Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


Weekend fire in Littleton under investigation

By Jen Lynds on June 16, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
LITTLETON, Maine — An investigation commenced Saturday into a blaze that significantly damaged a vacant home in Littleton over the weekend. Littleton Fire Chief Dwight Cowperthwaite said Monday that the fire that broke out at a home at 198 Framingham Road was suspicious. The chief said late Monday afternoon that …

Houlton-area residents vote down school budget

By Jen Lynds on June 11, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Voters in the majority of the four towns that make up RSU 29 on Tuesday voted against supporting a $12.9 million budget for the district. The spending plan, which was finished at a May 12 meeting, reflected an increase in spending of 1.78 percent over the previous …
A Haynesville man escaped injury after he struck a moose in Township A Range 2 on Wednesday morning. Jonathan Malone of Haynesville was driving his 2013 Dodge Dart south when he struck a cow moose, according to Maine State Police Sgt. Chad Fuller.

Haynesville man escapes injury in moose crash

By Jen Lynds on June 11, 2014, at 12:26 p.m.
TOWNSHIP A RANGE 2 — A Haynesville man sustained minor injuries after he struck a moose with his car early Wednesday morning. The crash happened just after midnight on Route 2A in the southern Aroostook township, according to Sgt. Chad Fuller of the Maine State Police. Jonathan Malone was southbound …
The Sister Mary O’Donnell Homeless Shelter in Presque Isle, pictured here, is having a hard time getting financial support from the communities whose residents it offers shelter to. It has 43 beds open to individuals and families in need of shelter. In 2013, only 36 of the 78 towns that it requested financial support from appropriated money for the shelter. In the past, it has not been much better.

Presque Isle homeless shelter struggles to secure funding

By Jen Lynds on June 11, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — During each budget cycle for the past three years that he has been the executive director of Homeless Services of Aroostook, Stephen Eyler has written to the 78 communities in the region seeking taxpayer support for the only homeless shelter in The County. In 2013, only …

Caribou attorney disciplined by board of overseers of bar

By Jen Lynds on June 09, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — A Caribou attorney was disciplined last week by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for misconduct during representation of clients in two separate civil and criminal proceedings. Allan W. Hanson, a Caribou attorney, was suspended from practicing law for 60 days, Jacqueline Rogers, executive director …

To find the real Aroostook, look beyond the movies

on June 08, 2014, at 2:02 p.m.
by Jen Lynds As someone who was born and raised in Aroostook County and deeply loves its beauty and natural outdoor playground, I get excited whenever the region is promoted on a national scale. It was thrilling when Martha Stewart visited an area farm to film a segment for her …
William Haggett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Naturally Potatoes in Mars Hill, speaks about an expansion project at the facility on Wednesday.

Naturally Potatoes breaks ground on $7.5 million expansion of Mars Hill facility

By Jen Lynds on June 04, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
MARS HILL, Maine — A local company that operates one of just three potato processing facilities in the state celebrated with farmers and industry officials Wednesday during the groundbreaking of its $7.5 million expansion. Naturally Potatoes will increase the amount of potatoes it is buying from growers and add more …
More than 40 law enforcement officials from multiple state agencies are involved in the ongoing manhunt for Jesse Marquis.

Searchers find no sign of St. Francis man suspected of killing girlfriend; donations sought for victim’s survivors

By Jen Lynds on June 03, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — Three dozen searchers from multiple state law enforcement agencies spent Tuesday combing the thick woods behind a home on Route 161 for a St. Francis man suspected of killing his longtime girlfriend. Despite an intensive effort that began after the slaying took place Saturday, May 31, …

Stacyville man dead, teen injured in ATV crash

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
SHERMAN, Maine— A Stacyville man has died after head injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Sherman on Saturday evening. Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said Sunday that Bryon Jacobs, 38, was not wearing a helmet and suffered blunt trauma to the head when the …

