2014, at 4:45 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — A convicted sex offender and lifetime registrant on the state’s sex offender registry was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 18 after waiving his right to trial and pleading guilty to a number of sex charges. Gary E. Schillinger, 60, of Houlton pleaded guilty in …
Delbert and Wilda McCrum sit together on the patio at the Aroostook Health Center in Mars Hill. On Tuesday, their 71st anniversary, the staff at AHC threw them a party.

‘We’re just part of one another:’ Mars Hill couple has happy 71st anniversary after being reunited

By Jen Lynds on June 24, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
MARS HILL, Maine — When Delbert and Wilda McCrum of Mars Hill celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary a year ago, it was a joyous occasion tinged with a bit of sadness. It was a huge milestone for the couple whose first date had been a picnic on Mars Hill Mountain …

Hodgdon man injured in car, motorcycle accident

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
HODGDON, Maine — A Hodgdon man suffered a leg injury on Thursday in a motorcycle and car accident on Calais Road. Joseph Hogan, 68, was operating his 1996 Harley Davidson behind two vehicles when he decided to pass them just before 2:30 p.m., according to Maine State Police trooper Dan …

Danforth health care facility awarded nearly $1.4 million federal loan

By Jen Lynds on June 19, 2014, at 4:54 p.m.
DANFORTH, Maine — A Danforth health care facility will receive nearly $1.4 million to assist with critical upgrades that will benefit residents seeking medical care in the rural community. The U.S Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced on Wednesday that Danforth Habilitation Association on Maple Street would receive a $1.37 …

Maine Military Authority gets $19 million bus repair deal with Boston-area transit authority

By Darren Fishell and Jen Lynds on June 19, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Equipment refurbisher Maine Military Authority is in line to receive a $19 million contract to repair buses used by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, giving the company traction in a new target market and sealing one of two deals state officials have pushed for the company to …
Kris Doody

Cary Medical Center CEO praises veterans pilot program in D.C.

By Jen Lynds on June 18, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — The chief executive officer of a Caribou hospital that is part of a pilot program offering health care to veterans in northern Maine told lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Wednesday that Project ARCH works exceptionally well for those it serves. Kris Doody, CEO of the Cary Medical Center …
Darrell Crandall Jr.

Chief deputy for Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department announces run for sheriff

By Jen Lynds on June 18, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — For Darrell Crandall, chief deputy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, his earliest memories have always been steeped in law enforcement. His father, Darrell Crandall Sr., was sheriff of the department from January 1965 until he retired in 1983, at a time when The County pretty much …

Fire that destroyed abandoned building in Caribou deemed suspicious

By Jen Lynds on June 16, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A building acquired by the city was destroyed Sunday afternoon by a fire that has been deemed suspicious, officials said Monday. The fire at 111 Water St. was reported just before 5 p.m., when a citizen stopped into the Caribou Fire Department station to report the smell …
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