Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Sheriff Darrell Crandall of the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office speaks to the crowd.

Houlton councilors consider shifting police coverage to sheriff’s office

By Jen Lynds on May 09, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
Town councilors opted Monday evening to move forward with a plan to see whether it would be more cost effective for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office to provide policing services for the community.
Motorists were warned that recent rains have combined with melting snow to push the Aroostook River and its tributaries to flood levels in some low-lying spots in April.

April showers brought more rain than usual to northern Maine

By Jen Lynds on May 09, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
Statistics from the National Weather Service in Caribou show that precipitation was above average in the state last month except across portions of Down East Maine, where it was slightly below average.
Sen Michael Carpenter, D-Houlton

Committee kills County senator’s bills on drug prices

By Jen Lynds on May 02, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
“The simple fact is price gouging is more profitable than protecting working class people and seniors.”
Sen. Michael Carpenter, D-Houlton

Maine lawmakers considering bills to lower drug costs

By Jen Lynds on May 01, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
State lawmakers are considering two bills that would lower the cost of prescription drugs in Maine by requiring state agencies to pay the same or lower prices than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
On Friday, Sens. Collins and Jon Tester, D-Montana, sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos rebuking the department for its actions.

Collins, fellow senators push to reverse rejections of education grant applications over minor errors

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2017, at 7:12 p.m.
On Friday, Sens. Collins and Jon Tester, D-Montana, sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos rebuking the department for its actions.
Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton

County senator creates bill to amend sexual assault laws

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
In some cases where sexual assault charge has been reported, the state could only charge the offender with furnishing liquor to a minor, one DA said.

Selling visitors center in Houlton challenging, says marketer

By Jen Lynds on April 11, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
“Getting someone up here to take a hard look at this has been challenging.”
Libby enjoys a dog treat from an inmate at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Meet the dog teaching Maine’s inmates how to care again

By Jen Lynds on April 11, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
“Dogs are very non-judgmental. They can make anyone feel good about themselves. Everyone needs that.”

Maine wardens investigating fatal shooting of dog by coyote hunter

By Jen Lynds on April 03, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
A yellow lab was shot during the last week of March by a coyote hunter.
Eastern Maine Medical Center staff walk down a hallway in the hospital in Bangor Friday. Slower visa approval of skilled workers could add to the shortage of doctors in the state.

Slower visa approval could worsen Maine’s doctor shortage

By Jen Lynds on March 18, 2017, at 1:48 a.m.
Dr. James Raczek estimated that 100 physicians “are currently at [Eastern Maine Medical Center] working in the U.S. on the broad spectrum of J-1, H-1B visas and green cards.”

Caribou man accused of stealing snowsled, car among those indicted by Aroostook grand jury

By Jen Lynds on March 17, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
A Caribou man was indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury after allegedly stealing a car and a snowmobile on Jan. 1, 2017.

Caribou man charged with threatening business owner

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
A Caribou man was arrested and charged with several crimes Monday after allegedly pointing a gun at and robbing a business owner.
Police and family members are still hoping that a $40,000 reward will yield information to help solve the murder of Darrel Smith, seen in this photo with wife, Barbara. The Woodland man was 56 when he was found shot to death in his sawmill on Feb. 6, 2008.

$40,000 reward still offered in Woodland man’s 2008 homicide

By Jen Lynds on March 13, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
“You have to learn to live with it, as hard as it is, and still keep up hope that they are going to find the person or persons who did it.”

County women sue, alleging they were fired after reporting billing fraud

By Jen Lynds on March 11, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
“To fire someone who is doing their job and was a top employee and basically admit that you did it was particularly unjust.”

Houlton man arrested, accused of robbery, assault, extortion

By Jen Lynds on March 09, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
Brady Bridges, 46, was charged with robbery, burglary, criminal threatening with a weapon, assault and theft by extortion. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Houlton Police Chief Tim DeLuca

Councilors table pilot project to have Houlton mechanics work on police cruisers

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
Although both Chief Tim DeLuca and Chris Stewart, superintendent of public works, were confident that it would save the town money, councilors wanted more information.

Diversion Alert success highlighted in study

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 23, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.
A statewide prescription drug abuse prevention program has published a peer reviewed journal article highlighting the agency’s efficiency in changing prescribing behaviors and improving patient care in Maine.
A deer can be seen in Oxbow in this November 2016 file photo.

Number of car-deer crashes on the rise in Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 4:11 p.m.
State police in Aroostook County are warning motorists to be on the lookout for deer in the roadway after a number of car-deer crashes over the past few weeks in the region.
About a foot of snow closed out 2016 in central Aroostook County as contractors hit the city streets and rural roads at the end of December to clear the way before the next storm in early January.

Caribou sees snowiest first half of winter in nine years

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 18, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
More than 50 inches of snow fell on the Caribou area in December and through Jan. 15.

After dip, Aroostook County Action Program sees resurgence in heating oil applicants

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 10, 2017, at 2:32 p.m.
After seeing a dip in the number of people seeking services last winter, the Aroostook County Action Program is seeing a resurgence in those looking for help to pay their heating bills this winter.