St. Francis teen suffers minor injuries in crash

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS, Maine — A St. Francis teenager suffered minor injuries after a single vehicle crash in the area Saturday morning. Darrell Crandall, chief deputy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, said Sunday the accident took place on Route 161 just after 9 a.m. Paige Michaud, 18, was headed eastbound …

Westbrook man dies after crash in Allagash

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
ALLAGASH, Maine — A Westbrook man died Saturday evening after a single vehicle crash in Allagash. Darrell Crandall, chief deputy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, said Sunday that the crash that killed Dana Watts, 23, of Westbrook occurred just after 5:30 p.m. According to Crandall, Watts was driving his …

Ellsworth standoff ends when man is shot by state police trooper

By Jen Lynds on June 01, 2014, at 6:56 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A 50-year-old man underwent surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Sunday afternoon after a daylong standoff in Ellsworth that ended when he was shot by a Maine State Police trooper. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said Sunday afternoon that Jeffrey Barnard of Ellsworth …

Police standoff in Ellsworth creates traffic headache for residents

By Jen Lynds on May 31, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Maine State Police negotiator remained on the scene of a situation in Ellsworth on Saturday evening, approximately seven hours after they were called to assist the Ellsworth Police Department with an incident that unfolded shortly before 11 a.m. Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, …
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Chef cooks up wild game for 70th anniversary of Fort Kent business, opening of outdoor supply store

By Jen Lynds on May 31, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — When Justin Dubois, the manager of Quigley’s Building Supply, decided he wanted to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the business and the grand opening of his new business, Quigley’s Outdoors, he instantly knew he wanted to do something different. There would be streamers and balloons and …

Trio of central Aroostook residents arrested after high-speed crime spree

By Jen Lynds on May 29, 2014, at 6:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Three central Aroostook residents have been arrested in connection with a crime spree that stretched from Caribou to Waterville, according to police. Aaron Dodd, 20, of Woodland, and Emily Graves, 20, of Presque Isle, were apprehended in Bangor Wednesday, and Nathan Morrow, 21, of Caribou, was arrested …
Three Rhode Island residents suffered injuries in a rollover accident in Dyer Brook on Tuesday morning.

Three injured in Aroostook County rollover crash

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
DYER BROOK, Maine — Three Rhode Island residents suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident in Dyer Brook on Tuesday morning. The crash happened just after 7 a.m. on Interstate 95, Maine State Police Sgt. Josh Haines said Tuesday. Karen Deliberis, 55, of Coventry, Rhode Island, was heading south in …
BDN reader Robin Lynn Bickford took this shot of a funnel cloud in Houlton on Monday.

Tornado confirmed in southern Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds on May 27, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — The National Weather Service in Caribou confirmed Tuesday morning that a short-lived tornado touched down near the town of Ludlow just before 2 p.m. on Memorial Day. The tornado was verified by the weather service damage survey team, which went to the site after a severe storm …

NMCC cutting positions, services to offset projected $470,000 budget deficit

By Jen Lynds on May 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Officials at Northern Maine Community College are making significant spending cuts to offset a nearly half-million dollar budget deficit, citing increased operational costs, flat state appropriations and anticipated flat or slightly decreased enrollment for the fall semester. The cuts in services and personnel include a nursing position …
Students in the Jobs for Maine Graduates program at Houlton High School clean up Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton earlier this month.

Houlton students pitch in to clean up after cemetery litterbugs

By Jen Lynds on May 23, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — In the weeks leading up to Memorial Day, the maintenance crew at the Evergreen Cemetery in Houlton is busy getting the expansive grounds presentable after a long winter. Despite their efforts to maintain the town-owned resting place, however, there is one thing the workers have been having …

Senate committee approves Collins request to include potatoes in WIC program

By Jen Lynds on May 22, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved a bipartisan agreement co-authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, that would allow families to buy white potatoes using the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food assistance program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has banned the purchase of fresh white …
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