Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


RSU 29 sending unchanged budget to voters for third try at passage

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 15, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
HOULTON | Area residents questioned the school board about possible cuts, ideas for savings and transportation concerns during a three-hour Regional School Unit 29 budget meeting Thursday night, but ultimately approved for referendum a $12.75 million budget unchanged from the proposal that was defeated at the polls in July. …

Wildlife officials airdrop oral rabies vaccine in Aroostook County through Aug. 18

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 11, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Oral rabies vaccine baits are being distributed by air and land this week in Aroostook as part of an ongoing federal and state effort to control and reduce rabies in the raccoon population. Oral vaccine baits are coated with fishmeal and are distributed in one-inch square cubes …

Bomb squad ‘neutralized’ discarded explosives in Patten

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 11, 2014, at 4:29 p.m.
The Maine State Police bomb squad was called in Saturday afternoon after a landowner who was clearing his property on found vintage unexploded military ordnance that had been discarded some time ago. The landowner contacted police at about 6:12 p.m. after finding a military style ammunition can …
An Amish buggy was stuck by a car on Wednesday in Easton.

Horse-drawn buggy carrying five Amish struck by vehicle in Easton

By Jen Lynds on July 30, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
Six people escaped serious injury on Wednesday when a car struck an Amish horse-drawn buggy on Conant Road. Zachary Jones, 22, was driving west about 6 a.m., when he came over the top of a hill and did not see the horse-drawn carriage traveling on the shoulder …

Presque Isle teen charged after allegedly leading police on pursuit, crashing car

By Jen Lynds on July 30, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
ASHLAND | A Presque Isle teenager escaped serious injury Tuesday evening after allegedly leading police on a chase through several towns and crashing into a telephone pole and a parked car. The incident began when Officer Tyler Cote attempted to stop the 19-year-old for speeding in town, Ashland Police …
Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin, who has spent nearly four decades serving and protecting the public during a decorated law enforcement career, has been selected as Houlton's new town manager.

Houlton police chief selected as new town manager

By Jen Lynds on July 29, 2014, at 8:36 a.m.
Town councilors unanimously picked Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin on Monday night to become the community’s new town manager. Asselin has served as interim town manager since April, when the council accepted the resignation of manager Gene Conlogue, who served in the position for a year and …
A potato truck sits in a field in Littleton last year.

Maine Potato Board says crop looking healthy

By Jen Lynds on July 28, 2014, at 6:20 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Officials with the Maine Potato Board said Monday that weeks of heat and sunshine in July have done wonders for this year’s potato growing season. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that this year’s crop is looking wonderful so far. “We did get the …
Thomas Lowery

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.
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.
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 | 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.
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 | 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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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