Jen Lynds

Aroostook County Bureau

Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea

Bill to legalize hemp farming in Maine gaining support

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 23, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Farmers, organic growers, agricultural researchers and community members have thrown their support behind a bill moving through the Legislature to legalize hemp cultivation in Maine for industrial uses. “Maine has an opportunity to break into an emerging industry that will be of tremendous benefit to our state,” …

Mars Hill man faces domestic violence charges

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 20, 2015, at 7:13 p.m.
HOULTON | A 33-year-old Mars Hill man who on Wednesday was refused release by a bail commissioner because of the nature of domestic violence charges he faces pleaded not guilty to the crimes Friday afternoon. Bail also was set for Karter Bell at $2,000 cash or $12,000 surety after …

Caribou man sentenced to 14 years for drug crimes

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 19, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
A Caribou man arrested last year for numerous drug crimes was sentenced Wednesday to serve 14 years in prison for his crimes. Keith I. Tingley Jr. was sentenced to 22 years in prison with all but 14 years suspended after entering a guilty plea on charges of …
A tractor-trailer is seen damaged after its involvement in a seven-vehicle accident that closed a southbound section of Interstate 95 in New Limerick for more than two hours on Tuesday

Interstate 95 closed in Aroostook County after 7-vehicle crash

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 19, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK | A multi-vehicle accident closed a southbound section of Interstate 95 in New Limerick for more than two hours on Thursday afternoon. The crash took place about 12:30 p.m. at mile marker 298 in New Limerick. According to Maine State Police Trooper Chuck Michaud, a vehicle went …
Karter Bell

Mars Hill man arrested, denied bail for alleged domestic violence

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 18, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
A 33-year-old man wanted on domestic violence charges was found by police on Wednesday, allegedly hiding in the bathroom of a Mars Hill residence. Karter Bell of Mars Hill was arrested by deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office after an incident involving a woman that …

Van Buren family’s car, logging truck collide in Hamlin

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 16, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
A Van Buren couple was seriously injured when their vehicle collided head on with a tractor trailer in whiteout conditions on U.S. Route 1 Monday morning. The couple’s 2-year-old son was uninjured, according to police. Michel Gauvreau, 35, of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, was northbound in a …
Wood pellets produced at Corinth Wood Pellets LLC. in Corinth are seen in this Feb. 19, 2014 photo. The company is running two shifts during this time of year and producing about 200 tons of pellets daily.

Stores running out of wood pellets, some rationing, as low temps continue

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 14, 2015, at 6:50 a.m.
A frigid winter, increased demand for wood pellets and customers who underestimated how much they would need contributed to a strain on manufacturers and suppliers, according to officials at the Maine Pellet Fuels Association. Mills across the state are working nonstop to produce pellets and get them to distributors, but …

Smyrna man shot by police got into dispute with elderly mother day before

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
Deputies had responded to a call about a dispute between Kenneth Kreyssig and his elderly mother at a local restaurant the day before he died in an armed confrontation with officers, according to the Aroostook County Sheriff. Sheriff Darrell Crandall said Friday that his office had not …

Presque Isle home destroyed in fire

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 11, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
Two individuals escaped a burning mobile home but lost all of their possessions in a fire Tuesday evening in Presque Isle. The home was destroyed by the fire. The occupants were alerted to the blaze, which started just after 11 p.m., by working smoke detectors, Capt. …
A Maine State Police trooper and an Aroostook County Deputy Sheriff responded to this 645 Smyrna Center Road home in Smyrna Tuesday night after receiving reports from family members that Kenneth Kreyssig was threatening to kill himself. Kreyssig was shot and killed in a confrontation with the officers.

One dead after officer-involved shooting in Smyrna

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 11, 2015, at 7:19 a.m.
A local man is dead after an armed confrontation Tuesday night with a state police trooper and a deputy from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified Wednesday morning as Kenneth Kreyssig, 61, according to a press release issued by Department of Public Safety spokesman …

Linneus man indicted in alleged crime spree

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 09, 2015, at 3:24 p.m.
NEW LIMERICK | A Linneus man has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on a number of charges stemming from an alleged crime spree last fall. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins released the indictment list from the grand jury’s second session of the year on Friday. …
Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy James Kennedy puts prescription pill bottles into a brown bag while assisting in an ongoing burglary investigation on the Pushaw Road in Bangor on Monday.

