Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Reginald Dobbins

Jury selection begins in Houlton murder trial

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Reginald Dobbins, who was 18 at the time, is accused of stabbing and beating Keith Suitter to death with a hammer in the man’s mobile home on March 1, 2015.
Relatives of the Aroostook County soldiers who have been killed in action since 2001 gathered in Houlton on Monday, May 29, 2017, for a race in their honor. The second annual Wilderness Walk for Warriors Walk and Fun Run began just before noon under cool, gray skies. A recognition ceremony was held before the start to memorialize the fallen soldiers.

Houlton racers pause to remember the fallen

By Jen Lynds on May 30, 2017, at 6:34 a.m.
Samuel Geary, 17, of Houlton, who has been charged with murder in the death of 61-year-old Keith Suitter in March 2015, appears in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton Friday morning.

Teen pleads guilty in Houlton murder

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Samuel Geary, 17, entered the guilty plea in Washington County Superior Court in Machias on May 25 in connection with the killing of Keith Suitter.
Jesse Marquis

State supreme court upholds St. Francis man’s murder conviction

By Jen Lynds on May 25, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The state’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a St. Francis man who killed his former girlfriend in her home three years ago.
A group of Anah Temple Shrine clowns gathered in Presque Isle on May 20 to usher Skyler McAtee and her date Grant Bridges to the Presque Isle High School prom. Eleven clowns posed with the couple before getting into a stretch limo to head to the prom where they exited the vehicle one by one in colorful flourishes and with balloon animals in hand, before the couple stepped out to applause. McAtee was born with a bone deficiency and has received multiple treatments and surgeries at the Shriner's Hospital For Children in Boston.

No joke: Clown car chauffers Maine teens to prom

By Jen Lynds on May 25, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
Prom night in Maine: Corsage, date, 11 clowns in a limo.
University of Maine at Presque Isle

DeVos reconsidering $624,000 in grant applications for UMPI program

By Jen Lynds on May 24, 2017, at 5:22 p.m.
Federal funding for the UMPI Upward Bound program, which would have benefitted an estimated 960 students over the next five years, had been rejected because of line-spacing errors on two of the 65 pages in the applications.
The Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service offices on the grounds of the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone.

Former DFAS employee sues Limestone facility over bad water

By Jen Lynds on May 19, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Angela Jackson, who frequently drank the water in her coffee, began getting ill around 2004 or 2005, according to the lawsuit.

Presque Isle man appeals drug conviction to state supreme court

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
An attorney for a Presque Isle man found guilty of a felony drug offense nearly two years ago is appealing his conviction.

State supreme court hears Smyrna man’s appeal of conviction in gun, rape case

By Jen Lynds on May 11, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.
Horace W. Salley III, 47, argued that his attorney was ineffective for failing to object to hearsay testimony from a state social worker at an earlier trial.
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.