Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

 
A Caribou man was injured in a midmorning tractor-trailer crash on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, after police say the bulk truck he was operating overturned and spilled its load of potatoes in Connor Township. Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said that the truck driver suffered non life threatening injuries.

Caribou man injured after truck spills potatoes

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 27, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
A Caribou man was injured in a midmorning tractor-trailer crash after police say the bulk truck he was operating Monday overturned and spilled its load of potatoes in Connor Township.
Civil War re-enactors gather behind the new monument of Army Pvt. Jewett Williams in the Hodgdon Cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Maine Civil War veteran receives final salute as he’s laid to rest in Hodgdon

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 25, 2016, at 9:54 a.m.
“Today there is a celebration as we return someone who was lost home,” Pastor Robert Smith said. “That is the great thing about Aroostook County. People know that no matter how far away they go or for how long, they can always return home.”
One of the bulidings of the Maine Military Authority on the grounds of the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone.

LePage halts contract for Maine Military Authority in Limestone

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 23, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
A contract executed by the Maine Military Authority was halted by Gov. Paul LePage today after he announced that it had been underbid, a move that he said resulted in unexpected costs to taxpayers while also threatening jobs at the Aroostook County facility.
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County officials work to reduce number of inmates with pending cases

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:07 a.m.
When Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall first took office in January 2015, he said one of his goals was to reduce the percentage of inmates at the county jail with matters pending before the court.
An 83-year-old Houlton man was hospitalized over the weekend after a crash in Littleton on Saturday.

Houlton man, 83, hospitalized after Littleton rollover

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
The car vaulted into the air, rolled over once and came to rest on its roof.

Houlton councilor charged with domestic violence assault

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 16, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
Houlton Police Department Acting Chief Daniel Pelletier confirmed on Friday that John White Jr., 40, of Houlton was taken into custody on the charge.
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Aroostook County Grand Jury indictments for September, 2016

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 1:04 a.m.
An Aroostook County Grand Jury handed down indictments on Sept. 9, 2016, including an indictment of a Florida man, 80, in the strangling death of a Presque Isle resident.
Robert Craig

Florida man, 80, indicted in strangling death of Presque Isle resident

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 14, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
VAN BUREN | An 80-year-old Florida man accused of strangling to death his 86-year-old Presque Isle neighbor has been indicted on a murder charge by the Aroostook County grand jury. Robert Craig of Clearwater, Florida was among the indictments handed down by the grand jury on Sept. 9, according …
McKenzie Bowman (left), 8, Kaylee Bockus (center), 8, and Robert Hall V, 1, of Ellsworth beat the heat on July 22 at Branch Lake in Ellsworth.

Northern, eastern Maine see above-normal temperatures this summer

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 12, 2016, at 6:24 p.m.
Rich Norton said Monday that the temperatures and rainfall this summer were not attributable to any particular weather pattern.

Former Aroostook man indicted on sex charges in Alabama case

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 09, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
An Aroostook County native and former petting zoo employee has been indicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse after he was arrested in late April in Florence, Alabama.

Justices, students hear appeal of drug conviction during visit to UMFK

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 08, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
An attorney for a Caribou man who claims that his client’s constitutional rights were violated after he was arrested in 2013 without probable cause argued before the state’s highest court Thursday that the illegal drugs that were found during the subsequent search should have been suppressed as evidence at trial.

Easton man dead after Presque Isle crash

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 06, 2016, at 8:28 p.m.
The officer said this was the second fatal crash at the intersection in recent years, and the fourth that led to injuries.
Children play a game during a Bangor Parks and Recreation summer program on July 11 at Fourteenth Street School in Bangor.

Portland sets August heat record, Caribou, Bangor warm as well

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 05, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
At Bangor, there were 23 days with a high of 80 degrees or warmer, which tied with 1996 for the most on record during the month of August.
Matthew Davis

Oakfield double murder trial delayed, will have to be moved

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
A trial scheduled to start next week of a man accused of killing two Oakfield residents in 2013 has been postponed and will have to be moved out of Aroostook County.
Matthew Davis

Jury selection begins in Oakfield double murder trial

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 1:35 p.m.
More than 100 potential jurors from across Aroostook County crowded into superior court here Thursday to see whether they would be chosen to try the man accused of two murders that shocked the tiny community of Oakfield.
Crews with Flewelling Family Farms in Easton, including tractor operator Bradley Pryor or Robinson, plow grain fields so they can grow potatoes on the soil.

Maine potato growers ready for harvest

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 01, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
I don’t know if we are going to see the same record yield that we saw last year.”
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Aroostook County commissioners renew jail medical contract

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Aroostook County commissioners recently opted to retain the services of the Aroostook County Jail health care provider and made staffing decisions for the sheriff’s department.
The “Tribirds” balloon, depicting three South American birds, will fly in the 2016 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, scheduled for Aug. 25-28. The balloon’'s pilot is Marcos Bonimcontro of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who also designed and built the balloon.

Presque Isle prepares for balloon fest less than one month after Texas tragedy

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
Despite last month’s fatal hot air balloon crash in Texas, organizers of the 13th annual Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, which starts on Aug. 25, remain optimistic about upcoming attendance and demand for rides.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.

Former Houlton shelter director will not be charged with crime in dog’s death

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
The former executive director of the Houlton Humane Society will not be charged with a crime in connection with the death earlier this year of a dog that she admitted died in her care.
The severely deformed feet of Abdelkhalek El Malyani are evident in this photo of him taken in 2013 at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center in Casablanca, Morocco.

With Maine woman’s help, this Moroccan man will have surgery to fix his feet

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 19, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
Abdelkhalek El Malyani’s feet and heels face inward, so the soles of his feet face each other, and he has trouble walking and is in pain.