Maine could lose program that alerts doctors to patients with drug arrests

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 09, 2015, at 1:52 p.m.
LINNEUS | A statewide program that helps Maine health care providers to identify patients who may be abusing or illegally distributing prescription drugs is at risk of being eliminated without new funding. The Diversion Alert Program provides secure online access to drug arrest data to health care providers so …
Ronald "Cy" Cyr of Madawaska displays his winning $100,000 scratch ticket and the claim form he planned to send to the Maine State Lottery office in Augusta.

Madawaska man wins $100,000 with state lottery scratch ticket

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
When Ronald “Cy” Cyr stepped through the door at Bob’s Neighborhood Store, it wasn’t uncommon for him to joke with cashier Danielle DeVoe and tell her he’d “hit it big” with a lottery ticket, DeVoe said Thursday. “I would always laugh, because the scratch ticket or lottery …
A snowplow from Houlton's Public Works Department at the intersection of Court and Military streets in this 2006 BDN file photo.

Houlton residents rocked by repeat flat tires from gravel mixture used on snowy, icy roads

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:28 p.m.
The town of Houlton is taking steps to filter the material they use to treat roads when it snows or sleets after a number of motorists have complained to the town about their tires being flattened by sharp and large rocks in the mixture. Town Manager Butch …
A car was stolen on Jan. 21, 2015, in Presque Isle, and recovered the next day. A bag full of about 75 stickers were among items recovered from a vehicle stolen on Jan. 21m which was recovered a day later. They are individually packaged. Presque Isle Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the owner of the stickers that may have been stolen from an unreported burglary of a motor vehicle. Any with information should contact Sgt. Barnes at 764-4476.

Presque Isle couple accused of stealing car face burglary charges

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
A man and woman who were arrested on Jan. 22 in Mars Hill after allegedly stealing a vehicle while attempting to flee authorities have been charged with additional crimes stemming from the incident. Sgt. Mark Barnes of the Presque Isle Police Department said Thursday that Robert …
Jessie, a 3-year-old border collie mix, was seized from a home in Littleton along with more than 60 other animals.

Affidavit: Children also removed from home of Littleton animal seizure

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 27, 2015, at 5:37 p.m.
Children also were removed from a farmhouse deemed unfit for the more than 60 animals seized by the state earlier this month, according to court documents filed in connection with the seizure. State animal welfare agents on Jan. 13 removed 12 cats and 50 dogs that had …
Lawren Cameron

Fort Fairfield police seek public’s help in locating missing teen

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:24 p.m.
Update: Lawren Cameron was found on Monday, according to personnel with the Public Safety Department. FORT FAIRFIELD | Fort Fairfield police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a local 16-year-old female who was last seen Sunday in Caribou. Lawren Cameron is described as 5 feet …
A rural road in Orient was shut down for several hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled its load of logs. Officials from the Maine State Police said on Thursday that the accident took place on the Number 9 Road after Robert Grass, 29, who was operating the loaded log truck, lost control of the vehicle and skidded onto its side after driving onto the soft shoulder.

Truck driver summoned for violations after log truck accident in Orient

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 23, 2015, at 12:24 p.m.
A local road was shut down for several hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled its load of logs. The accident happened on the Number 9 Road after Robert Grass, 29, who was operating the loaded log truck, rode onto the soft shoulder and lost control …
Robert Helstrom

Citizens help police to find Presque Isle duo accused of stealing car

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
MARS HILL | A man and woman suspected of stealing a vehicle were arrested Thursday morning after attempting to flee an approaching lieutenant from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said that citizens of Mars Hill were also instrumental in helping to capture Robert Helstrom, …
Matthew Davis

Attorneys for Houlton man in Oakfield double murder case seek to suppress statements

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 21, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
Attorneys for a Houlton man accused of gunning down an Oakfield couple in the fall of 2013 are seeking to suppress some of the statements he first made to police. A suppression hearing in the case of Matthew Davis is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 19 in …
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