Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau


Provider agreement means continued services for veterans program

By Jen Lynds on May 20, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
Eligible veterans in northern Maine will now be able to continue to access services through the Access Received Closer to Home program, along with several new services being offered under the initiative.
Tyler Fitzpatrick, 17, of Houlton.

Houlton teen earns award for saving friend’s life

By Jen Lynds on May 19, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Tyler Fitzpatrick was honored last week with a Real Heroes Award by the American Red Cross in Caribou.
Timothy Babine and Hayley Hamilton

Proposal during UMPI graduation attracts nationwide attention

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
During the ceremony, Timothy Babine, a member of the graduating Class of 2016, surprised the entire audience when at the end of the ceremony, he got down on one knee and asked Hayley Hamilton, a fine arts major, to marry him. She said yes.
Standing at attention and saluting a wreath during a police memorial service Tuesday morning in Houlton are, from left, Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall, Houlton police Chief Joe McKenna and Lt. Brian Harris of the Maine State Police.

Ceremony in Houlton honors Maine’s fallen officers

By Jen Lynds on May 17, 2016, at 1:43 p.m.
Houlton police Chief Joe McKenna was midway through his presentation to honor fallen law enforcement officers as part of National Police Week when one of his officers had to leave the ceremony to answer a call.

Littleton man homeless after fire destroys farmhouse

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2016, at 5:57 p.m.
A local man is homeless after a fire destroyed his more than century-old farmhouse in Littleton Sunday afternoon.
Few things say spring in northern Maine like fresh snow on new buds. Close to 2 inches of snow had fallen by early Monday morning in the higher elevations of the St. John Valley.

7.5 inches of snowfall Monday breaks record in northern Maine

By Jen Lynds on May 16, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
A late taste of winter touched down in far northern Maine.
Kellan Gross, 16, plays the newly restored 1915 Mason and Hamlin baby grand piano while accompanied by his sister Natalie at their home in Berkeley, California. The children's father, Nick Gross, had the 850-pound piano, which once sat in his childhood home in Presque Isle, transported all the way to California.

Former Presque Isle resident recaptures memories in piano shipped to West Coast

By Jen Lynds on May 15, 2016, at 6:17 p.m.
Nick Gross said that some thought he was crazy to go to all that trouble and expense to obtain and refurbish the baby grand from across the country. But he said that the piano reminds him of the home he lived in with his father in Presque Isle, and that he will be able to pass on the heirloom and memories to his family.
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 not guilty to murder in Houlton man’s death

By Jen Lynds on May 13, 2016, at 1:44 p.m.
The 17-year old charged with murder in the death of a 61-year-old Houlton man last year pleaded not guilty.

Houlton OKs spec building, hoping new business will come

By Jen Lynds on May 10, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
“There is a shortage of commercial buildings in the Houlton area. Hopefully this will help remedy that,” Town Manager Butch Asselin said Tuesday.
Mike Bishop sorts through bottles and cans on Wednesday at Bangor Redemption and Beverage Center in Bangor. An increase in "one pot" meth labs has redemption centers in the state warning employees to look out for bottles that are being redeemed.

Warning: Maine recyclers should watch out for bottles used to make meth

By Jen Lynds on May 09, 2016, at 6:08 a.m.
Commonly called the “one pot” method, the process uses a single sealed container that is generally flipped upside down to cause the reaction needed to turn several toxic ingredients into meth.
Keith Suitter

Teen indicted as adult in murder of Houlton man

By Jen Lynds on May 06, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
A 17-year-old Houlton youth was indicted as an adult on a murder charge by the Aroostook County grand jury Friday, according to District Attorney Todd Collins.

Houlton native leaves $4.8M for Aroostook, Washington county scholarships

By Jen Lynds on May 06, 2016, at 5:07 p.m.
A Houlton native who died two years ago left $4.8 million to endow two scholarship funds for students from Aroostook and Washington counties.

Maine man accused of abusing children at zoo faces more charges

By Jen Lynds on May 03, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
The three additional charges of sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 were lodged against Daryl V. Raymond Jr., 48, on Monday.
Shanna Morrison, corrections officer, Aroostook County Jail.

New program at Aroostook jail to change inmates’ way of thinking

By Jen Lynds on May 02, 2016, at 10 p.m.
A program aims to teach inmates to make better choices so that they lessen their chances of reoffending after release.
James Brown Sr, shown in his Maine State Police uniform.

Former state trooper, 94, honored with lifetime achievement award

By Jen Lynds on May 01, 2016, at 2:08 p.m.
“I have a lot of good memories of my years in law enforcement,” James Brown Sr. said. “Those were the times when I met the best people in my life.”
Keith Suitter

Teen to be tried as adult in Houlton murder case

By Jen Lynds on April 29, 2016, at 6:25 p.m.
Samuel Geary was 16 and his co-defendant, Reginald Dobbins, was 18 when the two allegedly stabbed and brutally beat Keith Suitter to death.

Houlton prepares for Gentle Memorial Building closure, repairs

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2016, at 5:29 p.m.
Officials at the Gentle Memorial Building are preparing to close the gym and recreation facility for more than a month for some much needed repairs.

Crime Stoppers feature $3,000 tool theft in Bridgewater

By Jen Lynds on April 27, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
Kingsbury Farm employees first reported that the tools were missing on Jan. 1.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Osgood, a native of Easton, and his parents, Tom and Ann Osgood, are all smiles in September 2015, as Matt Osgood was able to give them a ride in a Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 military transport aircraft as part of Friends and Family Day. Matthew Osgood is an exchange pilot at Trenton Air Force Base in Ontario, Canada.

Easton native trains over County in Canadian aircraft

By Jen Lynds on April 25, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
The plane touched down at airports in Presque Isle, Houlton and Bangor during training exercises.
Diane Kelly-Lokocz and her son, 4-year-old Rye, arrive at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

Above average temperatures likely this spring, summer

By Jen Lynds on April 22, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
Following the warmest winter on record in the Caribou area, officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou said Friday that warmer than normal spring and summer temperatures likely are on tap for Maine as well.